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Ventura's Best
Historic Boutique Hotel

Built by famed LA architect Sumner P. Hunt, the historic hotel boasts 81 craftsman style cottages and suites; and includes a beautifully landscaped rose garden and scenic ocean bluff. Ideal for destination weddings, company retreats and family reunions, guest will enjoy strolling to Ventura State Beach, taking the local trolley to downtown and indulging in classic American fare at Austen’s Restaurant.

The friendly staff at the Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn have been welcoming auto enthusiasts traveling the Pacific Coast Highway since 1910, with no plans of slowing down anytime soon!

For over 100 years, The Pierpont Inn has been enjoyed by countless generations of families and been a mainstay for the Ventura community. Long known as The Lovely Lady by the Sea, the story of the Inn is the story of two special women, one who created her and one who maintained her. Both commissioned their sons in the operations and expansion of the property.

  1. 1910
    1910

    Mrs. Josephine Pierpont, a wealthy Ojai socialite, saw the future of automobile travel along the coast and bought the largest tract on the bluff in Ventura.  A woman of quality taste, she hired Julia Morgan, the (architect of Hearst Castle,) to design her home in Ojai.  She commissioned the best commercial architect of that time, Sumner P. Hunt, to create an ultra modern Craftsman- style inn.  The Pierpont Inn opened on September 6th, 1910 with a gala.  The Inn boasted of modern amenities like electricity, heating, and private bathrooms.  The Inn becomes the premiere place for celebrations in Central California. Mrs. Pierpont chose her son, Austen Pierpont, to manage the hotel.

  2. 1920's
    1920's

    After Austen Pierpont decided to become an architect, Mrs. Pierpont sold the Inn in 1916 before repurchasing it in 1919. By the 1920's, when the Oil Boom brought great wealth to Ventura, it became he private Pierpont Country Club, where all of the most prominent families of Ventura acquired memberships. While Austen had settled his private practice in Ojai, because of the summer heat there he built two English Tudor cottages on the property in 1925 as a summer retreat for himself and guests. These would later become the Rose Garden Cottages. 

  3. 1928
    1928

    As the prosperity of the 1920's wound down, the Inn came up for sale agin. This time Gus and Mattie Gleichmann bought the Pierpont Inn with a $80,000 loan from her father, Ashby Vickers. Mattie's sister, Josephine Vickers, would go on to marry baseball legend, Fred Snodgrass, a member of the New York Giants. Both were very involved in the early management of the Innn. 

  4. 1930's
    1930's

    Gus Gleichmann was a talented artist himself and drew this map of Ventura with al the local architectural landmarks including every gas station from Pierpont Bay to the Ventura River. The focus on the gas stations illustrates the importance of the Oil Boom and its effects on the economy. During this time, the Gleichmanns' made the first architectural additions to the Inn. They added a second story to the south side of the property and added a family living room with fireplace that would become the Santa Rosa Room. 

  5. 1942
    1942

    During WWII, nearly all hotels in America were converted to hospitals or rest and recreation centers for soldiers. The Pierpont Inn was no different, and Mattie told many stories of soldiers patrolling the grounds during this time. 

  6. 1945
    1945

    Ted Gleichmann, the son of Gus and Mattie Gleichmann, had grown up at the inn and would emerge after his WWII service as a visionary hotelier. 

  7. Early 1950's
    Early 1950's

    Ted Gleichmann applied his modern ideas for expansion of the Inn, enlisting his golf associates (who were visionary architects) to help him expand the Inn. He commissioned famous architect Robert R. Jones to design and build the East Wing and a private home for his mother, Mattie (today, called the 50's flat). Today, the 50's flat is eligible for the National Register. Ted Gleichmann also purchased the adjacent house, built in 1935, for his personal residence because of it's convenience. This home later became the Vickers estate and Pavilion. 

  8. 1954-1960
    1954-1960

    Ted actively courted the Hollywood Community with his many social connections. The Pierpont Inn became the place for a quick, quiet, private get-away for the likes of Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Bogart and Bacall, Fred MacMurray, members of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack, and many more. Just 60 miles from Los Angeles, it became the place for producers, directors, writers, and actors to 'get-away' from it all. 

  9. 1962
    1962

    When the 101 Freeway came to Ventura, it caused devastating results for the Inn. The Gleichmann family sued the State of California for environmental damages and won nearly $400,000 in this landmark case. The money went to building the West Wing and Bluff House. ted would later incorporate the freeway into his brochures, figuring if you "can't fight 'em, join 'em."

  10. 1969-1972
    1969-1972

    Ted Gleichmann oversaw a large expansion of the dining room to accommodate the popularity of the Inn restaurant and he includes a new room called the Captain's Room. 

  11. 1975
    1975

    Ted Gleichmann passes away, though Mattie will live to be 100.

  12. 1976
    1976

    Spencer and Scott Garrett leased and then eventually purchased the land across from the Inn from Mattie. The Garrett brothers were grandsons of Josephine and Fred Snodgrass, Mattie's sister and brother-in-law. In 1977, they build the Pierpont Racquet Club, a private membership club for fitness and tennis. 

  13. 1993
    1993

    After meticulously caring for the property through the 1980's, the Gleichmann family recognized the historic importance of the Inn, both architecturally and socially, to Ventura County. They pursued landmark status, both to protect the Inn and as a marketing strategy. In 1993, The Pierpont Inn became historic landmark no. 80 for the city of Ventura. 

  14. 1999
    1999

    After owning the Pierpont for 70 years, the Gleichmann family passed the baton to Spencer and Scott Garrett. The Pierpont Inn then became The Pierpont Inn & Racquet Club. Pictured is the official Gleichmann "farewell" portrait. 

  15. 2000
    2000

    The Inn partnered with the Museum of Ventura County to curate original pictures of the Inn and to celebrate its 90th birthday as a county-wide event called the 1910 Exposition. Every historical society in Ventura County was included, along with period costumed living history docents. It was a massive success and created great awareness and community good will. 

  16. 2002
    2002

    The Pierpont Inn applied for and was accepted into Historic Hotels of America, a branch of the National Trust for Historic Preservation dedicated to marketing American historic hotels. it was a great honor and a large community wide celebration became an event. 

  17. 2003
    2003

    The Pierpont Inn restaurant is the longest continually operating dining facility in the history of Ventura; since 1910,, it has never closed.  However, it never had a separate name to give it an identity from the Inn. Spencer decides to name the restaurants 'Austen's.

  18. 2005
    2005

    Then Garretts sell the hotel. The Pierpont Inn then goes into a period of decline as several owners purchased it. However, it remained the choice of brides in Ventura. 

  19. 2015
    2015

    DKN Hotels, a hospitality management company in Southern California, acquires The Pierpont Inn. Their great love and appreciation for the rich history of The Pierpont Inn is evident and they begin to bring the Inn back to its former glory. 

  20. Today
    Today

    DKN Hotels has created a team of architects, designers, and local historians are realizing the vision of returning The Pierpont Inn to prominence. 


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Hotel Amenities & Services 

Property porch next to trees, greenery & wooden chairs

Check-In: 3 PM | Check-Out: 11 AM

  •  Outdoor pool
  •  6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space
  •  6 meeting rooms
  •  On-site dining at Austen’s
  •  Ocean view lounge
  •  Business center
  •  Housekeeping
  •  Complimentary parking
  •  Dog friendly

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