My boyfriend is from Ventura originally, and when we first began to date, we would drive up to Ventura when we wanted to get away for an evening. He had been familiar with the Bella for years, and suggested we stay there sometime. Well, when my birthday came around, I booked a suite at the Bella, which was room 38. When we first arrived at the hotel, we were in awe of the feeling that overcame us as we walked through the halls. It was very apparent that the hotel had a history of its own. We love adventuring into new places, so we were having a great little time of our own venturing around the hotel.
We went to dinner, and returned to the hotel later that evening. When we returned back to the room, all of the shutters had been closed shut. When we left the room originally, the shutters had been left open. As we just relaxed in the room, we began to hear a clicking noise. It was very inconsistent. We ignored it at first, but then agreed to step out and get some air. Once we left the hotel, I turned to my boyfriend and expressed that I felt as though we were being watched. He expressed back to me that he had been feeling the same way. We were so creeped out by the presence that we decided to leave, and drive back home.
Now, I love that hotel, but we just were not in the mood to deal with that which we just experienced. However, we both want to go back, and plan on having just a few more drinks next time, so we can cope with the presence better next time!
This hotel is very simple. If you want a five star hotel, stay at a Sheraton or Hilton. If you want personality, stay at the Bella. I see many people have said their experience was awful. I personally think they were just expecting too much.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a palm tree-lined street, this 1926 hotel is just a half-block to downtown Ventura and 3 blocks to the beach. Rooms are decorated in an Italianate style, have private bathrooms, and free WiFi. Some have fireplaces, spa-tubs, bay window seats, or a view that looks over a leafy courtyard. There is a pleasant living room lobby with wooden floors, antique sofas, a real fireplace, and flower arrangements from the local farmers' market. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bella Maggiore Hotel Ventura