California’s unique spirit extends to its hospitality. From the beaches to the valleys, there are unique places to stay whether you need a weekend getaway or a road trip to see all the sites that fill the spacious state. Check out 15 of the most unique hotels in California, where you might spot anyone from a celebrity to a ghost.
Set in Central California, the Madonna Inn is a landmark resort visible from the highway. The ornate inn includes themed rooms, a spa, horseback riding, boutiques, a pool, restaurants and more. It’s also really close to San Luis Obispo, for when the charm wears off.
Set in a historic Victorian home, Burlington Hotel is a blast from the past. It is surrounded by Muir County’s natural wonders and features a cute café and glimpse into the past.
Once a famous cruise ship, The Queen Mary is still hosting passengers from its dock in Long Beach. Stay overnight if you dare, as the ship is famously haunted and offers ghost tours in addition to well-appointed staterooms.
The colorful Saguaro Hotel embodies the colorful spirit of the desert city. Enjoy modernist art and architecture in the city known for its artistic spirit and modernist style homes and hotels.
Big Sur is known for its rugged coastline and there’s no better place to enjoy it than Post Ranch Inn. Stunning views, a mountaintop infinity pool and numerous luxury amenities make it anything but rugged. Check it out find out why it tops so many best lists.
Located just across the street from the beach, The Biltmore is a sprawling Spanish-revival style property. A beautiful setting for weddings, The Biltmore offers bungalows, a pool, tennis courts and more amenities. You may even spot a celebrity as the area is filled with Hollywood’s out of town homes.
The Langham Huntington Pasadena is filled with old world California charm. From its award-winning dining options to the luxury spa, to the excellent service, every aspect of The Langham makes it unique in its ability to make each guest have a personal experience.
Riverside isn’t exactly known for its luxury, which is what makes The Mission Inn so unexpected. The historic hotel has hosted presidents, celebrities and VIPs from a variety of fields. The hotel has a variety of things to experience including shopping, restaurants, a spa, pool and more in the heart of historic Riverside.
The Pelican Inn is modeled after an English country cottage, making it a unique sight in Southern California’s traditionally Spanish settings. It carries on the English tradition of coastal inns with its dedication to hospitality, including comfortable rooms and a restaurant.
The Hotel Del Coronado embodies the Southern California experience. Located right on the beach, the hotel hosts special events and celebrations throughout the year. Learn to surf by day and then relax in the luxury of the hotel’s rooms. Be on the lookout for ghosts, as the famously hosts more than a few.
Maison 140 was once the private home of Hollywood’s famous actresses, Lillian and Dorothy Gish. The sisters were known for offering hospitality to people chasing their Hollywood dreams. Now it carries on the tradition with luxury touches from leading skincare brands in guestrooms to a cozy bar.
Downtown LA is only recently becoming revitalized enough to be a place to stay. But Figueroa Hotel has been a mainstay since 1926. After a recent renovation, Figueroa Hotel has become a trendy spot to hang and offers a convenient location as well as stunning historic murals, great food and a great vibe.
The Wigwam Motel on historic Route 66 is the perfect stay for a road trip. Featured in the animated film “Cars,” The Wigwam Motel is one roadside motel that you won’t forget because each room is built into a wigwam shape. It’s the last remaining motel of its kind, which features 30-foot-tall tepees made from wood framing, concrete and stucco in village shape. Nearly 60 years old the Wigwam Motel has been renovated to feature all the modern amenities and remains a special place for road warriors.
The Castle Wood Cottages in the forests of Big Bear are like something from a fairy tale, but smaller. Each cozy cottage features a Jacuzzi tub and a fireplace. With a little imagination, each romantically themed cottage can be your private castle—with snowboarding and mountain activities just outside your door.
Close to Joshua Tree National Park, Oasis of Eden may be a small motel, but it has a big reputation for it’s over the top themed rooms. The 14 themed rooms range from a junglescape to a rockin’ 50s vibe that would have Elvis quivering as well as a cave room. All the theme rooms have a Jacuzzi tub and some feature uniquely shaped beds to go with the décor.