100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.


Romantic Places in California

Marin County, San Francisco Bay Area

Marin County, the golden side of the Golden Gate. Across the Golden Gate Bridge, this arty hill-coated haven combines the quaint and alluring with the mighty and majestic. A landscape graced by the Bay Area’s tallest mountain peak and boasting water views every-which-way-you-look, beautiful Marin County prides itself on its organic and sustainable lifestyle.

Pelican Inn

Hwy. l, Muir Beach, California

Captures the spirit of l6th century England’s west country; rooms have draped tester beds, Turkish rugs and old world antiques. Located in Golden Gate National Park, between the ocean and the giant redwoods of Muir Woods.

T: +1 (415) 363-6000. 7 rooms. US$ 195-

Mountain Home Inn

810 Panoramic Drive, Mill Valley, California

Perched high on a Mt. Tamalpais ridgeline between the ocean and San Francisco Bay, this Northern California inn overlooks quaint woodsy villages, SF Bay and distant mountain peaks. Trailheads right outside its door lead into Muir Woods and Mt. Tamalpais wilderness parks.

T: +1 415 381-9000. 10 rooms $195-

Wine Country

California’s premier wine-growing regions offer top restaurants and intimate lodgings.

Beltane Ranch

11775 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, Sonoma, California

Step back in California’s history at this rustic white clapboard farmhouse with a wrap-around veranda, set among the peaceful Sonoma vineyard countryside. Antique cast-iron beds, local artwork and breakfast made with eggs laid by the ranch’s chickens. Owned by the fourth-generation descendants.

T: +1 707 996-6501 5 rooms, b&b. US$ 150-

Auberge du Soleil

180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford, Napa, California

Luxury Mediterranean-style California hotel in the heart of the Napa wine country.

T: +1 (707) 963-1211. 50 rooms; US$ 295-


Northern California coastal community favored by artists.

Mendocino Farmhouse

Olson Lane, Mendocino, CA

1976 farmhouse surrounded by gardens and trees and found at the end of a quiet country lane. Just 1.5 miles from the artsy town of Mendocino, its setting has a special appeal for sun lovers: the inland location keeps it out of the fog most of the time.

T: +1 (707) 937-0241. 6 room b&b. US$ 120-


“This park is a paradise that makes even the loss of Eden seem insignificant”. John Muir

Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly Ahwahnee Lodge)

Yosemite National Park

A grand national park hotel built with towering beams and massive stone hearths.

123 rooms. US$ 366-

Chateau du Sureau

48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, California

Provencal-style manor house located near south entrance of Yosemite National Park.

T: +1 (209) 683-6860. 9 rooms. US$ 250-

Central Coast

Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California

High end rusticity in a dramatic coastal setting 1,200 feet above the Pacific.

T: +1 831 667 2200. 30 rooms, US$ 700-

Carmel Country Inn

Dolores St. at Third Ave., Carmel, California

The most pet friendly b&b in charming Carmel.  Cozy room and spacious suites with luxury surroundings.

T: + 1 831 625-3263. 10 room b&b. US$ 225-

Cass House Inn

222 N. Ocean Ave., Cayucos, CA

Former 1867 Sea Captain’s home located within walking distance of the beach and shops in a small surfing town, Freshly renovated with William Morris prints, Schumacher textiles and arts & crafts detailing, the romantic hotel is run by identical twins and their husbands, a chef and wine specialist.

T: +1 805 995-3669. 5 room inn & restaurant.$165-

Southern California

Santa Barbara

A photogenic sea of surf, hills, and Mission-revival styled buildings.

Simpson House Inn

121 East Arrellaga St., Santa Barbara, California

This Southern California romantic getaway is an elegant 1874 Eastlake home, with period Victorian antiques. Secluded within an acre of tall hedges, stone walls, lawn and gardens, a five minute walk from downtown Santa Barbara.

T: +1 805 963 7067. 14 rooms, US$ 160-

Cheshire Cat

36 W. Valerio St., Santa Barbara, California

Elegant Victorian with old oak trees, fountains and gardens.  Located 4 blocks from downtown Santa Barbara.

T:+1 (805) 569-1610

San Ysidro Ranch

900 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito, California

John and Jackie Kennedy spent a romantic honeymoon here in a bungalow hideaway amidst the orange trees and eucalpytus in the Montecito foothills of Santa Barbara.

T:+1 (805) 969-5046. 44 rooms; US$ 375-

Death Valley

The lowest and hottest place in the western hemisphere (in 1913 temperatures reached 134° F), it received its name from 49er gold miners who succumbed to the temptation to use it as a short cut to the Sierra gold fields. Today it is a national park and its stark desert beauty draws a million visitors a year.

Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort

Hwy. 190, Death Valley, California

A garden oasis with sweeping views of salt flats.

T: +1 (619) 786-2345. 66 rooms; US$ 235-

Palm Springs

Noted for its midcentury modern architecture. During its heyday—the 1920’s through 1950’s—legendary Hollywood stars from Barrymore to the Rat Pack made Palm Springs their second home. Its decline thereafter help freeze in time its midcentury look and the town is undergoing a preservation revival today.

Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn

412 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, California

1927 Mediterranean style villa. When it was still a private home, guests included the honeymooning Clark Gable and Carole Lombard.

T: +1 619 320 0771. US$ 250-

Korakia Pensione

Palm Springs, California

Originally built in the 1920’s to recreate the Tangier ambience of its artist owner’s Moroccan years.

T: +1 760 864-6411.US$ 175-

Sparrows Hotel

1330 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California

This former 1950’s motor lodge has been expertly recreated by the couple that founded the Korakia Hotel into a stylish old-time ranch hotel with rusted tin roofs, vintage swiss army blankets and a salt water pool. There’s a no-kids policy but dogs are allowed.

T: +1 760 327-2300. 20 rooms. $100-

Colony Palms Hotel

572 N. Indian Canyon Road, Palm Springs, CA

Avoid the poolside hotels filled with children and stay at this hip romantic hotel boasting a large pool and excellent restaurant.

T: +1 760 969-1800. US$ 190-


Exclusive L.A. suburb.

Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel-Air, California

Located on eleven acres, scattered villas containing 4-10 rooms and suites each.

T: +1 310 472 1211. 103 rooms, US$ 575-

La Jolla

Combines California character and Mediterranean charm, located coastside just north of San Diego.

La Valencia Hotel

1132 Prospect Street, La Jolla, California

La Jolla’s landmark “pink beauty” building evokes European charm.

T: +1 858 454 0771. 117 rooms. US$ 300-

Channel Islands

Eight craggy rock islands spread out off the Southern California coast; the northern five making up the Channel Islands National Park. The islands are popular with California’s hiking, diving and kayaking set. Marine life found there includes the endangered blue whale, the largest animal living on earth. The largest of the islands, Catalina Island, is a 75 minute catamaran ride from Newport Beach brings you to Avalon, a cobblestone town and harbor.

Inn on Mt. Ada

Avalon, Catalina Island, Channel Islands, CA

Once the summer home of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, this romantic mansion has panoramic views over the harbor and sea.

T: +1 310 510 2030. US$ 330-