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Viking Motel
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

I initially looked at the Crystal Lodge down the street, which is owned by the same owner. It was very small, but they were obviously keeping it up and keeping it clean - even the owner's young son was helping out. I then learned that the owners also owned the Viking Motel, where the rooms were a little larger. I was pleasantly surprised not only at the inexpensive weekly rate for a room with a kitchenette, free WiFi, and plasma tv with cable and HBO/TMC, etc., but how laid back everyone was and how quiet it was overall,

First, the outside is older, vintage in style, but it's kept immaculate. Next, Eloy the manager is as nice and friendly, not to mention helpful as can be. He's always working on something around the property to keep it up and if you need anything, he's right there to help. He's an asset to the owners.

Next, they're animal friendly. That's right - doggies were not only welcomed, but all seemed to be getting along with each other just fine. The manager likes dogs and he seemed to enjoy the guests' dogs being around.

Moving over to the room. I'm not going to lie. If you're expecting the Four Seasons, you'll be disappointed. The rooms are older and some of the furniture could use updating. However, it seems like they are little by litle upgrading things in this motel and I'll bet in a year or two, they'll be able to give some of the large chains a run for their money. (I was at a Best Western the night before I got to the VM and they weren't that much more upgraded than the VM is).

The beds were very comfortable, although they could use new pillows. There were two roomy leather office desk chairs to sit on at a large glass desk that was probably from an office furniture place, but it was large enough to spread out on and work on your computer while you enjoyed the free WiFi.

I walked around the neighborhood and shopping easily and safely. It's close to Main St. so you can either walk, bike or take a short drive to hit all the shops there. Even though the motel is situated on a main street in Ventura, it was surprisingly quiet. Some of the reviews of motels in the area mentioned train noise, and I worried about this. We could hear the train whistle off in the distance every once in a while during the day, but it was not at all irritating or disturbing. The location was convenient to appts. I had to get to, and the beach as well.

Now, to the negative, I have to say that the dishes and pans in the kitchen and pans in the kitchen were pretty beat up and mismatched. Those that were in the drain rack didn't look washed properly either. But I picked up a cheap pot and some cheap dishes (literally 89 cents at Target down the street) and all was fine. This saved a lot in having to go to restaurants all the time. There was a toaster oven, microwave, fridge, stove, and coffeemaker. There was also an electric can opener, but it didn't work. The fridge was very clean, as was the microwave. The toaster oven needed to be cleaned because of crumbs, but it wasn't disgusting.

There was a huge flat panel tv that included cable and multiple movie channels. It worked great, as did the WiFi. The housekeeping staff definitely worked hard and I could find no problems with cleanliness with the bathroom, no bugs, carpets were vacuumed, etc.

If they stepped up the housekeeping in the kitchenette a notch, maybe bought a cheap set of matching dishes and a cheap set of pots, touched up some of the paint, and upgraded the furniture a little, then they'd need to call AAA and get themselves a nice rating because they'd definitely get a lot more business. One thing they do absolutely need to do is remove the junk that's in between the Motel and the business next door. If that area was planted with beautiful plants, it would be very lovely. You can't see this unless you look out the side windows, but I think anyone would rather see flowers or shrubs there than discarded items. I don't know if that's their land or not, but someone should clean it out.

There were some people who seemed to be living there on a longer term basis and they all seemed to get along very well. But it looked like normal working class people, not parolees or hobos or anything like that.

I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who is a no frills person looking for a great bargain as they stay for a longer term in the area on vacation, anyone who needs an all-inclusive starter location while they get established, or bachelors who don't want frills, but want want a safe, reasonable place to stay with all utilizies and services included.

Last but not least, I stayed at an inn in a nearby area a few weeks ago that is a historic place, gets all kinds of good reviews, etc. The service there and the amenities were nowhere near what the Viking Motel offers. In my book, the Viking Motel rates 3 stars with the potential for 4 in the future. :)

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 14, 2018
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  • Stayed: February 2018, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 30, 2016
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  • Stayed: August 2016, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2016
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Reviewed November 18, 2014
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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