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My Fav Southern California Hotels, Resorts & Locations

Updated: May 3, 2022

Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills

The Maybourne, Beverly Hills

The Peninsula, Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills

Waldorf Astoria, Beverly Hills

SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills

Loews, Santa Monica

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

The London, West Hollywood

The West Hollywood Edition, West Hollywood

Hotel Bel Air, Bel Air

Langham, Pasadena

Four Seasons, Westlake Village

Terranea, Palos Verdes

Montage, Laguna Beach

Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach, Dana Point

Avalon, Palm Springs

Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Lido House, Newport Beach

L’Auberge, Del Mar

Fairmont, Del Mar

The Dana, Mission Bay

Kimton, San Diego

Malibu Inn, Malibu

Nobu Ryokan, Malibu

The SurfSider, Malibu

Calamigos Ranch, Malibu

Four Seasons,Santa Barbara

Ritz Carlton, Santa Barbara

El Encanto, Santa Barbara

Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai

Bellanca Hotel, Catalina Island

You can see all my trip reviews & itineraries, on my travel page here

My top SoCal locations:

If I had to narrow down top recommendation places for someone visiting, I’d recommend:


Santa Barbara

Laguna Beach

Catalina Island

My top LA locations:

If I had to narrow down top recommendation places for someone visiting, I’d recommend (but I don’t necessarily recommend LA metropolitan city with kids, I’d recommend the above SoCal destinations instead):

Santa Monica

West Hollywood


Beverly Hills

My top activity recommendations in LA metropolitan area if you are visiting with kids:

Santa Monica Pier

Cayton Kids Museum

Pasadena Kids Museum

My top recommendation for family friendly amusement parks in SoCal:

California Adventure



Sesame Place

Again, lots of tips and experiences on all of these amusement parks with exact itineraries on my travel page

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