Last week my husband and I spent two nights at the Holiday Inn in San Clemente. It is an older hotel that has been completely redone with pleasing decor, good beds and bedding, microwave, refrigerator, flat screen TV and even a choice of firm or soft pillows. The room was very clean, and there was a free bottle of water in the room and decent coffee for the coffeemaker. One thing I liked was that the blackout curtain was one solid piece pulled from one side. I always carry a couple of clothespins to close the usual gap in the curtains that close in the middle. The people at the desk were pleasant and helpful. I got a great deal on Groupon so can't complain about much, but our room was billed as an "ocean view", and the view was actually some peaks at the ocean between rooftops. One of the best things this hotel has is its location right at the top end of downtown, so you can walk to nearly everything, and there are several good restaurants nearby. It is still a charming downtown with mostly small local stores.