We stayed one night at this motel and were assigned to room 282, up some stairs and in the most southwest corner. The good thing about this room is it's directly in front of the train tracks. The bad thing about this room is it's directly in front of the train tracks. Because the tracks cross city streets on either side of the motel, the trains blast the horn as it thunders past. This is great fun and we always ran to the window to watch the Amtrak race by. If you need to get to sleep early, the horns will more than likely wake you. The trains seemed to stop running by 10 p.m. This side of the motel is also next to the 101, so freeway noise is an issue.
I brought earplugs and the noise didn't bother me. What did bother me was a firm mattress. Mattresses are a matter of personal preference and I prefer a softer mattress. I woke around 2:00 feeling stiff and didn't drop off again until after 5:00. Unfortunately, I had to be up at 6:30.
The room was very clean with an air conditioner that worked great. The little blue chair was comfortable and I enjoyed sitting in it, reading, and waiting for the next Amtrak. We could see the Pacific from our room and noted the pedestrian bridge a block away that would take you to the beach.
The water pressure in the shower was fantastic. I wanted to uproot the tub and shower head and bring it home with me.
There are many restaurants within walking distance and we enjoyed dinner at The Lure (though my wallet says we should have stopped at Habit Burger instead). Breakfast at the Best Western was typical waffles, powdered eggs, sausage, muffins, yogurt and so forth. It was good and the coffee was hot and fresh. The girls made sure the Buffett remained stocked and clean.
There are a few tables on the patio which are nice for watching the homeless walk by. Unfortunately, beach cities and mild weather attract those without homes. There was a bit of panhandling on our way to the pedestrian bridge, but nothing outrageous. I didn't feel unsafe, but stayed alert and aware of my surroundings.
Check out isn't until noon, which gave us time for breakfast and beach exploring before packing up and heading out.
I'd stay here again, but only after I've forgotten about those mattresses. The location, though, is fantastic and so close to everything that makes Ventura a great little town. less