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Ballard Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Ballard B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Simi Valley, California
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40 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very nice overall...but.......”
Reviewed 31 August 2011

There was only one thing that I didn't like about this B&B: They have all of these wonderful services......the front desk clerk physically shows you to your room and offers to carry your bags, they have wine and cheese in the evenings, nighttime turn down service, etc. However, they DON'T tell you up front that you will be paying a 10% automatic gratuity to all of these people when you check out! That was an extra $38 surprise (it is not optional)! I don't like surprises like that. Seems a little sneaky and I have never experienced such a charge before. Otherwise, it is a beautiful place and we were very happy with the facilities.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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10 Thank Marcia L
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achrisyth, General Manager at Ballard Inn, responded to this review, 2 September 2011
Thank you for your input regarding your recent stay. I apologize that the service charge was not made clear to you at the time of booking the reservation. The inn has made an effort to clearly express the charge verbally at the time of making the reservation or if made online, it is stated on the payment page before agreeing to the charges. As a followup, all reservations receive a confirmation letter that states the charge there as well. I value your input and will use it to better enhance my reservation system for the future.
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Palos Verdes Estates, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2011

We spent four days at The Ballard Inn and had a wonderful experience. The staff seems to anticipate your every need: There is ice water with lemon on the porch for hot afternoons, coffee in the lounge mornings and evenings, cookies on your pillow at bedtime and delicious breakfasts! I loved sitting in the rocking chairs on the front porch and just relaxing. The restaurant was open on two of the evenings we were there and we had absolutely delicious meals. The reputation of the chef is well-deserved and you shouldn't miss an opportunity to eat there. I look forward to returning!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank ehlsocal
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orange county
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2011

Perfect downtime inn, and a great getaway from civilization. The staff manages to be on top of things, without being "there" to interrupt the overall tranquility (minus the occasional loud truck on what passes for a "busy" street in Ballard) of the venue. Excellent breakfasts, a dinner menu that doesn't change often enough for my liking, and little touches like gratis bottled San Pellegrino in the room, unobtrusive turndown service, and lazy rockers on the porch make this a repeatable respite from the office. Located midway between Los Olivos and Solvang (try Cecco for dinner), it's a very leisurely 35-minutes from Santa Barbara, yet seemingly miles away into a former, much quieter rural environment. It was packed--only 15 or 16 rooms--on the weekend we were there, and I imagine that's the case from Thursdays through Sundays. But, it can probably seem like your own home the other nights.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank klazzy
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2011

Fantastic personnel who are very helpful and friendly. Their afternoon "happy hour is the best, great wine and great appetizers. The breakfast served is the best around.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank lbertz
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Ballard, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2011

I have always read these reviews but this is the first one I have written. The Ballard Inn was wonderful. The room was spacious and spotless. Breakfast was included and was different everyday. The restaurant fare was absolutely delicious made with local and fresh ingredients. The Inn staff was always gracious and helpful. I would absolutely recommend this Inn.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank wyatts4
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Additional Information about Ballard Inn

Property: Ballard Inn
Address: 2436 Baseline Ave, Ballard, CA 93463-9711
Region: United States > California > Ballard
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Ballard
Price range (per night): ₹ 16,993 - ₹ 28,817
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballard Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 15
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