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Ventura Motel
Ranked #14 of 17 Hotels in Ludington
Chilton, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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“Clean and comfortable”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a very nice family run motel. No frills but very clean and in an excellent location, walking distance to the beach and downtown. t's a little far from the ferry but they provide a shuttle service.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

Just spent a night here at the Ventura Motel. It's an older style Mom and Pop type of motel that is located extremely well for exploring Ludington. It's nothing fancy, certainly not trendy, could maybe use a little paint here and there, but it's a clean, friendly, place that offers an ambience that you seldom find at a chain motel, and it will cost you possibly 30% to 50% less than the chains. . We did experience a little outside noise from friendly fellow travelers that had congregated outside of their rooms to visit in a relaxed atmosphere, but turning on the A/C blower provided an amount of "white noise" to help counteract the external noise.
It's too bad that the motel doesn't have space to provide a "community courtyard" area to be used by patrons to socialize a little further away from the rooms, as I have found those areas to be very enjoyable to banter with other guests, and it adds to the fun, overall feel of a place like this, but it appears that there is no space available to do that without reducing the size of the parking lot, and that would certainly create complaints, I'm sure.

Verdict: Clean, reasonably priced, and in a great location. What else does one really need?

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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San Jose, California, United States
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The two great advantages the Ventura has are location and availability. It's right next to the city park (not the beach park), across the park from the popular local ice cream parlor, and within a short and gentle walk to both the beach and downtown Ludington. And it was available when other area hotels and motels were booked up.

But it was loud. Not only was the gracelessly retrofitted air conditioner that had been dropped into the front window loud, but groups of people hung out in front of the rooms to talk loudly into the night, and whenever the people upstairs fired up their 'luv tub' the room was shaken by a disquieting rumble.

And the bathroom had mildew problems, probably because it also didn't have a fan, just a window that opened a few inches (the window next to the bathroom was screwed shut). The room was awash in air freshener, we believe meant to hide the scent of the mildew.

On the other hand, I may have noticed all of that more because the extremely flat pillows left me with a cramp in my neck from sleeping wrong. Or my disposition may have become even less amiable because there was no coffee maker (or 'continental breakfast' with morning coffee opportunities).

We also found ourselves needing a couple of other things we've gradually come to expect to find in American hotel and motel rooms over the past decade, namely an iron and a hair dryer. But you may not need either one. It's a beach town; why would you?

The room was cleaned adequately (though it could use a 'deep clean' between seasons), the bed itself was comfortable, and the unexpected refrigerator was very handy.

The ice cream parlor/restaurant on the other side of the park has coffee, the Meijer on the other side of town sells cheap pillows, and people don't congregate or use the 'luv tubs' every night of the week. Once the heat wave broke the breeze from the lake made using the air conditioner less necessary.

But we won't be going back there again, given the opportunity to go elsewhere.

Room Tip: Rooms on the two story side are more likely to experience 'luv tub' rumble.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Reserved a room at this motel for a quiet evening away and brought our dog. Never during our phone conversation to make the reservation did they mention no pets and their website does not say no pets either. Upon arriving we were greeted by the owner who saw our dog in the car and proceeded to tell us that she had no room for us and that it was our fault for not being informed and that we needed to stop filling out the paperwork and leave.
Now I have been in customer service at a reputable Ludington restaurant for 30 years and know most of the hotel owners and make recommendations to customers on a regular basis, I'm sorry but this owner knows nothing about taking care of customers or running a business which might explain why she is one of the few places on a busy summer weekend that had vacancies. I will never send another customer her way again even if she is the only place left in town.
What would have been nice would have been helping us find a place that was pet friendly or even consider the fact that we could have gotten someone to take care of our pet for the night. Instead she chose to be beyond extremely rude and disrespectful.
I have already talked with several people in town about this and will call the chamber on Monday to let them know how these people are representing Ludington to everyone's potential customers. Yes I know many influential people in town and will talk to everyone I can about how awful these people are.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed July 17, 2013

We made reservations. We showed up, and our room was double booked. So they put us in another room that was just awful. then when we started to complain they kicked us out. We were not even there one day.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I could not say more, had a great time at the motel. Really good prices and the staff was amazing especially the young lady at the reception desk such a delightful young lady. She was so kind to me n my wife. Definitely would love to visit ludington again maybe next summer n would definitely stay at this motel. Would definitely recommend this motel.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed July 7, 2013

We have visited Ludington many times for the 4th of July holiday and stayed this year at the Ventura. We appreciate that so many hotel and restaurant choices near downtown are family run and non-franchised businesses. The Ventura was as good as or better than other higher price options we stayed at in past. The Ventura location cannot be beat - half way between downtown and the awesome beach, both just a few blocks walk. The room was clean and guests were quiet and respectful. If you like a big fluffy pillow, consider bringing one - but other than that Ventura is a good value and well run operation.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ventura Motel
Address: 604 W Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431-2031
Location: United States > Michigan > Ludington
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Ranked #14 of 17 Hotels in Ludington
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Hotel Class:2 star — Ventura Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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