11 Boutique Hotels in California That’ll Have You Swooning

11 Boutique Hotels in California That’ll Have You Swooning

From La Jolla to Downtown LA, Unpack Your Bags at These Small but Mighty Hotels

Whether the idea of a getaway has been on your mind or you’re just now ready to run away, we’ve got you covered. Southern California has vacation vibes written all over it, with its countless boutique hotels that rest near the beach, in the mountains and even in the desert. From coastal hues to ocean views and beyond, our guide to boutique hotels in SoCal will quickly become a go-to for your bucket list. You’re welcome.

Beach Terrace

The Vibe: A small but mighty Carlsbad hotel that invites travelers to slow down and stick their toes in the sand.

Wake up to the sound of rolling waves when you relax at this quirky California hotel. Beach Terrace is notable: it’s the only hotel in Carlsbad that sits directly on the sand, making it the ideal spot for a breezy seaside getaway. Built in the 1960s, this historic property supplies beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and more—a promise for full immersion into this serene coastal setting. Choose from rooms where you can step outside and settle your toes in the sand or rooms with views of the pretty pool terrace. The hotel offers yoga on its very own private beach and even offers a “Breakfast on the Balcony” experience for those slow, serene mornings. And don’t forget to take advantage of their Great Easter Rate Hunt, where you can save big on seasonal room rates! Hidden in their booking calendar on Easter morning will be rooms for either $1 or $99, good for arrivals anytime between April and December 2024. This is our kind of Easter egg hunt!

Location: Carlsbad

Hotel Joaquin

The Vibe: A midcentury modern beach motel, enhanced with French sophistication.

Lather yourself in luxurious views of Laguna Beach when you recharge in one of Hotel Joaquin’s art-infused rooms—think Juliette balconies, vaulted ceilings, even a record player in every room. A boutique stay that’s polished with thoughtfully curated, vintage finds, this spot is one for the books. Hotel Joaquin makes it a point to make you feel at home. They even deliver coffee to your room each morning and offer amenities that’ll keep you on your toes, like bicycles, body boards and beach games.

Location: Laguna Beach

The Surfrider Malibu

The Vibe: A reimagined 1950s icon that combines Malibu’s surf culture with coastal-chic amenities.

Bestowed with dreamy views of the Malibu coast, The Surfrider Malibu is a 20-room beach house that smacks of California surf culture. Feel like a local when you stay here, where you can wake early for a proper swell or relax on a private hammock until you’re ready to face the day.  Among features of the hotel include McTavish surfboards, customized for the hotel and on offer to guests. Grab a board and head to the sea, whether you’ve been ripping waves since you were four or you’re embarking on your first lesson. You’ll also be invited to dine at their guest-only restaurant, Roof Deck, which features coastal cuisine and views of the Pacific Ocean.

Location: Malibu

Sands Hotel & Spa

The Vibe: An 18-and-up resort where Moroccan arches meet midcentury modern stylings.

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