Scouting a new or reimagined hotel is one of my favorite “travel writer” things to do. Exploring a new accommodation is a treasure hunt. What new amenities and comforts are waiting to take guests away from their everyday lives? What is the atmosphere, city buzz, or country quiet? What are the rooms like? What about eats and libations? What services are offered? Is the lodging pet-friendly? Is it multi-generational, couples, or solo-friendly? What’s happening in the area? How do you get there?
If you’re planning a trip to California, each of these five hotels invited me for a stay so I can give you a hotel scout’s insider information and tips. These ideally located hotels are places you can build a weekend around. All are no-drive destinations with loads to do close by. You park your car and forget about it until you depart.
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