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19 Unusual Hotels in California

Remarkable places to stay—or at least visit—in the Golden State.

They may look like normal hotels on the outside, but California is home to a wide variety of unique accommodations—some with histories that include everything from murder to money-laundering.

If you fancy a stay in the room where JFK is rumored to have snuck Marilyn Monroe in through a secret passage, you’re in luck. But don’t overlook a stop at the abandoned hotel Guglielmo Marconi built for the world’s very first radio employees. Here are 19 remarkable places to spend the night (or visit) in one of America’s most iconic states.

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