There’s just something about Southern California that’s so effortlessly cool with its laid-back atmosphere, spectacular scenery, and stellar style. Whether you prefer a posh property or a retro retreat, your dream digs await in the sunniest spots in the Golden State, from Huntington Beach to Palm Springs.
Scroll on for the hippest, boutique hotels that are perfect for your next SoCal escape.
Looking for fun and sun? You’ll be stoked to stay at the Shorebreak Hotel. Situated just steps away from the Huntington Beach Pier and the beach, this coastal paradise is swimming in surf-themed decor and chill vibes. Adding the awesomeness are the amenities, which include fire pits (bring on the s’mores!), complimentary bike and surfboard rentals, an outdoor climbing wall, state-of-the-art gym, happy hour, and table tennis.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is a Mediterranean-inspired oasis nestled among 45 acres of rolling hills, lush gardens, olive groves, and trails. Couples can participate in an array of outdoor activities, including private tennis lessons, yoga, and fitness classes. In need of some R&R? Unwind at the adults-only pool with a cold-pressed juice from the wellness bar or indulge in a bespoke somatotype therapy. Afterwards, retire to the tranquility of your suite-style casita.
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Talk about a throwback. The Ace Hotel & Swim Club is an homage to Americana. The classic motor lodge turned devastatingly hip retreat captures the true spirit of West Coast road trippin’ with revamped mid-century structures and an artsy-meets-desert sensibility. And the repurposed diner (an old Denny's) still serves up comfort food—only, now, it’s locally sourced. At times, it almost feels so cool you might find yourself asking “do I belong here?” The answer is yes.
Hotel Californian—or at least, the redux—may have launched in late 2017, however its story begins long before. The seaside property first opened in 1925 and was nearly destroyed by the Santa Barbara earthquake one week later. Bigger and better, the reboot stretches three blocks and incorporates the original Spanish Colonial Revival façade. Interiors take a more of-the-moment approach, weaving modern Moorish and Moroccan influences. Think: Saturated hues, intricate tilework, and gilded sconces.
Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
Love vino? Treat your S.O. to a romantic weekend away at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn in Los Olivos (Santa Ynez Valley). The intimate boutique hotel boasts 19 spacious rooms, each appointed with sophisticated furnishings and its own fireplace. There’s also an on-site tasting room, outdoor pool with relaxation area, and top-flight spa. Plus, you can feast on refined ranch fare at The Bear and Star. And did we mention it’s within walking distance of numerous local wineries, eateries, antique shops, and galleries?
Kimpton La Peer Hotel
The Kimpton La Peer Hotel previously topped our list of highly anticipated openings—and it totally lives up to our expectations. Since debuting in January 2018, it has become one of the hottest hangouts in West Hollywood’s Design District. In addition to impeccable aesthetics, tailored wellness programs, and an impressive art collection, what really sets this place apart are the innovative extras, ranging from custom picnic baskets to a menu of butler-drawn baths. Hungry? Make a reservation at Viale dei Romani, the modern seafood-focused trattoria.