More about Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens Los Angeles
Kyoto Grand Hotel- beautiful gardens, so-so area
My family (husband, two kids aged 13 and 10) and I stayed here from March 28 - 31, having booked online directly with the hotel and getting a great internet rate that included parking.
The hotel is very nice, although our room did not appear to be one of the newer renovated ones with the Japanese theme. It did overlook the gorgeous rooftop gardens. The location is close to the Disney concert hall, but be mindful that unlike many other large cities, there is not much happening in downtown Los Angeles after dark or on the weekends. If you are looking for family -friendly fast food places and activities, you'll have to drive a ways. That was not and issue for us, as you have to drive everywhere in LA anyways! The free parking (with unlimited in and out priveledges) was a real bonus! The restaurants in the hotel were extremely expensive and there did not seem to be too many kid's options, again, there was a Japanese theme to most of them. There is a Starbucks downstairs so that was our breakfast option.
The beds and pillows were a little hard, but the toiletries were first rate, with a lovely mandarin orange scent.
All in all, for a weekend getaway, it was a good deal for a nice hotel, if you don't mind driving to wherever you have to go.
Since I live in the LA area, there has never been a need to stay in a hotel here. But for those of you visiting, here are some suggestions:
Shutters Hotel on the Beach
Kyoto Grand Hotel
Beverly Hills Hotel
Very, very nice - If I want to afford it, I will stay at these places
My preference for reasonable accomodations
Reasonably Priced and a little better accomodations than the cheap hotels
Comfort Inn and Suites
La Quinta Inn
Cheap Hotels that can be found in various places throughout LA - Be careful, many "undesirable types" stay in places like this
Econo Lodge - I think these are okay
Motel 6 - I wouldn't stay here
Travelodge - Don't know
Vagabond Inn - Also, don't know
A unique and pleasant LA Hotel
I had stayed in the Kyoto Grand Hotel one other time about 2-3 years ago (when it was called New Otani). The hotel has clearly improved. I didn't have any significant problems with it before, but it's clear that the rooms and the lobby have been renovated, and they have stayed faithful to the Japanese decor that makes the hotel and the area so unique. Don't be afraid to walk outside the hotel and around Little Tokyo. It's a nice little area with some good Japanese restaurants. In the room, the view was nice, and the Japanese sliding screens on the windows were a nice touch. Also, it's nice to have the mini-fridge. The bathroom was very clean, but still needs some updating. The tile around the bath tub is a gaudy pink color, and although I liked the handheld shower head, it wouldn't stay in the right position when I put it on the hook. The faucet at the sink was difficult to operate and get a good temperature. I will also insert my usual complaint about extra fees, including $24 for self-parking. However, overall, the hotel was a great place to stay, and another great deal ($80 winning bid on Priceline).
The garden was awesome!
My husband and I stayed in a non-smoking room with a king size bed. We got a great deal online ($99) and were surprised to find that the price included parking (normally $24). Our room was a nice size, clean, and our favorite part was the Japanese screens on the windows. We had a great view of the garden and downtown LA. Our bed was not extremely comfortable, but not awful either. The gardens were beautiful.
Kyoto is trying....
Corner room. Bathroom outdated, first night bottom sheet made short, bug bite, corner not cleaned with a wrapper left over from the night before, parking $24/ night.. But, good area, hotel is trying, free shuttle within 2 miles of the hotel if you ask for it, and nearby sake and beer. If cost is close, i would spend the night in historical downtown.
Nothing special, but few real problems
I spent five nights here recently while attending a convention. I have not been a frequent visitor to LA, so I was surprised how uninteresting and deserted the downtown area is at night. There seemed to be very little in the immediate vicinity, though Little Tokyo is a few blocks walk away.
The hotel itself, as you can guess from its name, has a Japanese theme, but my room showed no such influences. It was a standard, Western-style King-bed room. The amenities were OK, but the overall impression is bland and predictable. A few minor complaints - some of the lamps were not working and neither were the pay-per-view movies. The latter didn't bother me but the problems suggest that routine quality checks are not carried out.
I didn't use room service or the in-house restaurants. There is a cocktail and sake bar called Genji, a sushi and tempura bar and a steak/seafood restaurant. They looked expensive and if Japanese food is your thing I suspect you can find a lot better and cheaper within a few blocks of the hotel.
If you are staying here and don't have a car, try Pete's Cafe and Bar - about three blocks away and a great place.
This hotel has an excellent location to see the attractions of the Los Angels area. There are very good restaurants within walking distance as well as some small stores. We felt safe to walk around the neighborhood at night. The hotel is clean and has updated decor. Staff is friendly and helpful. I would stay here again on my next trip to Los Angels.
Could have been better for the price....
The hotel is located in Little Tokyo -- not the best neighborhood, but could have been worse. Was not impressed with the room's beds nor the few pillows and television volume was not working properly. Food prices were beyond ridiculous. Hotel does not have a swimming pool or spa, but the gardens are very beautiful and restful. This hotel is not up to the standard of a Hyatt or Hilton IMO -- would not choose to stay here again for the price.
I obsolutly loved the hotel, we went to a concert to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and I book this hotel online, when you are looking for a hotel they all look so good, pictures are amazing but sometimes when you get to the places you are disappointed but this time it was more than I expected, me and my friend just loved the hotel, the gardens and everything we saw, I wish we could stay longer to have dinner at the restaurant next to the gardens that must be a beautiful view from inside, maybe next time because I definetely will stay there again, the room was just as comfortable as it could be, walk in closet!!
The staff very nice and courteous, and helpful, couldn't ask for more, keep the good work!!