First let me talk a bit about location. If you're looking for something right on I-5, or very close to Magic Mountain, this may not be for you. It's actually about 15 minutes from I-5 (in light traffic), off of CA-14, on the way to Palmdale and Lancaster. I'd estimate it's about a half hour from Magic Mountain. Not bad, but not all that close either. When we left, my GPS took us on a long, fairly convoluted, route through the middle of Santa Clarita to get to northbound I-5.
My only other issue with the location is there's really nothing within comfortable walking distance (after driving for 8 hours, I prefer not to have to get back in the car for a while if I can help it). There are several fast food and chain restaurants, as well as a supermarket, some gas stations, and some liquor stores, a few miles away along a cross street, so it's not out in the middle of nowhere, but if you're hoping for something with such facilities right near by that's something to think of.
OK...all that said, it's a decent little motel, and it served our purposes reasonably well, as we were only staying one night, en route from Scottsdale, AZ, to our home near Santa Cruz, CA. We arrived almost an hour before the scheduled check-in time of 3:00, but the pleasant young lady at the desk had our reservation in order. There was a small miscommunication between the front desk and housekeeping, which resulted in us initially being given a room that hadn't been cleaned or made up yet. I went back to the lobby to see if they had a room that had already been cleaned, and the young woman was very apologetic. She was able to get us into a different room immediately.
Our room (105) was very nice! Quite large, especially for a single king in this price class, and very clean. In addition to the very comfortable king-sized bed, it came equipped with two nightstands, a small dresser, a desk, an armchair that turned out to be a recliner, an flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, an ironing board (I didn't see an iron...perhaps you have to ask for those at the front desk), a hair dryer, and a coffee maker. Other than the upholstery on the chair being a bit care-worn (it wasn't dirty or torn...just rubbed a bit thin in places) everything was in good condition.
The big surprise was the bathroom, which was HUGE! My husband thinks it may have been set-up as a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, as there were good, sturdy handrails next to the toilet and all along the top and side of the tub/shower combination (and there certainly would have been plenty of room to maneuver a wheelchair or a walker). I think the bathroom may have been recently remodeled, as the tile, fixtures, etc., all looked bandbox new. Luggage storage was also in the bathroom, in a good-sized alcove designed for that purpose.
The only thing I didn't like about the bathroom was that the lights appeared to be on some kind of motion sensor, and I couldn't figure out how to turn it off. It wasn't a problem during the day, but at night, when I got up to use the toilet, the lights and fan came on as I was entering the bathroom (before I had a chance to close the door), which woke my husband up. If I were going to stay one more night, I'd ask about how to disable this feature...I'm sure it's just a matter of pushing the right button!
The TV worked well, had a good picture, and got a good selection of channels. Initially the wi-fi seemed rather slow, but after I logged out and logged back in again it worked just fine. It does tend to log you out if you haven't been active for a while -- perhaps to keep from overloading the server -- but it lets you log back in again with no problem. The password is available from the front desk.
Not much of a view, but then there's not much to look at out the window in Santa Clarita, so that's no loss.
Air conditioning worked fine in our room.
We didn't take advantage of the free breakfast, but I did have a look at it, and it's sound enough: The usual make-your-own Belgian waffles, pastries, and a couple of cold cereals (one looked to be Raisin Bran and the other looked to be something like Fruit Loops). Breakfast is served in its own little room off the lobby.
I was terribly tired, and so didn't take the time to look for some of the things I normally scope out before writing a review. For example, I don't know if there's an elevator (I suspect not. If you need one, ask before booking), and I don't know what the pool was like.
All in all, it's a decent little place, and in a similar situation I'd have no reservations about staying there again.
If you have physical challenges, ask for a room on the ground floor
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