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“A gem in the middle of the desert” 4 of 5 stars
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Padre Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1702 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301   |  
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Ranked #3 of 61 Hotels in Bakersfield
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Columbia, Missouri
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354 reviews
127 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“A gem in the middle of the desert”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

If you know Bakersfield, you know that there is not much redeeming qualities about it. So unless you are there on business or traveling through, you would not end up being there. But if you DO end up there, this is THE place to stay.

The place is HIP in the true sense of the word. An old building housing a totally redone hotel. This is my second time here and I loved it even more. This time i got an upgrade to a suite for a ridiculously good price. The suite was just great. Wonderful modern style furniture. Amazing memory foam bed. Bathroom to die for. The tub next to the bed filled up with water from a spigot from the ceiling. How cool is that? :-). All around, creative, modern, hip vibe. A pure joy of a hotel stay. You would think you are at a top hotel in Santa Monica or Manhattan. Service was friendly, efficient, if a bit "green" and young. Both restaurants were excellent. The gourmet one (Belvedere) was at the level of a good San Francisco place. Alas, the chef is salt happy and sort of ruined a perfectly good steak and vegetables with too much salt.

Two reasons for 4 stars rather than 5 - 1) "resort fee" That is just the worst thing that a hotel's management can do as far as I am concerned. It is simply wrong. A "fee" that is really a higher room rate (since its mandatory) hidden under lame explanations of what you get for it. It makes as much sense as a 'location fee" for car rentals. It is unacceptable and shows that the management is not thinking straight about customer's impressions. 2) lack of fitness room. No hotel in this class can afford to be without one.

However, overall a great Oasis in the middle of central valley desert. Enjoy it.

Room Tip: Go for a suite upgrade at the check in, bust make sure you ask for the manager.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank onepoet
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gmThePadre, General Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Hello and thank you for your review. We have many times been referred to as the "gem" of Bakersfield, and we appreciate that you chose to stay with us. I am sorry you thought our Valet charge was a resort fee, as we have never had a resort fee. We look forward to welcoming you back to Padre!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Lovely old Hotel with a wonderful staff. Everyone from the valets to the hotel desk to housekeeping were prompt and polite. The first request we had were a few extra towels and housekeeping quickly delivered them. The second request we had was a rollaway (the full-sized beds in the double room weren't quite big enough for three adults) and housekeeping quickly delivered that as well and made the bed up for us. The double room had plenty of space to accommodate a rollaway without feeling crowded which was really nice. In addition, it wasn't one of those thin, flimsy cots, it was a nice sturdy mattress which was very comfortable! All in all, a memorable hotel stay.

Room Tip: Our double room on the sixth floor was very spacious and quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank smalltowngalReno
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gmThePadre, General Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Every guest request is our number one priority. Thank you for staying with us!
Matthew
General Manager
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Bakersfield, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This place think's it is a high end hotel. But due to it's rude and untrained staff it ranks as the worst hotel/restaurant/bar in Bakersfield. I would highly recommend calling and finding out all of there unwritten rules that they have in place before arriving. You may find you cannot valet your car or you cannot enter because of the color shirt your wearing. First one happened to me, the second happened to a friend. There a lot of other choices for downtown. I would not waste your time on this place.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 Thank giantkrash
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gmThePadre, General Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Thank you for your review. As the #1 hotel in Bakersfield, there is no better in our city. I have addressed your concern with the valet staff, in our busy fantastic downtown location, we are always focused on providing every guest with a perfect stay.
Matthew
General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

In town with my wife visiting a friend of mine who recommended the hotel. Just loved it, service was dead on and very friendly. The room was beautiful small suite very clean. Loved the tub that filled from the ceiling. The lobby bar was a great place for a few drinks before dinner. That evening had a few drinks at the rooftop bar which was fun however I would say as the evening went on the crowd got a little sketchy. We would definately stay the next time we make it to Bakersfield.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Steven H
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gmThePadre, General Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
Matthew
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Padre Hotel is a gem in the heart of downtown Bakersfield. Checking in with Nick at the front desk was the start of a lovely getaway. Super friendly service and the decor is AMAZING. The padre has it all. There is fine dining, fresh cafe drinks, beautiful bar scene and that is all before you get to your room. The rooms are very chic and so comfortable. A great bed is a must have for me when visiting a hotel and this one did not disappoint. I could have stayed in bed the whole time. Shower is a waterfall style shower which is also important to me. We lucked out with a corner room and at night with the curtains pulled back, the lights of downtown were beautiful. It is a sexy atmosphere and a treat for sure. I was really surprised with the prices, less than $130. I have paid a lot more for a hotel room and gotten a lot less. Was nervous about paranormal rumors, but no sightings! Highlights for me: Comfortable bed, great shower and room service food. Would stay again and highly recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank KatieeM661
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gmThePadre, General Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
We are the gem of Bakersfield, hope to see you again soon!
Matthew
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Bakersfield was not our destination. This was a stopover for us on the way to Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Parks and so there was not much else about Bakersfield that attracted our attention but this hotel was terrific.

It has architectural style inside and out and a wry fit out that doesn't take life too seriously.

It passed the free internet test (you don't get past "average" if you don't have that), staff were friendly and efficient and the bar downstairs is a great place for a drink and a simple meal.

The newish parking valet said we'd struck the best hotel by far in town and when he said it he sounded like he meant it and was happy to be here too.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank pmcveity
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gmThePadre, General Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Our wonderful staff always is focused on excellent guest service. Thank you for staying with us!
Matthew
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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This was by far the best hotel in our 2-week tour in California. The style, service, food, bed... everything was extraordinary. Our room was huge with great views. It just made us feel home as we walked in.

And reasonably priced valet parking and free wifi.

An unforgettable stay in Bakersfield!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Tuer
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gmThePadre, General Manager at Padre Hotel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Thank you for staying at Padre, we hope to see you again soon.
Matthew
General Manager
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Property: Padre Hotel
Address: 1702 18th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Location: United States > California > Bakersfield
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 61 Hotels in Bakersfield
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Padre Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 112
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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