My stays at Hampton Inns have been very satisfactory, especially in an era of hotel greed; I hope that their fair treatment of guests is covered by an umbrella corporate policy regardless of each hotel's particular ownership. I refer to the offer of useful complimentary services such as breakfast (a great convenience when on the run), internet access, parking, even a simple reception three evenings a week. This is in direct contrast to the narrow-mindedness of some hotels that now have the gall to charge their "guests" parking and other irritating fees, as if one uses their parking facility to go shopping in town. I have also appreciated their NO PETS policy that saves you from barking dogs waking you up in the middle of the night. As a result, I exhaust the availability of Hampton Inns in an area before I stay at another hotel these days.
Going back to this particular hotel, it deserves more than five stars; everything was even more Hampton-Excellent than as described above. Its superb location on the waterfront coupled with its textbook, ideal management made this Hampton stand out. The fact that its General Manager Patty Tewes spends a significant part of her time visually and physically checking the hotel's operation explains the hotel's excellent service and exceptional staff. Ms. Tewes also stopped my wife and me in the lobby and asked us how we were doing. I was surprised shortly after check-in to receive a call from front office employee Airelle asking if my wife and I were satisfied with our room, and indeed we were. Another thing that stood out was the unusually rich breakfast buffet cared for by a lady called Vi, who constantly went around picking up used tableware and asking guests if they needed anything.
Unless you plan to spend only a utilitarian night, say, for business, I strongly recommend that you pay the not very significant extra charge for a room with Full Marina View, not simply with a partial view, because the view from such a room can compete with the view from any tropical resort. In short, in addition to other uses, this hotel's location and service make it ideal for a honeymoon or for a romantic, relaxed getaway.
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor Hotel Oxnard
- Hampton Inn Oxnard
- Oxnard Hampton Inn