Two Bunch Palms Resort and Spa Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The upscale Two Bunch Resort and Spa is renowned for its natural mineral springs -- such as its relaxing grotto with waterfall. Set on 56 acres of nature, guests come here to relax and take advantage of the amazing spa, hot springs, many hiking trails, lakes, and free yoga classes. Al Capone supposedly came here when he wanted to unwind -- this place is about kicking back. The 52 airy rooms, located either near the spa (the "Grotto rooms") or past the meditation lakes (the "Fountain" rooms), can have details such as tile floors and wood beam ceilings.
The Movie Colony Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The small, upper-middle-range Movie Colony Hotel is renowned for its celeb history: Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra are among the famous who have stayed here. The decor is '60s-inspired but has decidedly modern and minimalist look -- think mirrors and white lacquer -- and overall vibe of the property is casual. The 17 rooms are spacious and have private terraces; guests can upgrade to a townhouse for more luxury (and space). Free wine by the fire pit at happy hour encourages mingling, but this place is really best for couples looking for a laid-back feel and a central location.
Korakia Pensione Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Korakia Pensione is a striking hotel. Modeled after a Mediterranean pensione, it looks like something out of Greece or Morocco -- Forbes named it one of the sexiest hotels in America. The two pools and many outdoor spaces, including fire pits, fountains, and stone paths, are all beautiful and unexpected. And the hotel plays old movies every night outside on the terrace. The 28 rooms are named, not numbered, and each is slightly different, but all have an old-world feel.