Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
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Not all that bad...
We just returned from a weekend at Holiday Inn Ventura (Mar 24-27, 2005). We booked a package from Toronto that included flight, hotel and car. After reading the reviews here, we were a little worried but after getting there it all seemed to work out. The hotel is undergoing renovations...thankfully none were happening when we were there. The hotel is in a nice location, a little far from LA but right off the freeway - 101. Didn't take advantage of the beach or the pool but we saw surfers there in the morning and also saw a few people in the pool. We didn't spend a lot of time at the hotel so can't comment on the restaurant. Our rooms were spotless...we had a view of the ocean...it was nice as long as you didn't look down...there was a lot of crap left over from the renovations!!! Room service seemed a little overpriced...18% service charge PLUS $2.00 for delivery!!! It was cheaper to drive down to MAIN Street, walk into the Busy Bee Diner and order a meal. The front desk was kind of helpful. But thanks to them, we got lost on the way back to the airport for our return flight and almost missed it. TIP - buy a map/guidebook!!!
We drove to LA for the day...took us almost two hours with traffic. We also went to Santa Barbara twice...once for dinner and once to shop. TIP - restaurants stop serving dinner after 10-10:30pm...only appetizers, desserts and drinks...learnt the hard way. It seems that's common for cities in the USA...well, atleast all the ones I have visited...with the exception of NYC.
Anyway...the hotel is well on it's way...once the renovations are completed (approx Summer 05) it should get better reviews :-)
I say...take a chance...check it out...we didn't have to deal with dirty carpets or sheets...our bathtub had scuff marks but it was clean. Front desk was friendly...close enough to the major cities but yet far enough to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Parking was $8.00 per night with in/out priviledges...only problem was that you needed to use the card/pass to get in and out everytime...can be a bit of pain. The parking lot next to the hotel is $5.00 and is city owned. We only chose to pay more for parking as they told us they had security and surveillance in the hotel parking lot...and since we had a rental...a convertible...we didn't want to take any chances!
All in all, a good time was had...and I am glad the hotel wasn't as bad as some of the reviews i read.
Nice location, Terrible hotel
Stayed here for one night recently. Chose the hotel for it's fabulous location - right on the beach, next to the pier. I quickly found out that location was ALL it had going for it. My room, and the hotel interiors, were shabby and dirty - and smelled of mold. The hotel staff were surly. The food in the restaurant was truly awful. There was hair and grime in the shower. The sliding glass door to the balcony wouldn't close all the way. Carpets and bedlinens were ripped and stained. On top of it all, the hotel was overpriced. I couldn't believe this was a Holiday Inn. I've stayed in one-star hotels which were far nicer than this! I'm really not one to usually complain, but this place is the worst! I wouldn't stay here again if the room were free.
Not your father's Holiday Inn!
My daughter and I stayed overnight here on her way back to college this past September. This is not your average Holiday Inn but a fully equipped hotel. Our room was a good size and afforded us a pleasant view of the beach and small shopping area below. Facilities were very clean.
I am rating it "excellent" only on the things we observed. We did not use the pool area nor any restaurants. We did order room service twice and found the quality above average with large servings. Personnel in all areas were very nice and helpful. It is an easy walk to the pier.
We were disappointed that the hotel's convenience store had closed just a few days before we arrived. We didn't like that we had to pay for parking in the hotel's lot. I believe it wa $8.50. Parking is available in a public lot across from the hotel but seemed like more of a bother than we wanted.
We would definitely return.
Renovations/Customer Service YIKES!
We stayed at there in September 2004. Signs in the hotel read "excuse the dust"... How about the jack-hammerS going off from 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday?!?! We couldn't have a discussion in our room never mind rest in it during those hours. Our hot water did not work one night as well.
This however was not the worst part. The manager at the front-desk (female) was HORRID!!! She came out and lectured us in response to our dissatisfaction.
Scary. Will never stay there again.
Loyalty beginning to diminish......
My husband and I have been going to Ventura for many years. This past week end (July 16, 17 and 18th, 2004) was typical of the 3 or 4 visits we allow ourselves each year. I antique shop while he plays golf...we meet in the afternoon for all the things one goes to the beach for. The Holiday Inn is going through a major renovation with all the confusion that brings. Our weekend was just fine. I couldn't justify spending the extra $$ this time to be in a renovated room, but as long as you don't go barefoot in your room, the old ones aren't so awful. The free coffee in the morning for guests is now $1.88 per cup....parking that used to free for guests is now $8.00 per day....come on management, knock it off! You're chipping away at my loyalty.
Ghetto hotel with a view!
now this hotel is a shame, or is it a sham?!!!.
i stayed here last july 4th, and what a dissapointment, my toilet overflowed, the last person in the room was obviously a smoker, and the restaurant has bugs!!, the person in another review asks "what do you want for a HUNDRED DOLLARS?", 1st of all he/she has never been to a ritz hotel, this hotel is the pits!!!!, dirty carpets after sleeping here i itched for a week., everything is dirty, no help from any staff people., next time i'm going down the block, to a hotel, that has the right to call itself a HOTEL!!!!!
I love this Hotel, it has a spectacular view and great location! The staff was fine and the bar/lounge was good too. I loved the pool right off of the beach, great spot to just lay around and drink margaritas! I've been here a few times and am planning on going back on June 24th so I hope I have the same impression this time!The rooms certainly aren't the Ritz but the view and location really out-weigh any dissapointments. It was clean and neat. What do people expect for $100 a night right on the beach? I think it is the best deal around!
I've read the other reviews on this hotel, and I cant disagree about the crummy decor, the VERY loud trains at 4 am and general depressing aspect of the hotel. But figuring that you should be able to stay here for less than $100 you get one of the best views on the west coast, everyone has a balcony and the beaches nearby are great. Deal with the train problem by asking for a room as high and far away as possible from the tracks ( The train stop, by the way is just nearby and is a cool way to get about the coast)
We will never stay at the Holiday Inn in Ventura again. Room was overpriced -- really small, terrible interior colors, bath towels ragged with threads hanging off of them, 90 minutes to get through to room service, an Amtrak train every hour or less that was unbearable, no screen on the sliding glass door, unfriendly front desk staff, charged $8 per day for parking. Ridiculous since we were a guest of the hotel. Limited room service menu.
Was not that great
We stayed there in May 2nd, or the week before, and I have to say while the location was great, the atmosphere of the room and and inside the property were not that great. There was no welcome feeling when you got to the front desk. The room was awful, colors ugly, bed spread ugly, floor, my white socks were brown when I left, the shower filled with water, cause the drain was slow. The night entertainment; while the music was ok, there was no one there. Even though I was told the hotel was sold otu that night, cause we wanted to move to a king size bed. The hotel needs a good upgrade, and maybe some service elevators, food was going through the lobby, carpet in the elevators was dirty and dingy. I have to say that the housekeeping staff was nice, said good morning and acknowledged.
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