My fiance and I own a timeshare at Channel Island Shores and we use it at least once a year. We are very happy with the overall experience! There have been some small issues in the past such as Wi-fi Internet access being spotty and this most recent time one of the office helpers seemed to have lost record of our reservation, so that really frustrated us.
Other than that, the timeshare facilities, location, and upkeep are pretty high scoring.
Facilities: For the actual staying quarters, all kitchen and bathroom essentials are included (minus toothbrush and food-bring your own). From cookware to dishsoap/dishwasher soap, to handsoap to shampoo/conditioner in the shower, hair dryer, you most likely will have what you need for the duration of the stay. Need to wash laundry? There is a clothes washer and dryer provided as well (but no laundry detergent). All furniture is in good shape and is comfy. The main TV is still the old fashioned style (not flat screen), but who cares? You should be doing stuff outdoors anyway ;P
I love that there are 1.25 bathrooms! (one with bath/shower/toilet/sink and the other just with toilet/sink)
In the master bedroom (connected to full bathroom) there is a flat screen TV which is nice. Usually plenty of drawer space as well. Some of the rooms even come with a window nook area (my favorite). The secondary bedroom or sometimes just a den area is not accompanied by a TV unfortunately (but again, not important).
In addition, a jacuzzi is almost always provided and this provides very nice relaxation. A BBQ is also available.
Location: Located one block from the beach... you can hear the waves from your window! Perfect non-tourist trap location! It is also right down the street from the Marina where a lot of recreational activities can be found like kayaking, boating, etc. Food places galore and so much to do!
Upkeep: Since the resort has become more "eco-friendly" housekeeping is now limited, but if you place the towel basket outside, they will always tend to it without having to interfere with your "home for the week/weekend". I like this less intrusive style!
Extras: The main office has a list of on-site events and ideas of what to do around the area. They also provide reading materials, movies, games, beach chairs/boogie boards and free coffee, hot chocolate, and popcorn. If you really wanted to stay there and not venture out, you probably could and be perfectly content!
The last time we went (in Nov 2013), it seemed the internet issue was resolved, so hopefully no more issues with that (especially for those who bring work with them). Overall, really really awesome resort/timeshare. I would recommend it to people of all ages/families/etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Channel Island Shores is quaint destination for vacationers wanting a relaxing seaside escape in a quiet residential setting. Located half a block from the beach and with views of the Channel Islands, this charming resort with a beach house feel is within steps of white, sandy beaches and refreshing ocean surf. This Oxnard beach vacation resort features amenities such as private patios, many with Jacuzzi Spas and Barbeques, spectacular ocean views, and fully-stocked kitchens. Guests may enjoy a multitude of nearby water activities including boating, kayaking, surfing and fishing. Explore the National Park, take side trips to Magic Mountain, Santa Barbara, Malibu Beach, Los Angeles, Universal Studios, Hearst Castle, or enjoy the famous Channel Island Harbor and Marina. Minimum check-in age is 21. Please note that air conditioning is not offered at this property. Please note there is a USD 15.00 daily resort fee due at booking which includes internet, parking, and phone calls. Please note the resort does not provide extra beds/cots or cribs, however guests may bring a crib. Weekly housekeeping is available; we do not have daily housekeeping. Guests must have photo ID and credit card to put on hold for incidentals. Please contact the resort prior to 6pm if arriving after hours and you will be provided with a lockbox code and parking instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the resort. We look forward to hosting you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Channel Island Shores Hotel Oxnard