One of the sweet spots on the SPG award chart is the category 2 Four Points Ventura Harbor in Ventura, California. The value here is the proximity of the hotel to the Pacific Ocean and the discount rate of 3,000 points on Friday and Saturday when rates tend to be the highest at this property.
The rooms at the Four Points are fairly standard rooms in two wings with balconies and harbor views.
The beach is beyond the harbor.
One of the best features of this property are the outdoor facilities with tennis courts and basketball court, pool and spa.
Four Points Ventura Harbor outdoor pool.
Full size basketball court and tennis court on property.
Atrium enclosed spa tub in the gardens.
Four Points Ventura Harbor lobby with computer center.
The location of Four Points Ventura Harbor off Highway 101 makes this hotel a good spot to stop on a California coastal drive before going into the Los Angeles area south or heading up to the Big Sur coast and Monterey/Santa Cruz/San Francisco to the north.
Ventura and Oxnard are the last cities on the coast before heading south into Los Angeles County. Mountains separate the agricultural valley area of Oxnard where Highway 101 heads inland and up a grade to the San Fernando Valley. Oxnard is also where Highway 101 and Highway 1 diverge with Pacific Coast Highway hugging the rocky Malibu coastline into Santa Monica. Hotel rates rise as you go north into the beach resort location of Santa Barbara or south into the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Four Points Ventura Harbor is one of the best hotel deals for me when I travel south from Monterey in the afternoon and I can stop and stay the night before heading into Los Angeles in the morning after a night’s sleep.
Or Four Points Ventura Harbor is a great place to stay when I leave Los Angeles in the afternoon or evening and I don’t want to drive the entire 300 miles up the coast back to Monterey. Four Points Ventura is about 75 miles northwest of LAX Airport.
Ventura is the launching point for boats to the Channel Islands National Park.
Ventura is a popular location for beach travelers on weekends and the rates at this hotel tend to be higher on Friday and Saturday nights to coincide with the weekend rate drop from 4,000 to 3,000 Starpoints for these two nights.
Four Points Ventura Harbor room rates Fri-Sun October 25-27, 2013:
- $129 AAA Hot Deal ($144 after tax).
- $145 Prepaid, nonrefundable rate ($162 after tax).
- $155 BAR with penalty free cancellation day before arrival ($173 after tax).
- 3,000 Starpoints (Members can buy 3,000 Starpoints for $105 at regular price ($35 per 1,000 points) and as low as $84 several times a year when there is a 20% discount promotion ($28 per 1,000 points) on the cost to buy Starpoints.
Four Points Ventura Harbor is one of my Starpicks for a good value Starwood Hotels award stay in California.
Restaurant dining at Four Points Ventura Harbor.
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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California is writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler.
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