Value-conscious motel near Hearst Castle.
This family-owned boutique Best Western motel is an inviting place to stay, just down the road from Hearst Castle in the roadside pit stop of San Simeon. The property, which has recently undergone extensive renovations, has a woodsy Californian feel, with natural design elements like rocks and seaside shades of green and blue. Every guest room comes with a refrigerator, coffee maker, and cable TV with a DVD player. Some of the least expensive even have wood-burning fireplaces and partial ocean views, while pricier rooms are right on the oceanfront. Dogs are accepted for a small surcharge. The motel has two outdoor heated swimming pools and a whirlpool spa, and there are plenty of beach activities nearby. On chilly days, guests can warm themselves up by the fireplace near the lobby registration desk. There's also a family-style restaurant conveniently on site. Overall, it's a solid-gold value for San Simeon.