- Reviews: 716
The Beverly Hilton: No Longer the Glittering Star
The Beverly Hilton was once THE Place to stay in Beverly Hills, and was the realisation of Conrad Hilton's dream to create the utmost luxury hotel in Beverly Hills. Some time ago there were talks of teraing it down, but instead the Hotel was renovated from top to bottom, decorating the interior in an up-to-the-minute style, while retaining the historical 50's exterior.
My overall opinion is - it doesn't really work. Our room was nicely and comfortably furnished, but though the bathroom was remodelled in modern style, it was very cramped and lacked expected essentials, like a shaving mirror. The air conditioning was ancient and noisy - it also seemed to work in reverse (i.e. heated the room instead of cooling it) - so we switched it off and opened the windows. The old retainer staff are wonderful and provide the best of service in the hotel - but some of the younger staff are downright rude. I'll be dropping a line to the Hotel about Christian the pool boy, who took an unmerited dislike to Mum and I and never brought our food or drink orders over a three day period.
On the other hand, the concierge was incredible, securing five out of five reservations in signature restaurants. The public areas were wonderful - especially the Lobby Bar where a pianist performed from time to time.
The restaurants are Trader Vics and the Stardust penthouse restaurant - I'll deal with them in my restaurant reviews. I adored the walk through the hotel to Traders - the walls are lined with huge black and white pictures of the golden era movie stars.
One other negative was the total lack of availability of the hotel courtesy car - we asked for it four times and were told on three occasions that it was unavailable. On the fourth, it hadn't appeared after 30 mins. We had reservations at The Ivy and ended up calling a taxi. Not good enough Hilton! My impression was that at night The Hilton are more interested in their arriving party glitterati - there was a reception of some sort every night. At those times they forget their guests.
The concierge is beyond reproach - actually is one of the best I have ever seen.
The pool is wonderful, too - almost olympic size. pity the sun beds are not cleared when guests leave them - it's impossible to figure out which is free and which is not.
It's also one of the best spots for star spotting and lots of stars still stay there.
- Reviews: 1920
Surfcity hostel.: Best located hostel in L.A.
Surfcity hostel is located in Hermosa beach on a lively square with good nightlife and a real south californian scene during the daytime.
It's run by a french woman called Odile, who is a woman who is lovely as hell and positive to the bone and she does a very good job at keeping the travellers happy.
i have stayed there several times and have always felt very welcome there.
The place has kitchen, tv room, internet and sea views that keeps budget travellers from around the world happy.
In my opinion it beats the hostels in Venice Beach big time.
Well run hostel in a safe and interesting area.
- Reviews: 716
Regent Beverly Wilshire: The Pretty Woman Hotel
This was the hotel I wanted to stay in when I visited LA. I've been wanting to stay here ever since Julia Roberts swanned into the bar wearing that red dress in the movie Pretty Woman. Indeed, most girls I know have the same wish.
When it finally came to the time that I could visit LA, the Reg Bev Wil was booked out. A taxi driver explained why - Bill Clinton had booked out the entire hotel for a three night stay. Lucky Bill!
It seems to me that most of the other hotels have this on their "to do" list for the tourists, but I wanted one better and booked the Boulevard restaurant there for dinner. I'll be writing a seperate restaurant tip, but for now I will comment on what I saw of the service and public areas.
The hotel is simply stunning. It's a Four Seasons hotel now and this is evident from the moment you walk through those elegant doors into the cool marble lobby. Four Seasons go the extra mile with everything, and one of the things I particularly notice are the flower arrangements, which are always stunning. This hotel is no exception, and I will post a pic here of the beautiful arrangement that graced the lobby table.
The service here was so exceptional, particularly from the Valet, that we will definitely back. For my fairytale experience please read my introductory page. They delighted me. They made me feel like Julia Roberts herself - and as the pretty woman, not the hooker;-)
- Reviews: 306
Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills: Very Nice and Comfortable Hotel
In my recent trip to California I stayed at the Marriott Warner Center for 2 nights at the beginning of my trip and 4 nights at the end and I only have good things to stay about it.
The rooms are excellent, very cosy, large, with very confortable beds and pillows ( the new Marriott bed and pillow concept), large windows with a small balcony ,very good views and many good tv channels.
The bathroom is also large and confortable with marble sinks, very good aromateraphy toiletries and a good shower with great pressure.
One of the days I had breakfast at the hotel, a very nice buffet ( not included in the rate), plentiful and with a large selection of eggs, bacon, sausages, waffles, pancakes and juices , coffee, bagels, doughnuts, etc. They also have a Starbucks at the lobby where you can buy coffee, waters and cakes or sandwiches.
The room was always perfectly clean and the staff throughout the hotel were all very friendly and always willing to help, from maids to concierge and front desk staff.
The internet is free of charge in the rooms and at the business center. There are two large shopping centers in front of the hotel with lots of shops and good restaurants, Macy's , Nordstrom and Sears.
The hotel also has an outdoor and indoor swimming pool which I didn't get to use.
I really enjoyed my stay in this hotel and felt like being home. I got an excellent rate of $99 and $129, which I found a bargain, considering the hotel is very nice and very upscale.
I highly recommend this hotel to everyone who travels to Los Angeles .
- Reviews: 754
Hilton Garden Inn: LA's Best kept secret!
Fresh, Small and friendly, Comfortable, Great for everyone!
I found the staff exceptionally friendly and helpful, and a pleasure to have around. Facilities in the rooms are outstanding, including a microwave, fridge and coffee maker.
This hotel has some real gems. Internet connection in the rooms, for your laptop and with webtv. However there is a room available to guests with a printer, photocopier, pc, internet connection and other office type equipment, so very useful.
Probably the best gem, is the shuttle bus that will take you anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel. Of course that includes the airport, but I used it to go shopping, and he comes to collect you when you are finished. Also Manhattan Beach is within the 5 miles, so you can get down there too.
- Reviews: 1634
LA Adventurer-All Suites-Hotel: A Chance Discovery In A Coupon Book
Los Angeles Adventurer-All Suites-Hotel/Backpacker’s Paradise
$44.46 for the night with coupon from the 'Travel Coupon Guide' a nifty little book which can be found at Denny's Restaurants offering discounts on accommodations in California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.
The advertisement for the Los Angeles Adventurer offered a discounted price of $39.00+tax per night for the hotel. There were no other charges added.
What can you expect for $39.00 a night?
Located right on the street--which is not charming at all--there was little room to maneuver a car into the registration parking area and the parking facilities, though secured with electronic gates, were nightmarishly tight. (The rented car I had was on the big side.)
The room, as advertised, was a 'two room suite with wet bar.' Newly painted, though some peeling paint above the shower was evident. Worn furniture, but clean. TV with cable, room air conditioner, free Continental breakfast, free Afternoon Tea, free Champagne Party and free Cake Party are not the only 'freebies' offered.
The Backpacker’s Paradise' section offered a bed in a small room--with about ten beds to a room--for $12.00 per night. The small courtyard area in the middle of the rooms had some nice landscaping, a small pool, pool mini bar and lounge area, a small restaurant with full service bar, and four--that I saw--Internet access stations $1.00 for 10 minutes. The poolside bar offered, from 9am to midnight, Margaritas, beer, wine, hotdogs and ice cream for $.99 each.
The Hotel offered free shuttles to various places such as Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Manhattan Village, and other shopping malls. They offered car rentals and had a 'special,' for room and car, $70.00 per day.
There was a funky kind of International flavor, everyone had accents, except me, and I’m glad I chose this 'suited-to-my-budget' place.
- Reviews: 1195
Marriot Resident Inn (Oxnard): 50 Miles from L.A.
Because of certain reason, I stayed in Oxnard, approximately 50 miles from L.A. This place is very neat and very well facilitated. Big family suit at USD150, which can accomodate 4-6 persons. There are 2 heated swimming pools and 3 heated outdoor spas. Self tanning light inside bathroom. Complimentary breakfast.
- Reviews: 1634
The (Regent) Beverly Wilshire: Luxury In Los Angeles
Remember "Pretty Woman?" This is the hotel she stayed in with Richard Grer. That's not the only credit for this hotel. A look at the names in the Guest Book throughout the years would be impressive to anyone.
This hotel has changed owners and names several times since 1928 when it was built. In 1987 it was placed on the National Resgister of Historic Places. It is a favorite of the famous, but anyone who can afford the price of a room is welcomed graciously.
I stayed here once by chance and can say that there was nothing at all to criticize.
Give yourself a treat and check-in for the night, no disappointments here. It is located near Rodeo Drive and the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles. This is a place to go when you want to shower yourself in luxury and feel important.
An elegant hotel near Rodeo Drive. Most travel budgets won't include a stay at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, but there are places and times when the extra expense is "worth it." This hotel is definitely one.
- Reviews: 171
Be Very Attentive When Booking an LA Hotel
LA is a huge urban sprawl. It's very important that you carefully choose a place to stay if you plan on spending anytime here. A downtown Hotel puts you miles from anything in a post apocalyptic nether world. Lodgings 'minutes from LAX' put you in a non descript and unattractive area. In fact most of LA is nothing to write home about. Stay by the beach in Santa Monica or Venice, or if you're a rock and roller or Hollywood Freak, you can stay on the Sunset strip. Well either that or you can stay in some crappy motel and spend the rest of the day outside the place and only go back to your motel to sleep. See my Santa Monica, Venice and Marina Del Rey pages for tips about where to stay.
- Reviews: 320
Pacific Shore Hotel: between beach and city
big hotel near the beach of Santa Monica
It takes you about 1 hour by car to get to the centre of LA and about 5 min by feet to the centre of Santa Monica.
The rooms are big and friendly with bathroom, TV, coffee-machine and mini-bar.
The view from the higher floors is amazing!
In the backyard there is a nice little pool.
- Reviews: 118
The Ambrose: A little bit of Japan
The Ambrose is a recently opened, independent, boutique style hotel. I doubt you will find a better hotel for your money in Santa Monica - the main reason being it's located a short car drive from the expensive sea-front (but therefore the tramps as well). The distance wasn't a problem for us, and if you don't have a car (or want to pay the $9 in a taxi), then you can always use their London taxi cab that will take you anywhere within Santa Monica... FOR FREE !
Basically ideal for anyone who wants luxury accommodation, but can't afford the likes of Shutters on The Beach or The Casa del Mar.
Beautiful rooms, corridors and an outdoor waterfall / Koi pond all touch on an Asian inspired theme. For once, a hotel whose website pictures actually look like the reality.
Other perks are the underground parking with elevator access, free Starbucks breakfast, decent fitness room (for a hotel), and mega friendly, helpful staff. Rooms are plush with widescreen TV's and CD / DVD systems.
Unfortunately, the few gripes we had about this place mean we'd probably stay somewhere else next time.
No bar - you have to get booze from an over-priced and under stocked mini-bar (or like us from the local supermarket, then put it in the mini-bar)
Can't change travellers cheques - so you have to hunt a bank down that will (one that doesn't charge outrageous commission)
No pool - even though for some reason we both assumed from the old website that it did
Also, book your own taxi through Yellow Cabs ((tel: (310) 456 5303 or (877) 733 3305 or (888) 793 5569) - the firm The Ambrose are in partnership with charge about 50% more for the same journey.
- Reviews: 2
Furama Hotel: close and reasonable to sites and airport
-sevice is friendly
-nice enough pool
-a simple continental breakfast is included
-there is a bar, qutie a nice and big bar at that in the hotel but seperate enough so you will not hear it at night
-rooms are basic but clean
-free shuttle bus to and from the airport
- 5 mins from LAX
- reasonable, room rates around $40
- if u are a backpacker ask the airlines in LAX for hotel discount vouchers
i only actually stayed here once but i lived beside it for a year, i used to use their shuttle bus every day to get me to and from work, the staff are friendly, it is very close to the airport and im my eyes quite a central hotel. It is quite basic but if it is only a bed u are after then its perfect, after all your not in LA to stay indoors. The hotel runs a free shutle bus to venice beach, santa monica daily, venice beach is only around 15 mins away from the hotel while santa monica about 20. On the other side manhattan beach is around 20mins away, this is were there is alot of nightlife, great bars and a relaxing environment.
Just opposite furama is an italian restaurant, kfc for those who want to budget, there is a pizza place 5 mins walk away as well as a couple of bars, a nice park across the way and above all it is very safe and clean
- Reviews: 1063
The Adventurer: Convenience for "Adventurers"-Inglewood/LAX area
The Adventurer All-Suites is located in the LAX/Inglewood area. This is a hostel-hotel. Its exterior resembles a common small hotel but is considered a hostel which caters especially to out of area folks. I happen to stay here because my boyfriend at the time was visiting.
I noticed that the staff were of Australian and
UK decent, as well as many guests. While walking around the hotel I felt like I was in London or Sydney!
Warning ! Don't stay here if you hate a lot of commotion. People party hard at this hotel with beers and blasting music on the grounds every night.
There was a great pool, convenient on-site dining cafe, and many,many amenities. Just about everything was available here for guests- band-aids, nail filers, facial cream, snacks, stationery, etc...
Also, free shuttle rides were offered to Venice Beach and to the airport. What a convenience!
- Reviews: 892
Hi Hostel Santa Monica: Incredibly cheap for the location
My son stayed there in September 2005. We had booked through the internet and actually I had thought it sounded too good to be true. But when my son came back he told me he had really liked it. He said it was clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, there was nearby parking and it was really cheap.The hostel is only two blocks away from the beach.
Since he is a member of the hostel association, he paid 25$ plus tax a night in a dorm for 8 people.
Unique qualities of this place: location at a very good price! Right in Santa Monica, close to the beach, close to shops, restaurants and other hotels.
- Reviews: 1257
Various Names: Hotel Suggestions
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
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