Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ventura Harbor
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... that sleep is simply not possible next to an eight lane highway. Like so many man made lakes in California, the water level at Casitas was way down on what it should be at this time of year owing to the worst drought for at least a century. The camp ground itself however was beautiful. Towering pines and smaller shrubs surround the lake and a healthy population of squirrels ('squerrlls' if you are Luke Maitland - seriously ask him to say squirrel...) make their ...
... and the miles of sandy beach. We walk along the seafront and come across the original muscle beach with some equipment still there. Naturally we all decided to have a go on different things like a rope climb and rings. I showed off my ability to climb half way up the rope and hold myself up on the rings which was a lot harder than it looked. After some more mucking about on the equipment and we climbed onto the pier. The rides ...
... when he was young. The address, 24818 Old Malibu Rd. wasn't easy to find from the beach as renovations and upgrades really changed the neighborhood.
August 18th – (Sunday) – Third Sunday night in a row that we spent with family. Dori, Nubi & Skye came in the late afternoon to our campground for a cookout. We grilled Brats with sauerkraut.
August 19th – Still ...
... They can grow up to 5,000lbs and 16 feet long. The seals return to this spot between April and August to molt their skins and grow new ones. They can be found down this part of the coast line for most of the year. 5 minutes down the road was Hearst Castle which was a huge castle designed by Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state ...
... but from where Caroline & I were sitting it just looked like two grown men fighting over a pink ball!!! After a lovely ya we went for an Italian and then onto the Palace (a Cajun style restaurant) for desserts. The weekend was great & as you can probably tell it was pretty much a weekend that revolved around good food, good drink and great company! On Monday morning it was time to hit the road again and head to LA...till then! ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ventura Harbor
First the good: Beds were comfy, room was clean, bathroom was much larger than most, flat screen TV looked cool. This is a no-frills hotel, but adequate.
The Harbor Views are Fantastic!
Very friendly and helpful staff. The complementary breakfast was average for this type of hotel. The hotel is right on the harbor which was fantastic! The beds and bedding were excellant as was the flat screen t.v.! Really the only reason this wasn't rated a 5/5 is that the building itself has some issues. The sliding door to the balcony was real difficult to "slide" and we couldn't get the bathroom door to fully close with any reasonable amount of force. All in all a great place to stay. Would definately stay here again.
Right on the water!
Traveled to CA for business and stayed just one night. The rooms are newly refurbished and very clean. Bed was quite comfortable and I was pleased to see a flat screen tv! Bathroom was large and well vented. All rooms seemed to face towards the harbor. Just an FYI - internet is not wireless - you must plug in the ethernet cable. But it is free. Large breakfast area. Easy access to the 101. I did have problems with my AC, but the breeze off of the harbor was so refreshing it wasn't an issue.
Loved this place!!
This newly refurbished hotel was wonderful. Spacious rooms with a fully stocked kitchenette. The little patio was cute! The staff was friendly and when there was a small problem with our room, the fixed it right away. Loved the jacuzzi tub...it was an unexpected surprise. The breakfast room was clean and had great views on the harbor. During this trip we also stayed at the Holiday Express in Carpiniteria. I wished I had skipped Carpinteria and stayed in Ventura! Better hotel and cheaper rates. This place is a steal...wonder how long before the rates go up!!
My husband and I stayed for 3 nights as a getaway, we usually go to Santa Barbarbara or San Diego, however we were looking for something on the water at NOT in the $200/$300 a night range, Oh, I also wanted CLEANLINESS, SO I stumbled across the HI. Well I have to say, suprisingly, the room was better then what the pix on the internet site, showed. (I took pix's, but accidently erased) Everything is new and modern & CLEAN, did I say it was CLEAN!! the Bathroom was awsome with a big tub! the view was great, (our room had curtains & a shade that allowed u to see out, but not in? so NO peeping toms) it was quiet and peaceful, JUST what we were looking for. Yes this hotel does not have the extra amenities, like a pool, ect, however I appreciated the price and ROOM amenities. The breakfast room was being worked on while we were there, we are late sleepers when we are on vacation and did not make it to breakfast, However one morning we attempted to, only to find that we missed it, the breakfast buffet ended, BUT the nice man at the counter in the lobby gave us some vouchers and sent us over to the hotel anyway, and we were served an awsome b-fast. I loved the fact that there was a real kitchenette in the suites, since we always have leftovers at dinner and were able to use the fridge and microwave. Next time i will bring a few groceries! ANYWAY we were looking for a quiet, relaxing, low key, CLEAN getaway near the ocean and we found it at a great price, needless to say we will be back. OH the front desk personel were very nice and helpful. Hope this review helps!
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Ventura Harbor August 18-21, 2006. We needed a place to stay as a base for visiting relatives in Oxnard, near the Oxnard marina, and to attend a wedding. We had reserved a 2 queen suite. The room was fantastic, just perfect. We were a group of 4 adults sharing a room and we had plenty of space. The bathroom was very large with a jaccuzi tub. There was also a sink, stove, refrigerator and cooking equipment, plates, glasses, etc. but we did not use. The Holiday Inn Smart Continental Breakfast is now being served in their breakfast room, overlooking the harbor. It is true the even numbered rooms face the harbor, and the odd numbered rooms faced, well, nothing. At least the ground floor odd numbered rooms had no view. I checked in late, and forgot to ask for an even numbered room. I do not know if the 2 queen suite rooms are even offered on the odd numbered rooms, if I wanted the 2 queen suite, I may have had no choice. It really didn't matter, we were not in the room to look out the window anyhow. There was a patio, but it faced a wall, hence, no view. I had thought the sofa turned into a bed, but ours did not. Nevertheless, the room was very large, and just perfect. We have no complaints and will stay there again. This building used to be part of th e Sheraton, and was referred to as the "Marina Suites." There is still a "Grand Openingt" sign on the building. The building does back up against the marina. All the hotel staff we encountered were very friendly. In previous visits to this area, we stayed at the Embassy Suites in Oxnard which is only a few minutes from our family's home, but with current rates at that property, we were not able to stay. Also, in previous years, I used Priceline to stay at that Marriott Ventura. But this this year, my bids on Priceline were not successful. So, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Ventura Harbor, and discovered it was the best place of all considering the room rates, and the size of the room. Although I enjoyed the Marriott, I now prefer this property. It's closer to our relatives, and rooms bigger and nicer. If you're looking for a "resort" property, then you'll want the Embassy Suites, if you want a great room and a fair rate, then you can't go wrong with this hotel.
I read such great things aboutt his hotel (it's listed as the #1 hotel in Ventura according to readers) so I booked it for my husban'ds 40th birthday. (It was our one night away from our children, ages 2 and 6 months... so we needed a good night's sleep! )
Happy and surprised!
I was a little skeptical, but the rooms were great!! Brand new beds, TVs, everything was very clean. And the view was amazing.
My wife and I are in Ventura for three days, (July 13-15, 2006). We originally were going to stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Carpentaria about 20 minutes north, but after reading the reviews of recent guests to this hotel we decided to give it a shot. We have not regretted it at all!
What a surprise
My husband and I stayed here by mistake. I was trying to book Carpenteria HIX, but it was full, so they gave us Ventura. This hotel used to be a wing of the Sheraton 4 points. But they sold it. The rooms are wonderful. Kitchenettes and a harbor view. Jacuzzi tubs and a wonderful continental breakfast. It was a great surprise. We have already booked reservations for next week with our kids.