You can’t beat the bargain rates at this plantation-era hotel, opened in 1917 and now run by the third generation of the friendly Manago family. Although clean, the 22 original rooms with shared bathrooms ($41 double) should be considered just above camping; they’re ultra-spartan and subject to highway noise; children younger than 18 are not allowed. The 42 newer rooms in the three-story wing at the rear also have rather bare walls, but they come with private bathrooms and views of the coast that improve with each floor. Book the third-floor corner Japanese room for a ryokan experience, sleeping on a futon and soaking in the ofuro (hot tub). Note: There’s no elevator. Walls are thin, and sound can carry through jalousie windows used to let cooling breezes in, but neighbors tend to be considerate. The lounge next to the Manago Hotel Restaurant has a TV.
- Jeanne Cooper