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Crystal Lodge Motor Hotel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1787 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001   |  
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Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Ventura
San Francisco, California, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“good for short stays”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

I stayed 2 days, and things that didn't bother me so much on the first day were a bit more annoying the second time around.

Pros:
-Free WiFi that was very usable
-First night had a very nice and helpful receptionist
-Price (though, we apparently got some sort of discount)
-Location: easy to get to from 101, close to harbor and beaches, close to downtown

Cons:
-A slightly surly receptionist the second night
-Received stained towels of questionable cleanliness (3 times)
-No "Do not disturb" sign
-No shampoo provided
-Not the most comfortable bed

Overall:
A great place to stay for the purposes of passing through or as a base for a day trip to Channel Islands, but I'd imagine it gets much worse with each additional night you stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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62 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The room is a little bit dark and basic, but the price is not high. The people of the hotel are friendly. The carpark is behind the hotel and a little bit dark. It is close to the highway and has a couple of restaurants in the neighbourhood. There is no breakfast included.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sao Paulo, SP
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Stayed for one night.
Was a bit worried about the outside appearance (specially during night time), but when we got in the facilities, we were happy about it. Clean and affordable.
Good for a budget hotel and quick stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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los angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My title says it all. We had a great stay in one of the newly renovated rooms. Very clean, very nice. Bed was comfortable, had a mattress pad. TV was flatscreen and new, bathroom , remodeled with tile, recessed lighting in room, celing fan. Yes the room was small, so what? It was a pleasant place to stay for a weekend getaway. The owners printed out a map of the city for us to use.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bellevue
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Pro:
1.Room was at about 53$ after tax(during new year 2012) and was the best price found in this area.
2.The room has fridge,microwave and a large TV.and free wifi
3.Rooms/bathrooms are clean and neat.all appliances work

Con:
1.The parkings a little congested.
2.No breakfast (not even muffins/coffee etc).U have restuarants nearby though.
3.You wont see any friendly manager here.Not even a 'hello', hi or thank u.Just takes the details and gives u the key.(if u r really concerned about all these..)

We needed a place to sleep over when driving from SFO to Sandiego thru solvang.And compared to santa barbara,solvang etc this place has cheaper hotels.Hence this hotel worked for us.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We arrived today in the motel we booked the regular room but the owner of the motel give us the room with the jacuzzi for the same price!!! Great surprise!!! The room is very good and the jacuzzi is nice!!! The room is big with kitchen microwave and big fridge!! We are totally satisfisied and we will recommend strongly this motel!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gilroy, California
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

After reading about other hotels/motels with lots of problems for the price I wanted to pay, this was a gem. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable, it even had free wireless, a microwave and refrigerator, newly decorated rooms and a big screen TV. What I was not expecting was ceiling molding and name brand toothpaste and shampoo! It was a great deal and I am thankful for others who helped me find this nice place to sleep.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Crystal Lodge Motor Hotel

Address: 1787 E Thompson Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
Location: United States > California > Ventura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Ventura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Crystal Lodge Motor Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the exquisite beauty of Ventura, California, with your stay at the Crystal Lodge Motel. We offering spacious, comfortable, newly remodeled rooms. Beautifully done kitchen suites are perfect for your vacation stay.The Crystal Lodge Motel has 18 rooms, with a quite home like visit. Rooms are fully furnished with kitchenettes, 27" to 50" plasma/LCD televisions, as well as 81 channels, including HBO, ESPN, and some High Definition (HD) channels. Rooms also have phones, Free high speed wireless service (up to 20 mbps), coffee makers as requested, as well as the comfort of your temperature with your own air conditioning. We are 1/2 mile from the beach and walking distance to several restaurants and shopping centers. Commercial room rates, extended long term rates, and senior citizen discounts are available. We also accept all major credit cards.Spend your next vacation at the Crystal Lodge Motel, where the beauty of Southern California comes to life! ... more   less 
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