The Best Western Camarillo Inn had a bit of the “Eeeww” factor for me. We arrived at 9 pm, and driving into the motel was kind of creepy. It is adjacent to the back of a small office park and the offices were all closed at night, so it was really quiet and empty. The motel parking lot was full though. My husband noted that there were a large number of pick up trucks that belonged to construction companies, so I assume construction workers who were employed on local projects were staying there.
The reason I booked the Best Western Camarillo Inn was because we were literally only going to be there for twelve hours, just to sleep on a road trip stop over. I had originally booked the Hampton Inn down the street (where we had stayed on our last trip and was super happy), but I could save $20 by staying at the Best Western Camarillo Inn. The Best Western was #2 on Trip Advisor and it is on the same street as the Hampton Inn, so I figured I could not go wrong, right? It was a mistake. I hardly slept. The hotel faces the freeway. I am including a picture from our doorway that shows how close it is. There is no weather stripping or sound proofing around the door, so you can see about a half inch of opening at the bottom, and all the freeway noise also comes in through that opening. It was so loud that it seemed like the cars were driving right next to our room, which isn’t far from the truth. I also noticed that the peep hole was one of those old peep holes that someone could look through from the other side, and our beds were right in front of the door, so that weirded me out too.
The hotel is old, but the bathrooms have recently been re-done. The towels were extremely thin, and the toilet paper was not good quality and super rough. No tissue box at all. Shampoo was a single little bottle of Pantene shampoo/conditioner, which was fine. The thing that probably grossed me out the most was that there was a pubic hair in the bathtub. Yuck. My husband said the shower head almost fell off when he tried to adjust it for his height. There are old, dusty blinds in the room and curtains as well. To be honest, I don’t even know if I’ve ever seen blinds in a hotel room. The bed comfort was ok, but the pillows were stiff polyester fill and my neck hurt in the morning. The sheets were nice though. They seemed new and clean and crisp. I got up at about 7:15 am the next morning. We had heard all the workmen leaving earlier, and I guess they used a lot of the hot water … because there was not that much left for my shower. I did not turn on the cold water at all and the water never really got hot.
Breakfast is served in another building that is part of the office park. I was not expecting much at all after the room experience, but it was actually not bad. There were little Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches in a fridge that you could microwave and hard boiled eggs with shells on them (that I assumed were cooked fresh and not bought at Costco in a plastic container). There were bagels and breads and some cereals, a juice machine, some bananas and oranges, and coffee and tea. The room and tables were clean, and funny enough … several older people staying there seemed to know the lady who tended the Breakfast Room. It was very basic, but better than I thought it would be, and it got us through until lunchtime.
So … I guess if you are just sleeping there and your hearing isn’t sensitive to loud freeway noise, then you are fine staying there. I would not recommend it for a single woman however. If I could do it over again, I would have spent the extra $20 and stayed at the Hampton Inn down the street on Daily Drive though. The Hampton Inn was recently renovated and the room we had there was huge. The staff at the Hampton Inn was great too. The front desk lady at the Best Western Camarillo Inn was very nice and helpful when we checked in. During the day, the Best Western property did not seem as creepy as when we arrived at night. When deciding whether or not to stay here, just keep in mind that this is an older, very basic motel ... and that the photos on the hotel website are not very truthful. less