You have very limited options if you are planning a trip and staying in Taft. The BW is a great looking hotel for the location. I was expecting a little more even with the current COVID situation.
Breakfast options was very disappointing, it was a simple bag style grab-n-go. I stayed a total of 4 nights, each morning, we were given the same options with no other choices within the hotel. It consisted of: Kid juice box, an orange, Belvita cracker pack and a Svenhards Swedish pastry. Great choice if you are 5.
Next we were not told about the pool being closed, even though Kern county had no restrictions on pool closures. When i asked the staff about the closure, the response was, "The owner does not want to deal with it and has it closed still!" My kids were very disappointed they would not be able to swim, Taft does not offer much and it would have been the highlight of their trip.
Hotel room did have a slight odor to it, but given the location and being surrounded by oilfields, i can understand it. One day we left for several hours, when we returned, we noticed an odor coming from the bathroom. It was as if someone went #2 and it was not from my family.
The outside/ inside appearance is very nice. It is a newer BW, the lobby is inviting with the option of having fresh coffee.
Side note, for a family of 4, the room was a little smaller than i liked. When we spent any significant amount of time inside, it did feel a little cramped. less