Mission Bay Motel (4221 Mission Blvd., 866/649-5828, www.missionbaymotel.com, $70–150) offers clean, comfortable accommodations at the right price near the beach and Mission Bay Aquatic Park. This cheerful, white-and-blue-painted, low-built motor hotel has small, white-painted and pastel-decorated rooms, and makes a perfect base from which to enjoy the many sights and sun-drenched beaches of San Diego.
You can choose from rock-bottom priced singles (which actually sleep two people) up to multi-bed rooms with kitchenettes that can accommodate the whole family. The residential Pacific Beach neighborhood offers affordable local restaurants, a beach a block a way, and car or public transit access to the rest of the San Diego area.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition