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California Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1431 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311 (Formerly Comfort Inn)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 29 Hotels in Barstow
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Budget Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

This is a nice clean budget hotel. I'd recommend it to anyone passing through Barstow on a one-nighter, and to business travellers looking to stay longer.

My room was clean, the bathroom was nice, the wifi was good, and the room had a small coffee maker, a microwave, and a 3 foot high fridge. The bathroom was nice and the fixtures looked newish. The walls were thick enough that the TVs in the next rooms didn't bother me. Even though the neighborhood didn't seem particularly threatening, it was nice to see triple locks on the room's front and patio doors, and room key required to gain access to the building. The night clerk was friendly and helpful.

Negative points? The carpet is ugly. There's no hot tub. The complimentary breakfast is mediocre. But if that's the worst you can say about a $50/night hotel, I think you've done pretty well.

On my return trip, I'll be staying here again. I guess that says it all, doesn't it?

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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4 Thank Charles K
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Santa Barbara, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

We were passing through on a road trip and ended up here at the last minute. The room was clean and spacious. There was a microwave and a refrigerator as well as a small coffee maker. The bedding was just okay-- I wish motels would get rid of those icky flowered bedspreads. There were two sinks-- one inside the bathroom and one outside. Clean shower and tub and plenty of room.
Like a previous reviewer mentioned, I did not like the look of the locks on the outside sliding door, but upon examination, saw that there was actually a working secure lock. This was kind of a strange set up as the rooms had two doors- one interior and one exterior. The place was really quiet. Breakfast was good and served in a decent time frame. I would suggest the owners of this place (a former Comfort Inn) upgrade the mattresses and bedding, remove the broken locks from the door so people feel more secure, and improve the lighting in the room.
Good parking, decent room rates. Water temperature in the morning seemed not as hot as it should be. Oh, and there was a nice big pool, but we did not swim.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Katinca
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Colorado
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249 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

This could be such a nice place. The room was spacious, comfortable... there's a nice pool (oasis) area in back... breakfast was adequate... it's relatively quiet as it's set back just a bit from the highway. And it's cheap, so it's unrealistic to expect luxury. But that doesn't excuse the broken lock on my 2nd story sliding glass door, or the onion ring on the floor under the AC unit, or the pubic hair on the bed, or the fact that it took 4 tries, a couple phone calls & almost an hour to get hot water for a shower. I would give this motel one more try in hopes that they've worked harder to assure cleanliness.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank JamaisVu
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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

It's a $50 hotel room so I was a bit nervous, but I liked this place just fine. Obviously at that price it's no-frills, but if you want a clean quiet hotel room this is the place for you. The towels are a bit rough, and the carpet a little worn, but the room was very clean and comfortable and I would absolutely stay here again.

They do have smoking rooms here, so you're going to catch a whiff of smoke out in the hallways, but our non-smoking room was just fine and smoke-free.

The Italian restaurant across the street is a perfect match for this place too, cheap, simple, tasty, and comfortable.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank zonker77
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Snohomish, Washington
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Very clean, large rooms recently renovated. Great value at 43.99 for king size bed, fridge, micro, Coffee pot. Free fast wireless internet and a great deluxe continental breakfast with hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit and a usa today paper. What more could you ask for? We will definately stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank steamboaters
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

We were very happy with this hotel. The room was clean and comfortable, and the staff very accommodating. When my husband had a problem accessing the wifi, a staff member came to our room and contacted their IT person who figured out the problem (it was a problem with our computer, not the wifi). The continental breakfast was very good and was served in a large room with plenty of tables, very comfortable. We found this hotel to be quite a bargain for the price and would stay there again if we returned to Barstow.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank L K
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Monterey, California
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Clean, large rooms, great value. Convenient location right off the freeway. Free wireless internet and a better than usual continental breakfast (hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, fruit).

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank bmzalan
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Property: California Inn
Address: 1431 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311 (Formerly Comfort Inn)
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Barstow
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Barstow
#5 Family Hotel in Barstow
#6 Romantic Hotel in Barstow
#7 Business Hotel in Barstow
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — California Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 64
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