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Hotel Scanner: The Three New California Stays You Need to Know About
Jenna Scatena | Photo: Courtesy the Beverly Garland, Peter Medilek, and SpringHill Suites | June 4, 2014
Poolside taco carts and rooftop firepits await.
The Beverly Garland, Los Angeles
Open now, renovation complete July 2014
If your vision of an LA hotel is all toy poodles and chiseled cabana boys, well, you're not entirely wrong. But at the newly renovated Garland, you also get kid suites with bunk beds and ice cream pushcarts around the pool. Despite its proximity to Hollywood, the vibe here is chilled-out and family-friendly. The Garland, as it's known, kept its '70s roots with long clean lines, grey tones, cheery orange accents, and floral curtains. The lobby is open, airy, and primed for lounging in low couches with tree stump tables and a double-sided fireplace. Perks are abundant, like taco carts that cruise the pool area, as well as 1950s throwback block parties with barbecue from local chefs and wine tastings. Starting at $249/night.
Hotel G, San Francisco
Opened May 2014
Not quite as kitschy as SoMa's Hotel Zetta and less stuffy than Nob Hill's Mark Hopkins, the new Hotel G helps fill our city's need for cozy-but-stylish hotels (I mean seriously, when are we getting an Ace?). In it's spot near Union Square's hoards of bumbling tourists, it feels wildly out of place—more like an Airbnb or a friend's loft, than a Hilton—in an old turn-of-the century building, with a decent price point. Inside, the art deco facade is modernized with personal touches like California-shaped pillows from Etsy and paintings by local artists. But the ground floor is where the action is: there's a free beer happy hour and, later this summer, DJ and art shows, and new restaurant and bar will soon take over the dramatic mezzanine. Starting at $200/night.
SpringHill Suites, San Diego
Opened March 2014
The sign may say Marriott, but there's nothing big box feeling about the epic rooftop pool with panoramic views of the coast. Sun worshippers take note—this it the type of SoCal surf-inspired hotel that makes you want to spend all of your time outdoors. Case in point: the surf-ready beach is just across the street, and the dramatic second-floor terrace with long, cushy couches and a sleek wood wall with a fireplace is perfect for watching the sunset over the Pacific. You’ll find another vibe on the other side of the wall, with a grey industrial firepit and a green living wall. Starting at $188/night.