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Top 10 Hotels In California With Jaw-Dropping Beach Views

Katie
Published Dec 12, 2017

With over 1,000 miles (1,609.34 km) of beaches in California, it can be more than daunting to figure out where the best views and places to stay might be. We’ve decided to help you out by giving our top ten list of hotels in California with beautiful beach views. Whether you are looking for rugged landscapes or sunsets that fairytales were made from, we’ve got everything you need for your perfect beach-view holiday.

1. Best Western Beach View Lodge, Carlsbad (from 136 USD)

Located right on the 7 mile (11 km) coastal stretch called Carlsbad in northern San Diego County, this hotel is on the doorstep of the beach and has the views to prove it. After your breakfast, included in the price, head to the beach which is very easy to access or if you just want to enjoy the view without the sand then make yourself at home on the sundeck where you can relax with a book or watch the fellow beach go-ers enjoy their day. The sundeck also offers incredible views of sunset, which is often enjoyed communally with guests. Rooms are clean and comfortable, ensuring a thoroughly pleasant stay.

Best Western Beach View Lodge

Address: 3180 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad, CA 92008, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 136 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Excellent 8.8 (from 159 reviews)

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2. Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort, Oxnard (from 229 USD)

Situated on the beachfront just 5 miles (8 km) from downtown Oxnard, this hotel caters primarily for business guests, so alongside the expected amenities it also has a fully equipped gym, hot tub, and even on-site tennis courts. But what about the view? Be sure to book an ocean view room and you won’t be disappointed, the sun setting over the ocean can be enjoyed every night. In the morning, the best way to enjoy the view is to grab a towel after finishing your cooked-to-order breakfast and relax on a sun-lounger on the manicured front lawn of the hotel, which then miraculously turns into the beach just a few meters ahead of you!

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort,

Address: 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, CA 93035, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 229 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.0 (from 266 reviews)

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3. Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore, Santa Barbara (from 545 USD)

Feel like a million dollars at this Spanish inspired resort; from the cosy dressing-gowns in your rooms, to the cuisine at the restaurant everything oozes luxury and the view doesn’t disappoint. Be sure to book a room with an ocean view and you’ll feel like you have your own slice of beach paradise. We also particularly love the room from the communal veranda areas because it feels like you’re sitting on top of the water! Bedrooms are spacious and elegant with stocked mini-bars and more than comfortable beds.

Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore

Address: 1260 Channel Drive, Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 545 USD

Star Rating: 5 Star

Travelers Review: Awesome 9.0 (from 227 reviews)

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4. SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel, Pismo Beach (from 159 USD)

The area of Pismo Beach is known for two things: beaches and wineries! The SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel features a year-round outdoor pool, barbecue area, and sun terrace, perfect for enjoying those summer days. To be honest, the view can be enjoyed even during the winter days from the sun terrace because they have plenty of fire pits to keep you warm and toasty. The hotel itself is just 3 minutes to the beach, down a series of steps meaning that you get an elevated angle for the perfect beach view. Some of the rooms offer private balconies so that you can enjoy a glass of wine alongside the excellent view whilst the bedrooms themselves are simply decorated and comfortable.

SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel

Address: 2241 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 159 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Excellent 8.6 (from 1,391 reviews)

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5. Shoreline Inn...on the beach, Cayucos (from 137 USD)

A perfect view right on the front of Cayucos beach and the hotel offers afternoon cookie-time, I think we just fell in love ourselves, and so will you! The sun sets right over the pier of the sea and you can select a room that has this view. The rooms themselves are comfortable, clean, and a continental breakfast is offered.

Shoreline Inn...on the beach

Address: 1 North Ocean Avenue, Cayucos, CA 93430, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 137 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Awesome 9.0 (from 455 reviews)

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6. Monterey Tides: a Joie de Vivre Hotel, Monterey (from 189 USD)

You want a somewhat simple hotel, with a beach view and hot tub?! Ah, sure we’ve got that for you. Monterey County has over 99 miles (159 km) of beaches, and so at this hotel you won’t be disappointed with the view, that’s for sure! We particularly love the view from the lounge that offers full floor to ceiling windows, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine. We particularly recommend booking in for dinner at the fourth floor restaurant before retiring to your clean and relaxing bedroom, with many offering seating areas.

Monterey Tides: a Joie de Vivre Hotel

Address: 2600 Sand Dunes Dr, Monterey, CA 93940, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 189 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Good 7.7 (from 1,785 reviews)

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7. Beach House, Half Moon Bay (from 305 USD)

This beach front hotel in Half Moon Bay overlooks Pillar Point Harbor and is sure to be relaxing; they even offer in-room spa treatments! The suites each come with a private balcony so that you can watch the sunset with red and pink hues over the the bay. We’re swooning just by looking at the pictures! The rooms are cozy and quaint with a homely feeling and the staff make sure that you feel welcome. You’ll really enjoy your stay at Beach House in Half Moon Bay.

Beach House

Address: 4100 North Cabrillo Way, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 305 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Excellent 8.9 (from 174 reviews)

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8. Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel, Pacifica (from 199 USD)

Located just south of San Francisco, this hotel is recommended above all else for its fantastic view. There are a number of different views available from partial to full beach view so be sure to check online before booking. Although there is no restaurant on-site, the hotel itself is just walking distance from a number of local bars and restaurants. From the bedrooms you can expect plenty of space and relaxing neutral colours.

Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel

Address: 105 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044, United States of America (see map)

Price: from 199 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.0 (from 411 reviews)

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9. North Cliff Hotel, Fort Bragg (from 179 USD)

With a view that is known as both breathtaking and beautiful, our list wouldn’t be complete without this hotel. The views take in both Pacific Ocean and Noyo Bay. So you can wake up fresh and early from a relaxing night in your traditional wood furnished room and enjoy the fresh hot buffet. We’ll let you into a secret, some of the rooms have the bath next to the window with the view…. did someone say the word ‘perfect’.

North Cliff Hotel

Address: 1005 South Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA (see map)

Price: from 179 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Superb 9.1 (from 717 reviews)

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10. Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, San Simeon (from 159 USD)

This hotel has got it figured out when it comes to best enjoying the view as they offer fire-pits right on the beachfront… you can stargaze all night! It’s also a fantastic way to make some new friends whilst on your travels. The bedrooms are spacious and offer both a writing desk area and indoor seating, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

Oceanfront

Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

Address: 9415 Hearst Dr., San Simeon, 93452, USA (see map)

Price: from 159 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 8.5 (from 1,213 reviews)

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We don't encourage just sitting indoors

A nice view can make or break a holiday, so we’re happy safe in the knowledge that by booking one of these hotels you’ll be thrilled when you open your eyes in the morning. But, that doesn’t mean that we recommend just sitting indoors idly watching the view and the world pass you by from your room because, do you know what makes a good view even better? Getting out there and exploring it!

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