The Clarion Palm Garden was the best-priced decent-quality motel that I could find while visiting Thousand Oaks. The motel has lovely grounds, plus an attractive pool/jacuzzi area.
We showed up at 10:30am and the desk cheerfully let us check in early, which was much appreciated. Other inquiries were also handled professionally and well.
Their free breakfast is better than average, offering waffles, scrambled eggs, potatoes, and sausage in addition to the usual array of breads, cereals, and fresh fruit. Actually, the fresh fruit was more varied than the apples and bananas served in some hotel chains. It included pineapple, honeydew, cantaloupe, and grapes. There were several choices of juices, too, which this non-coffee-drinker appreciated.
We visited the adjacent Eric's Restaurant at lunchtime. The food and service was excellent, with a good array of salads for greens lovers, personal pizzas, and many other choices. Nice tempting dessert tray, too! You have the choice of the main room, an indoor patio, and an outdoor patio. The main room is "live", though, and was made even more noisy by three separate celebrations going on at the time we came in. If you're looking for a quiet intimate conversation, this isn't the place. It makes for a nice Friday night happy hour atmosphere, though, with glowing candlelight everywhere.
The rooms are nicely-sized and well-appointed with attractive furniture. We had a refrigerator, microwave, and sofa in our room in addition to the usual motel furniture.
My only quarrel with the Palm Garden is a subjective prejudice. I prefer to have a layout that allows me to open my windows for ventilation and my drapes so that I don't feel like I'm living in a cave. The Palm Garden has a motel-like layout where sidewalks go right by your room, and you can't open windows and drapes without giving up your security and privacy. That's unfortunate since the grounds are so attractive.
I also dislike motel-style window-based HVAC units. I'm never able to tune this to one setting that will keep me comfortable throughout the night, and they're typically noisy. The Palm Garden has window units rather than central heat/air with a thermostat. In T.O.'s 90-degree summer heat, I could choose between a fan setting that left me too hot or an air conditioning setting that froze me out.
If you don't share my prejudices against dark rooms and window HVAC units, the Clarion Palm Garden is an excellent choice. It does have a lot going for it. If you do have my prejudices, you may wish to try the Holiday Inn across the street.
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- Also Known As:
- Palm Garden Thousand Oaks
- Hotel Palm Garden