Most Romantic Suites at California Boutique Hotels
Romance blooms more brilliantly in the right setting, and few places are better at stirring the heartstrings than an intimate boutique hotel. With enchanting views, secluded snuggle-worthy spaces, and amenities to set the mood, these suites top our list of the most romantic in California.
The Sonoma Suite features custom Italian furnishings and amenities that inspire romance. A three-sided fireplace separates the California King featherbed from the oversized bath with a jetted tub, glass-enclosed walk-in shower, and dual vanities. A second fireplace warms a separate sitting room with a half bath.
The Barn One-Bedroom Suite is an oasis of privacy, with a double-sided fireplace to warm couples whether they’re cuddling indoors or out. A jetted tub overlooks the woods through large windows, a heaven-sent feather bed is layered with European linens and down comforters, and fresh seasonal flowers adorn every room.
Eden Vale Inn’s suites invite couples to reconnect in a cocoon of luxury. At the touch of a button, lights dim, the fireplace glows, and the private outdoor tub fills in anticipation of an intimate soak for two. Surrounding gardens feature a placid pond and the songs of over 50 species of birds.
Each of five bright and spacious suites is custom-tailored for romance. Open layouts invite couples to lounge in front of a stone fireplace, sink into a dreamy king bed, or rendezvous on the private patio to catch the sun rising behind sweeping views of the vineyard.
Newly built Founders’ Rooms capture the romance of a bygone era, blending seamlessly with the 1920s architecture of this historic English Tudor resort. The spacious suites feature clawfoot tubs with idyllic views, fireplaces, old-world antiques, and charming personal effects of the Benbow siblings who originally built the resort.
Wood-burning stoves and moody views of Tomales Bay create the perfect setting for a love story in 1930s-era waterfront cottages. Lofty, plush beds make perfect viewing spots for the pier, the water, and the hills beyond. The romance continues with claw-foot or copper tubs and heated tile floors in updated bathrooms with a vintage feel.
Ultra-private patios outside the four Lower Garden Rooms feature wooden Japanese Ofuro soaking tubs and outdoor showers. Inside, classic Eastlake style is conveyed through hand-painted lighting, luxurious linens, and custom fabric and wall treatments showcasing a blend of muted colors and patterns.
No detail has been overlooked throughout this upscale 1874 Victorian estate, but the carriage house rooms and English-style cottages tucked into the back corners of the property are particularly private and romantic. An acre of lush English gardens hidden by tall hedges is studded with trickling fountains and quiet places to hold hands.
As you enter the Empire Suite through double doors on the third floor of a century-old Victorian, an opulent California King bed greets you, flanked on either side by towering Corinthian columns. The suite features two fireplaces, including one set beside an antique clawfoot soaking tub.
Completely redesigned in 2021, this tranquil hideaway is tucked along the banks of the Napa River. The luxe interiors feature modern furnishings and serene color palettes that play off the verdant views outside. Guest suite highlights include deep soaking tubs and in-room iPads for ordering breakfast, wine, and more.
The Shasta Wintu Suite honors a local Native American tribe with its beautiful rustic design and décor. An enormous log platform bed draped with white faux fur sits beneath one of two gabled windows with views of Mount Shasta. A spacious bath features a sunken spa tub for two and custom tile of smooth black pebbles.
After an extraordinary renovation, the inn reopened in 2021 as the grande dame of luxury in downtown Napa. The exquisite suites recreate the old-world grandeur of the landmark Victorian while appealing to modern design sensibilities. The Bond Suite in particular features an antique four poster bed with a freestanding jacuzzi soaking tub tucked into a bay window.
The Redwood House suites make the most of their namesake trees by relying on 24 redwoods for architectural support. From this stunning oceanfront location, couples can enjoy sweeping water views from their private hot tub, full kitchen, or comfortable bed with a headboard formed from the trunk of an ancient tree.
The Garden Cottage is reminiscent of an English countryside manor. Storybook charm abounds thanks to an intimate fireside sitting area, a Jacuzzi tub for two, and a king-sized down feather bed with a view of lush gardens through a sunny bay window. A trellised garden patio provides privacy and romance.
From the romance of Paris to the serenity of Kyoto, the luxurious guest rooms at this Capitola inn have been designed to evoke the Golden Era of travel. The Railroad Baron’s guest room resembles a luxurious, vintage Pullman car while other rooms whisk guests to the Cote d’Azur, Portofino, and other romantic destinations around the world.
The spacious Copper Suite exudes Arts and Crafts style with five-panel doors, Stickley-inspired armchairs, mission lamps, and rich fabrics benefiting of the period. But the showstopper is an oversized copper soaking tub that invites a luxurious soak for two. Doors open to a semi-private balcony with a peek of Mount Shasta.
This European-inspired boutique hotel exudes romance through understated luxury, with amenities like Carrera marble bathrooms, monogrammed robes, organic mattresses, and sheets like silk. The 700-square-foot Grand Suite features sweeping views and the ambiance of a Parisian penthouse. Ornate chandeliers and muted earth tones strike a harmonious balance of drama and simplicity.
The 42-year love affair of two “true romantics” permeates every inch of this seaside getaway. Created by the couple as a romantic getaway after getting married at a nearby outdoor spot years before, this private estate just 70 yards from the Pacific Ocean boasts spacious suites with sweeping ocean views, Jacuzzi tubs for two, and fireplaces.
Draped in opulent fabrics, the Egyptian Suite conjures the desert sands of the Sahara with Persian rugs, rich golds, and dreamy blues. A dramatic four-poster raised bed is a couple of steps to an in-suite hot tub. A life-sized sarcophagus hides the bathroom entrance, which features hand-painted Egyptian tiles and a mural befitting an ancient pharaoh.