For what I paid, I'm happy A review of Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield
I paid $35 for a room at this hotel using Priceline - with tax & fees the total came to just under $45. This was on June 17, 2004.
The room was large and very clean. Everything - TV, clock-radio, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, coffee maker - worked just fine and was in good shape. Only a 19-inch TV, though - but, again, the remote worked just fine, and the picture was clear.
Staff was courteous and did not make a big deal about my booking through Priceline. The hotel is, as mentioned below, older. It is well maintained and in good repair, but it's not especially fancy. On par with a 2.5-star hotel such as a Mariott Courtyard in my opinion. It's a two-story hotel, no elevators, handicapped rooms are all on the ground floor. Hotel landscaping was quite nice. I didn't use or even see the workout room and didn't use the pool. Parking is free.
The Sheraton and the Doubletree seem to be the only 3-star hotels in Bakersfield. There are no four-star hotels in that city. The Sheraton is easy to get too off Highway 99, and there are MANY fast food and chain restaurants nearby on California Drive, and two grocery stores with delis - helped me to avoid rip-off room service food.
I would have felt gypped if I'd paid the rack rate of over $100 per night plus tax, but at $45 total I was pleased. I also joined the Starword Preferred Guest program online (didn't use 'em to book the room, just signed up with the program using my "spam" Yahoo email account). Sheratons are part of the Starwoood group.
As a registered Starwood Preferred Guest, I could use Priceline to get a low price and still get a room in the Preferred Guest wing - again, nothing fancy, but nice, clean and quiet, with modern furnishings, a comfortable bed, and CLEAN - to me, that's the most important issue. Way nicer than a Motel 6, at about the same price.