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Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel Review: This Marriott property outshines much of the sagging competition on the Venture beachfront. Families especially will love staying here for the enormous swimming pool complex, outdoor barbecue picnic areas and cruiser bicycles for rides along the beach. Efficient front desk staff, complimentary newspapers and guest rooms that are specially equipped for executives make ths property a winner with business travelers, too. Best of all, the 285 accommodations could scarcely be closer to the beach. All feature high-speed Internet access, coffee makers and Marriott's "Revive" bedding. Guests staying on the concierge level enjoy a lounge serving complimentary continental breakfast and hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon. For road-tripping travelers, there's easy freeway access for excursions up the coast to Santa Barbara or down south to Malibu. Brightened by an atrium, on-site Pacifico Restaurant & Lounge gets high marks for its California casual cuisine.