We are travelling to California in late August and early September and doing a road trip taking in many of the main highlights, which will include San Diego, Los Angeles, the coast road up to San Francisco via Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur, then on to Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Death Valley before returning to LA. (The itinerary is not finalised yet and I will be seeking comments/suggestions in further posts).
The reason for this post is that I am interested in personal recommendations for accommodation on this route that won't break the bank. Our motivation for the trip is to see the sights and enjoy ourselves, the accommodation is secondary as it is mainly a place to lay our heads for the night and we won't be taking advantage of all the facilities that a luxury hotel has to offer. In many cases we will be moving on the next day. Where we are staying longer we will be out all day anyway. What we want is somewhere that is simple but CLEAN. We would be interested in one or two places that are special - maybe offering a great location or view, or something different to the run-of-the-mill. We recently stayed in a hostel in Berlin and loved it - because it was new, clean, sensibly priced and in an excellent location.
Looking forward to some great recommendations!