7 Unique Perks and Amenities from California Boutique Hotels and B&Bs

SACRAMENTO, CA [September 28, 2017]—Boutique hotels and B&B inns are known for providing an escape from the cookie-cutter hotel chain experience with one-of-a-kind properties and personalized guest services.  But some inns in California go a step further, offering unique amenities and perks travelers won’t find anywhere else. The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) has compiled a list of inns with the coolest amenities.

Beginning in late October, guests can play tennis or take a private lesson from a tennis pro on the brand new, private tennis courts at Courtwood Inn. Perched above the historic Gold Rush town of Murphys, the tennis courts and an 8,000-square-foot, custom-designed cedar log lodge sit on a five-acre hilltop overlooking the forested Sierra Foothills.  The inn is owned and run by USPTA tennis pros Chris and Larry Parker. Each of the inn’s luxuriously-appointed guest rooms pay homage to the world’s major professional tennis tournaments and its players. 

One of the more unique features at El Morocco Inn & Spa in Desert Hot Springs is the nightly happy hour that begins with a traditional Moroccan hand-washing ceremony. The host pours warm rosewater from an ornate Moroccan tass to allow guests to wash their hands and then presents them with towels for drying off.  The hand-washing ceremony is followed by rounds of the inn’s signature drink, the sugar-rimmed “Morocco-tini,” at the poolside bar.  The bar overlooks an enchanting, Moroccan-inspired oasis with a flickering fire pit and a warm, mineral spring-fed pool.

In the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, the Inn at Union Square offers guests one-of-a-kind room service delivery from Morton’s Steakhouse.  Inn at Union Square is only hotel in the country to boast this partnership with the award-winning steakhouse. In addition to the Morton’s room service, the hotel hosts complimentary wine and cheese receptions each evening and serves a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. 

Auto enthusiasts will appreciate the vintage MG sports car collection on display at the historic Martine Inn in Pacific Grove. Owner Don Martine restores and races MGs and displays them at the inn.  His collection ranges from a 1932 MG D to a 1967 MG B Roadster.  Also on display is a 1952 Deidt-Bell Special MG that Martine bought this year and is currently restoring. In addition to the MGs, the gallery also features vintage automotive art and equipment, racing trophies, and nearly 100 model cars. 

On the Mendocino coast, a popular guest perk at the Elk Cove Inn and Spa is the “Happy Two Hours.”  Every afternoon between 4:00 and 6:00, the inn sets out an assortment of spirits, mixers, and garnishes for guests to make their own cocktails.  Cocktail recipe books are provided, along with wine and snacks.  Guests enjoy coming up with fun martinis as well as making classic cocktails.  The inn offers spectacular ocean views, private steps to the beach, and a tranquil day spa.

Nestled in the hillsides of the Livermore Valley east of the Bay Area, The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort & Spa produces its very own olive oil from their orchards surrounding the resort.  Purple Orchid’s Handprints Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil is of the highest quality: 100% first-pressed and unfiltered.  The olive oil is available for tastings, purchase and is even used in the resort’s spa treatments.  The spa’s Handprints Signature Massage, for example, uses the estate olive oil infused with rosemary. 

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood of Palm Springs, the suite at Las Fuentes Inn & Gardens in has a long list of unique amenities.  A harpsichord allows guests to opportunity to play their own private concerto.  Art lovers will appreciate the owner’s extensive collection of modern Native American art.  Outside, a heated, 60-foot saltwater lap pool beckons guest for a swim surrounded by desert gardens, trickling water fountains and spectacular night lighting.

For more information about these and other California inns, visit www.cabbi.com.


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The California Association of Boutique & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) is the largest and most influential bed & breakfast and boutique inn association in the nation and is the only California bed & breakfast association affiliated with the California Hotel & Lodging Association. CABBI was formed in 1991 to promote the bed and breakfast experience to the traveling public and to educate, support and encourage CABBI members to provide a quality stay for inn travelers.