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“What a view!” 4 of 5 stars
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Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   450 E Harbor Blvd, at The Promenade, Ventura, CA 93001   |  
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Ventura
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“What a view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great hotel to enjoy the ocean in Ventura! Sunset from the room was incredible! The beds are awesome and it is walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants! The trains/traffic are a bit on the loud side! At night it was pretty quiet!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Adam C, Front Office Manager at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thanks for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our location. Don't forget we offer many packages with local businesses that can enhance your experience next time. We offer package rates which include tickets to Channel Islands, the Reagan Library, Olivas Links golf course, and even a shopping package with Camarillo Premium Outlets. We look forward to seeing you back at our hotel soon!
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This hotel is perfect for a relaxing one or two-night stay in Ventura. All rooms have small balconies and face the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Determine whether you want the glare of the sun bouncing off the ocean when you awake (South-facing rooms) or at dusk (North facing). For the offseason price of $140 for a king, this place couldn't be beat.

They have upgraded many of the rooms and all have flat screen TVs and soft, comfy beds. There is an outdoor pool and sitting, firepit area off the lobby bar.

The quaint "downtown" Ventura area is less than a 10-minute walk which allows you to leave the car at the hotel ($10 per night) and simply walk to drinks and dinner. Eric Erickson's fish restuarnt is just steps away on the long pier. Perfect for a happy hour cocktail overlooking the ocean.

The best food in town is at Lure, a new high(er) end oyster and fish house. Freshly shucked ostyers are $1.50 per between 4-6pm. If you like brew (and don't care about particularly good food), check out the Anacapa Brewing Company.

You may also want to step back in time to the beginnings of California living with a visit to the Mission Santa Bueanaventura at the end of Main Street ($4 per person. Self-guided tours).

There are several motels in town that might be a few bucks less, but if you're looking for a full-service resort with a killer view, spend a couple extra bucks at stay at the Crowne.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Adam C, Front Office Manager at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
You said it better than I could! Thanks for a great review of our location. Besides our hotel there are a lot of hidden gems in the local area. I'm happy you were able to experience downtown Ventura, the beach, and our hotel on your visit and we look forward to your return. Hope to see you back soon!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

We were very happy with this hotel. The rooms were okay, they were clean but the bathrooms were small. It had everything you needed. You have to pay $10 a day for parking, but you never have to move it. The hotel is right on the beach and a couple minutes walk from the Main street. The best thing about this hotel, other than location, is the staff. They were VERY friendly, and not in a suck up annoying way, they just seemed to be very nice people. We went to happy hour at the bar and everyone there was helpful and nice. When we were there the bartenders name was Erin and she was very welcoming. Unlike other comments, the train didn't bother us. We only heard it a handful of times in our two day stay. Overall, we were very happy with our stay.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam C, Front Office Manager at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to mention what a great job our staff did during your stay. We will make sure Erin knows you appreciated and recognized her. We believe our customer service is what makes our hotel a great destination, although our location also can't be beat. We hope we can provide you with another great travel experience next time you are in Ventura. Look forward to seeing you then!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is as much a lament as praise.

We had a great stay at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach this Martin Luther King Weekend. We took Amtrak from our home in L.A., and had excellent summer-like weather in January. We may consider more short getaways like this in the future. Hotel room was fine for us: 2 adults and kids aged 10 and 12. The room was large enough. We could get two of us seated at the desk with laptop computers. We were on the 5th floor, toward the beach end. The seashore noise (waves breaking, seagulls squawking) drowned out the Amtrak and freeway noise. I think the best views are located from the 4th floor up, to see over the ground floor lobby building. Every room has a beach view because the hotel building is oriented perpendicular to the shore. Our room faced west (or shoreline north) with a good view of the surfing activity, which was plenty.

We rented a bicycle surrey that held the 4 of us and we pedaled up and down the boardwalk. Then we strolled over to Ventura's Main Street for dinner and dessert and I was impressed by the array of restaurants and shops there.

The lament is that this hotel has a monopoly on beachfront hospitality. If we couldn't get a room here, the other hotel choices are on the other side of the freeway and railroad tracks from the beach. Main Street could be an even livelier place with more hotels like this: on the beach but walking distance to Downtown. It was a good mid-range valued hotel. We wouldn't consider staying overnight elsewhere in Ventura, because we could have done a day trip from our home in L.A.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam C, Front Office Manager at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. We're glad you experienced all of the opportunities that our hotel provides, especially for a leisurely getaway with your family. It sounds like you took full advantage of our amenities, including our bike/surrey rentals. We hope to see you and your family next time you need a quick escape to the beach.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

Our family was in town for a funeral. We grew up in Ventura but currently reside in Oregon. We had a LOT of people and thus a lot of rooms. For starters, they changed the price on my mom when she went to book 2 more rooms. We has made reservations for 5 days, 5 rooms. Ok, fine, pricing changes after reservations, blah blah. We were coming home and on the beach. The downstairs is lovely and you can tell they cater to people who uses those services. The second you are on the elevator, you feel like you are in a time warp back 20 years. Literally, you get off on your floor and you feel like its a different hotel. The rooms. Oh my the rooms were so small, you can barely open the door all the way! For the price we paid per room, It was a bit ridiculous, but then again, you are paying FOR THE VIEW. No fridge, no microwave, and the hardest bed I have ever slept on in my life! I'm too young to be waking up with back pain. The light on the bathroom was so poor, forget about caring how you look...I did my makeup by the window. I will say this. The restaurant is FANTASTIC! I will go back just for the restaurant! Too bad we couldn't take our leftovers...no fridge. I would have given it a better rating if it weren't for this... My mother had her watch stolen and my brother had money stolen!! Granted, I told them you never leave valuables laying around, but really?! Absolutely unbelievable! So much for a classy establishment! My entire family spent THOUSANDS in just hotel rooms, not to mention the restaurant. One meal for all of us was $300+. My mom spoke with management and he supposedly talked to the maid staff. Like they will admit to anything...right. So, we can't prove it since we weren't physically in the room. we are going with the theory that a seagull came in and picked it up. It has potential, but the maid staff beyond that incident was horrible and I had to call twice to see if they were bring room service. 1.5 hrs later, it came.
In summary:
Room- mediocre but view and sounds of the ocean are amazing
Service- horrible and disgraceful
Restaurant- awesome, GO TO THE RESTAURANT

The sad thing, my mom and aunts went back a month later when visiting another family member with cancer. They miss the beach so much, they stayed there again just for that experience. Apparently, the service was still poor, the rooms still "suck" but the view and accessibility to the beach is worth it. NOT worth it for me. I'll stay somewhere else and walk to the beach.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Dear Amber V,

Thank you for your review regarding your recent stay. I am so sorry to hear about your overall experience with us. We’d like to obtain some additional detail regarding your experience so we have sent you a private message. I look forward to hearing from you and being of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Krysllin G.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Ventura, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My wife and I have stayed here a few times over the years and we are always glad we did. Since it was New Year's Eve we expected things to be a little crazy, but they were on it! The lobby was buzzing with couples and families waiting to check in, but the line moved quickly and we were greeted by a friendly clerk who checked us in very quick.

The room was on the top floor facing West and we got into our room just in time for a beautiful sunset. Perfect size for my wife and I.

Overall, was a great experience. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam C, Front Office Manager at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Thank you so much for your review and the recommendation! Our New Year's Eve party this year was a great success and a good time was had by all. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed ringing in 2013 at our hotel. We were indeed very busy so it's great to hear that our service remained efficient and took good care of you. We hope to see you back soon so you can enjoy the amazing views and beach access that our hotel offers. Thanks again!
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Ventura, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

My company is having our winter event and we will be using the Crowne Plaza as our host hotel for the second year in a row. The hotel is beautiful and has a wonderful location; footsteps from the beach and very near downtown Ventura. But what really sets the Crowne Plaza apart is the staff. Everyone works to ensure that each guest is provided a world class experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adam C, Front Office Manager at Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Thank you Sally G for your wonderful comments about our hotel. Our staff goes out of their way to provide an outstanding experience and we always love to hear that we have achieved that goal. We're so glad to hear that the Crowne Plaza provided you with everything you needed for your event. We encourage event planners to customize their meetings here and take full advantage of our 19,000 square feet of event space and attentive staff. Our food and beverage department will be as creative as you need to be to make the impact you want for any occasion. We are glad your event was a success and we look forward to seeing you back next year.
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Address: 450 E Harbor Blvd, at The Promenade, Ventura, CA 93001
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Location: United States > California > Ventura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Ventura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 258
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the beach between Santa Barbara and Malibu. Near downtown Ventura Beach wine tasting, boutiques, outdoor cafes, and nightlife, Seaside Park, Ventura County Fairgrounds. Outdoor dining with firepits at Aqua Beachfront Bar and C-Street Restaurant. Walk along the Promenade Boardwalk to Amtrak and the historic Ventura Pier. 19,000 square feet of function space including the 6660 sf "Top of the Harbor" Ballroom with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands. ... more   less 
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