Grand Vista Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Vista Hotel Simi Valley
Okay for price
After reading previous reviews, we weren't expecting much. Room was very cheap. We were pleasantly surprised. Room was clean, front desk was okay. Bed was comfortable and the room was quiet, Yes, the hotel needs to be renovated - but considering the lodging options in Simi, this is better than most. Will stay here again.
I hear footsteps, otherwise very nice!
What a value at $60 per night from Orbitz! Lobby and pool area were realy nice as well as the workout room. The included breakfast was a complete breakfast not just a wimpy Continental.
Room was about average, however, like another reviewer, I could hear the person above walking around their room. Thank goodness there wasn't any monkey business! But the creaking floor and thud, thud, thud footsteps were annoying enough! Stay on an upper floor and I think you'll be alright.
A good deal for the non picky
This hotel is very accessible if you need to be in the area. The staff are very nice and accommoating. I run a hotel,so I can be some what fair. You must ask for a quiet room, but the walls are somewhat paper thin. So, make sure you are away from the bar.Rooms are very dated,they have spent their money in their lobby and food and beverage outlets. The rooms could be cleaner, even if they are older. We got free breakfast vouchers, you have to get there early, as they didn't refill items, but a good value. The airconditioner/heater is like a jet engine, so hope for neutral weather, as it is not bearable.
Would go back, the value is very good. Close to everything, they just need to update their rooms a bit, and housekeeping could be better...and the towels were paper thin...
What a deal!
I decided to stay in Simi Valley at the last moment on the Friday before Presidents Day (long weekend). Holiday Inn Express and Motel 6 (both in Simi Valley) were much more expensive than the $53!!! I paid online (Orbitz or Travelocity) for this great hotel. We received 2 free drink coupons and 2 free breakfast buffet coupons! The bar was lively and the breakfast was adequate. The room was clean with all of the usual amenities but also with a microwave and refrigerator! What a deal! I will definitely come back here again.
Decent place to stay
We stayed at the Grand Vista while visiting family in Moorpark. The lobby of the hotel is lovely and the staff was very helpful and pleasant. The room was ordinary...the toilet didn't flush very well, the bathroom did not have a vent (so that by the time you finished a shower, the room was totally foggy and hot). There were two refrigerators and a microwave, which was useful. The rooms were clean and housekeeping provided whatever we needed quite quickly.
We were surprised to receive coupons for a free breakfast buffet (each day of our stay except Sunday) and a free drink in either of the bars for each day. One bar was quiet and lovely...just the place to sit and talk...but it closed if there were not enough patrons. The other bar (Arena) seems like a local hang-out for the Simi Valley crowd. The night we were there it was very crowded, dirty, and overly loud. There were lots of games (billiards, darts, a trivia game on video, video games at the bar) but there were only two bartenders...took about 30 minutes to get a drink.
The swimming pool area was very nice, although we did not get a chance to use it.
The free breakfast buffet was really quite nice offering cereal, scrambled eggs, sausage,toast, warm muffins, juices and coffee with prompt attention from the serving staff.
The hotel is conveniently located right off I-118 and directly across the street from Simi Valley Town Centre...a very nice outdoor mall.
Grand Vista is nice.
I just returned from a 16 day stay at the Grand Vista. It is the hotel of choice for my company when they send employees to their training center in Simi Vally. I was a little concerned when I read the reviews on here. I was expecting something worse than your average Motel 6.
I really liked the Grand Vista and the Arena Sports Bar next door. We were given one free drink coupon for each day of our stay. You can play Trivia or poker against the other patrons or sing Karaoke on Wednesday nights.
The room was good sized, king bed, couch, desk with high speed internet access, mini fridge and microwave. What more could a business traveler ask for? Daily maid service left the room spotless with new linen if requested. I like how they offered the choice to re-use or get new each day. That appeals to my conservationist side.
Not so "Grand"
I stayed at the Grand Vista while on business in Simi Valley. The hotel appears "old" inside and out. The rooms just aren't up to par, especially for the price paid (a $130 "corporate rate"...I wouldn't have stayed had the money been coming from my own pocket). The room smelled musty and the carpet/furniture looked well used. Some remodeling should certainly be done especially with the new Town Center being built right next to the hotel. The staff was friendly, so no complaints there. The best thing about my stay was ordering from Red's (a bbq place that advertises in the Hotel Information guide). I ordered from Red's 3 out of the 4 days I stayed. Despite it's downfalls, the hotel is very close to where I visit in Simi and, therefore, I will be staying there again. This time I got a much better rate through Expedia.
In need of renovation
Stayed there over a weekend in May 2005. About the best thing that can be said of this hotel is that it has convenient freeway access. The sound insulation on the walls must be paper-thin because just sitting in our room we could hear the conversations and TV of our neighbors quite well (especially when we were trying to sleep). The carpet in our room was worn and somewhat dingy. The air conditioner and small refrigerator were noisy also. We didn't use any of the hotel's other amenities, so I can't comment on that. However, we experienced enough to know that we would not stay there again, even if we had to pay more for a room at another hotel located in a less-convenient location.
Not 'grand', but works
Stayed here on business for four nights in May '05. Hotel is 1 minute from freeway and gives easy access to Simi Valley grid of sequential strip malls. Room was fine - king bed, desk, sofa. Some minor quirks - bathroom door won't stay open, AC/heat unit rather loud, TV doesn't swivel (and thus doesn't face sofa). But all in all no problems. Hotel has a sports bar and breakfast was included in rate (though I wasn't able to try it so can't comment). Fitness center small but adequate for stair machine-type workout. Service was friendly after late check-in. What makes the place above average, really, was cost, which was well under $100/night on Hotwire. The place is certainly better value for money than the Holiday Inn express (where I've also stayed) and which is in the same ballpark in terms of room size, furnishings, etc. (As that suggests, the Grand Vista really isn't grand. But it does have a nice vista.)
Don't stay there!
We had three of our top executives stay there, and they wanted to leave as soon as they arrived. The non-smoking rooms obviously had smokers staying in there. One of the rooms still had condom packages in the night stand. They do have a restaurant on the property, but we did not have time to try it. I think the options in Simi Valley are limted, but we will drive to a different city next time we visit.