After a long day of driving California's magnificent Pacific coast highway, the Vagabond was a welcome refuge, with a pool, a restaurant and walkable access to the beach. Yes, the Amtrak mainline runs behind the building (for those of us who are railfans that can be a distinct plus). Yes, the overall design evokes a 1970s road-trip. Yes, the walls are thinner than in newer accommodations. Yes, the clientele can be exuberant. But the room was clean, the staff were professional. And the price was right.
As for the unadorned continental breakfast--I skipped it for a hearty, reasonably-priced breakfast at the full-service restaurant mere steps away across the inn's carport.
The Vagabond's location is its biggest selling point. It is handy to the heart of Ventura: the town square and post office are within walking distance. It's directly on Business U.S. 101, with easy expressway on and off. The very best feature, though, is its proximity to the pedestrian bridge over to the beach and the municipal wharf. In the morning, especially, the walkway was a portal to a tranquil world of waves and seagulls and fishermen.
I saw other, well-known chain hotels nearby, that were no doubt available for twice the price. But, for a place to settle following a day of exploring, I was quite content with the Vagabond. Oh, and the night was perfectly comfortable, even without moonshine, America's lyrics notwithstanding.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking