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“What a Gem!” 5 of 5 stars
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Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura, CA 93001   |  
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Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Ventura
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“What a Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

i recently stayed at the four points and let me tell you what this is the place to stay in Ventura!! the service was awesome and the rooms were so clean and well taken care of! i had the chance to meet our Room Atendant her name was auroa she was fantastic!! she was so welcoming and said goodmorning to us and made us feel like we were royalty!! thank you for the wonderful stay. also Anita at the bar makes a killer drink too!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Catherine S, Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback! I am so glad we are able to take good care of you, the positive reinforcement goes a long way with staff and they love to hear how they are doing. We look forward to seeing you again in future and again thank you so much for letting us know how your stay went.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

As loyal Starwood Preferred Guest members, we were rather disappointed at the standards this hotel is run by. It's not what we've come to expect from the brand over the years. If I were Sheraton/SPG, I'd audit this property.

Here's a quick recap of our stay:

Pros:

1. Good location: Proximity to the harbor is the single biggest reason one would want to stay here.

2. Clean: Effective housekeeping.

Cons:

1. "Harbor View Room" is actually more of a "Parking Lot View": Reception 'upgraded' us to a better room with a harbor view upon check-in. Don't let that impact your selection of a room, unless you'll settle for the view in the picture included with this review. There's a huge parking lot between the hotel and the harbor, so while 'harbor view' is not technically inaccurate, it does offer false perception.

2. Little Attention to Detail: When Reception 'upgraded' us to a better room (in their view, pun intended), we were given a room with two queen beds instead of what our original reservation was for (one king bed). Of course, we weren't notified of this and didn't know until we got to the room. We had to go back down and change our room.

3. Customer Service Staff: They were rather apathetic. We were a bit taken aback by the attitude. We'd politely ask a question (e.g. room service, late checkout time, nearby attractions, etc.) but get a rather disgruntled answer. And this was from multiple people in multiple places, too. (Reception, Room Service, etc.) We didn't feel welcome at all, and where we would have normally considered extending our stay given the purpose was to have a relaxing weekend, we didn't even entertain the thought in this case.

4. Awkward Room Furniture Placement: The only air conditioning unit in our room was blocked out by a couch! Please see pictures for evidence. In all our years of traveling, we have never seen anything like this. Just very poor planning, and of course, it's magnified during the summer.

5. Always Open Window in the Bathroom is Sadly Ideal for Eavesdropping: The window in the bathroom is rather old-school, like the hotel. That's not a bad thing by itself, except that in this case, you can VERY clearly hear someone talking in the walkway outside, and vice versa. See pictures for inner and outer views of the windows. Even shutting them all the way didn't resolve the issue.

Miscellaneous:

Dated Hotel Property: So they've upgraded furnishings and amenities in the room and such, but it's still quite a dated property. Not the biggest issue, but it's worth noting nonetheless.

Parking Lot Unsecured: There's a nightly charge for parking, which is not an issue. But despite the charge, anyone can get in and out of the parking lot as needed, at least until 1 a.m. Again, not the biggest issue, but worth noting.

Room Tip: Don't expect much of a view from a "Harbor View Room" (See pictures with this review)
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Catherine S, Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for your feedback, we greatly appreciate you letting us know how your stay went as we constantly strive to better ourselves. Needless to say I was disappointed that your stay did not go better. I am very sorry you found our staff to be indifferent, this is as unacceptable to me as it is to you and I will definitely be looking in to who was on shift during your stay as we normally pride ourselves on our great customer service. The rooms as well are in the very beginning stages of being remodeled and we hope to have completed all of them before November of this year. If you consider staying with us again please let me know personally and I will make sure we get you in a great room.

-Rosemary Avila
CFDM ext. 1298
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights recently during our California vacation because we had accumulated enough Starwood Preferred Guest points to receive 2 free nights; unfortunately, we were very underwhelmed with our stay.

On the plus side, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, and has a great location not too far off the freeway and right on Ventura Harbor. Our room was also fairly spacious.

Because Four Points hotels are the Starwood "discount" hotels, we didn't expect much in terms of room decor. However, we also didn't expect that paint would be peeling off the walls in the bathroom and the lower part of the door rotted away from water damage. We didn't care that our room was on the first floor near the lobby, but the walls/door were incredibly thin - we could hear so much noise coming from the lobby, guests walking through the hallway, and employees punching into an electronic keypad that we tried cramming towels under the door to block the sound (unfortunately this didn't work, and we had difficulty falling asleep at night and were woken up early each morning).

Additionally, the hotel doesn't have a modern heating and cooling system - instead each room (or our room at least) has a windowbox air conditioner/heater. Again, this wouldn't have been a big deal except that the thing sounded like a Mack Truck was going up a 45 degree incline right outside our window (this also made it difficult to sleep). Finally, if the air conditioner/heater sounded like a Mack Truck, the fan in the bathroom sounded like a 747 preparing for takeoff. Because of this, I inadvertently woke my wife up each morning while trying to use the facilities.

Also, be aware that the hotel charges $10 per day to park; this is pretty ridiculous considering that parking is not at a premium in Ventura - it's not like the hotel is located in a major metropolitan area.

It wasn't all bad though - the hotel did give us 1 free 16 oz bottle of water for the 2 days we stayed there, and also left us a small bottle of Heinz ketchup in the couch (we didn't take advantage of the last "gift").

Ultimately, if we ever make it back to Ventura we will not stay here again, even if we had enough Star Points to get free nights. In fact, we probably won't bother staying exclusively at Starwood hotels while we're on vacation anymore - if this is what we get for all of our points, we'd rather just skip the brand loyalty and go with whatever hotels offer the best deals.

Room Tip: Choose the Holiday Inn next door.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Catherine S, Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay with us, we really appreciate you letting us know how your stay went as we constantly try to better ourselves. Needless to say I was disappointed with how your stay went and apologize that it did not go better. We are in the process of starting a complete remodel of all of our rooms as we too have noticed that our facilities are in great need of a little TLC and I apologize you found our rooms to be in disrepair. The air conditioning units, bathroom fans, fridges and all are going to be upgraded as part of this refurbishment. The first floor is very convenient for in and our access but it can be noisy, I am very sorry you found your room be this way and I hope if you stay with us again that you will notify the desk to put you on a quiet room on our third floor away any noises so you may have a more pleasant stay. Thank you again for your comment.
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Sun City West, Arizona
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472 reviews 472 reviews
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264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is one of the better Four Points we have stayed at:
- great location right on the harbor in Ventura
- large rooms, all facing the harbor
- excellent management; they care about their visitors
- spotlessly clean rooms
- dining room on site, but you can also walk over to the wharf area
- convenient on/off Highway 101
We'll be back! An excellent property.

Room Tip: All face the water, but ask for the top floor.
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  • Stayed May 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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Catherine S, Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for letting us know how your stay went! We appreciate the feedback, and the positive reinforcement is very helpful for our staff. When you come by again please let us know you're a returning guest and we'll do our best to get you in the best possible room!
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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Very friendly and personable staff! Rooms were clean and comfortable. This is a Catergory 2 hotel so it doesn't have all the finer amenities as the 4 or 5 hotels, i.e. plastic cups in bathroom to drink from (I prefer glass, what can I say!), built in soap, shampoo & conditioners in the shower/tub... Just there 2 nights and again, it was clean, close to the Harbor Village which was great fun strolling around looking with some great choices to dine at too!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Catherine S, Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for letting us know how your stay went! We appreciate the feedback, and the positive reinforcement is very helpful for our staff. When you come by again please let us know you're a returning guest and we'll do our best to get you in the best possible room!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

The Four Points Ventura Harbor Resort is exceptional beyond words! The location on the Ventura Harbor is ideal: relaxing, idyllic and nearby to many local attractions. The ocean breezes and sunsets are magnificent! But the "location" is only in the top 2 or 3 of the best qualities of this hotel. #1 is the resort staff! They are friendly, welcoming, professional and always helpful. The front staff goes the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable and answered all of my questions and requests in a sincerely helpful way. The rooms are extremely comfortable and most (all?) have a view of the harbor and/or ocean. My last stay was thoroughly memorable from check in to check out. I highly recommend this resort as it is a delightful respite and fabulous Starwood property in one of the prettiest parts of California!

Room Tip: higher floor (3rd) are better
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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James B, Director of Sales at Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor, responded to this review, October 16, 2014
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Just got back from a two night stay on business. I booked a government rate and was in Room 336 with a view of the marina (over the parking area). All in all, I thought the hotel offered great value. Remember, it's a Category 2 Starwood. Don't expect fancy--because this hotel is not--but the room was spacious and very clean. Balcony was nice, even thought I couldn't find a light switch. Front desk staff were very nice, even calling me 10 minutes after I went upstairs to make sure the room was o.k. The room service breakfast was great for the price and would have easily cost double the price in any Westin. There is not much going on in the area but the little shopping village on the other side of the marina is a 15 minute walk and has enough choices for dinner or lunch. Free internet was nice as was the free coffee in the lobby. They gym was small but the equipment was modern. I've seen worse for the price. Not the Ritz Carlton by any stretch but well worth the price for a business or short family stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1050 Schooner Drive, Ventura, CA 93001
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Location: United States > California > Ventura
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 20 Hotels in Ventura
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Hotel Class:3 star — Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor 3*
Number of rooms: 106
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