Let's start with an honest first impression. Driving up to this property did not make me happy. The pool is tiny and an afterthought off of the parking lot. Don't plan to swim there. The overall look of the place is $79 - $110 a night maybe, considering the proximity to Ojai. Instead, we paid $160 per night.
To be fair, the room was simple but clean. I had to wonder just how clean though when I found a previous guest's running shoes under our bed the next morning. Clearly the room wasn't vacuumed before we got there. Who knows how long those shoes we're under that bed. Cringe.
The beds were comfortable enough, and traffic noise, despite being right on the main thoroughfare, was minimal. No - actually better. The place was pretty quiet.
The water pressure was weak in the shower, and the head was low. I'm 6'1" and has to stoop a bit.
The upshot is, had the room been cheaper, I would have taken the whole thing in stride. But for what we paid, I thought it was over-priced. This is a stop-over motel, somewhere to pause while passing through. This is not a place to stay multiple nights on a vacation, in my opinion. Save up your money and stay in Ojai for that. And definitely don't bring your wife here for her birthday. While mine was very sweet about it, I was embarrassed at this choice. Once we were there, it was too late. No refunds. Not something I blame the motel for, but I was mad at myself for not exploring other options more carefully.
To be clear, I don't mean to knock the guy running the place. He was actually very nice. And, for what it is, at a more reasonable price, this motel has its place. But based on other glowing reviews and what we paid, I expected better. Lesson learned. This really IS a two star place, and not a point higher. Nothing wrong with that, except the price
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