The Telegraph’s top hotels in California

Not only am I a traveller, I’m also a travel writer. One of the outlets I write for regularly is The Telegraph newspaper in the U.K., where I do hotel reviews for their travel section.

My most recent review was on Skylonda Lodge in Northern California. You can also read about my transformative experience at Skylonda in my story here at Trading Places!

The Telegraph released a round-up story of the best hotels in California, as compiled by their ratings from Telegraph expert reviewers such as myself. I was thrilled to find that my review of Skylonda Lodge is the 4th California hotel on that list.

Check out some of the other hotels rated as tops by The Telegraph:

San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara

JFK and Jackie chose San Ysidro as their honeymoon spot, Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier married here and Sir Winston Churchill loved the place so much he described it as ‘grand opera scenery idealised’. San Ysidro Ranch dates back to 1893 and has long been considered as one of the country’s finest hotels.

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

Hobnob with the occasional celebrity at this seaside American beach house in Santa Monica. Breezy, beach-chic rooms and suites, two highly regarded restaurants and a convivial cocktail lounge are all just steps from the sand. The hotel’s concierge service and amenities are all top notch.

The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

A tranquil oasis in the heart of Beverly Hills, this magnificent hotel delivers on every level. The hotel itself is exquisitely beautiful both inside and out, and a stay is enhanced by uniquely personalised service and a five-star experience that could really be a six star, if such a category existed.

Skylonda Lodge, Woodside

Skylonda Lodge is beyond being defined as a health or wellness retreat – it offers a full luxury lifestyle makeover. An immersive experience of fitness, nutrition, mindfulness, relaxation and the connection between all of these things are part of a holistic programme in a serene redwood forest setting.

Orbit In, Palm Springs

This boutique hotel with only nine rooms was built in 1957 and is a designated historic landmark, located in the historic Tennis Club neighborhood at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains and near downtown. Each room is uniquely furnished with original mid-century items.

The Saguaro Palm Springs, Palm Springs

An atmosphere of fun will pervade your stay at The Saguaro. There’s a social aspect to all of the public areas and the hotel’s hub is a large outdoor area with multi-purpose spaces, two whirlpools and one of the largest pools in Palm Springs.

Kimpton Canary Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara

Impeccable service in this pretty boutique hotel in the heart of Santa Barbara. The Kimpton Canary features a magnificent rooftop terrace with far-reaching views of the sea and mountains.

The Battery, San Francisco

Simply San Francisco’s best hotel. Situated within a private members’ club, guests get an all-access pass to The Battery’s exclusive facilities and events. Super-stylish interiors are by designer-to-the-stars Ken Fulk, and everything from the food to the tea is world-class. Service is superlative.

Read The Telegraph’s full collection of top California hotels here. Have one you love? Put it in the comments below!

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