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“Lively, modern hotel.” 5 of 5 stars
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Padre Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1702 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301   |  
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Ranked #1 of 59 Hotels in Bakersfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Leicester, UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Lively, modern hotel.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed here on a road trip. Hotel has been beautifully remodelled. Decor is funky and modern. Room was comfortable, clean and quiet (we were on the 7th floor). There is a small but adequate fitness centre which we used twice. Bar area is very lively and was packed with what seemed like locals on the night we visited. There is a popular pool table in the bar area! We ate from the bar menu and the food was great. Service was friendly and efficient. The Padre hotel was a nice surprise and is good value for the standard of accommodation that you get.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer J, Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank you for the 5 Star review! Our property is continually trying to outdo itself and we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Come back soon!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Guezou
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

OK i start with the one thing I didn't like : the A/C was noisy.

But on the other hand, the Padre was a divine surprise. Beautiful rooms; confortable beds, great bar on the patio, and the remodelling they did is clean, impressive and fun.

I will stay here again as we were very nicely accomodated and the staff was very helpful and nice. It worked for us as a family and I am positive it would be nice for singles as the bar in the lobby was crowded with happy shinny people and it seemed to me like a nice pick up place.

Then congratulations again for this great place in the middle of nowhere.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer J, Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thanks for the review! It's great to hear your family enjoyed the Padre. We have a lot to offer for everyone. Come back soon!
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Lancaster, California
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great place to stay, and enjoy the night life, lots of local downtown bars available the hotel itself offers several bars, and places to eat.
After a night hitting the local bars we came back to a very busy, bar scene - night club as we entered the lobby, it wasn't our scene since it was mainly a younger crowd, everyone seemed to be enjoining themselfs. I sure if you booked the lower floors, you could have enjoyed the music until closing time. As for my wife and I we chose the higher floors & we had no problem with those enjoying the nightlife (since they do tell you the bottom 2 floors of rooms will be noisy until closing time).
As a building inspector I have seen many remodels, and this was one of the best I have ever seen, what a great concept.

Room Tip: We will be back
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer J, Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thank you for the review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time here and hope you get to visit us again soon.
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Torrance, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Stayed here one night on our way to Sequoia National Forest and we couldn't be more pleased. The room was great, the bed was really comfortable and the bar had good food and a nice beer selection. We'd definitely stay here again and recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer J, Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
The Padre team is looking forward to your next visit as well! The staff works hard to make sure every guest experience is top notch, so thank you for the kind words.
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Burke, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We loved staying at the Padre. It was our first visit, and we were extremely impressed with the staff, the comfortable room, the food... we will definitely stay at the Padre the next time we are in Bakersfield. The beds were really the most comfortable that we have ever had in a hotel. Chris K. and Tim P. were very professional and helpful, and the valet parking is a plus.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer J, Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
It's great to hear you enjoyed your visit! The Padre has so much to offer and we truly enjoy getting to hear from our wonderful guests. Hope to see you again soon!
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Glendale, Arizona
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Husband's Point of view:
Don't stay here on weekends if you want sleep! We booked a room Saturday night only to find our room BOOMING from the music downstairs. After the music stops the halls turn into an "after party"... ok if you are one of the drunks, not so good if you need some rest. When I called the front desk around 2 a.m. I was told "...well, you signed a waiver...". Prospective customers beware that waiver in advance! The Padre Hotel (in my opinion) caters to the local weekend party crowd, not weary travelers.

My Point of view:
This is the absolute worst hotel I have ever stayed in! You are asked to sign a waiver when you first sign in that states that the music is loud and if available, offered quieter rooms away from the lounge. You won't know how bad it is until it's too late. What the waiver needs to say is: "The music is so loud that it will actually vibrate the fillings out of your teeth and you won't be able to identify any of it as actual music, it sounds more like a freight train rumbling through your room. Oh and when you call down to complain that you cannot sleep, we will not offer you any resolution. We will simply state that you signed a waiver. Oh and by the way, once the music finally stops, the people who were partying downstairs will then bring it upstairs and start partying in the hallways and in their rooms that are probably right next door to where you are trying to sleep. They will scream, laugh and slam doors. This will carry on until everyone passes out!"
After a night of no sleep and a call downstairs in the early morning hours, we once again let them know how horrible it was when we checked out. Their answer was again, "You signed a waiver". I asked them if I had known how awful it was actually going to be and had said it was unacceptable and did not want to stay there would they have refunded our money. The answer was no. All this information needs to be presented to you at the time you are making the reservation, not when you have been driving a long time and standing in the lobby and just wanting to go relax somewhere.

I don't know about the other rooms, but the Forty-Winks also needs to come with a warning about the design of the bathroom. There is no lock on the bathroom door, but that's really the least of your worries considering the glass wall between the bedroom and the bathroom allows anyone outside the bathroom to see you shower and do your business. There is a sheer white curtain that can be pulled across that is see through and controlled by the person on the outside. There are just some things you don't want to see another person do no matter how long you have been together!

We asked for a refund and they have refused. If you know your conditions are bad enough on the weekends that it required you to create your "waiver", then maybe you shouldn't rent out the rooms on the weekends to people who aren't there to party.

Room Tip: Seriously........ Have you ever been asked to sign a noise waiver upon arrival in a hotel before?
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer J, Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
I'm so sorry to hear that your visit was not the typical Padre experience. The waiver on the sign in sheet is a tool to help the team communicate with our guests about the weekend events. I will make sure the information is given in a more conducive manner and all of our guests are taken care of at any time of day or night. We hope you can come visit us again so that we can share the truly unique and enjoyable experience the Padre Hotel offers.
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San Diego, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I agreed with many of the other posters if this hotel was located in LA or New York city, it would cost $300-$400. The room was very fashionably decorated with a see through walk in shower. The bar/restaurant was crowded on a week night with many beautiful people. The food was good and the service was warm and friendly. It takes the valet a little bit longer to bring back the car but every is very friendly and courteous. The Italian restaurant around the corner is also very nice with great reasonably priced food and excellent, upscale service.

Room Tip: All rooms are really nice, hip and fashionably designed
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer J, Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, July 18, 2013
Thanks for your review! We hope you get to visit The Padre again soon!
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Address: 1702 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
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Location: United States > California > Bakersfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 59 Hotels in Bakersfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Padre Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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