The best hotels in California

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The Surfrider, Malibu

Located just off the Pacific Coast Highway, this former roadside motel has been transformed into one of Malibu’s most desirable locations. The vibe here is laid-back surf-chic. The hotel’s young globetrotting owners have transformed it into a sleek, stylish beach pavilion filled with personal touches, including finds from their travels around the world and coveted trinkets from local makers. There are also custom surfboards for rent, as well as a vintage Land Rover to drive guests to local surf spots such as Leo Carrillo Beach. The 20 light-filled rooms feature crisp linens, reclaimed wood, and neutral color palettes. All have balconies with stunning ocean views — though the best views are from the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which, despite only being open to guests, is still buzzing at night. sunset.

Parker, Palm Springs

If you’re looking for ’60s-inspired kitsch, the Parker has it in spades. This Palm Springs hotel takes the Pop Art theme and follows it, with mismatched colors, clashing patterns, and goofy sculptures galore as soon as you walk through the Instagram-heavy bright orange double doors. Designed by American potter and interior designer Jonathan Adler, there’s an irreverent rock ‘n roll vibe here, with glamorous bedrooms filled with colorful cushions, arty coffee table books and fabric wall hangings, as well as an indoor fireplace in the lobby for people-watching after dark. Grab brunch at Norma’s Restaurant, famous for its tangerine-colored banquettes, before strolling through the bougainvillea-filled gardens and cooling off from the desert heat with a dip in one of the hotel’s two outdoor pools, which are always flanked by beautiful people basking in the sun.

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