What are the Most Exceptional Hotels in California?

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  1. Lighthouse
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    In spite of all the craziness in the state, California is a beautiful state and traveling it by car remarkable fun. What do you think are some of the most extraordinary hotels in the state? I am attaching a draft list of ten of my favorite hotels in the state to begin the conversation. I would appreciate friendly commentary on what hotels are missing and whether the hotels on this list belong on this list and in what order. I will periodically update this list to reflect the consensus of MP members.

    1) Resort at Pelican Hill (Newport Coast)

    2) BelAir Hotel (LA)

    3) Ritz Carlton (Laguna Niguel)

    4) Ritz Carlton (San Francisco)

    5) Meadowood (Napa)

    6) St Regis (San Francisco)

    7) Auberge du Soleil (Napa)

    8) Intercontinental (Monterey)

    9) Ritz Carlton (Half Moon Bay)

    10)The Ahwahnee (Yosemite)
     
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    I am actually a pretty big fan of the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.
     
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    The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley (spectacular location and history, good food, rooms are average except for suites)

    Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur (perhaps my favorite place in the country for couples, wonderful to combine with a lazy drive along the central coast)
     
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    The bagpipers playing at sunset at The Ritz in Half Moon Bay is a special experience.
     
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    The Westgate in San Diego

    They treated me like royalty !
     
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    So am I. [​IMG]
     
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    The location of that hotel is nothing short of spectacular.
     
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    Thanks. How would you compare it against the BelAir also in the area?
     
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    I have never been to the Bel Air. However, I like the location of the Four Seasons much, much better. Service-wise, I understand that the Bel Air is top notch, and it underwent a heavy renovation not too long ago. If you like to be more secluded and don't care as much about being centrally located, I would recommend the Bel Air over the Four Seasons. If you like to be able to walk to shops and restaurants, the Four Seasons is probably the better choice.

    Another good luxury alternative to the Four Seasons (in the same neighborhood) is L'Ermitage. It's about 3 blocks closer to Rodeo Drive, but 3 blocks further away from the trendy West Hollywood restaurant scene. :D
     
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    What I like so much about the Four Seasons is how welcome all the staff make you feel- it is very impressive even for Four Seasons.
     
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    Ritz Carlton San Francisco - Club Level only
    Inter-Continental Monterey (Ocean Suite with fireplace fantastic)
    Four Seasons San Francisco has best cleaning staff in California, but the worst doormen...
     
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    I've had some good dinners there.
     
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    I'm surprised that nothing is listed for either San Diego or Santa Barbara. In San Diego, I would suggest the US Grant (Starwood LC); it's a stunning historic property in the downtown historic area, but not so close to the water or convention center. (See the Master Thread in the Starwood forum.) There's also a distinguished hotel at the entrance to La Jolla Village but I can't remember the name, perhaps something like the Valencia. In Santa Barbara, maybe the Bacara (spelling?) Resort?

    I love l'Auberge du Soleil.
     
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    Here's another one: Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. I love its style of very relaxed and casual elegance and it's fun to be right on the beach. The downtown shopping and entertainment area is walkable, as is the famous pier.
     

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