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Inn on the Beach
Ranked #6 of 9 Ventura B&B and Inns
San Luis Obispo, CA
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“Depends On Your Priorities”
Reviewed October 19, 2003

This hotel is in a great location, but apparently it was a total dump that is very slowly being remodeled into a Victorian-style Inn. I first stayed there in 1999, at the beginning of the remodel, and again on Oct. 15, 2003. The things that had been updated over that period were cosmetic, and the important things (beds, AC, heat, structural damage) have not been attended to. I want to like this place, and it is charming in some ways, but overall is very poorly maintained.The pros are location: every room faces the ocean, and the water is about 150 feet away. Each room has a porch. It is in a quiet residential neighborhood at the end of dead-end street, but is conveniently only a few blocks from the freeway. There are beach eateries across the street, and chain resteraunts within 2 blocks. The beach has nice sand, you can hear the crashing waves from the rooms, and when we stayed there was bioluminescent phytoplankton in the waves that put on an amazing light show at night. Dogs are allowed on the beach. In comparison, most other Ventura motels are in high-traffic areas and adjacent to the train tracks.The rates are very reasonable. We paid $80 (AAA). I think the rates are the same throughout the year, but may be higher on weekends. Second floor rooms are +$10, and third floor is +$20 because of better view, but third floor rooms have more problems (see below).Another pro is that the new things are very charming. Antique furniture, Victorian-style foil wallpaper, fancy sinks, whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, desks and comfortable chairs.The cons are that the building is in a horrible state of disrepair. THERE IS NO HEAT OR AIR CONDITIONING. There isn't even a fan in the rooms. I asked at the desk, and they said the AC broke, and they turned off the fans also. They said that they were not planning to fix the AC, because you could just open the sliding door to get air from the ocean. Well, the problem with this idea is that everyone else was out on their balconies all night long, even though we were there mid-week off-season. These people were smoking, even though it supposed to be an all non-smoking facility, and the smoke was blowing into our room. A bunch of drunk people on their patio kept my mom up all night long, and there is no desk clerk at night to report it to. Our rooms had two separate bed rooms, and the one in the back got no air from the ocean. Our third floor room was unbelievably hot, even though it was cold outside. For heat, the desk clerk said people were supposed to use the gas fireplace (which I always thought were for looks only), and this would not heat the back bedroom.There were holes in the walls, large spots of wallpaper and paint that had pealed off, and the outside of the building badly needs paint. The tiles were falling off the fireplace. A few of the rungs on our balcony had broken, and they had taped pieces of wood paneling over it to cover it up. The third floor had so little water pressure that it was impossible to take a shower. My sister said that she had seen more water pressure from solar showers (camping gravity-fed water bags). She was not exaggerating. My mom's room on the first floor had good water pressure.The beds are awful! They still have the same 1970s striped cloth mattresses that are caved in and covered with disgusting stains that they had in 1999. My mom's room had new mattresses, but they put the new one on top of the two old ones so the bed was 3 feet off the ground (and still caved in and contaminated). They added down comforters, but they don't have duvet covers. My comforter was so covered with body fluid stains that I immediately threw it on the ground. The towels were fluffy, but also were filthy. The shower curtain was needlepoint, but was held onto the rod by only half of the rings that were supposed to be on it.It is a shame this place is taken care of so poorly, because it could be very nice.

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Property: Inn on the Beach
Address: 1175 S Seaward Ave, Ventura, CA 93001-3875
Location: United States > California > Ventura
Beach Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ventura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Inn on the Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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