Luxe cliffside property with high-end steakhouse
As per usual, the Ritz-Carlton is keeping it classy with its luxury-hotel hands on one of the best possible locations around, up a winding drive on a bluff just off the main drag, Highway 111. With walls of glass everywhere, there's no possible way of missing the spectacular views of the expansive valley, neighboring towns, and mountain ranges. The super-swanky onsite steakhouse The Edge (where prices are as breathtaking as the views) is perched, yep, right on the cliff's edge, as is the adults-only pool, and one of the coolest fire pit areas we've ever seen. The stylish, desert-hued rooms have the expected glass-enclosed showers, soaking tubs, and Frette linens, along with balconies or patios with plush furniture.
Summer rates from $224/night
Classy 1930s hotel in a super-walkable area
In terms of location, you can't do much better than this boutique hotel that's within walking distance of all the fun to be had both Uptown and Downtown. Originally built in 1936, the Spanish colonial-style property isn't enormous, but has everything you need, including a beautiful pool, mellow poolside bar, and restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a focus on local, California-style fare. (Bonus cool points: the restaurant is named The Purple Palm as a hat tip to the hotel's original owner, a member of the bootlegging mob The Purple Gang.) Rooms have patterned wall prints and original tile work, and some even have claw-foot tubs, fireplaces, and patios.
Summer rates from $179/night