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Bed & Breakfast Inns: B&B/Inns in California

There are a variety of B&B's to be found throughout the State of California and generally each will reflect the area it is located in. The Julian Gold Rush Hotel is an historic Bed & Breakfast Inn, in the first photo, reflects it's mountain, gold-rush mining town..

B&B's are usually owned by individuals who love the hospitality business and have had a dream of running a charming B&B. Generally these places are homey. Comfortable and friendly places to stay. The drawback is that the price of a room will most likely be higher than a mid-range hotel or above.

Owned by individuals who are most likely also running the place. This means that there is more immediate attention given to the elements that make a B&B charming, clean, efficient and welcoming.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Architecture, Historical Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written May 27, 2013
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Hyatt Hotels: Four to Five Stars

This photo of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego was taken from Coronado across the SD Bay. Though the pointy towers look different, they are each end of this Hyatt Hotel.

Hyatt Hotels are generally considered the high-end of chain hotels. They are located throughout the State and offer comfort, luxury and plenty of amenities. These hotels are normally located in convenient areas that would be beneficial to a tourist or those visiting due to business, such as conventions..

Oftentimes they offer package deals for individuals, that are less expensive then their basic rate. These are usually a good bargin.

Understated elegance, good reputation, clean, safe and accommodating staff. Usually, these hotels are centrally located for touring a city.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written May 27, 2013
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Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego


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Youth Hostels: Budget Accommodations

There are hostels throughout California and many are conveniently located regarding a tourist's interests.. There is one concern I'd suggest checking out. The rules and requirements of the individual hostel. Some have age limitations and some require that the client actually has just come from out of the country. Hostel International, is a non-profit organization that check member hostels for standard safety and maintenance. Becoming an HI Member guest, will save about three dollars per night's stay.

It seems that each hostel can and does impose it's own operating hours. Some may stay open 24 hours a day and other's may close from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am. In California most hostels are open all year, but some may not be.

The unique qualities are economical accommodation and a communal experience. Most hostels offer lots of freebies and even a few tour options at little to no cost.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Photography, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written May 27, 2013
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Ocean Beach HI


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Days Inn Loma Point: Nice Accommodations in San Diego (Loma Point)

$77 in November 2012. This motel has a few extras like a small refrigerator and microwave, and a nice TV with HBO and quite a few channels. The staff seemed nice too. Standard continental breakfast. The second morning I was there they changed the rules and you no longer had to pay $5 extra for a hot breakfast. One of the nicer hotels I stayed in this trip. Conveniently located on Loma Point.

Good Breakfast!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Road Trip, National/State Park, Family Travel
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Days Inn at Loma Poimt


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Oceanside Inn and Suites: Nice Budget Motel in Oceanside

$61 in November 2012. This motel has a few extras like a small refrigerator and microwave, and a nice TV with HBO and quite a few channels. The owner/manager seemed pretty nice; he was training a new guy who was doing fine too. The beach is only a few blocks away and the motel is conveniently located on the Pacific Coast Highway. Not the place to stay if you demand modern, fancy looking accommodations.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Family Travel, Beaches
  • Written December 6, 2012

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Travel Inn: Stay Away in Tujunga (LA Area)

$55 as of November 2012. This place was cheaper than the other two places I tried and looked slightly better on the outside. Reported to be conveniently located if you are looking for drugs (mostly meth) or hookers. My room had no clock, no phone and no hot water. Worst hotel of 2012.

Stay in another town; I saw NO decent accommodations here.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Hacienda Hotel: Nice Motel in El Segundo (LA Area)

$115 in October 2012. This is a fancy looking hotel and the rooms are nice but they nickel and dime you. Add $8 a day for parking; if you want to use their computers for Internet access; it is $6.95 for 28 minutes. No small refrigerator or microwave. Nice TV with one channel of HBO. First there was no remote in the room then when I finally got a remote the TV did not work anyway and it took another couple of calls to get that straightened out.

Restaurant and Bar In Hotel

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Road Trip
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Simply Home Inn and Suites: Nice Budget Motel in Riverside (LA Area)

: $52 in October 2012. This hotel had a few extras, like a small refrigerator, microwave, and a nice TV with cable. Fairly cheap too. Guy behind the desk was fairly friendly. Good for those on a budget.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Simply Home Inn and Suites


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Super 8: Decent Budget Motel in San Bernardino (LA Area)

$60 in October 2012. This hotel had a few extras, like a small refrigerator, microwave, and a nice TV with cable. Decent continental breakfast and the guy behind the desk was nice and friendly. This is pretty nice if you are just staying the night and are on a budget.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel, National/State Park
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Motel 6 - East: Decent Budget Motel in Palm Springs

This is a bare bones Motel 6 with no extras, like a small refrigerator or a microwave; but it did have a nice TV with cable and come on $47 in Palm Springs on a Saturday? This is very cheap. The room was pretty decent overall. Did not appear to be the best of neighborhoods; but this is Palm Springs so it is nicer than the good part of town in some places.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: National/State Park, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Motel 6 - East, Palm Springs


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Motel 6: Acceptable Buget Motel in Palm Desert

$61 in October 2012. This is a bare bones Motel 6 with no extras, like a small refrigerator or a microwave. It did have a nice TV with cable. Acceptable if you are on a tight budget.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Budget Travel, National/State Park
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Motel 6 Palm Desert


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Country Inn: Nice Budget Motel in Twentynine Palms

$64 in October 2012. This hotel had a few extras, like a small refrigerator, microwave, and a nice TV with cable. No breakfast but they have a connection with the more expensive motel next door and you get a cheap breakfast buffet there. Friendly girl behind the counter. Good choice for those on a budget.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park, Family Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written December 6, 2012
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Country Inn


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RV and Campgrounds: RV Travel

The PCH (CA Route 1) can be very narrow and twisting in places on the North coast and gets to be just another public throughfare once you get past Ventura and into LA County. Campgrounds are plentiful but can get crowded early. Your best bet would be to book your spaces before you travel. I would go by car to LA and stay in hotels if you intend on driving in cities. There are a lot of budget priced places along that route but once again you will need to book in advance. California highways and inner city roads get packed sometimes and I would not want to try and navigate an RV in SF or LA. Another thing to state is that even thuogh I lived in LA County for over 11 years I can only think of 3 RV campgrounds and they are all in Orange County.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written April 19, 2012

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Super 8 Merced: Decent Budget Motel in Merced

The room was spaceous and clean but starting to show signs of age. they were painting the outside and doing some work on the building so it was a bit noisy at times; but only during the day. The Continental breakfast was average. The owners were not that friendly. Their daughter was nicer. Not bad for a night but for longer stays look elsewhere.

Convenient to Yosemite.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written March 8, 2011
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The Sonoma Hotel: On the Square in Sonoma

Trying to find a hotel in California's wine country is a real challenge because there are so many to choose from. I finally went with The Sonoma Hotel for a few reasons. The main one is that it's an historic hotel, dating from 1872. I love that. The rooms reflect that history with antique furnishings, even hiding the tv in a nice wood hutch. Another reason I chose this is that it's right on the town square. Once I parked my car, I didn't need to move it until I was ready to leave town. All the shops, historic sites, and restaurants are within walking distance. The price is definitely right, as well. There are a lot of very expensive (one might even say ridiculously expensive) hotels in this neck of the woods. If you want to experience the Sonoma region without breaking the bank, this is a terrific option.

If you want a spa-type retreat this isn't a good choice but if you want a relaxing place that truly exudes the Sonoma atmosphere, you can't beat this place, in my opinion.

In the upstairs hallway, there are old photos of the hotel as well as mementos from its past, including programs from concerts that were put on here.

The rooms have quilts on the bed and claw foot bathtubs in the bathrooms. Great bathing salts are provided too - a great way to relax after a long day!

The lobby connects through a pretty glass door to a restaurant if you don't want to go far for dinner. A simple breakfast is provided in the lobby.

Everyone who works in the hotel is so darn nice!

Poet Maya Angelou stayed here and even wrote one of her poems in the hotel.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Historical Travel, Women's Travel
  • Written March 5, 2011
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Historic Sonoma Hotel


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