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“Haven close to the beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mandalay Shores Resort

Mandalay Shores Resort
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Mandalay Shores Resort
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5226 Neptune Square, Oxnard, CA   |  
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Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Oxnard
Glendale, California
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Haven close to the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2009

Mandalay Shores Resort may be the world's smallest time share facility, but it has to be one of the nicest. We've stayed here several times in the past 10 years. The ocean is just a half block away. The only noise we ever heard were sea gulls!
The units are cute and sleep six. The loft units don't have a private second bedroom, but our daughter loves the loft--up the stairs from the main floor.
One thing we like espeically, is that all the units have garages. Salt spray and blowing sand can do a lot of damage to vehicles.
We rarely eat out because the kitchens are great. Whiel the stove is small, we've actually cooked Thanksgiving turkeys here.
In the past couple years, we've noticed a lot of changes. New, queen size beds, better sheets and blankets, non-stick skillets, new flooring. I think the place is slowly being upgraded.
We like to go in summer--late summer when the days are perfect and the crowds are gone. We've also stayed there in the winter for Thanksgiving and after Christmas. It's just an hour's drive for us. Any time of year the sunsets are spectacular--we've got a treasure trove of great sunset pictures.
We don't use the pool much. We did when our daughter was younger. It's small, but adequate. The hot tub is great for sore muscles and rarely crowded.
The management is wonderful--friendly, helpful, and available. If you check in late, your keys are available in a lock box. They make a real effort to tell you about all the things going on in Oxnard and Ventura. But, frankly, we just enjoy quiet walks on the beach and the solitude and restfullness of the place.
If you're looking for peaceful, quiet beach time without all the hype and crowds, you'll like this place. We do.

Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2007

The Mandalay Shores Resort is a timeshare in Oxnard. We were very lucky to get a reservation through RCI just 2 months before our trip to California. Upon our arrival however, reservation in hand, we were perplexed and upset by what we found...
we arrived at 8 pm at night and learned the office was closed until the next morning. Other guests had come and were waiting in their car for the arrival of the resort housekeeper to let them in their unit. When she arrived, she could not find our reservation, but thankfully gave us a key to a unit and said to check with the office in the am about the mix-up. Meanwhile, we called an assistant manager who said she would come in 35 minutes to straight things out--she never did--instead she called the manager. 15 minutes later the manager called, told us not to unpack and that because he did not have our reservation, we were probable at the wrong resort. We managed to convince him otherwise and we did clarify things in the morning when the office opened, but please, how unprofessional and unfriendly! The manager blamed RCI for not booking the reservation and RCI stated they did. Who to believe? The resort is only 7 units, so we understand why there is not a manager onsite, but it would have helped to have this information, with office hours in our RCI packet. Poorly organized.
The resort itself is nicely situated in an area of private homes, feet from the ocean--but don't even think of swimming there--the riptides are brutal. The pool is not well maintained. There was a couple of ducks who seemed to think it was their own private pond. The hot tub was nice, but is on an hour timer, so plan to fire it up on your own an hour or two before using. The unit is a cutsy beach colored motif, cheaply furnished. The queen-sized bed in the master bedroom is only a full, and is way too soft with low quality bedding. The towels are paper thin, but plentiful. The television in the living room is maybe a 20 inch older set, poorly appointed in slightly lopsided rattan shelving. The tv in the master bedroom is, can you believe, on a bureau in the closet, and is a 15 inch set. I realize these are not major issues, but compared to other timeshares we have stayed in, these accomodations were definitely sub-standard. Still, I would return here for the solitude and the beauty of the surrounding area. There is so much to do and see, we had a blast. So if you are considering a timeshare trade here, go for it. Just remember: Check in before 6 pm, pack some good linen, and appreciate your own bed when you get home!

  • Liked — beach location
  • Disliked — cheap furnishings, staff availability, and parcity of ammenities
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5226 Neptune Square, Oxnard, CA
Location: United States > California > Oxnard
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Oxnard
Number of rooms: 280
Also Known As:
Mandalay Shores Hotel Oxnard

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