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“I Thought It Was A Bargain”
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California Inn
Ranked #6 of 29 Hotels in Barstow
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Torrance CA
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“I Thought It Was A Bargain”
Reviewed August 14, 2009

This is the only hotel in Barstow that advertised its price on its sign in front. It also gave other details that drew me in. I learned it used to be a Comfort Inn, but the owner has recently gone independent and refurbished the place. The room was excellent, with minor imperfections that should concern the owner more than the traveller. Breakfast is served until 9:30 AM, the bed was comfortable, and the wifi worked. There is a big, nice looking pool area in back, which we did not use. I will seek this place out next time I stay in Barstow.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2009

The hotel in Yermo (we wanted to visit the nearby Calico ghost town) was totally booked. So we returned to Barstow about 9:00 at night. Apparently (because of some event in Laughlin) many hotels were almost full. The California Inn was one of the first we saw, when getting off the freeway. They advertise ANY ROOM for $49.95 on their huge lighted sign. This was NOT the case when we went in. We wanted a non-smoking room (preferably with 2 beds). She said she only had one of those and it would be $59.95! If we wanted a smoking room with one bed, we could have that for $49.95. As we were about to leave, she dropped the price to $55.95. We decided we were too tired to go looking and stayed there.

Our room was quite a distance from our car. It was on the 2nd floor and there was no elevator. So hauling stuff up was not fun. The door to the room had multiple locks on it. That didn't really make us feel very secure. The carpet was stained and the bath tub patched. Other parts of the room looked dated/worn. The fridge was OK. I don't remember if there was a microwave. There was a little balcony that overlooked the pool. That area actually looked nice.

The continental breakfast was OK: cold cereal, packaged oatmeal, muffins, milk, bagles, toast, buttter, jelly, coffee etc. We would not stay here again unless there was nowhere else.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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2 Thank AmberAnn
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Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 24, 2008

This hotel was horrible. From check in till check out. It began when the front desk clerk was extremely short and rude. Also there was a message left for us and was never recieved. The electricity in the room went out, and so did the water with NO NOTICE. just woke up and it was OFF for hours, ridiculous!!!! Also the pool was disgusting. There was so much dirt and debris in it you couldn't even see the bottom. Also they fill the pool with a hose that is left in the walk way, extreme trip hazard. Basically DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. You would be better off going to one of the rinky-dink motels in town then here.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — The room was disgusting
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank mom_of_oneWash
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San Diego, CA
1 review
Reviewed December 2, 2007

As we pulled back the covers on our bed, I was horrified to find two long black hairs, along with one small curly one (shudders). There was smears of ?, I don't even want to imagine on the chair. Dirt smears on the walls. The night desk did bring us new linen....so we could make our own bed. I couldn't be paid enough to stay in this motel again!!!

  • Liked — The breakfast wasn't too bad, but leaving that place was the best!
  • Disliked — How disgusting everything was.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Thank jaesteward
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2007

This dive is run by an Indian family, who "maintain" the property themselves. The only employees are the front desk staff and the maids, who do a superficial job at best. There is no security whatsoever.

The rooms are larger than average, but they are not well-mainained. Carpets and upholstery were stained, with furniture and fixtures falling apart. TV remote didn't work, HBO (advertised) wasn't available, patio door didn't lock properly. Paint in bathroom was peeling, and smell of mildew was present. Large towels had long hairs on them; face cloths had pubic hairs! Complain to the owners/managers and they'll tell you to go somelace else! They're not interested in improving the property at all!

A nearby bar brings drunks onto the property at all hours--They know there's no security. Avoid this place--There are better ones in the area for a couple dollars more (or even less!).

  • Liked — Nothing.
  • Disliked — Filty room; nasty managers
  • Stayed October 2007
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3 Thank traveler1222
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Penarth Wales
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31 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2007

This hotel was formerly known as Comfort Inn Barstow. It is a good clean basic hotel that provides a decent location, room and breakfast for a very good price. Staff are very helpful

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tina S
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Leiden, Holland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2007

a very pleasurable experience in the middle of the desert!
very helpfull staff that even helped us book a hotel in Las vegas, thumbs up!

  • Liked — the friendly staff
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank HollandPaars
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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:
#2 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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