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Where to Stay in Modesto
Modesto is a medium-sized city with room to expand, so it’s not surprising that its points of interest are fairly spread out. Downtown Modesto is the center of activity and home to the renowned Gallo Center for the Arts, and it’s small enough to comfortably explore on foot. To get anywhere else in town, driving is most convenient, as traffic is generally light and parking is plentiful and affordable. With this in mind, you can count on virtually any hotel in Modesto to be within a short drive of every local hotspot.
If you’re looking for cheap hotel deals in Modesto or the greatest variety of room types and hotel sizes, look near the intersection of Highway 99 and West Briggsmore Avenue, about two and a half miles northwest of downtown. There are several hotels in the immediate vicinity of the Central Valley Plaza and Briggsmore Plaza shopping centers, including both upscale and budget options.
There are just a few hotels on the outskirts of downtown, so you should book your rooms far in advance if you specifically desire that area. For more lodging options, you can also look to the suburbs of Salida to the northwest and Ceres to the southeast.
Modesto Hotel Tips
Virtually all of the accommodations in Modesto are operated by national chain hoteliers, though the selection ranges from low-frills budget motels to upscale business hotels. The finer hotels are mostly located around Highway 99 and West Briggsmore Avenue, with the notable exception of downtown’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto. The most affordable chain motels can be found to the north and northwest of downtown, especially along McHenry Avenue.
A good place to get away for a day or more is Yosemite National Park, roughly 50 miles to the east. Forest lodges, woodland resorts and log home B&Bs are common along the edge of the park, and they may offer a refreshing change from the chain-dominated lodging options of Modesto.
Modesto Hotel Recommendations
As the largest and most upscale hotel serving Downtown Modesto, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto is certainly one of the most prominent hotels in town. Despite a reputation as Modesto’s preferred business hotel, it has especially laid-back décor and atmosphere, with relaxing amenities like a landscaped and heated outdoor swimming pool, a sauna and a full-service day spa. An on-site restaurant, a cocktail lounge and some of the best suite views in the city make this a smart place to stay in style.
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel is comparable to the DoubleTree in terms of size, room options and amenities, but it’s located northwest of downtown. If you’re planning on doing lots of shopping or sightseeing in the direction of San Francisco, this may be a more convenient location.
If you’re looking for a place to stay on the eastern side of Modesto, the Best Western Town House Lodge is a standout. Its rooms are particularly well-appointed for a hotel at this price level; microwaves, refrigerators and high-speed Internet access are all included. An outdoor pool, a spa tub and a free daily continental breakfast round out its range of amenities. The location of this Best Western east of Downtown Modesto makes it a good place to get an early start toward Yosemite.
Whether you’re sightseeing locally around Modesto or exploring nearby areas like Yosemite or Stockton, it’s important to have your own car in this area. If you’re taking a flight to Modesto, you can choose from a limited range of car rental agencies stationed at Harry Sham Field. Alternatively, you can see if your hotel offers airport shuttle pickup and arrange for a car to be delivered to your hotel by one of the other Modesto car rental services. If you think you might need a taxi while in Modesto, carry the number of a local cab company with you. Taxis usually only patrol for fares during major festivals and other events.
If you’re inclined to explore the Northern California region using Modesto as a home base, look into the routes and schedules offered by Amtrak, which uses Modesto as one of its most active transfer points in the region. Oakland, Sacremento, Fresno and Bakersfield are among the destinations connected to Modesto by rail.