Looking for somewhere new to stay? 11 California hotels among best new hotels in 2018

A room at the Freehand Los Angeles in downtown. Credit: Adrian Gaut
A room at the Freehand Los Angeles in downtown.
(Adrian Gaut )

Conde Nast Traveler calls its selection of 102 best new hotels in the world The Hot List. That means the dreamiest, coolest places to stay that live up to the pre-opening hype. Or as the magazine puts it: “Most of these openings are good. Many of them, great. But only a fraction are what we’d deem hot.”

Eleven hotels in California, mostly in Southern California, made the cut among U.S. locations. These are the California hotels on the Hot List.

Freehand Los Angeles, 416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. -- FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2017: Exterior view of the Holiday House Hotel in Palm Spr
The exterior of Holiday House Palm Springs.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times )

Holiday House Palm Springs, 200 W. Areanas Road, Palm Springs

Hotel Californian, 36 State St., Santa Barbara

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. -- FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2017: Interior view of Kimpton the Rowan in Palm Springs.
Interior of Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times )

Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel, 100 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs


Las Alcobas Napa Valley (Luxury Collection), 1915 Main Street, St. Helena, Calif.

Pendry San Diego, 550 J St., San Diego

Proper Hotel San Francisco, 1100 Market St., San Francisco

The Rossi, 375 W. Arenas Road, Palm Springs

The Surfrider Malibu, 23033 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu

Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort, 48123 Highway 1, Big Sur

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills

Top hotels in other cities in the U.S., include:


1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

Ace Hotel, Chicago, Ill.

The Adelphi Hotel, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Anvil Hotel, Jackson, Wyo.

Austin Motel, Austin, Texas

The DeBruce, Livingston Manor, N.Y.

Detroit Foundation Hotel, Detroit, Mich.

Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Fla.


The magazine makes choices based on stays by Conde Nast Traveler staff “as well as a network of trusted contributors across six continents that we call on year-round,” a news release said.

Info: Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2018


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