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The Golden State

If you’ve been dreaming of a Californian road trip, it’s time to head for the 600-mile stretch of rugged coastline between San Diego and San Francisco.  Home to postcard-perfect vistas and temperate weather, there’s a reason this shoreline has been lauded one of the world’s most beautiful.  As if California couldn’t get any sweeter, the boutique hotel buffs at Mr & Mrs Smith have rustled up exclusive offers ONLY for woman with drive readers from some of their Golden State stays: 20 per cent off stays of four nights or more.  Already reaching for your Beach Boys album?  We thought so.


St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
Sleek sophistication finds its home at St Regis Hotel, a design den with enough tech-savvy gizmos to impress the space pants off the Jetsons.  Here, rooms are kitted out with the whiz-bang wizardry of a GDA – guest digital assistant – and with one languid swipe of a pinkie, room service can be ordered, lights dimmed, blinds closed and a personal butler summoned.  Fancy a luxury treatment at Remède Spa?  The helpful GDAs can book those too.  As if being cosseted with scrubs, rubs and polishes wasn’t indulgent enough, make sure to tuck into the chilled champagne, moreish cheeses and hand-made truffles as you wait for you nimble-knuckled therapist.

Tackling San Fran’s famed steep slopes makes for weary work.  Rest tired feet by taking advantage of an exclusive offer from St Regis: 20 per cent off stays of four nights or more.


The Standard Downtown LA, Los Angeles
Seducing the Golden State’s young and hip – buff, bronzed or otherwise – faster than new season Ray Bans, The Standard Downtown LA is an adult playground housed in a mid-century architectural landmark. All rooms have helpfully descriptive names (from ‘Cheap’ to ‘Big Penthouse’, with ‘Gigantic’ and ‘Wow’ tucked in the middle) and are tricked out with mood lighting, giant mirrors and bathtubs big enough for basketball players.  Would-be ping-pong pros can seek out SPiN, a table tennis and social lounge with custom designed tables, cushioned Olympic flooring, a bespoke cocktail menu and food-truck inspired nibbles.

Weekends see revelers descend upon this pleasure palace for its toe-tapping beats, nightly DJs and club-esque energy.  By day, the red astroturf rooftop sees sun-seekers lounging in waterbed pods by the heated pool or quaffing pretzels, strudel and beer in the Biergarten.

Start searching for your over-sized designer shades; Standard Downtown has an exclusive offer: 20 per cent off stays of four nights or more – that will have night owls hooting with glee.


Viceroy Palm Springs, Palm Springs
From its perch at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains, Viceroy Palm Springs hotel offers up a supersized serving of pure Palm Springs glamour.  The hotel’s crisp white and buttery yellow colour theme can be seen from every attractive angle, from the towels through to the furniture.  Those without children in tow can top-up tans at the adults-only pools, nestled between immaculate, lush gardens.  The family pool is tucked away in a different courtyard.  Take cover from the heat in a poolside cabana or bubble in one of two large jacuzzis; in high summer, one is chilled to create an instantly refreshing ice-cool plunge pool.

Take advantage of Viceroy’s exclusive offer: 20 per cent off stays of four nights or more.


Find other California stays here or browse other Mr & Mrs Smith hotel collections. Smith members receive exclusives on all stays.


This article has been produced exclusively for woman with drive.

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