14 of the most photogenic hotels in California

It’s no secret #TeamCoco has an ongoing love affair with the beautiful state of California, USA and below is our pick of its most beautiful hotels to help inspire wanderlust ahead of the new year.

The Treebones Resort in Big Sur

Big Sur: Treebones Resort

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.

SLO CAL: Madonna Inn

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.

Sands Hotel and Spa in Greater Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs: Sands Hotel and Spa

The Sands Hotel and Spa is an exclusive hotel located in Indian Wells, Greater Palm Springs. Designed in collaboration with renowned designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard – who has styled homes for celebrity royalty, including Sir Elton John and Cher – the property is the first designer boutique hotel in Indian Wells, with 46 individually-styled rooms, as well as a Moroccan spa and outdoor pool. The Pink Cabana restaurant (pictured) took design inspiration from the Palm Springs tennis and racquet clubs of the 1950s and 60s.

Immerse yourself in nature at Mendoncino Grove

Mendocino: Mendocino Grove

Located minutes from the idyllic coastal town of Mendocino, Mendocino Grove is set within 37 acres of beautiful woodland, home to ready-made safari-style accommodation. Camping is made comfy in each of the fully-outfitted tents, which include heated beds, cotton bed sheets and seating, all grouped into six ‘neighbourhoods’. Guests are provided with cooking equipment for intimate evenings around the fire, a bath house with indoor and outdoor showers, in addition to tea and coffee at the Meadow Commons.

Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz: Hotel Paradox

Home to rugged mountains, majestic redwoods and vibrant communities, Santa Cruz is a destination not to be missed on California’s Central Coast. Located just one mile from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Hotel Paradox welcomes guests through its striking entrance to experience the perfect balance between nature and urban design, intertwined through every aspect of the interiors.

Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara: Hotel Californian

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.

Our top picks for breathtaking views:

Cavallo Point Lodge

San Francisco: Cavallo Point Lodge

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. www.visitcalifornia.co.uk

Citizen Hotel Sacramento

Sacramento: The Citizen Hotel

Overlooking the iconic California State Capitol and the downtown Sacramento skyline, the Citizen Hotel provides its guests with luxurious suites, each with classic styling and striking décor. The suites feature pin-stripe walls and plush furniture, with a different experience provided in every room. The hotel’s restaurant, Grange, has become the staple for farm-to-fork dining in the city, showcasing the seasonal produce of the region.

Laguna Cliffs

Dana Point: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa in Dana Point, Orange County, has a five-star feel without the price tag. The OverVue Lounge and Deck, is the idea place to sit back, relax and watch the sun rise or set. A menu of delicious tapas and handcrafted cocktails is accompanied with beautiful Pacific Ocean views, and there’s also live music every Friday and Saturday night.

The otherworldly Yosemite Mariposa County is a must on anyone’s bucket list

Yosemite Mariposa County: The Ahwahnee

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.

Tri-Valley: The Purple Orchid

The Purple Orchid is nestled in the heart of Livermore Valley, one of California’s undiscovered viticultural gems. With sweeping valley views of lush vineyards, the hotel is the perfect place to capture laid-back California on camera. Enjoy private fireplaces, delicious breakfast and one of the many revitalising treatments from its renowned spa.

And for incredible pools, look no further than these beauties: 

The iconic circular pool at The Resort at Pelican Hill

Newport Beach: Resort at Pelican Hill

The Newport coast is renowned for its natural beauty and contemporary architecture. At the southernmost tip of Newport Beach, visitors will find the luxurious The Resort at Pelican Hilll, a five-star property sure to make any visit to the area a memorable one. The Coliseum Pool – one of the world’s largest circular pools and the beating heart of the hotel – makes for the perfect holiday snap with panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean.

Huntington Beach: Paséa Hotel & Spa

Located just steps from the Huntington Beach Pier, Paséa Hotel & 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 & 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.

It doesn’t get more Hollywood than the Mondrian in West Hollywood

West Hollywood: Mondrian Los Angeles

The Mondrian in West Hollywood 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.

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