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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN PLUS Dragon Gate Inn Los Angeles
I CANT BELIEVE THESE OTHER REVIEWS!
I stayed here for 2 nights. I prepaid (big mistake) for 3 but I could not take it anymore so I left early. This hotel was very noisey and dirty .. the parking is a joke- a tiny underground garage that doubles as a daylot. THe cars are packed in like sardines and you have to PAY for this and wait forver to get access to your own car. Beware... The front desk was nice enough but that doesnt make the rest of it worth the money or lack of sleep. Also the surrounding area outside of chinatown itself is a ghetto. The free WIFI was ofcourse down when I was there as well.
there are much nicer areas and cleaner hotels on the westside for this kinda money.
I feel slightly guilty because I am the voice of dissent regarding this property. We had an overnight stay at this property a few nights ago but had a less than optimal stay at the Dragon Gate Inn. Our shower fluctuated from really hot to cold back and forth while in use, the free wi-fi was not strong enough to transmit as far as our room (perhaps closer to the main office might have worked better?). Our sheet had a stain on it (I would have informed management before we slept under it had we not noticed it as we were leaving) and lastly, the small balcony was a nice touch but when trying to sleep - the amount of outside noise that filtered in was HUGE! We did not partake of the free breakfast but the underground monitored $5.00 parking was a perk. All in all, I was not satisfied and we really wanted to be especially after reading all of the positive reviews here. Better luck next time, I suppose.
My friend and I were in the Los Angeles area for four days and decided to stay in LA on our last day before taking our early flight out of Burbank Airport. We picked Dragon Gate Inn b/c of the Trip Advisor reviews and we were not disappointed! First of all, they let us check in early and the staff at the front desk gave helpful info on where to eat and how to get around using transit. This is right in Chinatown with shops and markets very nearby--the Post office is right on the hotel premises for mailing off all your postcards. The LA Union Station is a nice 10-15 minute walk or you can take the 25 cent DASH bus to the station and other points around the City. Highly recommend checking out historic Olvera Street which is by Union Station. The rooms were clean and spacious (double queen standard room). There is supposedly wifi and dsl available, but we did not have a chance to check this out. The Dragon Gate rates low on providing all the bells and whistles/complimentary stuffs other hotels may provide. But for the value and location, it cannot be beat (only a 25 minute supershuttle ride to Burbank airport for us). I know my friend and I will make it a point to come to Dragon Gate again. As first time visitors to LA, the Dragon Gate Inn really made an impression on us.
This is our 3rd time at this gem of a motel. We like the location in the heart of Chinatown, putting us close to good Chinese food, Los Angeles' cultural center, and the vibrancy of downtown. It helps that there is guest parking which is only $5 a day, since Chinatown is often a traffic congestion. The rooms are sparse, a little run down, and the amenities bare, but for the money, it is very good for the central LA area. There is a pretty plant in the room, and now there is even room service (a take-out menu by a Chinese restaurant in the area). There's even continental breakfast - pastry and coffee or OJ that are offered by a Chinese-owned mini-grocery store in the same building complex. Everything suggests Chinatown-type business operations - which we love, as it puts us in a cultural experience that reflects Southern Cal's cultural diversity. Oh - and the security is excellent, so we feel safe in the big city.
Chose this hotel based on the reviews on Trip Advisor - not disappointed
We too chose this hotel based on the reviews on Trip Advisor. The room was clean, spacious with two king size beds. The fridge & coffee maker were a great bonus. The hotel's staff were helpful and friendly. The Hill Street cafe downstairs is great with super free muffins or bagels and coffee or juice for breakfast. The cafe also has complimentary internet access. The hotel's location is great. Chinatown is fascinating. You are near Union Station for the subway and buses to Santa Monica & Venice Beach. Near the hotel you can catch a reliable DASH bus goes all around Downtown with a flat fare of 25 cents.
We chose this hotel based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and weren't disappointed. Fantastic location only a few minutes' walk from Union Station. The staff were really helpful and friendly, the room was large and clean and the nearby cafe was a nice place to grab breakfast before heading out. Chinatown itself felt safe to wander around and the local food was great!
Loved the Dragon Gate Inn
i spent five days at the dragon gate inn and it was probably the best hotel experience that i have ever had. the staff was courteous, the property was clean, and the location was remarkable. restaurants in the area open until 3:00 a.m. and the food rocks. transportation is convienent because it is located near union station (los angeles major transportation hub). i also love the new artist galleries in the area.
Thanks to the Dragon Gate Inn
We stayed at the Dragon Gate Inn for surgery at the USC Medical Center.
Our totak two week stay was great and Sophia, at the front desk, was wonderful in continually helping us with any problem that arose.The Dragon Gate has a wonderful location in Chintown. The rooms are spacious with all the extras.We highly recommend the Inn to everyone.
Sophia at the front desk is an absolute treasure. We had 18 people staying at the inn for my niece's wedding banquet, all coming in at different times. Sophia and the staff took care of every detail from airport transportation to lunch recommendations and everything was flawless.
We will stay at the Dragon Gate on all future LA trips.
Your home away from home
We had such a wonderful time at the Dragon Gate Inn. The shopping and dining was great. The multilangual staff was helping us explore this great city of los angeles. An A++++