Best Southern California Hotels for Interior Design

Living in Southern California my entire life, I’ve come across some pretty adorable staycation spots. For those that may not know, a “staycation” is a vacation that takes place local to home. It may or may not require an overnight stay, but in case it does, here are a few local hotels that are particularly aesthetically delicious.

01.  The Surfrider Malibu 23033 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

The Surfrider Hotel in Malibu is about as SoCal as it gets. The clean, organic ambience within each room creates a perfect, tranquil beachside getaway, while the electrifying waves crashing on the cliffs across PCH leave you feeling fresh, energized and recharged. Upon my stay here, I thought the only thing in the world that could make me feel that relaxed and restored was my esthetician. Boy, was I wrong. 

02.  The Saguaro 1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

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I love The Saguaro in Palm Springs for many reasons, but mostly because it makes me feel like a kid again. The youthfulness of the bright colors externally and internally force a smile across my face that I simply cannot control. I call dibs on the pink room!

03.  La Valencia Hotel 1132 Prospect St, La Jolla, California 92037

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Built in 1926, this iconic, Mediterranean style hotel located in La Jolla, CA, has been featured in the top 10 for Southern California Boutique Hotels, and is even a member of Historic Hotels of America. Fun fact, La Valencia‘s distinctive tower was used as a defense lookout during World War II. While this hotel may be nearly a century old, not a single thing about it screams outdated or obsolete. The preserved building has a well balanced blend of vintage femininity with charming, modern touches.  

04.  Shorebreak Resort 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

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Okay, so by now I’m sure you’re thinking, “Wow, another beach front resort, how original.” But trust me when I say that Huntington Beach and Malibu are incredibly different, I mean, they don’t call it Surf City, USA for nothing. What I love the most about Shorebreak is not only the jaw dropping view, but the location is absolutely divine. Right in the midst of The Strand in Huntington Beach, a local hub for shopping and dining, with HB’s euphoric Main Street nightlife just a block away. Not to mention, the beach-chic aesthetic is absolutely thriving within every inch of the hotel. They even have surfboard storage racks for their guests and Beach Boys records for private listening in the lobby.  

05.  Hotel Maya 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802

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Not only is Hotel Maya gorgeous, but rather unique compared to the other four on this list. While the other four are surrounded by shops, dining and other entertainment nearly next door, Hotel Maya is fairly secluded. A mile down the road sits the Queen Mary, a world famous tourist attraction, however, directly to the left or right is not much. This seclusion provides the resort-like feel, while the hustle of downtown LB is just across the harbor. 

Honorable Mention 

Madonna Inn  100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA

When making this list, I decided to simply focus on Southern California, but when the Madonna Inn came across my mind, I knew I had to incorporate it somehow. Located in California’s central coast, Madonna Inn’s aesthetic is truly the definition of organized chaos. All 110 rooms within the hotel are totally unique, including wallpapers, linens, furniture, etc. and while many would find this lack of uniform unnerving, I find it absolutely whimsical. When I first walked into this place, my heart nearly stopped from all the pink, plush, love seats and sofas. It’s world famous, and I think you can see why. 

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