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The Best Hotels in Bakersfield, CA and Fun Things to Do

bigstock-Kern-River-Oil-Fields-3400019.jpgThe first settlers that came to Bakersfield were attracted by findings of gold at the bottom of the Kern River. That was in 1851. Soon there was no more gold available in the hills or rivers and in 1869, Colonel Thomas Baker was tasked with developing a plan for the sprawling town. 

Named after him, the city of Bakersfield was growing as a commercial center even in the midst of the gold rush. In 1899, oil was discovered nearby, and with time, this discovery spurred growth in the oil and manufacturing industry. Today, this 13th largest city in California which lies in the San Joaquin Valley, is one of the top in the United States to produce oil and provides about 70% of it to the state.   



Home tiStock-470270774.jpgo over 250,000 residents, this large city is well known for the Bakersfield campus of California State University, primarily serving around 10,000 communiting students.  Important to mention, this public university campus operates the only Petroleum Geology program west of the Rockies and also plays host to one of the largest wind energy facilities in the U.S.


Agriculture plays an important role in Bakersfield.  Here, see large orchards of fruit trees and plants including Naval oranges, Medjool dates, grapes, kiwi, avocado, mango, figs and strawberries to name a few.  




Bakersfield plays host to many hotels focused on business executives and family vacation destination

Among the best hotels in Bakersfield are SpringHill Suites Bakersfield, La Quinta Inn Bakersfield South, and Hotel Rosedale.

SpringHill Suites Bakersfield

iStock-614622994.jpg When on a business trip, you want to work comfortably, plug into the internet, and perhaps use copying and printing services. Imagine a situation where you must quickly prepare and sign a contract. This SpringHill Suites boasts a 24-hour business center with overnight delivery and pick up, plus fax service. And, if you are into remote work and the freelancing world, you have the perfect working environment
The SpringHill Suites tends to promote the growing popularity of conference tourism through the provision of meeting rooms;  this is one of the best hotels in Bakersfield to hold conferences, workshops and seminars. With auxiliary services such as laundry, dry cleaning, a fabulous in-room work desk, and  breakfast included with your stay, your business trip couldn’t be better. 
When taking your children on vacation, you'll need a comfortable destination with plenty of space and activities for play. SpringHill Suites is in an ideal location and has all the amenities to complete a family trip. The first thing that will strike you upon entering your room is the microwave and refrigerator. Your family snack time is made even better with the on-site deli shop. Like other Bakersfield hotels, this facility provides plenty of sleeping space. Your children may use infant cribs or the sofa bed for the older kids. Even better, request adjoining rooms to enhance the family experience.

La Quinta Inn - Bakersfield South

bigstock--195611626.jpgYou are out on a business trip and have booked yourself into a nice hotel. You need to go out for a meeting, but you haven’t finished preparing your paper documents. If you are at La Quinta Inn - Bakersfield South, take advantage of the facilities in the business center and print your meeting documents. Like other Bakersfield hotels, this property provides a free internet connection so you can keep working. Besides, there is broad  Wi-Fi, which you can access from anywhere in the hotel.
This La Quinta Inn is among the family-friendly hotels in Bakersfield that provide helpful amenities. In the rooms, you will find premium bedding, coffee makers, and a microwave. Relax with your family and watch premium TV channels or use the complimentary Wi-Fi. Later, swim in the sparkling outdoor pool. Your children may sleep in infant cribs or the existing bedding, for the older ones. You will appreciate conveniences such as hair dryers, ironing boards, complimentary toiletries, and free local calls.  What more would you want from an inexpensive hotel in Bakersfield?
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Hotel Rosedale

iStock-147308192.jpgGoing on a business trip?  You hope for a fruitful outing, and sometimes it isn't possible without a business-friendly hotel.  The bottom-line is that Hotel Rosedale is one of the best Bakersfield hotels will make your business trip successful. Apart from the free internet, you will enjoy printing and copying services from the 24-hour business center. If you have seminars and workshops, the place to hold them is right here at Hotel Rosedale. Better, you may wish to host a video conference with the people back at your office. That shouldn’t be a problem given the conference facilities and services they offer.

There are many hotels in Bakersfield, CA but not many come close to Hotel Rosedale when it concerns family-friendliness. The rooms are spacious, comfortable, and equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Your kids will never have a better breakfast experience. The hotel provides fresh fruits, hot waffles, and hot coffee — all for free.
One of the things you may want to do at this hotel is swimming in the outdoor pool at sunset.  If you wish to request infant cribs and extra beds you will have to pay an additional $12 per night. However, Hotel Rosedale is still one of the inexpensive Bakersfield, CA hotels.

Here are several Bakersfield hotels with a pet-friendly policy

Many pet owners are looking for hotels that allow them to come with their feline or canine friends. The following Bakersfield hotels offer a pet-friendly policy.
  • bigstock-Playing-With-Dog-156072338.jpgBest Western Plus Hill House - Small pets may be accepted.
  • Red Roof Inn - Bring one well-behaved pet for free.
  • Quality Inn & Suites Bakersfield - Bring at most two pets that don’t exceed the 20-pound weight limit. You will pay no fee.
  • Days Inn at Bakersfield - Request to bring your pet; you may be asked to pay a fee.  
  • Super 8 Bakersfield Center - Pay just $10 per pet, per night.


Planning which fun things to do while visiting Bakersfield?

TravNow can help!  There are ample attractions in Bakersfield including golf, water skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and rafting. Attractions include the Buck Owens Crystal Palace, Kern River Parkway, Kern County Museum, and Fox Theater. Other fun things to do in Bakersfield include visiting Camelot Park,  Rabobank Arena, and Crystal Palace Museum.
bigstock-Homemade-Cheese-Smash-Burger-153865985.jpgBuck Owens Crystal Palace - Buck Owens Crystal Palace is a restaurant with live music, a museum and store, all in one! It's museum is filled with country music memorabilia and their menu is loaded with burgers, salads and sandwiches. It definatly a must visit restaurant when you're in the area!
Kern River Parkway Trail - If you're a runner or cyclist then make sure you make your way over to Kern River Parkway Trail. Bring your bikes, dogs, and family. Its a great place to spend the day outside. See what visitors are saying about it. 
Kern County Museum - Founded in 1941, find thousands of historical artifacts and information on Kern County. Feel free to bring kids of all ages and let them engage of history found here. 

Fox Theatre - The Fox Theater located here in Bakersfield opened in 1930 and is known for holding special events, concerts, plays and ballets. If you want a fun night out, check out the Fox to see what shows are happening! 
Camelot Park - Camelot Park is filled with activites for all ages . . . the park includes bumper cars, mini golf and rides for young children. This is a great family outting for everyone! 
Rabobank Arena - Rabobank is a theater and convention center that holds different community events and activites, so make sure to see what is going on there the next time you visit Bakersfield. 

Dine at top-rated Bakersfield eateries!

According to online reviewers on TripAdvisor, these restaurants in Bakersfield come highly recommended and round out the top ten.  Try several!
  • Couple in an elegant restaurant having a romantic dinner.jpeg24th Street Cafe - American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free options
  • Wool Growers  - Gluten Free options
  • Hungry Hunter Steakhouse - American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free options
  • La Costa Mariscos - Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free options
  • Uricchio's Trattoria - Italian, Vegetarian-Friendly, Gluten Free options
  • Nuestro Mexico Restaurant - Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Blank Angus Restaurant Stuart Andersons - American, Steakhouse, Bar, Gluten Free options
  • Hodel's Country Dining - American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Buffet on Sundays
  • Luigi's Restaurant and Delicatessan - Italian, Delicatessan, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free options
  • Booterleggers Craft Pub & Eatery - American, Bar, Pub
Now you know what to expect from hotels, attractions, activites, and top restuarants in Bakersfield.  Book now. Save now. TravNow and make your business trip or family vacation a reality!


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Topics: California