Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco sits Atasdadero, a small town that lies inland on Highway 101. Though warmer than the coast, it is still a great place to stop on the way to or from San Francisco. It is also not far from the coastal communities of Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, etc.
The hotel is modern, with good facilities, and a great buffet breakfast (included) in the morning.
There are also restaurants nearby that are definiyely worth visiting.