The location is great being a couple blocks off the Shoup exit of the 101 Freeway. The hotel has ample secure parking. The hotel is in a safe area.
The check-in was quick. Sara was very efficient despite having a group of tourists and someone else on the phone as I arrived.
The room is extremely spacious (#219). A very large clean & roomy bathroom is immediately to the right upon entering the room. Past the bathroom is a nice little wet bar area with a little sink, mini-fridge, and microwave (the interior of the microwave was absolutely pristine). The cabinent next to the microwave housed paper plates, bowls, plastic utensils, napkins, and styrofoam cups courtesy of houusekeeping. The coffee maker was also located on the granite countertop.
Then looking directly into the main room is an armchair and square wooden table. Upon entering the main room, to the right is a wooden end table where a plastic tray with an ice bucket and disposable cups are located. Next to the end table is a loveseat (which can pull out for an extra bed). A rectangular wooden coffee table is in front of the loveseat. Then a California King bed (with immaculately clean white sheets) is flanked by 2 granite top bedstands (the bedstand between the loveseat and bed has a lamp, phone, and digital clock and the other bedstand just has a lamp). Opposite the bedstand between thand bed loveseat is a small wooden shuttered closet. Next to the closet is a large granite top dresser which a flat screen TV rests. There is another mini-fridge occupying the left 1/3 of the dresser unit. Next to the dresser is a small padded wooden bench (which functions great as a luggage rack). Next to the bench is a wooden desk with a phone and a lamp. Opposite the desk is an armchair with footrest, floorlamp, and small circular wooden end table.
The breakfast is good. Ample food on all days used (6:45am, 8:15am and 9am). There is coffee tea, and juices (apple, orange, and passion-guava). There is a pancake machine. There are hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, and milk in a mini-fridge. There are fresh warm cinnamon buns under a heating lamp. There are scrambled eggs, fresh biscuits, and either bacon or sausages in a heated case. There are bagels, muffins, white & wheat bread, and english muffins in a bread case. The lady who tends to the breakfast area is very accommodating, friendly, and attentive. The breakfast area is very well maintained and clean. There are approximately 8 tables (most seating 2 and a couple seating 4) and fills up rather quickly but I had no problems taking food to the room.
The stay was pleasant. Only note that (1) there were lots of tables in the room and (2) the bed makes 'crinkly' noises when used because of the mattress pad/topper. Otherwise, after getting used to the crinkling noises, the bed is comfortable and is appointed with 4 pillows (2 soft and 2 firm - and the pillowcases are embroidered with the words 'soft' and 'firm'!!!!). It was nice to not have extraneous decorative pillows on the bed which aren't cleaned after each guest! The housekeeping team is to be commended for the high standards provided in keeping the room clean. I tipped a few dollars each day and received 'thank you' notes left on the bedstand.
The only complaint (and this is NOT due to any fault on the hotel) was that the people who stayed above #219 were very heavy-footed (stomp stomp stomp). Thankfully the stomping did not run throughout the night.
The hotel is next to a Wendy's and little plaza with a lot of dining choices but of special note is the White Harte Public House at 22456 Ventura Blvd just a block up the street towards the freeway - good food within walking distance!
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