We stayed for 3 nights at the Holiday Inn Express at San Clemente North . The location is very convenient for San Clemente and worked well for the wedding we were attending in the area as it did for the rest of the wedding party. The hotel is cleverly designed to look like an old California mission; which is why I called it "the Mission". Right next to the I-5 freeway; yet I heard no noise from it whatsoever. The staff were not only helpful but really friendly and warm. The usual Holiday Inn Express breakfast was everything I would have expected. We (the hotel) ran out of hot water on the last day ; but they gave a partial discount to many of the clients and were so peasant about it that I didn't dock them in points for it. There was a nice pool there that I saw children playing in and having a great time.
All in all I would highly recommend this place if you are going to be in the area.