My husband had a 2-day business trip in Bakersfield. Our hosts put us up at the Padre Hotel since it was in the heart of downtown close to his work. While the hotel has been remodeled recently, the decor was cold for my taste. The room and bath was all shades of grey with a little art deco thrown in. Everything was neat and clean. Our room had no tub. I didn't think I needed to ask for one. There was no mini-fridge in the room even though temperatures were over 100 outside and one needed to stay hydrated constantly. Bottles of water in the room were $3.00. There was also no chest of draws, only a closet.
Unfortunately, the bed was very soft and sagging. My husband barely slept both nights. We would have complained but for a short stay we did not want to take the time to move rooms, and we didn't know if all the rooms had soft beds.
You must have your key to use the elevator to guest floors. We later found out why.
There was a restaurant, bar and coffee spot in the lobby. We ate breakfast at the restaurant and the food was pretty good. Coffee was Illy from Italy. At night the restaurant is a very popular local bar and is crowded with young people and loud music. This didn't bother us as we were on the 4th floor.
All of that would have been just ok except the second night we were there, the young woman who had arranged our stay was mugged and severely beaten (her nose was broken) by a youth gang outside the hotel while simply running to her car to retrieve her phone. Now please understand that this is not the fault of the Padre Hotel, but just demonstrates how mean the streets of Bakersfield can be. We were advised by our hosts when we arrived not to wander the streets at night and we learned why.
The Padre is an ok enough hotel. The staff was very pleasant, especially the valet staff who always greeted us and remembered our car. But I doubt that we would stay there again because of the location. I did walk around in the day time and found a lot of interesting antique stores nearby. But you have to be very careful at night. However, this is probably more of a general observation about Bakersfield than about the Padre Hotel.
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- The Padre Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Bakersfield. We are very close to Rabo Bank Arena, the Fox Theater and the arts district. The Padre was built in 1928 and remodeled completely in 2010. The rooms are amazing; you will want to take one our beds home with you. We cannot wait to see you at the Padre! The Padre team ... more less
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