We have fallen in love with The Padre Hotel in Bakersfield. If this hotel was in any other city, you would have to pay big bucks, it really is a very cool hotel. We've been using it as a stopping place for our weekend trips--LA to San Fransisco--leaving Thursday evening after traffic. Then we get up Friday morning, have a nice breakfast and scoot up the coast in 5-6 hours.
At the cute little coffee shop I ordered grapefruit juice, a bowl of steaming hot steel cut oatmeal with fresh raspberries, blue berries, and strawberries. And an order of delicious thick toast with jam and coffee. It only cost six bucks! I couldn't believe it!
The only weird thing was coming back to our room after breakfast and finding a member of the maintenance staff in our room, despite the "Do Not Disturb" sign we had left on the door. He told us he was looking at the electrical socket in the mirror over the bureau. When we checked out, I asked the front desk if they had sent a maintenance person to our room. It took while for them to come up with an answer. They told us that he had been checking on a leak.
The rooms are super cool, the beds divine, the decor funky & fun, the food yummy. It's well-worth the 20-minute trek over from the 5 freeway.