Sweet suites at the water's edge.
By the busy harbor where ships depart for Channel Islands National Park, this top-tier chain hotel features only suites. Its low-lying white buildings with red-tiled roofs are reminiscent of Santa Barbara's Mission-style architecture, though the hotel is built away from the main coastal scene. With an impressive entryway that looks airlifted straight from Maui, the Embassy Suites boasts newly remodeled rooms with tropical flair: aquamarine walls, blond wood furnishings and drapes printed with palm trees. All suites come equipped with Jacuzzi tubs, wireless Internet access, premium TV channels, multi-line telephones, writing desks, coffee makers and complimentary weekday newspapers; those on the second floor enjoy the most sunshine. A self-enclosed resort, this property has all the expected amenities—including a gorgeous freeform swimming pool, tennis court, fitness room, ATM, coin laundry and newsstand—with plenty of room for active families. The daily happy hour is complimentary, as are cooked-to-order breakfasts. Your best bets for other meals are the nouveau gourmet eateries in downtown Ventura, a short drive up the freeway from Oxnard.