October 1, 2020

Southern California: Ayres Hotels; hotel reviews

Ayres Hotels  reservations (800) 764-4614.

exterior of Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California
exterior of Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California

In 2001 the parent company of the Allegretto resort in Paso Robles started a chain of hotels in Southern California.  Manhattan Beach opened as one of their finest in 2004.  Currently there are 24 hotels in the chain, with the Carlsbad location being their newest.  Decors vary, as do prices which are reasonable and competitive.  

I stayed at the exceptional flagship Allegretto Vineyard Resort a few years ago.  And on a recent trip to Southern California brought on by a family crisis, I had the pleasure of staying in two other Ayres Hotels.  The hotels had covid procedures in place such as mandatory mask-wearing and only one party at a time in elevators.  I felt as safe in these hotels as is possible in these trying times.  

Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad  2100 Radiance Way, Vista, (760) 335-0035.  103 rooms.  Continental breakfast; restaurant.  Pool; hot tub; fitness center.  Free Wi-Fi.  Free parking.  Pets ok.  

guest room at Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California
guest room at Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California

Located inland about 10 to 15 minutes from the Carlsbad beaches, in an area with business parks and tracts of new housing, this is the newest cog in the Ayres chain.  Rooms here are oversize, with a choice of two queens or a king plus a hide-a-bed couch.  The contemporary decor is simple and efficient, with triple sheeted beds incorporating a light comforter cover.  Attractive art is incorporated throughout.  Off the lobby in the morning, a breakfast box is prepared to order and includes toast or bagel, yogurt, and fresh fruit.  It can be eaten outside on an attractive patio in good weather, or taken back to your room, which is what we did.  

hallway at Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California
hallway at Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California


breakfast bar at Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California
breakfast bar at Ayres Hotel Vista Carlsbad in Southern California

2020 pandemic update:  When I entered the guest room, I did not smell bleach and forgot to use my own wipes.  This was my first hotel stay during covid.  I was understandably jumpy.  When I asked the front desk about whether there was an air filtration system, the clerk did not know.  As in many hotels, windows opened only a few inches and with great difficulty.  My intent was to air out the room.  Instead, we decided to leave on our masks for an hour.  I expected a reassuring note in the room regarding the excellent sanitation efforts that the hotel does use but did not find one, so do remember to print out the covid cleaning procedures at Ayres Hotels from their website in advance.  My fears lightened up as I went along, but erring on the side of caution I recommend that you wipe down all surfaces in any hotel room before you settle in.    

Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne  14400 Hindry Ave, Hawthorne, 4 miles from LAX, (310) 536-0400.  173 rooms.  Pool; hot tub; fitness room.  Free Wi-Fi.  Parking $15/night.  Pets ok.  

pool at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne in Southern California
pool at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne in Southern California

Squeezed up against the freeway like the Little House in the children’s story book, this was one of the original cogs in what has become the Ayres chain.  Built in 2004, it was the model for the luxury Allegretto resort in Paso Robles, which was built about 5 years ago.  Inside, this hotel features the fine art, antiques, and castle-like finishes of the Allegretto and is truly an unexpected gem.  Beds are triple sheeted, and the marble bathrooms have granite sink tops.  I felt a bit like a queen while recovering here from intense driving fatigue. 

guest room at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne in Southern California
guest room at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne in Southern California


lobby sitting room at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne in Southern California
lobby sitting room at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne
in Southern California


lobby sitting room at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne in Southern California
lobby sitting room at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne
in Southern California




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©2020 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


3 comments:

  1. The Ayres hotels look lovely - I always like hotels with a bit of art on the walls and well appointed sitting areas.

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  2. The hotels look mighty comfy. We have included a couple more pandemic precautions to our travel routine. Sanitizing wipes work wonders on all of the handles and pull knobs in the room. Small Lysol spray bottles decontaminate the pillows before we lay our heads down for the night.

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  3. Wow! The lobby sitting room at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Hawthorne looks very inviting. I'll put it on my list for the next time I visit Southern California.

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