19 New Places to Stay in California
Are you California dreamin'? Because we are—especially since there are a number of new honeymoon-worthy hotels up and down the coast. Whether you make a road trip out of it and stay at a few along the way or hole up in one place for a week, you're bound to come away sun-kissed and relaxed. To help you plan, we rounded up 19 of our current and soon-to-open favorites.
Does laid-back and luxe describe your dream vacation? Then plan to cozy up at the Ventana Big Sur, where you'll call a "glampsite" tucked into the redwood forest home. Prefer somewhere a little busier? Book a stay at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, where you'll be able to take in some of the best views of the city (it's the tallest building west of Chicago!). If great wine is what you're after, head to Napa where the Ink House, a brand-new B&B with just four rooms can be your home base.
There are more places to bunk up, too. From Mendocino to San Diego and beyond, we're sharing the hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts you need to know about in California—whether for your honeymoon or destination wedding. Start planning!
Harbor House Inn
Towering redwoods surround this nine-room getaway in Mendocino County, which first opened more than 100 years ago. After being closed for three years and undergoing extensive renovations, it's finally reopening in early 2018.
Archer Hotel Napa
Set to open in December, this 183-room spot in downtown Napa is smack dab in the middle of shops, restaurants, live music venues, and tasting rooms. It'll be home to Charlie Palmer Steak and within easy reach of what wine country has to offer.
San Francisco Proper Hotel
Proper Hospitality's flagship hotel debuted in August in the Mid-Market neighborhood, with interiors done up by designer Kelly Wearstler and a lobby that encourages whiling away the day. Lauded chef Jason Franey returned to his hometown to oversee the culinary program.
San Francisco's South Beach neighborhood welcomed this sleek boutique property in June 2017, right across from AT&T park. Techies will love the in-room tablets that act like personal concierges and an app that allows for mobile check-ins and turns your phone into your room key. Don't miss the skyline views from the expansive rooftop.
Ventana Big Sur
The perfect mix of laid back and luxe, Big Sur is back in action after a landslide in May. Ventana Big Sur took advantage of the road closures to renovate and rebrand, debuting in October as an Alila Resort. You'll find a new spa, pool, and restaurant—plus 15 posh "glampsites" in the property's redwood forest.
This gorgeous new property brings never-before-seen luxury to the Funk Zone. It has the largest guestrooms in Santa Barbara—and they're also downright stunning, with custom Moroccan tile and a fresh navy-and-white palette.
Malibu Beach Inn
First built in 1989, this 47-room property (a member of Leading Hotels of the World) relaunched last summer and has never looked better. Almost all of the coastal-chic rooms have ocean views, and the teak-floored Carbon Beach Club restaurant serves up locavore dishes showcasing ingredients from nearby farmers' markets.
Nobu Ryokan Malibu
A 1950's motel has been reimagined into this tranquil retreat overlooking Carbon Beach, set next door to the Nobu restaurant (and just steps from the aforementioned Malibu Beach Inn). Guests have access to a 37-foot outdoor lap pool and the Malibu Racquet Club.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Guests at the much-anticipated Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills get a personal concierge, who can arrange Rolls Royce car service and reservations at the hotel's signature Jean-George Vongerichten restaurant. There's also a La Prairie Spa and rooftop yoga classes on the weekends.
Kimpton Everly Hotel
This new Kimpton property has 216 light-filled rooms, views of the Hollywood sign, and a fifth-floor pool deck for soaking up that California sun. It's just blocks from tourist attractions like the Pantages Theatre and Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kimpton La Peer Hotel
Kimpton also rolled out this new 105-room property in West Hollywood's Design District—the first in the area. It's an ideal base for exploring nearby galleries and boutiques, and bikes are available to borrow.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
At 73 stories, this is the tallest building west of Chicago—and not surprisingly, it has some of the most impressive views in town (best seen from the open-air Spire 73 bar, on the top floor). Each of its 889 rooms has floor-to-ceiling windows, and there are multiple dining options, including a sushi spot and French-inspired steakhouse.
The New York transplant debuts soon, set inside a former bank building in downtown Los Angeles. Expect 241 rooms, a rooftop pool, killer food, and the same cool vibe as its Manhattan counterpart.
Newport Beach's former City Hall complex has been transformed into this 130-room, four-story property, set to open in early 2018. It comes complete with the area's only rooftop bar, communal fire pits on the lawn, and a gastro-pub-style restaurant called the Mayor's Table.
Pendry San Diego
The first Pendry hotel—an offshoot of the Montage brand—opened in SoCal back in February 2017. It's already a favorite for its location in the Gaslamp Quarter and six restaurants and bars (including a beer hall serving local craft brews and an underground nightclub).
This new 28-room boutique hotel from the team behind Sparrows Lodge was originally built in 1951. The property still has that classic vibe, but with a touch of whimsy. Art by David Hockney and Roy Liechtenstein decorates the walls, and the remodeled accommodations feature custom textiles. You won't find televisions in the rooms, but you won't need one—you can fill your day with a game of shuffleboard and reading by the pool instead.
Kimpton the Rowan Palm Springs
Overlooking the San Jacinto Mountains, this 153-room hotel—which opens in November and is just a stone's throw from the Palm Springs Art Museum—combines Palm Springs minimalism with neutral décor and pops of refreshing blue. Mingle over drinks in the lobby living room, sample Mediterranean-inspired plates at Juniper Table, or take your cocktails alfresco at the 4 Saints bar, located next to Palm Spring's only rooftop pool.
This is Palm Desert's first new luxury hotel in three decades. Its 150 rooms are done up in a soothing palette of gray and there's even an on-site 1950's Airstream trailer available for stay. An outdoor lawn beckons with fun and games, like bocce ball and shuffleboard.
The Ink House
This new Napa Valley retreat, which opens in January, is set in an 1885 home that's been transformed into a bed and breakfast. It has just four rooms—each of which tells part of the story of the original owner, Theron Ink, and his family. (Minus the Elvis room—that one is named for the rock star because he stayed there while filming Wild in the Country.) You can request a ride in the house Bentley to and from wine tastings, and have the on-site kitchen stocked before you arrive with food of your choice.