Architectural Masterpieces: A Journey Through California’s Most Unique Hotels

California is one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Disneyland, Hollywood and Route 66 all originate here. It’s where the beaches of the Pacific Coast are incredible. Los Angeles and San Francisco are here. There’s so much to explore! But first, find accommodations worthy of the destination. Here are the top hotels in the Golden State.

Wigwam Motel, San Bernardino

In the mid-20th century, Wigwam Motels were an atypical lodging chain adored by family lodgers. Most of these hotels are gone, but the San Bernardino location is still a busy place. The Wigwam Motel is located just off Route 66. Here you can rent a private teepee, have an outdoor barbecue dinner, or bask in the pool.

Miramonte Resort & Spa, Indian Wells

Not far from the famous Palm Springs, the town of Indian Wells is home to the stunning Miramonte Resort & Spa on 11 acres in Mediterranean style! The mild climate, mountains and desert terrain beckon for a swim in the outdoor pools or sunbathing. The spa and saltwater pool are also great sources of relaxation.

Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort

Furnace Creek Inn and Ranch Resort is located in the heart of Death Valley. The resort is divided into two parts: The Inn and the Ranch. The second one feels like it’s going back to the mid-nineteenth century, and it’s especially loved by family travelers. The Inn is designed for a more sophisticated, meditative vacation. It’s a secluded spot whose silence is broken only by the murmuring of natural springs and where every meal is a sacred ritual. Both halves of the resort are quickly connected to the picturesque streets of Death Valley National Park.

Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito

The San Francisco Bay Area (arguably the most famous in the tech industry) has been under serious scrutiny until recently. So Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito gives you the opportunity to stay in former military housing and offices. Don’t worry, the level of comfort is state-of-the-art (from basic Wi-Fi to morning yoga classes). But the most amazing thing here is the mind-blowing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite

If you want to make the most of your time in Yosemite National Park and even stay overnight, you don’t have to look for a place to camp. The Ahwahnee, recently renamed Majestic Yosemite, guarantees impeccable comfort and luxurious panoramic views. Built in 1927 with stone, steel and an enormous amount of glass, the hotel has become something of a flagship of architecture. Grab a warming drink by the imposing stone fireplace or hike to Half Dome or the glacier, it’s up to you.

Loews Regency, San Francisco

In the heart of San Francisco’s financial district rises a skyscraper with 48 stories. And the top 11 of them belong to the Loews Regency San Francisco. Rooms in a high-rise with 47-inch TV panels and marble bathrooms – what else can you expect from a modern metropolis? The Loews Regency is one of the best places to stay in San Francisco with panoramic views of the bay. The hotel is within walking distance of the famous Transamerica Pyramid as well as the BART Embarcadero subway station for exploring the city.

Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley

In the heart of Napa Valley, this French-inspired resort is a chic adults-only destination. Rooms are upscale, with Jacuzzis and heated floors. The Auberge du Soleil has a world-class spa and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. And, since Napa Valley is the wine capital of California, all rooms, of course, are equipped with wine refrigerators.

Hotel del Coronado, San Diego

Do you want to combine the sun-drenched beaches of San Diego with a bit of Southern California history? Then come to Coronado Island at the Hotel del Coronado, set on the beach in a late 19th century Victorian wooden building, just a 10 minute drive from the San Diego Islands.

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

Big Sur is famous for winding coastal roads and dizzying panoramas. Port Ranch Inn looks out over the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean from the very edge of the cliff. As such, most rooms offer stunning views of the mountains, the ocean, or both. Guests can stay in standard and deluxe rooms or opt for a private cabin… in a tree house. The amenities here are stellar and include everything from luxury car rentals.

Montage Laguna Beach

Montage is now synonymous with high-end housing. And Montage Laguna Beach fully demonstrates the brand values. This huge cliffside space paradoxically feels intimate and luxurious at the same time. You’ll love its architecture, as well as the huge spa overlooking the ocean. You can spend all day on the beach, dine at one of three world-class restaurants, and head to Hollywood in the evening.

Queen Mary Hotel, Los Angeles

Even the most sophisticated travelers have rarely stayed at such an unusual hotel. “The Queen Mary is actually a floating ship, a real ocean liner built in 1936. The Queen Mary is permanently moored in Long Beach, less than three miles from downtown Los Angeles. Many of the rooms are decorated in the original Art Deco style. There’s a British pub, a tea room and, of course, a 24-hour marvelous view from anywhere in the hotel.