12/01/2011 08:26 am ET Updated Jan 30, 2012

A Culinary Christmas In California (PHOTOS)

Everyone knows that the East Coast and snow immediately conjure up cozy winter images that set the seasonal tone. Yet some folks prefer a toastier time to take in their holidays. So, if you're heading west to soak in the So Cal sun and that cool California culture, here are 10 haute hotels throughout the City of Angels that will put you in the holiday mood, a la Hollywood.

Rest assured that these sophisticated spots are serving up some serious dishes on the foodie front. So, if you want to get Christmas cozy in your room or around the fire or if you simply don't want to venture off the property, the plates, pours and atmosphere alone promise to be plenty festive.

This holiday season, check into Hotel California. Of course you can check in any time you like -- but you may never leave.