The Best Hotels in Less-Known California Cities

Despite California’s variety, many visitors stick only to the most-known cities. Today, we’ll dive into some of the hidden gems and explore great hotel options for each.

Oroville: Gold Country Casino

Oroville is especially appealing for nature enthusiasts, with hiking trails available at Lake Oroville, Butte Creek, Table Mountain, and Feather Falls. Of course, the city has other types of attractions too, including a Chinese Temple and the National Yo-Yo Museum.

While here, you can stay at the Gold Country Casino & Hotel. Like most casino hotels, the Gold Country offers luxury extras for a fraction of the price, especially during weekdays and the off season. You’ll find an oversized room with a large bathroom, an in-room refrigerator, and a flat screen TV.

Palm Desert: Holiday Inn Express

Palm Desert has theaters, museums, and more, but the most well-known attraction is the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This botanical garden houses desert plants from around the world. It features over 1,200 acres of protected land and nearly 500 wild animals.

Consider a stay at the Holiday Inn Express Palm-Desert-Rancho Mirage/Golf for your visit. Nightly rates start at $70, and includes a free continental breakfast. Additionally, the location is right across the street from the River Mall and within a short drive of all the city’s major attractions.

Orange: Best Western Plus

The city of Orange is right next to Anaheim and just a quick jaunt to Disneyland. Beyond the countless attractions available at “the happiest place on earth,” fans of the ocean will find themselves near some of the most beautiful beaches on the Pacific coast (including Laguna, Newport, and Huntington Beach).

While visiting the region, you can stay at the Best Western Plus Meridian Inn & Suites, Anaheim-Orange. You’ll get a spacious room with a fridge, microwave, and flat screen TV. The property also has an on-site restaurant, lounge, and fitness center.

Monterey: Casa Munras Garden Hotel

Monterey is perfect destination for those who love sea life thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. There you’ll find hundreds of exhibits and thousands of aquatic creatures. Beyond the aquarium, you can visit Fisherman’s Wharf for seafood and ocean views, explore the historic district, or spend some time in the Monterey Museum of Art.

For luxury, a stay at the Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is ideal. In addition to all the standard amenities, this hotel offers overstuffed feather beds, a full-service spa, and an on-site gym. Plus, the hotel is just half a mile from the beach.

East Hollywood: The Dixie

While Hollywood is by no means a “less-known” location, it’s worth bringing up during any conversation of California’s most worthwhile cities. From the iconic Hollywood sign to the Walk of Fame to Universal Studios and well beyond, Hollywood has plenty to do and see.

During your trip, consider staying at The Dixie Hollywood. This hotel is a piece of Hollywood history since several famous movies have had scenes filmed here. With a great location right next to the metro station, this hotel serves as the perfect launching point for your Hollywood adventure.

What about you? What less-known California cities do you think are worth a visit? Do you have any travel plans for the cities on this list? Leave your thoughts in the comments, below.