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TravelPod Member ReviewsClocktower Inn Hotel Ventura
The Clocktower Inn is in the best possible location in Ventura. It is in the heart of Historic Downtown Ventura with Mission San Buenaventura and the Ventura County Museum behind it, and all of the historic area shops/restaurants and beach are within walking distance.
However, the decor is old and sometimes tattered; the beds were extremely uncomfortable. The continental breakfast was not at all appetizing.
I would like to see this hotel renovated and revitalized with the charm it is currently lacking (but deserves), because the location can't be beat.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Clocktower Inn Hotel Ventura
We chose this hotel because of its close walking proximity to downtown, the Mission, Museum and oceanside "boardwalk". During our stay Feb 11-13, we felt comfortable, the lobby has a welcoming fireplace and attached glass roof atrium for continental breakfast. Our room, on the other hand, was not well maintained, and was dark and cold. We had a double-bedded room facing the park area and Mission. Lamp bulbs needed replacement, shower curtain was mildewy, coffee maker tray in the bathroom was cracked and chipped. Worst of all, the room smelled like a smoking room, perhaps because the old carpeting retained the smells. We were able to change rooms the next day, to an exact same room on the first floor. Same tiny, mildewy dated bathroom though, with a door that swung inward to almost hit the toilet. I was able to see a friend's room on the same floor, which was also double-bedded, but twice as large with bigger bath and step out fenced patio. Apparently, not all rooms are the same! If you stay, ask for a king on the inner courtyard which have fireplaces and more pleasant view. Or if you need a double, ask for 118 or 218 which are larger than normal. Avoid rooms 222, (and probably 122) and 114 (and probably 214). Continental breakfast is like the kind you get at a airport motel -- danishes, freezer bagels, cereals, OJ, Lipton tea and Folgers coffee and apples/bananas. Refrigerators are optional at $10 a day. We paid $89/night, lower than the higher-end Marriott and Sheraton. Overall, the great walk-to-everywhere location made up for the low-value-for-the-money.
Not much positive to say about this hotel. It certainly does not deserve its 3 stars given by most sites. I went thru Hotwire, so I did not intentionally pick it. I certainly would have been suspect of a $80 3-star hotel.
Beautifully decorated, nice balcony in our room, nice lobby area, conveniently located to downtown restaurants.
But the mattress was way too hard. I saw several guests bringing their own pillows; I would recommend it for this hotel.
My wife and I planned the perfect get a way. We put the top down on the Mustang, left Arizona in the rear view mirror and headed toward California's golden coast. We left without a care in the world and with good cause, as the grandparents were left to baby sit and we were celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary.
I picked this place out because it was given 3 stars, it offered in-room internet access, and I got a pretty good rate online considering their published rates.
No longer acceptable
We have stayed here many times and enjoyed our stays and the morning breakfasts. I find that I can no longer put up with their male gender unfriendly (Cheaper) toilet seats. The seat puts you closer to the water in the bowl,making it very uncomfortable for males and their private parts. From now on, we'll just have to stay somewwhere else.
Bumped Too !!!!
We too made reservations thru the internet 3 weeks before our trip and had a confirmation E mailed. We received a phone call during our drive from SD to the hotel that they had no rooms available The manager said he had made reservations for us at another comparable hotel and it was very nice (it turned out he had not even seen the other hotel). The hotel was NOT comparable so we went to see the manager at Clocktower who said he gave our rooms to entertainers from the fair whose car had broken down!!!!! We inquired why he did not send them to the other hotel, as we had reservations, he said they did not want to go there!!!! Our advise is to not trust Clocktower internet specials as they do not honour them. PVY SD
Low key pleasant stay
Stayed there in June 2004. Hotel is in a quiet part of town with a park located behind it. Staff is very helpful and high speed internet is avaialble for a modest $7.95 (I'd prefer free, but that's not outrageous). Everything worked, was clean and comfortable.
I've put it on my list of places to stay in Ventura county. Nice breakfast buffet is included.
I will visit again!
This quaint little hotel had some great and not so great features. Pros: within walking distance of the beach and pier, interesting architecture with lovely window seats, above average continental breakfast in a very comfortable atrium, affordable price, friendly staff. Cons: the plumbing fixtures in our room were in dire need of repair (the handle on the sink came completely off and the toilet handle was very loose), limited parking, horribly mildewed carpet in the elevator (trust me...take the stairs!), small room with big furniture.
I would probably give this hotel another try as I feel the problems with our room were just that. Also, I would recommend Tony's Pizzaria just one block up towards the beach. Great pizza and even better characters serving it up!
We reserved a room via the internet through hotel locaters three weeks in advance. Reserved a deluxe room with a fireplace and received a confirmation number. Upon arrival was told that there were no rooms with fireplace available. I showed clerk the printout stating "deluxe fireplace room" and the confirmation number and his response was " that's just a confirmation number, and doesn't guarantee a room." Gee I though that it meant they were CONFIRMING the room!!! How stupid of me. I told him I didn't want the room where upon he called the general manager on the phone and told him we didn't want the room. The GM then offered a bootle of wine as consolation and said " I don't know how this happened". I declined the $2.00 bottle of wine and told him to refund part of the rate or we would leave. He refunded $20 off bringing room to $59, and as it was getting late and I knew we couldn't get a room anywhere for that price, I accepted. Point is that they operate with very questionable business practices and book rooms via net at low price and then when they can get more via another booking site they bump you. I will never book a room there again and neither should you. Also, the male desk clerk that was ther seemed psychotic. Very creepy! Try the Seaward Inn instead.