While we dream for future travel, I wanted to share a list of the coolest design hotels in California.
As someone who travels for my passion of design, I’m always keeping my eye out for the newest hotels that are opening. California has had quite a few over this last year, so I wanted to round up my top choices. This list also includes a few that are ones I have been itching to visit for a while.
California has a wide range of hotels, from boutique coastal stays to city hotels. My favorite personally are more intimate hotels that have a strong focus on aesthetics. Whether its a chic room with minimal features or a beautiful lobby that grabs you when you walk in, design is at the core of every hotel booking I make.
This is my personal list of hotels that I love, have been to, and will be visiting hopefully soon.
Take a look at these beautiful hotels in California for your next trip. You may even find yourself planning an entire trip around a hotel itself which is totally something I do!
The Coolest Design Hotels in California
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Located in the Los Feliz area, Hotel Covell has picked up a ton of coverage recently for its chic rooms and design. Each room comes with a bottle of their Covell Pinot Noir, putting a wonderful touch on a stay in LA.
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For those looking to be in DTLA, The Line hotel is a fan-favorite for minimalist design and cozy rooms. Their mid-century designed hotel was originally built in 1964, today it has been transformed to a traveller’s dream stay. Find the best rates here
One of the most photographed lobbies south of LA is found at Hotel Joaquin. But much more than that, Hotel Joaquin is a coastal boutique escape located within walking distance of Laguna Beach. It is a very private stay for those looking for a more intimate and refined Southern California beach getaway. Find the best rates here
A 20-room chic hotel in Malibu offers an ideal holiday spot for travelers. Listed frequently on Conde Naste Gold List, it’s an upscale yet approachable hotel along the Pacific Ocean. Find the best rates here
The newest addition to the range of hip hotels in the LA area, the Proper Hotel promises one incredibly designed hotel. Spearheaded by Kelly Wearstler, the suites and common spaces are an architectural beauty in themselves. Find the best rates here
For those looking for chic digs to be close to the breaks in Encinitas, book a room here. They have extensive knowledge and offer all of the gear to go catch a wave, even a lesson from an expert. Find the best rates here
Quite possibly one of the best designed hotels in Palm Springs, the Korakia Pensione is lover’s paradise. Moroccan and Mediterranean design create an intimate space to retreat to for a weekend away. Find the best rates here
Next to the Pacific Ocean in the hip city of Santa Barbara, this historic and resorted 1925 hotel is a first-choice for the area. It is a Spanish Colonial revived building and the beautiful guest rooms transport you through tasteful decor. Find the best rates here
In the getaway city of Ojai, chill poolside at this mid-century modern lodge. They have a pool to lounge by plus it is pet-friendly. Find the best rates here
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If you’re bound for Yosemite National Park, AutoCamp is it. From Airstreams to private cabin rentals, it’s the hippest choice near the park. Be sure to enjoy their outdoor fire-pits at night! Find the best rates here
The newest design hotel to land in San Luis Obispo is San Luis Creek Lodge. Bohemian and farmhouse aesthetics combined, the design was led by designer Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior. It’s a hip central coast getaway. Find the best rates here
Another beauty designed and renovated this summer by Nina Freudenberger of Haus Interior, White Water revealed its effortlessly cool coastal lodge this last summer. I’d highly recommend two nights here to soak it all in. Find the best rates here
Cambria Beach Lodge offers a wonderful take on a coastal lodge in Cambria, steps from Moonstone Beach. Find the best rates here
If you’ve ever dreamed of staying at a winery, look no further. Stand alone rooms perched over Cass Winery in Paso Robles is a bucket list stay. Sip nearby and simply walk back to your room designed with a shipping crate. Find the best rates here
Modern rooms and bright interiors make Hotel Carmel my favorite stay in the Carmel area. Its location is tough to beat and it has a wonderful patio area to enjoy the fire-pit and jacuzzi. Find the best rates here
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Designed by Kelly Wearstler, this is San Francisco’s best design hotel. Pops of color, funky accents, and stunning materials are representative of the city itself. Don’t miss its rooftop bar too. Find the best rates here
One of those tucked away gems in Sonoma, Boon Hotel offers glamping and beautifully-designed hotel rooms. Find the best rates here
Farmhouse design done so tastefully well paired with the Sonoma Valley charm I personally love. Farmhouse Inn is one of those places we recommend to everyone for a chic getaway in wine country. Find the best rates here
Modern and sophisticated, the Bardessono is fan-favorite for Napa Valley. Right in the heart of Yountville, you won’t be disappointed here. Find the best rates here
Hard to describe how incredible the ryokan-style inn is in Glen Ellen — Gaige House is just memorable. Both intimate and unique, their zen ryokan suites transport you to Japan and offer the retreat we all need. Find the best rates here
Nick’s Cove in Marshall
Private bungalows set along Marin’s coast and near Point Reyes, Nick’s Cove is a hidden local gem. Find the best rates here
Named best Northern California Hotel, the recently renovated Olema House provides beautiful rooms with access to trailheads right in Marin County. Find the best rates here
As you work your way up the Sonoma Coast, Timber Cove is a destination itself. Perched above the ocean, its modern yet cozy rooms are luxurious. Built in the 1960’s, this hotel was reimagined a few years back and is a wonderful weekend escape. Find the best rates here
Set in the heart of downtown Healdsburg, you’ll want to book this wonderfully designed hotel. It’s Japanese design meets Scandinavian aesthetics. Find the best rates here
Mendocino Grove in Mendocino
Who knew glamping could be so elevated? Well Mendocino Grove does it in a way that is just near hard to beat. Book a night in one of their luxurious safari tents and be closely located to Mendocino. Find the best rates here
One of those off-the-beaten-path finds, Humboldt Bay is not too far from Eureka and just south of Arcata. They offer suites in the hotel itself or stand-alone homes which are really epic. Find the best rates here
When it comes to modern and hip digs near Lake Tahoe, The Coachmen is my first choice. Find the best rates here