We stayed at the Best Western Rose Quartz Inn in Chester, Ca for 1-night in early Sept ($135). We chose Chester because it was the most convenient town to stay in while heading south after a visit to Mount Lassen National Park. That being said, there is not much to attract you to Chester, which is a very small town with a strip of motels and an occasional restaurant on the approach to the very small downtown core.
The Best Western consisted of 2 long, narrow buildings facing the central parking lot that stretched back from the highway – the main, 2-storey building with the lobby, breakfast area and typical chain rooms, and a single storey building housing motel units with small tables and chairs out front. Behind was a fenced area with a small jacuzzi and an attractive seating area with chairs, tables and umbrellas (inexplicably pad-locked when we were there), and an open grassy area with a fire pit and gas barbeque.
Our king room was large and decorated in the typical BW manner; unfortunately, there was an adjoining door to the room next door through which we could clearly hear the neighbours in the morning. The bathroom was huge, with a bath tub, shower and very large vanity; unfortunately, it was a bit rundown with an old toilet that tended to stick, chipped enamel, and a fan that was permanently on (noisy at night).
Because we didn't see much for restaurants along the strip or in town, we drove 15 min to the peninsula to dine at the Red Onion – expensive at $25-35 entrees, but an excellent fusion menu. Breakfast at the hotel was reasonable, with sausage and egg patties, waffles, juice, milk and coffee, but no fresh fruits.
Overall, the Quartz Inn delivered reasonable if somewhat flawed (noise, closed patio and jacuzzi) value but for a relatively high price for such a small town. That being said, it is probably the best bet in Chester. less