California on the road:
8 hotels to stay along the way
You can plan this trip in a million different ways and you can choose to stay in a motel, 5-star hotel or in a hostel, according to your needs and budget. Here is our own selection, 8 hotels, standard room with private bathroom and some breakfasts included. We had our car parked in front of our room and the ‘No Vacancy’ sign made us feeling like we were in a movie.
SAN FRANCISCO, California
COVENTRY INN ☆☆☆ (score on booking: 8.3)
1901 Lombard Street, Marina District
San Francisco, CA 94123
SFO is quite an expensive city and this hotel seemed to be a good value for money, well located close to the main attractions; our room was wide and clean, with a huge bed.
MINERS INN ☆☆ (score on booking: 8.0)
5181 Highway 49 North
Mariposa, CA 95338
Mariposa was just a place to stay overnight between SFO and Yosemite Park; we found this hotel room and furniture a bit obsolete & the bathroom not so spacious but it was ok for one night. There was the waffle machine, fresh fruit and water bottle refilling station at breakfast.
BEST WESTERN VILLAGE INN ☆☆☆ (score on booking: 8.2)
3110 North Blackstone Avenue
Fresno, CA 93703
We have chosen Best Western hotels several times for this trip and we were never disappointed: spacious and clean room, nice breakfast and close to good restaurants.
COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY RADISSON ☆☆ (score on booking: 8.5)
2310 Wible Road
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Very nice motel recently built with a modern design: they gave us a free upgrade to a suite with living room included! Chocolate chip cookies at reception desk for guests were highly appreciated.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada
CAESARS PALACE HOTEL & CASINO ☆☆☆☆ (score on booking: 8.3)
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas, NV 89109
One night in Las Vegas deserved the Caesars, we had no doubts. It's insanely big, luxurious, bizarre with a freaky pool but you'll pay it like a 3-star hotel. Here hotel fares are quite low to attract any kind of guests and invite them to spend their money at the Casino. And if you find a nice guy at reception desk who'll make a free upgrade of your room to a suite as big as your flat in town, well you just hit the jackpot. Pool view from our window and a bathroom wide as a 3-room apartment. It's Vegas, folks - anything can happen here.
BEST WESTERN PLUS AT LAKE POWELL ☆☆☆ (score on booking: 8.3)
208 North Lake Powell Boulevard
Page, AZ 86040
Another Best Western hotel for us, perfectly located to visit Page main attractions and close to restaurants and shops. Nice room with 2 big beds, average continental breakfast and water bootle refilling stations at every floor.
BEST WESTERN PLUS A WAYFARER’S INN & SUITES ☆☆☆ (score on booking: 8.9)
2815 East Andy Devine Avenue
Kingman, AZ 86401
The best and last Best Western hotel of our trip: nice staff who gave us useful advice, a lovely 50s diner included. We could see the car from our room window, this motel had the typical horseshoe shape structure and offered a really comprehensive breakfast buffet with pastries, fruit and tasty muffins.
LOS ANGELES, California
EL ROYALE HOTEL - NEAR UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD ☆☆☆☆
(score on booking: 9.2)
11117 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
Los Angeles, CA 91604
It's quite hard to choose where to stay in LA, a city of endless possibilities: we are happy we've found El Royale hotel. You can reach the Universal Studios with a 10 minute walk (avoiding to pay the daily car parking there), you're close to Hollywood and Beverly Hills and you'll have a room that seems like a small flat with your own garage included. The staff was super friendly and nice, they gave us delicious cookies to bring back home, useful advice and smiles all the time. For all sushi-lovers there's a good fusion Japanese restaurant on the opposite side of the street and a nice burger bar 5 minutes away from the hotel. We would only improve the breakfast a bit but we highly recommend it for all the above mentioned good reasons.