Bakersfield Motels

by Mark Heidelberger Google

Bakersfield, California, features a number of motels that are perfect for travelers who want clean, well-appointed accommodations on a budget. These properties offer limited services and amenities along with easy access to local points of interest and major highways like 58 and 99. In addition, most of the city's motels are part of dependable, nationally recognized chains that work to ensure all public and private areas are up to corporate standards.

Days Inn

The Days Inn is only a couple miles from the Bakersfield Convention Center, Valley Springs Plaza and Kern County Fairgrounds. Guests have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center, Olympic-sized outdoor pool, wake-up calls and a 24-hour switchboard. Additionally, business travelers enjoy a conference room, fax services and complimentary copy of USA Today each morning, with DJs and photographers on call for special events. A free continental breakfast with waffle bar is offered each morning, while an on-site hookah bar, cocktail lounge and VIP Mongolian BBQ comes alive in the evenings. No pets are allowed. Additionally, special discounts are offered to government workers, AARP members and AAA cardholders.

La Quinta Inn

The AAA-rated, three-diamond La Quinta Inn is convenient to area attractions like the Mesa Marin Raceway, Buck Owens Crystal Place and Bakersfield Museum of Art. Property amenities range from an outdoor swimming pool with lounge area to a guest laundry facility to ample free parking for cars, trucks and RVs. Guests enjoy a complimentary light breakfast served daily, while those with laptops access high-speed wireless Internet from anywhere on the property. Family-style restaurants such as Hungry Hunter Steakhouse and Mauricio's Grill & Cantina are within walking distance. A total of 128 rooms are spread over three floors, each featuring cable TV with premium movie channels, an alarm clock and dataport phones. Pets are welcome on the premises.

Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express is nestled just off Highway 99, with easy access to the Centennial Gardens Arena and Sequoia National Forest. On-site recreation includes an exercise gym, outdoor pool, hot tub, basketball court and putting green. Same-day dry cleaning is also available, along with safety deposit boxes at the front desk and an unstaffed business center with computer and printer. The free breakfast bar adjacent to the lobby features omelets, sausage and fresh fruit, while the Hometown Buffet down the street offers lunch and dinner discounts to groups booked through the hotel. Spacious guest rooms have triple-sheeted bedding, a work desk and a free newspaper delivered to the door each morning. In addition, couples should inquire about the "Romance Package," which includes a Jacuzzi suite, gift basket and bottle of champagne.

Motel 6 (Bakersfield Convention Center)

The Motel 6 is only four miles from the Meadows Field Airport, and lies in close proximity to points of interest including California State University of Bakersfield, the West Kern Oil Museum and Boomers Amusement Area. Guests are free to use the seasonal outdoor pool and sundeck, coin laundry and Wi-Fi connection, accessible for a small daily fee, while helping themselves to unlimited morning coffee. Public transportation is just steps away, and a Carrows Restaurant open 24 hours a day is right next door. Guest rooms are basic, with plush bedding and cable TV with HBO, while handicap-accessible rooms can be requested as well. Only adults 18 and older may check in, although their kids stay free. In addition, service animals and well-behaved pets are welcome.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.