This is a solid mid grade hotel, a big step up from budget, and a really nice property. It is definitely worth the (less than 10-minute) drive off highway 5 to save $30 compared to the Santa Nella options which are not as nice.
Check-in was friendly and efficient. The room was very clean, no bugs or weird smells, and the amenities included shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup remover, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, and coffee maker. The TV was older, not a big flat-screen, but it worked fine and there was a DVD player hooked up to it which was great as the kids wanted to watch their own movies. We got 35 or 40 channels on regular reception as well. There are energy-efficient touches throughout the hotel, especially motion sensor lights and an actual thermostat. My only complaint is that the light in the bathroom flickered for several seconds before turning on, but this was probably related to the automatic lighting or the energy-efficient bulbs in use.
The room was spacious with a king-size bed plus a pull-out couch, small desk, table, nightstand, entertainment center with chest of drawers, and a coffee table. All that fit into the room without feeling cramped. There is a funky taqueria across the street, and several fast food restaurants, a family-style Italian place and a 7-11 very near.
The best part was the pool. It's in a giant indoor area with nice murals, a jacuzzi, and an adjacent workout room. Quiet time starts at 10pm but you are allowed to be in the pool 24 hours a day. The water was nice and balmy, probably too warm for lap swimming, and the jacuzzi was comfortable for my little ones. We loved the pool and made great use of it, as did several other families while we were there. The pool made our stay a mini-vacation, even though we were just stopping off for the night on our way home.
Overall, I was very happy with our stay and would recommend this hotel as a great value to anyone who needs a stopoff in the area.
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- Also Known As:
- Vagabond Hotel Exec Los Banos