Weekly hotels top five of five - California

Los Angeles will host the opening of
Mummies of the World, a new exhibition of a rather corporeal kind, this week, the first stop of a three-year US tour.

Whilst mummification may not be to everyone's tastes, with its sunny climate, beaches and world-famous attractions, California remains a global tourism behemoth - it receives more visitors every year than many countries, a total of 351 million domestic and international visitors in 2008.

One in five overseas visitors to the US will be visiting the state, helped no doubt in part by the appeal of walking in the footsteps of celebrities down Hollywood Boulevard, surfing the beaches of Orange County and experiencing the thrill of driving a convertible (or an SUV) along an open highway.

Mexicans account for the majority of international visitors to the state, followed by Canadians, the British, Japanese, Australians and French.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the biggest city in California and home to many of its most iconic tourist attractions. The clean, comfortable and "low profile" Elan Hotel topped the list, beating celebrity hideouts such as the Omni and Hotel Palomar.

1 Elan Hotel Los Angeles
2 Magic Castle Hotel
3 Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza
4 The Brentwood Inn
5 Hotel Palomar Los Angeles - Westwood

Average price of top five $232/€189

San Diego

The luxury Grand Del Mar topped the rankings from TripAdvisor users, sitting pretty ahead of properties by Marriott and Hilton. Guests praised the fantastic service, kind staff and spacious rooms.

1 The Grand Del Mar 
2 Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport
3 Homewood Suites San Diego Airport
4 Homewood Suites San Diego-Del Mar
5 Pacific Terrace Hotel

Average price of top five $294/€240

San Jose

The capital of Silicon Valley boasts a good mix of business and leisure hotels, with the Moorpark Hotel the most popular.

1 Moorpark Hotel
2 Doubletree Hotel San Jose
3 Hotel Valencia - Santana Row 
4 Hilton San Jose
5 The Sainte Claire, A Larkspur Collection Hotel

Average price of top five $184/€150

San Francisco

The home of Alcatraz island and the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is a popular destination for tourists and California's fourth largest city. Fairmont's Ghirardelli Square hotel took top place ahead of Hotel Drisco, by Californian chain Joie de Vivre.

1 Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square
2 Hotel Drisco, a Joie de Vivre hotel
3 Omni San Francisco Hotel
4 The Donatello Hotel
5 The Orchard Hotel

Average price of top five $312/€254

Fresno

Fresno is the largest inland city in California, with the Garden Inn and Suites taking top spot among its hotels.

1 Garden Inn and Suites
2 La Quinta Inn & Suites Fresno Riverpark
3 Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
4 Homewood Suites Fresno
5 La Quinta Inn & Suites Fresno Northwest

Average price of top five $131/€107

Data is taken from millions of independent reviews and rankings surveyed at TripAdvisor taken on June 30, 2010.

Website: http://www.tripadvisor.com

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
From Mean Girls to Mamet: Lindsay Lohan
theatre
Sport
Nathaniel Clyne (No 2) drives home his side's second goal past Arsenal’s David Ospina at the Emirates
footballArsenal 1 Southampton 2: Arsène Wenger pays the price for picking reserve side in Capital One Cup
News
Mike Tyson has led an appalling and sad life, but are we not a country that gives second chances?
peopleFormer boxer 'watched over' crash victim until ambulance arrived
Arts and Entertainment
Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
tv
News
i100
Travel
travelGallery And yes, it is indoors
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Arts and Entertainment
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
booksJudith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed'
Arts and Entertainment
British actor Idris Elba is also a DJ and rapper who played Ibiza last summer
film
News
Alan Bennett criticised the lack of fairness in British society encapsulated by the private school system
peopleBut he does like Stewart Lee
Sport
John Terry, Frank Lampard
footballChelsea captain sends signed shirt to fan whose mum had died
News
people
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Food and Beverage Cost Controller

    18,000 to 20,000 per annum: Accountancy Action: Our fantastic leisure client i...

    Affiliate Marketing Manager / Affiliate Manager

    £50 - 60k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Affiliate Marketing Manager / Affiliate Mana...

    IT Administrator - Graduate

    £18000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: ***EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FO...

    USA/Florida Travel Consultants £30-50k OTE Essex

    Basic of £18,000 + commission, realistic OTE of £30-£50k : Ocean Holidays: Le...

    Day In a Page

    Syria air strikes: ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings

    Robert Fisk on Syria air strikes

    ‘Peace President’ Obama had to take stronger action against Isis after beheadings
    Will Lindsay Lohan's West End debut be a turnaround moment for her career?

    Lindsay Lohan's West End debut

    Will this be a turnaround moment for her career?
    'The Crocodile Under the Bed': Judith Kerr's follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

    The follow-up to 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'

    Judith Kerr on what inspired her latest animal intruder - 'The Crocodile Under the Bed' - which has taken 46 years to get into print
    BBC Television Centre: A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past

    BBC Television Centre

    A nostalgic wander through the sets, studios and ghosts of programmes past
    Lonesome George: Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains

    My George!

    Custody battle in Galapagos over tortoise remains
    10 best rucksacks for backpackers

    Pack up your troubles: 10 best rucksacks for backpackers

    Off on an intrepid trip? Experts from student trip specialists Real Gap and Quest Overseas recommend luggage for travellers on the move
    Secret politics of the weekly shop

    The politics of the weekly shop

    New app reveals political leanings of food companies
    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Beam me up, Scottie!

    Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
    Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

    Beware Wet Paint

    The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

    Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    Sanctuary for the suicidal

    One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
    A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

    Not That Kind of Girl:

    A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

    London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

    In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

    Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

    Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
    Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

    Model mother

    Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world