We were due to fly home to the UK, but our flight was removed because of deep snow in London, so we where given a hotel by the airport. What a crazy hotel this was, and a poor service again from LAX.
We were also given vouchers for our food at the hotel. Meal tickets would you believe, and only for a main meal a day. It turned out we were there for 3 days, and each day had to return to the airport to get more vouchers for the hotel and meals. I tell you, talk about a rubbish service from an airport, this is the worst airport I have ever been to, and Ive been to Goa :)
During the night, there was a loud noise coming from our open window that backed on to the hood :), and there were a number of people with sticks and weapons, chasing each other back and to in the street below. It was crazy, and kind of funny at the same time. Didnt see anyone get hurt, and hope they didn't.
Anyway, when we returned to the UK when the weather got better, we were then stuck in a London hotel because our flight to Manchester was removed due to bad weather. What a nighmare time with regard to flights this trip was, but, on the plus side, not only did we get money for our mess in LA, we got money for our mess in London too, and it was an adventure to talk about.
formerly the hollywood rennaisance hotel owned by the Marriott Group and is now owned by the loews group since 2012 and is now named the Hollywood Hotel. This Hotel Sits inside the Luxe Hollywood and Highlend Center is one of the more expensive hotels in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles but the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel nearby has slightly more expensive rates. Rack Rates here is about $ 180 plus for off season rates and $ 250 and up for peak season rates.
according to their website:
There's always a buzz of excitement in the air here, which is only natural considering we're at the famed intersection of Los Angeles' most dynamic neighborhoods: Hollywood & Highland. Adjacent to the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards® are held, the hotel is the centerpiece of the Hollywood & Highland Center, where guests have direct access to over 80 shops, 26 restaurants and eateries, 12 bowling lanes, and seven movie screens.
Just steps from our door, experience easy access to Hollywood’s most exciting and popular attractions. Explore the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame, Pantages Theatre, Hollywood Bowl and so much more. Take in all that LA has to offer with a visit to the historic Farmer’s Market, or mingle with Hollywood’s elite on Rodeo Drive. For a full day of action-packed adventure, Universal Studios Hollywood theme park is a quick subway ride away.
they have free wifi in the lobby but paid internet in the rooms and offer very spacious and large beds and comfy ergonomic pillows, standard amenities like coffee maker, ironing board, hos and cold shower, etc. breakfast is not included and you need to pay additional $ 25 for a breakfast buffet, expensive as it is just a stone's throw away from the kodak theater and hollywood boulevard.
If you have a car...or if you are just looking for somewhere to stay near LAX..this hotel is a very good choice.
It's far enough away from the airport not to have any aircraft noise and it's in a safe area for wandering (there's a mini-mall 10 minutes' walk away).
Staff are very pleasant, courteous and friendly. There's a heated pool, a bar/restaurant, a washing machine and dryer for guest use and a fitness room.
Most importantly for someone without a car (like me) there's a shuttle to and from LAX. It will pick you up when you arrive (just phone the hotel) and makes regular trips to the airport every 30 minutes from 4am until around midnight.
My room was pleasant, quiet and very clean, with a very comfortable bed. There was a tub as well as a shower, good toiletries, a safe, ironing board/iron and a coffeemaker which made reasonable coffee (as long as I reduced the mount of water I used!).
Wifi isn't free (10 USD per day) but when I asked about it I was given free wifi for my stay. Not sure why..perhaps they've realised that not having free wifi is not a good thing nowadays? There are two computers in the 'business centre' and a printer, which are free for guest use.
I ate in the hotel a couple of times. Good draught beer...I liked 'White Dog'. The food was reasonably-priced for a hotel and tasty. I decided not to take the 17 USD 'breakfast buffet' but just chose items from the menu: bagel and cream cheese and fruit/natural yoghurt. Again, reasonably-priced for a hotel and the bar/restaurant staff were very friendly.
I did enjoy my stay at the Doubletree...it was a comfortable place for a solo female traveller who just wanted to relax and make occasional forays into the wider LA area. :-)
I love this hotel. Have stayed here twice, both times completely satisfied and I will stay again. The hotel is connected to a small strip mall with a great foot reflexology place. Across the street are several asian markets and tea shops. The hotel is beautiful and the rooms are very nice.
$55 as of November 2012. This place was cheaper than the other two places I tried and looked slightly better on the outside. Reported to be conveniently located if you are looking for drugs (mostly meth) or hookers. My room had no clock, no phone and no hot water. Worst hotel of 2012.
Stay in another part of LA; I saw NO decent accommodations here.
$60 in October 2012. This hotel had a few extras, like a small refrigerator, microwave, and a nice TV with cable. Decent continental breakfast and the guy behind the desk was nice and friendly. This is pretty nice if you are just staying the night and are on a budget.
$52 in October 2012. This hotel had a few extras, like a small refrigerator, microwave, and a nice TV with cable. Fairly cheap too. Guy behind the desk was fairly friendly. Good for those on a budget.
115 in October 2012. This is a fancy looking hotel and the rooms are nice but they nickel and dime you. Add $8 a day for parking; if you want to use their computers for Internet access; it is $6.95 for 28 minutes. No small refrigerator or microwave. Nice TV with one channel of HBO. First there was no remote in the room then when I finally got a remote the TV did not work anyway and it took another couple of calls to get that straightened out.
Restaurant and Bar In Hotel
I stayed at the Banana Bungalow together with a friend who accompanied me on my trip. We shared a private room, which was actually a room for four (about $45/night). We had a double bed and a bunk bed, a big flat screen television, our own fridge and microwave, a balcony and our own bathroom. Most people stayed in the 6-person dorms (less than $40/night) though.
We had an amazing time here. It was really easy to meet new people and the staff was friendly and helpful.
Also handy: the free garage, the apple computers with free internet and the free tea and coffee all day long
I would definitely recommend this hostel and will be going there again on my next trip to LA.
Banana Bungalow West Hollywood had a lot of outstanding characteristics:
- the Tiki bar and garden. The hostel has an outdoor area where everybody can sit, drink and relax.
- it's also the place where breakfast is served every morning. Did I mention you get breakfast for free?
- and that's not all you get. Twice a weak there's a free bbq and once a week you can have spaghetti or something else for only $5
- once a week there's free stand-up comedy
- and the hostel organizes other activities every night
- there's also a lounge area inside and a chill and party room in the basement
- despite everything that's going on at the hostel, everybody who's not going to bed at midnight needs to go down to the basement to make sure everybody who wants to sleep, can do so.
Oh, and the hostel also has a terrace with some fitness apparatus.
A nice family resort, however the facilities are a bit old.
5 mins to Disneyland, close to Anaheim commercial center.
I chose this hotel for an overnight stay prior to departure on international flight from LAX due to a discount they were giving. (Usually I stay at the TraveLodge LAX, with which I am quite satisfied)
They are also on the Park-Room-Fly system if you need a room for a night prior to or after your flight, where you can leave your car while you are gone.
The reception area was welcoming, in this older hotel, with seating for waiting, etc., various travel desks and brochures. My room was waaaay in the back and necessitated a fair walk in outside conditions and it was windy and raining at the time. The room was comfortable and adequate, but just seemed a little depressing to me.
There are a couple restaurants on site and I ate at the MARIPOSA, which was fine except for slow check-out both in the evening and the next morning; I think they were having trouble with their credit card machine. But my corned beef hash in the morning was HOMEMADE and quite good!
(unfortunately my photos got erased from my camera before I could download but there are some on their website)
as their name connotes, they have Convention facilities for meetings.
Located in Santa Monica and near lots of shopping, the Hotel Carmel is ideally located for the beach and a bit of retail therapy. We stayed here on the way back home from our 2003 Europe trip and it was okay though a bit run down. Rooms clean and beds comfortable. Not much more to say really!
There is a restaurant beside the Hotel so not far to go for food given that the Carmel doesn't have its own kitchen.
The staff were very friendly especially the manager who was on the front desk when we checked in and out. There wasn't a concierge but staff were well informed of the local area and very helpful.
The pool was quite small however the hotel only has a handful of rooms so it isn't necessary for it to be any larger. After 8ish the pool is out of bounds so you don't have to worry about people shouting and splashing around when you're trying to sleep.
The room i stayed in was on the ground floor and opposite the stairs. The only thing that annoyed me was the lack of natural light due to being next to the stairs so our window was opposite a wall!
The breakfast room has about 6 tables in and is supervised the whole time. There was a good range of food however if you arrived anytime after 8:30am there wasn't much left! However it does open early so if you plan on heading out early for a flight or a long day sightseeing you can eat first. They lock the breakfast room for the rest of the day so if you need extra spoons or anything for drinks in your room i would grab some then, but if you ask at reception they will unlock it for you.
The beds were very comfortable and the rooms were a good size. I shared with my best friend and we never felt on top of each other. The bathroom is a little small but not all can be perfect for such a cheap rate compared to the other local hotels!
The hotel is situated a 2 minute walk from the start of the Hollywood Walk of Fame; 5mins from Hollywood/Highland, Chinese Theatre, Kodak Theatre, Madam Tuassards. Driving to Universal took about 20-35minutes depending on traffic and to get to Venise beach it took about 40minutes, so if you wish to have a beach holiday i wouldn't recommended this hotel as it cost $60 each way to get there! It is fairly close to Rodeo Dr and The Grove shopping Mall which i walked to (60mins) but i wouldn't recommend that! There is a Pinkberry about 10minutes away, and on the street corner there is a Wendy's, Quiznos, Subway, Burger King, 7/11 and several other outlets you can purchase food as the hotel doesn't have a lunch or dinner option. They do have a menu in the room for food which is delivered to the hotel but it is slightly costly compared to the options down the road.
I would definitely stay there again and have already recommend it to a friend!
I couldn't believe how close it was to Hollywood Blvd for such a great rate!
Saying this is the best LA hotel we have stayed in is a little bit damning with faint praise - this is as good a Hilton hotel as we have stayed in. I had 2 free nights with their HHonors scheme so drove here straight from the airport (LAX). I had held off booking the addditional 2 nights and when I got round to doing it there was a US$79 room promo on which included buffet breakfast for two. There is a Jack in the Box 25 meters away where we had hot breakfast sandwiches when breakfast was not included. Breakfast is served in the restaurant, all you can eat affair, great omelette station where they cook to order.
Quiet room on the seventh floor - great views of dawn breaking over SoCal - pool and fitness room, where there is complimentary bottled water
Turn your jet lag to advantage get up for sunrise! Enjoy omelettes for breakfast!
Stayed 6 nights, quiet room on the first floor with fridge and microwave where you can microwave hot water for tea and coffee in absence of kettle or coffee maker!
Pool was right on the sidewalk-pavement at teh main entracne to the hotel.
Internet access and USA Today available free.
Breakfast with waffle mix and a griddle - I needed a demo!
We got 6 nights at about US$44 with a online discount for stays over 3 nights
Opposite a branch of Denny's - nice to walk somewhere as LA is so car orientated
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