After having moved from Camarillo during the renovation of the Bella Capri, on my next trip into the city I was eager to stay there and see what had been done to the place.
The overall curb appeal of the "inn" is clean, neat and very updated. As I pulled up, I was excited to get in my room and put my feet up. The check in process was quick and Elise was super nice. So far, all was as expected.
I get back in my car and realize that the parking is in the middle of the "inn". So all the exhaust, engine noise and voices stream right into your room...all day, night and VERY early in the morning. My room was SUPER clean (second floor) and there is about approx a 1.5 inch gap between the floor and the bottom of the door, no seal or anything to cover it up. So when people walked by or the cars started up, they might as well been right by me ear.
Judging by the commercial vehicles in the inner parking lot (which reved on at 5:00AM) there were a lot of construction-type workers staying in the "inn", who had little courtesy for the other guests in the building. From pulling out chairs and tables onto the walkway, to shouting clear across the buidling with their jokes.
All the room doors are acessed by an outdoor walkway. My room had a window that faced the walkway, as most of the rooms do. I didn't feel safe, like I do in hotels where the door is the only thing that faces the hall/corridor and the window faces out.
The bedroom and bathroom were extremely small. There is a "hanging area" but no formal closet. And the window from the bathroom, you guessed it, faces the walking area that everyone must take to get to their rooms. In fact, mine had been unlocked the whole time.
Just overall, it's not a romantic place and the name may lead you to think, it's not boutique at all, it's just a simple Travelodge type of place. The pictures were very deceiving. One things I do need to say before wrapping up is that the cleanliness was great. This is one of the cleanest places I've stayed at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We're just minutes away from the Camarillo Premium Outlets and the Pacific Surfliner Amtrak station. Our Shop & Stay Package is all you need for your holiday shopping fun! Nestled in beautiful Old Town Camarillo, Bella Capri Inn & Suites is known for its heartwarming hospitality, immaculate rooms and its famous Old Town Cafe. We serve hot breakfast and lunch every day until 2pm. We have 25 newly renovated rooms & suites with private balconies, large HDTVs, in-room coffee station/refrigerator/microwave and more! WIFI service is always free. We also have on-site Guest Laundry and Gym/Fitness work-out room to serve you. Walk to numerous fine restaurants and boutique shops, CSUCI and Pacific Coast beaches are all near by, we accommodate business and leisure travelers who appreciate a quaint and convenient boutique inn right in the center of Old Town Camarillo. We host and accommodate weddings and events and cooperate retreats are always welcome. Please come and enjoy your stay with us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bella Capri Inn / Old Town Cafe Hotel Camarillo