Your weekend getaway just got closer
Spanning continental five-star luxury to a fresh take on low-key modernity, California’s hottest new hotels bring your summer getaway closer than ever.
Freehand Los Angeles—the latest from the buzzy hostel-hotel brand—crams abundant cool into its 167 private and 59 shared rooms, designed by Roman and Williams. Cases in point: the James Beard Award-nominated cocktail bar Broken Shaker; The Exchange, an Israeli-influenced restaurant helmed by Animal alum Alex Chang; plus a concept shop by Venice’s Flowerboy Project. From $229; freehandhotels.com.
A St. Helena wine hotel overlooking Beringer Vineyards, the 68-room Starwood property Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley comprises warm minimalist rooms designed by international firm Yabu Pushelberg (most of which open onto private outdoor spaces with fireplaces or alfresco tubs) and the Chris Cosentino-helmed restaurant Acacia House. From $695; lasalcobasnapavalley.com.
The 170-room Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills tips the neighborhood’s decadence scales with custom crystal chandelier-draped interiors by Pierre-Yves Rochon, a La Prairie spa and an eponymous restaurant from the internationally acclaimed, Michelin-starred French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. From $815; waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com.
Replete with Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s signature Moorish interiors, a Moroccan-style spa and an original 1925 facade, Santa Barbara’s 121-room Hotel Californian, opening this summer, is steps from the beach and the city’s most happening area, the Funk Zone. From $550; thehotelcalifornian.com.
Edited by LESLEY McKENZIE.