California is one of those great destinations that offer something for every visitor. From wide sandy beaches to natural wonders, vibrant cities to mountain retreats, the diverse and seemingly endless attractions of the Golden State attract travellers from around the globe. Experience the beauty of California’s accommodation, from the unbeatable views at one of the only hotels on the Yosemite Valley Floor, to the eccentric décor in an unassuming roadside property in San Luis Obispo. We take a look at some of the most Instagrammable and photogenic hotels in California, offering amazing aesthetics, breathtaking views and incredible pools.
1. Treebones Resort, Big Sur
The ultimate glamping experience, Treebones Resort caters for both the coastal dwellers and those who love the outdoors. Ranging from yurts to twig huts, Treebones creates a magical experience, combining luxury camping amenities with spectacular views of the ocean. The exclusive Twig Hut (pictured) features a private deck where visitors can experience some of the greatest sunsets in California.
2. Hotel Californian, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian features Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and a modern Moorish vibe, creating a design infusion which just begs to be photographed. The 121-room urban seaside property offers a luxurious Turkish-inspired spa, manicured gardens, distinctive dining options and a rooftop deck with a swimming pool and 360-degree views. Hotel Californian is just one of the many reasons why Santa Barbara is a hit with the Instagram elite.
3. Mondrian Los Angeles, West Hollywood, L.A
The Mondrian Los Angeles encapsulates everything the legendary Sunset Strip stands for – excitement, invincibility and glamour. Located on its rooftop, Skybar is an open-air, ivy-covered pavilion surrounding the rooftop pool, with wide open windows offering incredible views of downtown LA. A high-energy poolside lounge by day, the Skybar provides chilled drinks and cool waters for its guests, and when the sun sets, Skybar becomes one of West Hollywood’s hottest nightlife spots.
4. The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Mariposa County
Designated a National Historic Landmark, this 1920s hotel is an architectural masterpiece, providing spectacular views of Yosemite Valley – home to many famous cliffs, waterfalls and the iconic Half Dome. The Ahwahnee – one of the only hotels located in the Valley – is the most elegant lodging in the park and has plenty of creature comforts on offer for an upscale outdoor escape.
5. Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo County
Welcoming guests since 1958, the Madonna Inn is one of the most memorable properties in SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County), recognised for its whimsical décor and hospitable charm. Each of the 110 rooms is individually styled, such as the Pony Room – which features a pint-sized carousel steed – and the Caveman Room – home to waterfalls and rock walls. The hotel’s restaurant, Gold Rush Steakhouse (pictured), is a pink paradise serving delicious steaks and outside, guests can relax in the hilltop pool with a 45-foot waterfall that plunges into a lagoon.
6. Cavallo Point Lodge, San Francisco
Situated at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Cavallo Point Lodge offers one of the most scenic vantage points of the iconic bridge and the San Francisco Bay. Whether staying in its Historic lodging in the former US Army post, Fort Baker, or the eco-friendly contemporary lodging, with floor-to-ceiling windows for the ultimate view, guests are welcomed to enjoy a peaceful escape, all whilst being a short distance from the city.
7. Paséa Hotel and Spa, Huntington Beach
Located just steps from the Huntington Beach Pier, Paséa Hotel and Spa is a modern oasis with an unrivalled sense of clean, coastal style and comfort. Offering laid-back luxury with a deep connection to the Huntington Beach surf culture, Paséa Hotel and Spa comprises 250 spacious guestrooms, rooftop bar and spa. The aqua blue pool is a highlight of the hotel, boasting unparalleled views of the ocean.