I'm driving from LAX up the Pacific Highway in May this year but I wanted some advice on accommodation. I'm thinking of doing 2 nights around Big Sur (driving straight from LAX in one day stopping at Hearst Castle) . We can't afford anything on the scale of Post Ranch Inn or Ventana but would like a nice hotel in the same area so we can eat at the posh restaurants but not pay the high room rates. Preferably somewhere with a pool. Then we were thinking of a night in Monterey. Anyone have any suggestions?