We have stayed here many times for business. The location is stunning. Feet from the beach/ocean, Oxnard Beach next door (complete with what we titled Pirate Park, a park aimed for 2-6 year olds), the pool is always clean (the pool guy should get a raise - he is thorough every morning and is respectful to me & my toddler kids as we run beside him to get breakfast), A tasty made to order omelet breakfast (The chefs cook tirelessly morning after morning with a smile on their faces) and there is a grocery store about a mile and a half down the road. It's a couple miles from McGraff State Park as well. Give yourself 30 minutes and you can be at another beach, Camerillo Outlet Mall or Santa Barbara.
Feel free to rent a bike and peddle the beach walkway, go 1/2 mile to the harbor or kick off your shoes and walk the beach. Rent a peddle boat - the scenery is breathless!
The hotel - It claims to be remodeled this month.
*This means it got a new slap of paint (be careful of the interior doors - they were painted on hinge and were closed while wet - paint chips will come off when you open/close the door).
*The beds are not Hilton Quality (springs tend to find you in the most uncomfortable places) I have grown to love. We ended up buying a thin foam from Target to throw under the sheets for our extended stay last time.
*The sofa bed is what you would expect. Long Term Sitting is not the plan for this furniture. If you have more than 1 person in a suite, you will be sharing the solo coffee table at one end. Not a big deal short term but long term (or with kids), it becomes a hassle (I did not want to spill drinks on the carpet!).
*Each room comes with a microwave, fridge and sink. No complaints there. Just don't leave food out (We bought fresh fruit from local fruit stands - A must!). A couple of our rooms had ants that showed up on day 2.
*Cleaning Staff - like most of our hotel experiences, if you are staying long term, you have to tip to get the room cleaned from head to toe. Otherwise, the floors were usually left. Of course there are a couple of staff that cleaned thoroughly without incentive, but otherwise, they were in and out very quickly. If you want your bed sheets changed, you must put the card on the bed regardless. Otherwise, the 3 day -save-the-planet-sheets-stay-on-the bed-rule, doesn't apply. Afternoon/Evening Staff - They are awesome. Our room was missed in the cleaning process a few times. As soon as I put a call in to at least change towels or linens, take the garbage, they were on it in minutes. ALWAYS super friendly and thorough. There is a gentleman who cleans the hallways and gym at night and he does detailed work. You could eat off what he cleans!
*The Gym is basic. weights, 2 benches, elliptical, treadmills, stretching chair, stationary bike, and weight balls (no high weights). If you are into Crossfit, heavy body building or just like more variety - there is a 24 Hour Fitness about 2 miles away. $10 a day gets you in. if you are military, there is a gym on base about a mile away.
*The Restaurant- The pork chop, pasta dishes, appetizers were all wonderful. I ordered the mocha creme brulee and was disappointed that the top was burned. However, that was the only disappointment from the restaurant.
*Nightly Managers Reception - Depends on the bartender depends on how great the drinks are.- however, a free drink is a free drink. The weekend brings a crowded night but they will push to get everyone as fast as they can. The staff is always super friendly and will do what they can to make the drink you want.
*Security - The gate to the beach was always locked and noted that when others would leave it open, staff would immediately close it. Weekends provided a gentleman who walked around and played a great hospitality role as well as security. He is friendly and great at redirecting teens and adults. Much appreciated if you stay pool side.
We love the location. The weather seems to be perfect each time we visit. When it's too cold (for us) to jump in the pool, the hot tub/spa is always a wonderful treat. The beach is always clean. The ocean and sand are healing no matter the temperature. The view and location makes up for an older hotel. I'd recommend it for short term stay on the beach.
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