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Vagabond Inn Buttonwillow North I-5
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Buttonwillow
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Nice motel, clean, carpeted, lots of hot water, nice sized room. Bathroom is tiny, but had a bathtub and good shower. Pet friendly, lots of grassy areas to walk dogs. Close to freeway, so freeway noise is noticible but not overpowering. Lots of eateries close by. Free wifi with AARP.

Room Tip: Room at the back away from the freeway will probably be quieter.
  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled solo
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Thank Liz W
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Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

I had driven from Springfield Oregon to Buttonwillow only stopping for gas. I was tired and my kids needed to get out. They let us check in at 1pm and I was greatful. The front desk lady was so kind and helpful. She told us if the pool door didn't open with our room key to come to the front desk. So we tried the key and it didn't work, the young guy at the desk who was busy speaking with a young girl told me just jump over the fence and open it from the inside. I'm a big girl and not jumping a fence. I put my 5 year old son over the 5 foot fence and dropped him on his face. It was such a great feeling, not! Anyways the pool was clean and quiet. The room was quiet, clean, everything I needed to sleep. We left at 4am and the place was packed! There's a little field/parking lot that my kids played soccer in.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
Thank Teresa ostrhandy
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Reviewed 31 December 2015

Even for a one night stop while traveling this Motel 6 is poor by any standard, the towels, wash clothes and even the pillows are thin and nearly unusable, The television was an old picture tube TV with a remote that didn't work making it nearly impossible to even see the news. The noise level from the freeway justifies the low price, but the lack of upgrades is just being cheap! Evidently profit is more important than happy guests!

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dale B
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

Overnighted here on way back home from Arizona, as I did not want to drive the 800 or so miles in one day. I know what to expect from Motel 6's, and this one suited my purpose. The room was clean and the motel quiet (I had room at back side, which muffled most of the I-5 traffic noise). Limited TV selection. No in-room coffee (tho coffee is provided in a room just off the lobby starting at 5 AM), microwave or refrig and if you want to use the wifi, it's a few bucks extra. However, for under 40 bucks (thru on-line booking agent), tax included, one can't really expect these amenities. I cite "location" because it is conveniently located at the junction of Hwy 58 and the I-5 interstate, my main routes of travel.

Room Tip: Get a room in the back, as it lessens noise from the I-5 interstate.
  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled solo
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Thank RPF49
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

There are two Motel 6's at the junction of Interstate Highway 5, and Calif State highway 58. This is a review of the Motel 6 at the North end of the business street, on the East side, next door to the McDonalds Restaurant, not the one across the street from it. (I haven't stayed there yet)

This one is very clean, fresh, with firm sleeping mattresses and is the least expensive Motel 6 I have ever been to, ranging in price between $33 and $39.

One complete side of the Motel 6 I'm describing faces east, toward open fields, pastures, and space. This is the side away from the freeway and road noise. Ask to be placed here for the most quiet of the rooms, especially if you are a light sleeper. However, the rooms are well sound-proofed from the outside noise. I have not had a noisy neighbor either side of me yet. I like to stay upstairs, assuring no noise coming from above.

There is an extra charge for wifi, but it is offered free to AARP members, maybe other affiliations-- I don't know.

The room is basic: a table, dresser, TV, strong shower with plenty of hot water and a good mirror, sink, and counter for toiletries. It would be nice if there were refrigerator but my rooms haven't had one.

The staff is especially courteous, friendly and helpful. They know how to get you into your room with a minimum amount of 'check-in' time.

I find this to be a terrific stopping point southbound. It is less than 2 hours from downtown LA, and a money saving alternative to arriving in LA late and paying a much higher price for a decent night's sleep.

You will be pleasantly surprised,


  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Vagabond Inn Buttonwillow North I-5

Address: 20638 Tracy Ave, Buttonwillow, CA 93206-9782 (Formerly Motel 6 Buttonwillow North)
Region: United States > California > Buttonwillow
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Buttonwillow
Price Range: $49 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Vagabond Inn Buttonwillow North I-5 2*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vagabond Inn Buttonwillow North I-5 hotel is conveniently located right off of the CA I-5/West Side Freeway at SR 58, and just north of the Blue Star Memorial Highway. The hotel is less than twenty minutes away from Buttonwillow Raceway Park, a premiere road racing and testing facility. Guests from all over the States travel to Buttonwillow Raceway Park for driving clinics and racing events. The Vagabond Inn Buttonwillow North I-5 hotel is a popular stop for road trippers. It is a half-hour drive from the many attractions of Bakersfield, CA. Los Angeles is about 120 miles south of the hotel. It is under 5 hours away from San Francisco (to the north) and Las Vegas, Nevada (to the east). This highway hotel's amenities include a swimming pool, self-serve laundry facilities, free WiFi, and free parking. All guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning. Guests can request pet friendly rooms for an added charge. When you stay with us at Vagabond Inn, we'll serve up your needs with a smile and our signature brand of Western hospitality. Great Value, Friendly People - it's how we do things. ... more   less 
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