Three miles south of downtown Modesto, the recently opened Microtel Inn Ceres has a good reputation for its low rates, friendly service, clean rooms and good facilities, which include deluxe free continental breakfast, pool & spa, business center and guest laundry. Standard rooms are smallish but brightly decorated and well equipped, with extra comfortable bedding plus a sink, refrigerator & microwave. The suites have a sofa bed and a separate living area. Pets are welcome. The hotel faces Hwy 99 (east side) in a mostly residential area, half a mile south of Ceres Plaza Shopping Center.