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Hotel California

Mike & Donna's verdict:

California has an over-abundance of great places to stay, from the wacky to the wonderful. Ultra-chic hotels can be found in fun cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, while boutique wine-country retreats and even remote ranches provide style and that welcoming American hospitality.

Recommended travel company: i-escape

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California’s moniker of The Golden State couldn’t be more apt. The Gold Rush happened here in 1849, fields of golden poppies bloom every spring, and the whole state feels sparkly, sunlit and special.

Stretching from San Diego’s long beaches up to the dramatic headlands of the Pacific Northwest, there’s a host of buzzy cities and beautiful landscapes to discover – San Francisco with its iconic Golden Gate Bridge; Los Angeles, the city of dreams for aspiring actors; the desert in Palm Springs; majestic redwood forests, green national parks and the rolling Napa and Sonoma Valleys.

Distances are vast but the state is best explored on a road trip, so live that dream – hire a convertible, don your aviators and cruise Pacific Highway 101 with the wind in your hair.

We’ve found wonderful hideaways to suit every budget. Keep things cheap with this kitsch desert ranch in Joshua Tree National Park and these quirky beachside cottages in Marin.

Spoil yourself utterly at romantic Post Ranch Inn, or discreetly at a boho-chic hideaway in West Hollywood.

Strike a happy medium with a friendly inn in gourmet Sonoma and a fun oceanfront pad in San Diego.

Wherever you go, we’ll give you honest advice and the very best rates – plus (at most hotels) an extra gift, such as wine or a room upgrade – so you’ll really feel like you’ve struck gold!

Book them all at guaranteed best rates (via the ‘Rates page of each review), ask us for advice, read our guide to California or check the latest special offers.

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