Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 319
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sanjo1 great location and friendly staff
rooms were very clean and staff very friendly, rooms with great view of ocean, you cant beat the location of hotel right on the beach, we enjoyed our weekend getaway will return to hotel for sure
March 20, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GIJoe Best weekend getaway!
Great customer service and excellent views! Definitely recommend this perfect getaway if you love the ocean!
March 19, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sunnygirl1 Steps from the ocean
My family stayed at the Ventura Beach Crowne Plaza during a weekend trip for a soccer tournament my son was playing in. The hotel was steps from the beach and the view of the ocean from our room was enough to make any nuisance we encountered very minor. The room was clean & the beds were comfy. My only complaint about the room itself was the lack of a counter in the bathroom. The bathroom was small with a pedestal sink and a small glass shelf above the toilet. No space to put the toiletries we brought. I had to use the mirror & desk by the bed when it came time to put on my make-up. The hotel had a nice bar/lounge area. Its a shame the outside patio was on the small side as it was right next to the ocean. Additional tables & seating on the patio would've allowed more people to enjoy the sound of the ocean and it's lovely breeze. The pool was nice and made the kids very happy. Service was great. All the staff persons we dealt with were friendly and accommodating. We even used room service a couple of times and the service was good & food tasty.
With the exception of one pretty major thing, the location of the hotel was fantastic. I don't think it could've been any closer to the ocean. It was close to the pier, the harbor, and some great places to eat. The one exception to its fantastic locale was that there was a train track running right next to it with trains going by throughout the late afternoon & evening. The trains were loud and one of them shook the room to the point of waking us up. But, as I said, the view of the ocean, especially in the early morning with the surfers riding the waves and at sunset when the sun touched the water, was enough to make you forgive the trains. The one upsetting thing even the ocean view could not remedy was the parking situation. The adjacent parking lot was small. Not nearly enough spaces to accommodate all the hotel guests & driving through it was a bit of a nightmare. A few times we were unable to find a spot & had to use a public parking garage next door. A short walk, but there was a fee. Not acceptable considering we paid $12 per night for parking at the hotel. Overall it was an enjoyable stay.
March 17, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hello hello Not in the rain
Overall the hotel is very nice. Staff is super. I was there during a rainy weekend and the hotel lobby leaked everywhere. My room didn't leak and was clean and comfortable. It could use a makeover especially the curtains but other than than nice. The roof above my shower leaked but as soon as I informed the front desk they got someone on it right away.
March 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by peterg70 awesome location
loved the location, right on the beach.
lobby clean and inviting
desk staff nice
food selection at bar was too limited. not enough healthy options
bar staff was too slow and inattentive
carpet had stains
lamp had hole and stain in it
sheets were clean
ceiling in bathroom was stained
towels had hairs on them
March 12, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 Poor service.
Poor service at the front desk, 3 PM check in time not promised,no priority privilege honored for frequent customer.
600 bonus points was promised to be added to my account but the 600 bonus points posted on my account are the bonus earned thru my Priority status, therefore another 600 points should be added to my account.
March 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PickyfromPalisades Fabulous view very pleasant staff
I had a great view room on the 11th floor. Food in the restaurant was very good, the location was perfect and overall I had a great stay for 4 days and will definitely come again!
March 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nikolaii0401 Room specification
The only thing I didn't like was that I paid for a King bed with Ocenview and they put me in a Double bed room. When I called the front desk the told me they were sold out of King beds. So that was a little upsetting but other than that atmosphere, Restraunts in the hotel were GREAT!!
March 7, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Jane 0000 Stay
The hotel had leaks with buckets all over the place catching the water from the rain. The rooms were to be jointing, and Ocean View,
We did not got jointing rooms and our view was a roof top.
Never will stay again !!!
March 7, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Firepilot Getting old
Came back to Ventura for a nostalgic reunion. Wanted to stay at the Crowne Plaza. Boy was I surprised to see how years have changed the place. The Top of the Harbor restaurant is not used for dinners or buffets, The Crows Nest on the top floor (lounge) is closed. The hotel is in need of some TLC. This could and should be a happening place but seems to of gone into some neglect. They have added a nice bar and patio area, but nothing like the past!!
March 2, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mainard Needs staff attention
The location is great, but the quality of our two night stay was diminished by a couple of issues. One was the bathroom. While small, and nothing can be done about that, it needed maintenance. The ceiling was stained, with burn marks from the lights over the sink, and the vent over the shower was nasty. The lone shelf tipped so badly we worried about things slipping off.
But the big inconvenience was competing with the hotel staff for the elevator. Don't know if they have a dedicated service elevator, but we repeatedly waited for elevators to have them arrive filled with service carts and laundry. It frequently seemed like a couple of elevators were either out of service, stuck on upper floors, or our more likely assumption, being used by cleaning staff to shuttle between floors.
On the positive side, the food and bar service were quite nice, and the view from our balcony was spectacular. A downside of this great beachfront location is it tends to attract a lowlife element the hangs out on the adjacent promenade.
March 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fluffy 2 Dining availability and charges after checking out
The dining room was closed, only place to eat was in the lobby bar type area, very loud and not dinner atmosphere. Had to go out at night to find a restaurant.
After checking out, paying and being assured there were no additional charges, an additional charge appeared on my credit card account when I returned home. It has taken me 4 days of calling and leaving messages to speak to an accounting person who could not give me a satisfactory answer. This happened to me a year ago, so I questioned the front desk about this type of after the fact charge. She seemed to know nothing about this, assured me again that I had no further charges. For a one night stay my credit card acct has a $62.00 charge on it for ??????? I have truly traveled all over the world and the USA, and have never experienced this except at this hotel. Am still waiting for a call back with an explanation! Check your acct when you return home.
February 27, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 Great location, beautiful view! Room not so good
This hotel was ideally located and our 11th floor room offered a gorgeous view of the beach and promenade below. I was able to walk out the door and be at the starting line for the half marathon in 5 minutes, so the convenience was terrific. We also walked to downtown, the mission and great restaurants both downtown and at the Pier.
Sadly the room itself had many issues which I had to report to the front desk as I discovered them. The following things did not work-
The shower handle was very loose, and the rug outside the bathroom was wet.
The hair dryer and phone were fixed within 30 minutes of me calling the front desk. But I waited with wet hair until the maintenance man came.
I feel that the rooms should be inspected regularly for these types of "wear and tear" issues, and the room amenities should be kept in good working order, without guests having to be inconvenienced waiting for things to be fixed. I can understand a random issue, but this room had several issues that were inconvenient for us.
The view, however, was impressive and enjoyable.
Also, we went to the Aqua bar Saturday evening during happy hour. We sat at the bar but were virtually ignored for at least 5 minutes and then it took another 10 minutes to get our drinks (nothing fancy - just beer and wine). The bartender failed to apply the drink coupon to the bill (I had given it to her when we ordered). Then she gave me the bill a second time, but without the charge slip to sign. I had to get her attention again and wait for her to provide the proper charge slip ... It seemed like she wasn't paying the slightest bit of attention to us, nor did she care about providing us with a nice , friendly experience.
The lady at the front desk said she would report the room issues to management but I never heard anything back from management. As a priority Club Member I expected more from this hotel
February 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Molly1120 Perfect location and hospitality
This location is by far the best Ventura has to offer. It is 2 blocks for dining and bars and just steps from the beach.
The front desk was very friendly and took care of a small request of mine and went above and beyond the call of duty.
My room was a little dated but the beds were comfy so that's all that matters.
February 21, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by simplysam Not the lastest and the greatest
Is this hotel on the beach? Yes.
Is this hotel clean. Kind of but not really. - Everything is so outdated, I saw spots on both my sheets and my towels!!
Is it near restaurants and bars? Yes.
Is this a modern, updated hotel? Nope. Everything even smells stale.
Are dogs allowed? Yes, and they are everywhere.
This hotel reminds me of a Vegas hotel...
...from the 1970's. Seriously old, not classy old, like Baroque or neoclassical BUT just old. This is nothing like the Crown Plaza Hotel in Commerce. Nothing. Actually it is exactly like a huge Motel 6, okay an upgraded Motel 6 :)
I guess it's an okay spot if you're coming out here to party with your buddies to drink and surf. However, it is not a good spot for a romantic couple's retreat. Although, that's what you're lead to believe because of the "beach view" w/ balcony.
Additionally, it is next to an apartment complex AND the 101 Freeway...which we had a nice view of both from our room. You can hear the traffic all day and night long. Lame.
Lot's of surfers and families enjoying the beach, bike rentals and a small play ground for kids. But overall not my style or idea of a nice get-a-way.
February 20, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Steph S Great location
This was my first stay at Crowne Plaza. Great view and the room was clean. Great employees, Mikaela, Arturo and Portofino worked Happy Hour like rock stars. They were friendly and accommodating. I hope they are appreciated for all of their hard work. The entire staff was friendly and helpful. We ate lunch at the Aqua Bar, had breakfast at C's Restaurant and the food was excellent. I would have given a 5 rating except for certain issues: dusty floor and dirty cup in C's restaurant. We had to call for bath towels only to get them later and they were still damp. If you go out the parking lot fills up quickly. It was a busy weekend with soccer players and large groups of children. I would hope management will use the revenue to focus on the cleanliness of hotel especially in areas that handle food. I would return to this hotel again. Wish they would add a spa or nail salon.
February 18, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by HarryS45 Room
Bed Pillows were awful. To Big and too Hard.
Room small but comfortable, bathroom small.
Minimal power plugs in room. Hard to charge all our electronic devices.
February 13, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rockinrobby Great location, very friendly staff.
The Crown plaza is the best location for beach, biking, visiting downtown, and great dining nearby. Everything was clean, the staff was very nice, the bed was comfortable, the room was spacious, our view was excellent. Yes, the bathroom is small, but I never spend much time in the bathroom anyways so that's not a problem for me. The Crown Plaza is the only place in Ventura we will stay.
February 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love the Ocean view Beautiful BUT...
Beautiful , clean, very nice staff. But did not tell us that we were being charged extra for parking, showed up on a bill stuffed under our door in the morning. Why would we have to pay to park at the hotel we are staying. Plus had to pay for internet service. why not include it, Had no idea. just one of many charges your not told about until after your already committed . Then just recieve a thank you email from them for staying with them, and in it was a rewards program, that if we had been told about it at the time we reserved or even at check-in would have solved being charged for internet, plus would have given us bonus points for the possible next visit. Other than that, I will go back, Love the ocean views and it was a beautiful hotel
February 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Davidm33 My Girlfriend's perfect birthday getaway
We live in Santa Barbara and wanted to take a mini vacation on her birthday weekend. Everything was perfect. All the staff was very friendly, professional and very helpful. I don't remember the name of the lady that helped us at the front desk at check in, but she was nice enough to even call the room and see if we needed anything. The only thing I didn't like was that the pillows didn't seem that soft and they didn't give us enough covers for the bed, but we could've called the front desk and I'm sure they would provide so no big deal. Great location
February 5, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Webber Gal Wonderful hotel
We were just at the hotel for a lacrosse tournament and the whole team (high school boys) stayed at the hotel. The staff was very accommodating and made us feel very comfortable.
Our room was perfect! Comfortable beds and a great view! I would definitely stay here again. It is a short walk (2 blocks) to downtown shopping and restaurants, so great for a weekend getaway.
I would recommend that you have a hanging toiletry kit as the little shelf above the toilet is sloped and everything rolls off into the trashcan. Other than that, we had no complaints.
January 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dnote101 Great Hotel Value
We're in Carpinteria for a weekend of Bitter Lacrosse tournament with our team. The hotel was fully booked. It looks like there's several sporting events happening that weekend. So, we're expecting slow service,lack of parking and maybe wait time for the restaurant and bar. Let me start with the Hotel amenities and the up keep. The place is old but kept clean. You can see some rust and grime in the bathroom showers and fixtures (no big deal). since the room was clean, but don't expect a 5 star accommodation..The kids really enjoyed the pool. It's heated. so, you can use it at after hours 'till it . closes at 10 pm. The view makes up for everything. We're on the 7th floor with the clear view of the ocean. You can clearly see the sunrise and the early hardcore surfers having fun with the waves.."SPECTACULAR VIEW." They have limited bell hop service, and only used upon request. So, be prepared to lug your own luggage (pack light). The bar service was OK, drinks was fairly priced and served with a smile.THE HOTEL IS CHEAP (or political correct term "Great Value"). I might use them again in the future, If I'm back in Carpinteria. BTW. This is a sleepy town, everything closes at 8 pm..
January 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Loyal Room clean and comfortable, some good staff also
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza on the 18th and 19th of January 2014. The room was clean and comfortable. We had two rooms, one with 2 queen beds(mattresses both new) and one with a king bed(mattress new). The rooms did not look worn or old.
Special commendations to Austin, one of the bellmen or doormen or greeters, whatever the term is now. He was helpful, friendly, and set a good mood for our stay.
The location and views are the main assets of the hotel. My granddaughter had a wonderful time on the beach and the equipment nearby.
2 Complaints/Comments-1) Parking: stop with the ticket dispensers and the charge on the rooms. If it is a necessity to have that charge to make the room prices work out, then just add it in without using parking as an excuse. All the surfers and other visitors who are not staying in the hotel use it for free, and the tickets are completely worthless from the dispensers. The parking structure is just as good or a better choice if you go down a level when you enter and not up and park on the beach side. It is only a few steps from the hotel and the front desk will give you a voucher so it is free. 2) Weekend staff in the restaurant and bar-understaffed!! The whole idea of even getting served in the bar on Saturday night was ridiculous. Everyone was waiting on something and many were making disparaging remarks about getting served in the near future. A server was there but was walking around just trying to keep people mollified. After hanging around for a bit we left and ate elsewhere. The restaurant on Sunday morning was a similar mess with not enough servers. Food was very good when it arrived.
Overall I would recommend the hotel and hope that in the future the weekend staff would have more personnel, and that the silly parking situation be resolved by removing the room charge and getting rid of the ticket dispensers.
January 28, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Traveler858 Nice but Service Issues
We really enjoyed our stay in Ventura. The location of the hotel is amazing! Great surfing and easy trip to Santa Barbara.
Our room had 2 queen beds and they were really comfortable. The room was also clean, though the tub backed up a little bit. The downside to the rooms would be the hallway noise. You can hear everything happening in the hallway.
With regards to the service, my overall assessment would be that they seemed severely understaffed or they really did not care about the appearance of the property, especially the outdoor patio and pool area. It took a while to have someone take our order. Plates and drinks were left outside for hours on other tables (from Lunch until Dinner). A homeless person came through and ate off the plates.
The hotel advertises the outdoor fire pits but on two occasions it took at least an hour to have someone light the fire pits and heaters.
I hope they are able to get the service issues taken care of. We will likely come back.
January 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stephanie 58 Had a GREAT time!!
The Staff is always ready and happy to help. From the time we arrived until we left it was great service. You can't beat the ocean view. And you can't beat the price!
January 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Firemanbill Great time
Very comfortable Had a great time. Cafe manager very rude. Other that I love the service at the Crown Plaza. The room was very 1st class and Bar was a lot of fun dinner and enjoying the football game.
January 16, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Inland Empirians King Beds Are Very Old - Hotel Overpriced
We booked King Suite. When we arrived, we noticed a dip in the middle of the bed but hoped for the best. We went to sleep with springs poking into our backs. Neither my husband or I slept well and each of our backs were tweaked in the morning. The good news is that the front desk staff moved us to another room with what she described as "newly replaced" mattresses. However, we no longer had a suite and instead there were 2 queen beds. She informed us the the Kings had not been replaced throughout the hotel yet.
The parking fee was clearly explained via the internet and when we arrived. However, the arms which monitor the coming and going of vehicles were broken for the first 2.75 days of our 3 night stay. Thus, people who were attending Christmas parties and who were surfing on the beach were able to park for free. We assumed the same would be true for us. However, upon checkout, we noticed that we had been charged for each day of parking. The good news was that the manager removed the charge when I complained. In our opinion, we should not have been charged in the first place. How are paying guests going to be charged when guest for parties are not going to be????
Finally, though the location is pretty cool, the rooms were run-down. For the price we paid for the rooms, we were very disappointed with the appearance and quality of the furnishings, etc.
January 9, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Trevor82 Great Location, but not worth price listed on their website.
This is a hotel that has a great location (right on the beach), but is not worth price on their website. I was able to get a lower rate a night through hotwire and it displayed after I agreed to the price. It was great place to stay for the price I got it at.
The room was average (bed, desk, night table, flat screen tv, shower, toilet, and sink), but everything was clean. The bed was very comfy and my wife and I had a great night sleep. People in past reviews complained about the train whistle, when the coast starlight or surfliner comes through, but my wife and I were not bothered by it (nor did we hear it in the middle of the night).
Being a member of the IHG club, I did get a free drink ticket at the bar, which was nice. I had read reviews that IHG members also got a free breakfast ticket, but when I asked about, the person who checked me in, told me no.
The pool is outside and while it did look inviting, neither or my wife used it. We did not see a whirlpool or jacuzzi in the pool area.
When we checked in, the person who checked us in, was a little snippy (probably due to the fact that I booked this through Hotwire and not through their website) and I was given a room across from the elevator and the door did not open when I put in my room key. Though, when I went back downstairs and talked to another person, he reassigned me to a different room that did open.
Overall: It was a good experience and my wife and I would stay here again. Positives: Location to beach, comfy bed, close to the freeway access and train (if we take train up to Ventura from LA).
Negatives: Parking is horrible here (we got lucky as my wife has a handicap placard), so get here early. Parking is $12 a day and they give you a ticket to use while you stay there. There is a parking garage about 1/2 a block away if you don't mind walking.
January 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by honeymooners24 Beautiful Ocean View 10th Floor Ventura
On Christmas eve from our balcony, we watched an unbelievable sunset over the ocean. During the day we watched the surfers. Weather was perfect.. And I had great burger at the bar during happy hour. Will return.
January 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by teacher2013 Enjoyed our stay
We thought the hotel was nice, staff was helpful and friendly - great location!
January 7, 2014