Best Hotels in Ventura

Ventura's Best Hotels Offer Affordable Luxury by the Beach

Looking for some overnight digs in Ventura (or nearby Oxnard)? You've come to the right place! We've rounded up 10 of the best Ventura hotels to help you decide where to stay.

About half an hour south of Santa Barbara - depending on traffic - Ventura is a great place for a family vacation. You'll find great shopping, delicious restaurants and, of course, the beach! Many of these hotels, like the Pierpont, have a view of the ocean or are within walking distance. And others are located close to Ventura's charming downtown and nightlife district. 

Adjacent to Ventura, Oxnard has some nice hotel options, too, so we've peppered a few throughout the list. Oxnard hotels such as the Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard Ventura will accommodate all of a your needs during your stay. They'll also put you in close proximity to the Camarillo Premium Outlets and set you up for any easy drive into Los Angeles.  

Wherever you choose to stay, you're sure to have your choice of activities in this bustling area with nice people, good food and solid surf. There are a lot of local artists working in the area, so keep your eyes peeled for galleries and shows. Isn't taking home a masterpiece so much better than buying another magnet or shot glass?


A newly renovated contemporary hotel located off the freeway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, not far from Ventura. The Courtyard Oxnard Ventura is minutes from the Channel Islands Harbor and beautiful beaches. It's also very close to the new Collection at River Park which offers amazing shopping and fine dining. Guest rooms and suites feature complimentary wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and microwaves. Guests receive complimentary access to the onsite fitness center, 24-hour self-service business center and outdoor pool. The Bistro is onsite and serves a variety of healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner options (as well as Starbucks beverages). Free parking, and there are two electric car charging stations.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: Easy check in and out times and a get-anywhere-quickly location make this hotel a good choice. Plus the freshened up rooms are lovely.

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This Holiday Inn Express is the only hotel with a front row view of the scenic Ventura Harbor. The suites on the first floor have floor-to-ceiling windows for a dramatic view of the boats. Guests enjoy a continental breakfast each morning. There is a health and fitness center offsite, but it is just a short (and lovely) walk away. The location, ample amenities and the reasonable rates make this hotel a top pick for a harbor getaway. Pets are allowed for an additional fee. A pedestrian and bike path connects this hotel to the village (a good starting point for a scenic bike ride up the coast).

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: Harbor living at it's finest! Wake up to bright sun, the sound of seagulls and fresh salty air at this harbor-front hotel.

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Planning a longer stay? Book a room at the Four Points to enjoy laundry facilities, a 24-hour gym, pool and hot tub. Located near the Ventura harbor, many rooms have a scenic view. Park in the hotel lot and leave your car behind. Beach cruiser bike rentals are available, and you can easily catch the shuttle to downtown Ventura right in front of the hotel. Alexander's restaurant is located onsite and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their Sunday Brunch even brings out the Ventura locals! The Four Points Best Brews program also means that this hotel has great craft beers on tap. Lots of event and meeting space available.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: Everything you need for a multi-day stay at a reasonable price in a picturesque location.

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Located in downtown Ventura, the Best Western makes for a clean, convenient and comfortable stay for any size party. Be close to shopping, nightlife and the historic Majestic Theater, with the Ventura Fairgrounds, harbor and state beaches just minutes away. A free, hot breakfast buffet is available every morning, featuring waffles, pastries, fresh fruits, cereal, yogurt and endless cups of coffee and cold juices. There is an outdoor pool and hot tub as well as onsite laundry. There is also free parking and a business center with fax capabilities. Late check out times are accommodated if you request in advance.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: You can't get much closer to downtown Ventura than this hotel. Great for visitors who like to do some urban exploring.

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For a very literal seaside stay, look no further than the Cliff House Inn. Located on the side of an ocean cliff between Santa Barbara and Ventura, this hotel has private ocean access with fascinating tide pools you can explore at low tide. Guests enjoy complimentary parking, continental breakfast and wifi. The Cliff House Inn is a good location for private events, including weddings and company gatherings. There is also a lovely pool with an ocean view. Hungry? Shoals Islands grill dishes up fresh, local seafood with both indoor and outdoor seating. The Shoals is open every night for dinner and every day for lunch, with brunch available Sundays.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: The Cliff House Inn is spectacularly located on the oceanside of a cliff above awesome tide pools.

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Amanzi Hotel
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Ventura's Amanzi Hotel is located downtown but is not far from the beach. Guests enjoy free high-speed Internet access and a complimentary breakfast buffet. Rooms also have microwaves and mini-fridges, so you can bring your own food or stash delicious vacation leftovers at will. If you're looking to get a little cozy, upgrade to one of their rooms outfitted with a fireplace.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: Amanzi Hotel is affordable with clean rooms and a nice location.

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Hampton Inn Channel Islands Harbor/Oxnard
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This hotel overlooks the Channel Islands Harbor marina in Oxnard. Close to Ventura and not far from great beaches and Peninsula Park. Rooms are more than comfortable, some have balconies, and accessible rooms are available for guests with special requests. Enjoy access to a pool, playground, tennis court and fitness center. Free hot breakfast is included with your stay. If you're looking for places to eat or things to see, just ask the friendly staff. They'll point you in the right direction. There is free self-parking onsite and optional valet parking. The Camarillo Premium Outlets are just a 10-15 minute drive away.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: This Oxnard hotel has lovely views and a free, hot breakfast. What more could you want?

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The Ventura Beach Marriott is a very nice hotel that offers an unbeatable location near a variety of attractions including the Channel Islands, Ventura County Fairgrounds and Ventura Beach, with Santa Barbara just a half hour's drive away. Guest rooms and suites at the Marriott feature updated decor, flat-panel TVs, premium bath amenities and luxurious bedding to help you enjoy some very sweet dreams. Guests enjoy a beautiful outdoor pool, modern fitness center and oodles of event space. There is an onsite restaurant as well that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ventura Beach Marriott is pet friendly, so you don't have to leave Fido at home!

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: For pet friendly digs and amenities the whole family (or group) will love, the Ventura Beach Marriott is your best bet.

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Crowne Plaza is the only large, beachfront hotel in Ventura. Charmingly, each room has its own balcony with an ocean view. This hotel has a great pool, on-site restaurant, bar, gym, room service and affordable vacation packages, making it ideal for travelers who are looking for an easy and relaxing vacation. Even better, the beach is just a few steps from the front door! The C-Street promenade located at the base of the hotel provides the perfect opportunity for a romantic stroll along the waterfront, and it's a great place to go for a jog too. There is also a convention center on the property.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: For instant beach access, an ocean view from your room and a full range of amenities, Crowne Plaza is your only choice in Ventura.

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The historic Pierpont Inn is the oldest hotel in Ventura (and quite possibly the most fabulous as well). The original owner, Josephine Pierpont, opened it in 1910, partly in an effort to accommodate those traveling in the new "horseless carriage." This 77-room inn overlooks the ocean and has both large suites and specialty cottages. At the Pierpont, you'll find a large pool, sundeck and fitness center. You'll also find lush gardens, lots of meeting space and a business center. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at Austen's restaurant, with a focus on local and sustainable fare. The beach is located right across the street and downtown Ventura is just a short drive - or longish walk - away.

Recommended for Ventura's Best Hotels because: The Pierpont is a beautiful place to relax, enjoy a good meal and even get married! Ocean views and lush gardens galore.

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