The car I rented was unremarkable (as usual). A Mazda 6 with about 25k miles on it. It ran OK but was under powered and too small for my comfort. Got pretty good gas mileage though.
I stayed at the Oxnard Residence Inn by Mariott.
Oxnard isn’t exactly the most affluent community in the area, but this part of it isn’t bad.
The rooms are in two story units with 8 rooms each, four on each floor. There are no elevators and the doors went straight to an outside staircase so it’s sort of like a motel, only nicer.
A little crowded in there, but not too bad in my experience.
I like to pick hotels that have kitchens so I can cook for myself and don’t have to eat out every meal. This one was pretty well equipped, but it didn’t have an oven and the icemaker didn’t work. I got a bag of ice from the front desk that lasted me the whole two weeks though, so that was no big deal.
Notice the computer desk is very high? The chair wouldn’t go any higher than it is in the photo…which made for very uncomfortable computing. There was no wireless internet, so I was tethered to the desk and it was very uncomfortable.
I had an external keyboard with me so a pull out keyboard tray would have been a lifesaver.
The sofa and armchair were both incredibly uncomfortable…the cushions just didn’t feel right. I had to use pillows (which, thankfully, they provided plenty of) to make them bearable.
The bed wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.
My biggest gripes, however, were just weird inconveniences.
Also, note how the “coffee table” seems to be made of an inner wooden box and and outer iron frame with a wooden top.
It seemed to me that things could be made more comfortable. I put the lamp beside the couch and pulled the outer part of the “coffee table” off and turned it into an “end table”. That way I’d have light to read and a convenient place to put my book, remotes etc that was in reach.
There was even an outlet in the floor under the sofa to plug the lamp into so the cord wasn’t a trip hazard.
It made much more sense and was much more comfortable and practical to me this way.
Apparently, the housekeeping staff didn’t agree because every day, when they cleaned, they moved the lamp back to the corner and turned my “end table” back into part of the “coffee table”. Every day, I had to put things back the way I wanted them.
I fully intended to move them back the way they were before I checked out…couldn’t they allow me this minor customization to make the room more friendly for me??? I guess not.
Why on earth would you use salt and pepper shakers to hold PACKETS of salt and pepper?
Especially when the openings of the shakers were so small that the packets were very hard to get out?
I had to use a knife to dig the packets out of the shakers so I could actually use them (not to mention having to take the tops off the shakers in the first place).
To add insult to injury, guess what the housekeeping staff did every day? Yup, you guessed it. Any salt and pepper packets that I’d dug out of the shakers but hadn’t used got stuffed right back into the shakers for me to have to dig out again that evening after work.
Overall, it was a decent stay, but not great and I’ll probably try a different hotel the next time I’m in the area.