Boutique Hotel Hopping in California

I love a good road trip. There’s all the scenic highways, roadside stop-offs, and, of course, the hotels.

I love spending the night in a hotel. It feels like utter luxury to have a bed with freshly washed sheets, a big plush comforter, plump pillows, and someone to cook you breakfast. Checking out different hotels when I’m traveling is, in my opinion, one of the best parts about traveling.

So of course the first thing I think about when planning a road trip through California is where I’m going to stay. I might even plan my stops around the best boutique hotels.

High up in Downtown San Jose

The Hyatt Place San Jose has some really lovely modern touches. The rooms are big and bright and there’s a gym that’s open 24 hours a day, if that’s your kind of thing. They have a free breakfast, which includes a hot meal, cereal, and fresh fruit. The best part though, is the location. Take in views of downtown San Jose from your room, then head straight out the door and you’re in the mix of all the best restaurants and entertainment.

Views of the Bay in San Francisco

I love San Francisco, and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco has to be one of the best places to stay to enjoy it. Be sure to ask for a room with a view of the bay; it’s a breathtaking way to wake up. All the rooms have free Wi-Fi, there’s a great fitness center, and it’s steps away from Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market.

Utter Luxury in Santa Barbara

The Montecito Inn is a wonderful example of a boutique hotel. The rooms are modern and chic, and some suites have gas fireplaces for a nice romantic feel. There’s a huge outdoor pool and hot tub and free breakfast each morning. There’s also an on-site restaurant and bar in case you don’t feel like venturing out for the night. If you do, there are a few top rated restaurants all within walking distance.

Glamping in Lake Tahoe

Southern Lake Tahoe is perfect regardless of the time of year. Great ski slopes are all around you and in the summer, the lake is an awesome spot for water sports. The 3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club is an incredibly affordable way to enjoy the area. Rent a cute cabin for between $50 and $70 per night and enjoy the pool, barbecue, and picnic tables. You can also take advantage of the shuttle service during ski season.

A Mediterranean Escape in Sunnyvale

I love how bright and colorful the Wild Palms Hotel looks. The rooms are full of natural light and simply decorated. There is a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, and free hot breakfast each morning. It’s really nicely located for getting into San Jose or exploring other towns around the Bay area.

I am so excited about all the amazing boutique hotels in California. If you’re with me, it’s time to get booking!

Laura Bronner

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