Although we got off to a bad start with the Padre, this is a very cool place. We decided to break up a trip to the central California coast with a stop in Bakersfield, in order to miss LA morning traffic. And we're glad we did. I remember visiting the piano bar at the Padre in 1984 when it was a seedy downtown motel with vagrants squatting in the rooms. Times have changed!
We arrived at 11 p.m., tired and ready to crash. The Padre has a lively night club that was in full swing. Patrons were on the sidewalk out front having a smoke and we groaned inwardly, thinking we had made a big mistake. Things went from bad to worse. It took about 45 minutes to check in because our reservation was not in the computer, even though we had (and were able to show an email confirmation from Travelocity).
The guy working the front desk staff seemed to be very busy, constantly on his walkie/talkie, which seemed to distract him from taking care of our reservation.
But when we finally got to our room all was forgiven! A cool cocoon of soothing greys and funky Jetsons' furniture awaited us and we couldn't hear the throbbing beat of the night club at all on the 5th floor The bed was deliciously comfortable. And the shower had the coolest wall paperesque tiles with fleur de lys.
We were surprised to find such an amazing place in Bakersfield it has been beautifully restored. Kind of like the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, the only really nice thing in town.
Unfortunately, we had more trouble the next morning when trying to coordinate with my parents, who were traveling with us. According "Jenn," via the hotel computer, my parents were not staying at the hotel. Thank goodness for cell phones or we would still be looking for them.
We loved the Padre and will return, probably . . . maybe!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Padre Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Bakersfield. We are very close to Rabo Bank Arena, the Fox Theater and the arts district. The Padre was built in 1928 and remodeled completely in 2010. The rooms are amazing; you will want to take one our beds home with you. We cannot wait to see you at the Padre! The Padre team ... more less
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