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Reviewed April 17, 2009

My husband and I stayed for two nights with our dogs. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We loved the location. Plenty of opportunity to explore on foot. Continental breakfast was not bad and we especially appreciated the coffee and hot cocoa available 24/7. The train wasn't a big deal at all. Overall we were very pleased with our stay.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Weinerslav
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mventura, manager at Vagabond Inn Ventura, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2009

Thank you for the nice review. This is a wonderful location for pets. We have plenty of grass, plus a park across the street and the beach right behind us. Almost everything is walking distance from here and the town is very pet friendly. We hope you come back again soon. If you didn't get a 10th Night Free card while you were here, please call and we will send you one

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Reviewed March 21, 2009

This motel could have been so much better than it was.

It had lots of parking, free continental breakfast, an attached restaurant, a heated pool, and decent sized rooms. Even so it came up short in two areas, one small and one great. While the room looked like it been redecorated within the last few years (newish carpet, tile, wallpaper, etc.), my wife noticed where it wasn't as clean as it could have been. She found blood stains on the bedsheets. Everything else looked clean enough.

The biggest flaw wasn't the motel itself but noise from our fellow travelers and service vehicles. Other reviews mentioned that the site is close to train tracks and HIghway 101. After the last train passed around 9:30 PM we didn't hear either. However, another guest showed off (or "broadcast") the subwoofer of his car stereo a few times throughout the night as he boomed out his music that literally shook the walls. He and his companions came and left at least three times during the night and yelled to each other every time they did. This went on between 10:00 PM and 3:00 AM. At 5:45 AM a food service truck noisily backed into the parking lot to unload its delivery. Other guests left in the wee hours of the morning and spoke loudly as they passed our room (I'm guessing they were fishermen). Needless to say, we hardly slept at all.

My wife said she'll gladly spend $100 more per night to stay somewhere away from such inconsiderate slobs. I'd be open to coming back here if I could figure out when the "off season" would be when there would be fewer fellow guests.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank Shiroh
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mventura, Manager at Vagabond Inn Ventura, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2009

Thank you for reviewing our hotel. We strive to keep our hotel clean and appealing. I'm sorry to hear about the noisy guests and truck. I will contact you directly to make things right with you. We want you to come back often.

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Reviewed February 26, 2009

We stayed two nights at the Vagabond Inn in Ventura and were very happy with the stay. The room was large and well equipped. The train does run right behind the hotel but the train runs all along the coast of California so we were aware there would be train noise. The front desk people were very friendly and the breakfast was very good. The attached Vagabond Restaurant had home cooked style food at very reasonable prices. Something to note - the quoted room price on the Vagabond web-site was less than that quoted directly by the hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank maraeta
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mventura, General Manager at Vagabond Inn Ventura, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2009

Thank you so much for the nice rewiew. The price listed on our wedsite is always at a 15% discount or better. We have a casual same day as arrival 4 pm cancellation policy, so if your plans change, you are not penalized, and there are no cancellation fees to worry about.

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Reviewed December 27, 2008

My wife and I stayed 4 nights while motorhome was being serviced. They allowed our 2 cats to stay with us @ no charge. There is a restaurant on the premises that is great for breakfast. We did not try it for lunch or dinner. Directly behind the property is a pedestrian bridge across the freeway (could not hear the traffic at all in our room) to the beach, pier and wonderful restaurants. We our planning to return for just a nice confortable get-away.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2008

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.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Thank David K
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