Conde Nast Traveler editors chose eight California hotels for its 2015 Gold List of "100 hotels that change the way we see the world."
It's a dream list of top hotels deemed the best of the best in 37 countries on six continents. Twenty-two hotels in the United States made the list, with more in California than any other state.
What makes these hotels so special? A high standard of service, luxury and beauty with "unforgettable special touches that bring a hotel's ethos to life," according to the magazine.
Editors, writers and a "network of influencers" made the selections that are based more on experiences than any point system. In a statement, editor in chief Pilar Guzman described the top hotels as "properties that inspire memories that linger long after we've left them."