Whether you are visiting the California town of Stockton for the Asparagus Festival, a houseboat vacation on the Delta or are just passing through on your way to San Francisco or Sacramento, there is a wide variety of affordable and convenient motels designed to comfort the weary traveler. Pet-friendly, kid-friendly and business-friendly establishments abound, and there is no need to bust your budget to find a comfortable place to stay.
There was a time when all Howard Johnson motels were connected to the restaurant chain famous for its hot fudge sundaes, but there are only three original Hojo eateries left and the hotels belong to Wyndham Worldwide. The chain offers dependable and clean -- if somewhat unimaginative -- accommodations and the Stockton location (not one of the originals) is located along the marina waterfront and near the Children's Museum. There's a seasonal pool, continental breakfast and the motel is pet friendly.
Okay, it's a Motel 6 so you know what to expect, and this is not a bad thing. The rooms are clean, the sheets white and crisp and all you have to do is ask if you want extra towels Pets are welcome and there's a pool that's open all year but is a little chilly. It's cheap, efficient and although it's nothing fancy, if you and Fido just need to crash, this is the place.
Knights Inn offers adequate accommodations and larger rooms than most similar establishments. Guests can expect large TVs with HBO, kitchenettes, free breakfast, heated pool and even room service. Pets are accepted for a nightly fee. This motel has meeting rooms, conference rooms and a business center, all good incentives for a business traveler.
La Quinta Inn
A little fancier than most motels, La Quinta Inns offer standard accommodations at a good price, with a few added amenities, including swimming pool and access to a nearby fitness center. The Stockton outlet is clean, quiet and conveniently located off the Interstate 5 freeway. La Quinta does one of the best free breakfast buffets around, especially for youngsters who enjoy the concept of unlimited waffles. Grab some fruit or yogurt for midday snacks before you take off for the day.