Review: Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort

2101 Mandalay Beach Road
Ventura, CA 93035
(805) 984-2500

The gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture of the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel and Resort blends into the coast. Unwind with a beachfront sunset from your balcony before cozying up in a lush suite, complete with two full marble baths (from $180 a night).Daytime, guests can lounge poolside or take a stroll along the beach. Another perk: the hotel is a short drive from Channel Islands Harbor.

Get more tips for a weekend getaway to the Channel Islands.

It’s easiest to drive to Ventura, but once there things are walkable, and you can take the ferry to the Channel Islands.

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A twenty-something Colorado native, Alison Kjeldgaard is an aspiring editor, avid reader, and obsessed tango dancer. She lived in Los Angeles for four years where she enjoyed running and lounging on the beach. She graduated in 2009 from Occidental College with two journalism internships under her belt, an English Literature degree, and a national economic crisis. Despite this, Alison has paid the bills working odd jobs and taking every chance she can to travel. So far, she has been to Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, and Argentina. Alison recently moved to San Francisco from Denver, and is a freelance writer with a love of hiking, biking, caving and gold panning. Check out her magazine at