The California coast has a great choice of hotels, inns, guesthouses, b&bs, RV parks, campsites, and everything from luxury resorts to city hotels, and from boutique hotels to budget options. There really is something to suit everyone. Below are a few of our choices of the best California Coast hotels and inns that we've stayed in ourselves, and some other recommended accommodation options.
CALIFORNIA BED AND BREAKFAST INNS
See our review of the California Bed and Breakfast Inns Guide
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Los Angeles: Airport Hotels
Monterey: Mariposa Inn
Monterey: Hotel Pacific
Santa Monica: Le Meridien Delfina
Santa Monica: Viceroy Santa Monica
Santa Monica: Best Hotels with Spas
Ventura: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
HISTORIC INNS AND HOTELS OF DISTINCTION
Bodega Bay: Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa
Cambria: Cambria Pines Lodge
Cambria: Olallieberry Inn
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Cypress Inn
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Lamp Lighter Inn
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Vagabond's House Inn
Eureka: Carter House Inns and Restaurant 301
La Jolla: Grande Colonial
Mendocino: Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo
Mendocino: MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant
Mendocino: Stanford Inn by the Sea
Moss Beach: Seal Cove Inn
San Luis Obispo: Madonna Inn
Santa Barbara: Franciscan Inn
Ventura: Pierpont Inn
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To help you in choosing your Pacific Coast Highway hotel, guesthouse, inn, bed-and-breakfast, resort, motel or other accommodations, we've prepared our Pacific Coast Highway Hotels Guide. In it we do mini-reviews of accommodations along the Highway, from Seattle to San Diego, through Washington, Oregon, and California.
In all there are over 200 hotels listed, complete with 8 pages of color maps showing the towns where our recommended hotels can be found. There are both alphabetical and geographical indexes, helping you plan your journey.
We also include color photos of all the hotels that are our Personal Favorites. Here's the link to read more about our ebook guide to Pacific Coast Highway hotels.
The 2018 edition of our Hotels Guide is available for the Kindle, with maps and photos in color, if you have a color reader. You can buy it in the US Kindle Store and in the UK Kindle Store and around the world.
If you want a paperback edition of the 2016 guide with only black and white photos and black-and-white maps, it costs $6.99 at the US Amazon Book Store and £4.99 in the UK Amazon Store.