California Retreat: Unwinding at the Golden Coast

California is a prime destination and on top of many travelers’ lists. I cannot blame them, for the Golden Coast not only is home to popular places such as Los Angeles in the south and San Francisco further to the north, it also holds a number of smaller gems, such as Costa Mesa, that are worth visiting. Where to begin? Read on for a few ideas on where to go and stay.

Image via  Flickr  by Matt Biddulph

Image via Flickr by Matt Biddulph


Alamo Inn & Suites

Looking for a traditional, cozy hotel that you won’t have to break the bank for? Check out Alamo Inn & Suites, in Anaheim, near Los Angeles. Average room rates are about $90, and you can expect free Wi-Fi, complimentary parking, coffee to get that extra energy boost in the morning, as well as 24/7 guest service. Relax by the outdoor pool or the jacuzzi after having spent hours at the Disney Parks, less than a 15-minute walk away. This hotel is also a quick drive from several beaches. The Convention Center is a block away.

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Anaheim

Choose DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Anaheim Resort—Convention Center and stay within walking distance of Disneyland. You’ll be welcomed with a freshly baked cookie as you check in. Rooms have a contemporary, stylish interior and come with a coffeemaker, fridge, and microwave. Take advantage of the shuttle, go for a dip in the rooftop pool, or unwind in the jacuzzi. Knott’s Berry Farm and the Angel Stadium are not far. Treat your taste buds at the restaurant after having worked out at the fitness center.

Embassy Suites San Francisco Waterfront

You’ll find the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Francisco Airport Waterfront right at the bay. The hotel is newly renovated and close to the SFO Airport. Embassy Suites offers a free shuttle. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, as well as drinks in the evening while having stunning views of the water. Popular attractions such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge, and Union Square are close by. Prices start around $190. The Spanish-style hotel also features an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, as well as a fitness center.

Marriott Costa Mesa

You cannot go wrong with a Marriott—in this case, Costa Mesa Marriott. Standing out with a classic design combined with modern chic, it comes with a range of amenities, such as in-room coffee, toiletries, mini-fridges, and iPod docks. Benefit from the airport shuttle, get active at the gym, or dive into the pool. It also has a whirlpool and an American-inspired restaurant. Other eateries are within walking distance. South Coast Plaza Shopping Center, Orange County Performing Arts Center, and Huntington Beach are close.

Ayres Hotel & Suites

This boutique hotel exudes a European charm with a luxurious interior and classic look including warm golden colors. At Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa, you can expect mahogany furniture, high-quality bedding, and marble elements. Spoil yourself and take advantage of a heated pool, spa, and fitness facilities. You are only a couple of miles away from famous Newport Beach and extensive shopping and dining opportunities at South Coast Plaza. Rates start as low as $165.

This piece was written in collaboration with Hipmunk in the course of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels Campaign, to bring you the best hotels around the U.S. for any budget.