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“Did the job well” 4 of 5 stars
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California Inn
Ranked #4 of 29 Hotels in Barstow
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“Did the job well”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We used this as a stop off on our cross-country road trip. Rooms were clean, check in and check out was very efficient and the owners were very pleasant. The breakfast wasn't fancy but more than adequate for our tastes and the air-con was strong enough to combat the summer heat. We weren't there for long enough to use the pool, but it looked great and the fitness center was a basic, but welcome facility. They did appear to have security cameras for certain parking spots, easing our angst, but the fact that we were still nervous is possibly a factor of being in Barstow.

Room Tip: We chose a room on the second floor. I imagine the ones facing the pool are rather beautiful.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here on the back end of our cross country trip. The staff was friendly, the rooms were nice, and the beds were comfy. The continental breakfast is definitely better than every other place we had stayed, (coming from Florida there were a lot)

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stayed last week end, July 20, 2014 at the California Inn. The rooms were clean, well appointed and easy to use. It was quiet, and the breakfast was superb. We are glad we booked the place before we arrived there, because by the time we arrived, the rooms were sold out. It is easy to access the freeways, and we truly enjoyed the experience.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Palmdale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Very nice location for our two day stay in Barstow, our room was clean and cool,the ac worked great! Free breakfast was small but ok, quiet and the staff were friendly and polite. The pool was crystal clean and large.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Ben Lomond, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I was traveling from the bay area to Las Vegas, which I normally do in one go, but had a late start, and ended up staying at California Inn. Checkin was easy and fast. The rooms are access via inside hallways vs Motel 6 style external doors. The room was surprisingly large, very clean. This place does have a pool, which I would have loved to use but I was arriving late and leaving early so did not have the extra time - but I did notice the pool area and pool itself were nice (on the south side, so likely very hot in the daytime in summer).

They were a bit skimpy on the towels, which was to be expected. If you're the "shower before bed and morning" type, then you can just ask the desk for extra towels.

There is a Denny's next door, although the motel does serve breakfast, which is the typical continental style, cereal, bagels, yogurt, fruit, etc.

I will definitely stay here again if I need a room in Barstow.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The California Inn is older, but in good condition and clean, pretty standard in furnishings and arrangement. With three people using one bathroom, it was nice having two sinks - one in the room and one in the bathroom. Room had a micro/fridge and the standard breakfast was included. The A/C was turned off when we checked in. It was a really hot day and even when we turned it on high, the room did not cool off until the middle of the night (That, plus the lights, see below, was why I rated Sleep Quality poor). We would have liked to cool off in the pool, and the pool area was very nice, but the pool itself was dirty. And what's with the motion sensor lights in California? Not just here but everywhere we stayed. We would be reading or soaking in the tub and all of the lights would go out. Or if one of us got up in the night, suddenly every light in the room would come on. What a pain!

Room Tip: Call ahead and have them turn on the A/C several hours before you get there.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I've stayed here on a previous trip from az to cali and was not disappointed. The rooms are very large and many have upgrades. All have a microwave and a fair size fridge. The rooms facing the pool are lovely and have a slider door to the inside courtyard area facing the mountains. Very nicely landscaped too. This family owned and operated hotel is definitely the place to stay if traveling this way. No street noise. Excellent customer service and a full hot breakfast with country gravy- yum! Can't beat the price of less than $50 per night and they let you have your dogs too.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing the pool
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about California Inn

Property: California Inn
Address: 1431 E Main St, Barstow, CA 92311-3216 (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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