By Staff Writer Karen Weber
Oxnard doesn’t have the cachet of Waikiki, but it has a lovely beach and it’s a heck of a lot closer than Honolulu but still far enough from L.A. to really feel like a getaway.
The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort is right on the beach with a lovely view of the Channel Islands (if the air is clear). All the rooms are suites.
The one I visited had a living room with a TV, a couch, a desk and a little bar area. The bedroom also had a TV. There were two bathrooms and a balcony overlooking the ocean.
So that’s two TVs and two bathrooms – no waiting and no fighting. The max cost is $259 a night for a two-room ocean-view suite with Auto Club and AARP discounts available. You can get under $200 a night if you don’t mind a view of the pretty pool area instead of the ocean.
In addition, the resort offers free breakfasts with cooked to order omelets if you like and other goodies. Plus there’s an evening reception with complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and cocktails plus snacks in a nice atrium area with lots of seating. That’s a savings right there.
The staff was nice, even to someone just leaving a car to head off on a day tour.
From L.A. County, head west on the Ventura Freeway. The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort is at 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard. For information, call 805-984-2500 or visit the Hilton/Embassy Suites website http://embassysuites3.hilton.com/ and type in Oxnard as your destination.
It’s worth a look, if you’re thinking about a getting away, but not too far away.