our first visit to this motel was fine until after 11 pm. we had a groupon that gave us a price of about $100. the exterior view of the motel was a bit concerning, but the reception area and the very pleasant desiree made us feel welcome.
the room had a basic bathroom, but a full range of toiletry products were provided. hair dryers have to be requested from reception. a built in ironing board was cleverly hidden behind a tall mirror. the hipster inspired furniture and other decor was fine, as was large flat screen tv (see photos). the reception had a couple of hundred dvds to use. free wi-fi.
as we entered the room we immediately noticed the wood floors were very noisy. as noisy as the cheers episode where cliff has the squeaky shoes. it wasn't a big concern until we were awakened after 11 pm at night when a couple with children arrived upstairs. every footfall seemed as loud as a jackhammer. we had to call them to ask for a little care given the nature of the flooring, but we were up until after 1 am and then awakened again at 6 am. please understand the problem was not the family. any person upstairs would have been loud enough to wake any person downstairs. it is that LOUD!
the lobby opens at 730 for a limited but appreciated continental breakfast. the in room coffee was only instant. i asked desiree (back on duty) if other downstairs rooms were available when the family checked in. she said yes. she said she was aware of complaints of noisy floors. i said no one should get an upstairs room if someone was occupying a downstairs room. no compensation was offered.
on return to the room we noticed many marks (see photo) on the ceiling which we interpreted as prior guests attempts to communicate with their upstairs neighbors relating to excessive noise. of particular interest were two marks which looked like sizable dents from the top of opened wine bottles. it is worth noting the motel does provide a complimentary bottle of wine.
the downstairs rooms have the advantage of a private patio which can access the large garden area and the pool. the upstairs has a small balcony.
we would stay there again if 1) we were upstairs (but we would be very concerned about our noise for those below! or 2) if promised no one would be allowed to stay in the room above us.
one last point: the complaints of the motel/rooms being dirty was not apparent in any way to us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Capri is a 30-room renovated mid-century modern hotel located in Ojai, CA, just 77 miles from LA and a half hour from Santa Barbara. Built in 1963, it's within walking distance of historic downtown Ojai and surrounded by the Topa Topa Mountains. The Capri is a short drive to several of the Ojai Valley's best hiking trails and wineries.The design is hip and bohemian. Some rooms have a patio, which are our pet friendly rooms.There are Natura organic bath products and minibars with Ojai wines and tasty local delicacies to munch on. We offer Wi-Fi, 42" flat screens with premium cable, a great pool with cool private cabanas, and a fireplace in our lobby. Our grounds include a large, beautiful garden area surrounded by mature Date Palms where you can get married, throw a party or just chill out. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Capri Hotel Ojai