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“Great location, but that's all!”
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Inn on the Beach
Ranked #7 of 9 Ventura B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The location was unbeatable, the bed was comfortable, the sheets were clean, the room had an electric fireplace that made it cozy, the flat screen TV worked, the rooms facing the ocean had balconies and the price of a room facing the ocean was very reasonable. Other than that, the hotel was a complete mess. They were supposedly undergoing renovation, while remaining open for business. However, I didn't see any work being done. They said that our room already had new tile and granite put in the bathroom. If so, they must have had free help put it in. It was the worst workmanship that I have ever seen. The sink/cabinet was unstable or not bolted down, the toilet needed to be thrown into the dumpster, the carpet, walls and switch plates were disgusting and I doubt anything had been dusted or cleaned in the room, except for the sheets. Even my towel looked questionable. Nothing in the room would pass a black light test. Don't take your shoes off and definitely do not look under the bed! I was appalled at the apparent lack of maintenance. Nevertheless, the hotel had an outstanding location. So, if you don't mind the rest, you can get a room right on the beach, for under $200 a night.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We told the front desk that our toilet was clogged, and they handed us a plunger. Not acceptable! Filled up the jacuzzi and a big clump of hair shot out of one of the jets. Yuck! On the positive side, the view is amazing and we slept with the sliding door open. It was amazing to fall asleep listening to the sound if the waves. The hotel badly needs some renovation, but once that happens the inevitably the prices will go out. We wanted a cheap stay at the beach and that's what we got.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

I really can't believe how many positive reviews this place has. We thought it was absolutely terrible and left early (something we've never done at a hotel)! If I had paid $60 or $70 for this place, it might have met my expectations, but it is not worth the outrageous rates they charge. It was honestly the worst experience I've ever had at a hotel, inn, or even hostel.

The entire place is covered in old, grimy, stained carpet and outdated floral wallpaper. In our room, the bathroom was dark and dingy. Our shower was moldy and had someone else's hair still on its walls. There were broken tiles around the fireplace. We heard a constant hum or noise that we couldn't figure out (maybe from the refrigerator?). No wifi. No breakfast.

There is a reason their website has few photos of the inside--it's outdated and dirty. The only good thing we can say is that the location great, truly right on the beach. Don't be fooled like we were by seeing it on a map!

When we left early, the man working at the desk didn't care at all to ask why we were leaving. So I called a few days later (when we had cooled down a little) to ask for a partial refund. The manager I spoke with was respectful and nice, but refused to give us any money back.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We recently stayed here for 2 nights. It was not what we were expecting for the $$. We were on the first floor so our view of the ocean was a bit obstructed by dunes. There was no A/C and the screen door lock was broken so we couldn't leave the sliding glass door open to get a breeze and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. The patio outside is not private, they're all connected, and we didn't feel safe keeping the door open all night. The door on the antique wardrobe in the room didn't fully close and squeaked so loud we didn't even use it. The only nice thing in the bathroom was the tiled shower. There was a hole in the bathroom ceiling where the fan should be. The wallpaper in the room was peeling in spots. I felt like we were staying in someone's spare bedroom instead of an inn. Not many amenities. There wasn't even a luggage rack for our bags. The breakfast options were extemely limited and the breakfast room was dingy. The morinng we left, we had to be on the road early and no one was at the desk to check us out. It was posted that the desk was attended at 7:00am and we wanted to leave by 7:30am. We called for assistance twice, even left a voicemail, but still no one came to the desk. We ended up just leaving our key card on the desk and left. The breakfast room was also closed past the time it was supposed to be open (7:15am), so we didn't even get a cup of coffee before we had to leave (there wasn't a coffee maker in the room). Not worth the $$ in my opinion. The only thing you're paying for is the location.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Located right on the sand, with unobstructed views of the beach and ocean from a small deck on the upper two floors, Inn on the Beach won't be the fanciest place you'll ever stay. Sure, it's in need of a facelift here and there, but the staff is friendly, the rooms are comfortable, continental breakfast is included and you can't beat the location – especially if you're just passing through on your way somewhere else up or down the coast. You absolutely cannot beat the location. Recommended by friends from nearby Santa Paula, who often have taken advantage of its proximity for a special night away from home, it offers a perfect base for anyone interested in strolling along the water's edge in either direction, visiting nearby shops and restaurants in downtown Ventura, or just sitting outside your sliding patio door as the ocean breeze caresses your face. My wife and I loved it, and do look forward to returning in the future.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Beach front for under $200. Well don't expect the best room. They are old and dated. Some cleaning issues as well. But the staff there are very nice and a $200.00 view... I didn't complain about any issues. Because I only stayed one night and was out the next day.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Great place to stay right on the beach. There are little shops up and down the street, that are great. Could use a little more for the free breakfast, but what they did serve was good. Rooms are being updated which will be great when they are finished. Each room has its own fireplace, and little patio that looks out to the beach. Bottom floor view does have a sand dune so you only get part of the ocean view, but it is still good.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1175 S Seaward Ave, Ventura, CA 93001-3875
Location: United States > California > Ventura
Amenities:
Beach Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Ventura
Price Range: $111 - $181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Inn on the Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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