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TravelPod Member ReviewsHollywood Celebrity Hotel Los Angeles
In general we where very pleased with this hotel and I would definitely recommend it to everyone if you are looking for a not-expesive and basic hotel.
I always check hotels several times online and read comments about it before I book it, but its still a guess of course. Not everyone has the same expectations or needs. To keep this an easy overview :
* The positieve :
- Perfect location downtown Hollywood (literally 'at the backside" of the Walk of Fame)
- Clean, absolutely no remarks on that
- Big rooms and big bed (it's called kingsize for a reason of course, but I can tell you, Flemish people are not used of it)
- Rather large fridge
- The staff is very friendly and helpful
* A bit less positive (I didn't really experienced it as negatieve, so lets not call it so)
- Very small parking at the side of the hotel, next to a rather busy street. A bit to small for the amount of rooms/cars they have. There was almost no space at all to turn your car on the parking lot, so some people had to drive backwards to exit again.
- The breakfast was quite basic, but not bad. It was also our first encounter with an American breakfast and somewhat different habits. To us it was strange that there were so few tables to sit and eat your breakfast, but we noticed this in other hotels as well so it's more a general habit maybe. We are also not familiar with disposable plates and cups, but it didn't really bother me. For the actually breakfast you could choose to have several kinds of toast and bagels with jam, wafels or oatmeal.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Hollywood Celebrity Hotel Los Angeles
Friendly Staff, but Room was Problematic
We made a booking over the phone and was offered the suite for alittle more money. Room seemed decent on first impression, but the problems started to surface when we were about to settle in for the night. We were lounging around when after a while we noticed the soles of my niece's feet were black. Then we noticed ours were too. The carpet was filthy and we had to resort to putting the bed covers on the floor and walking around in our shoes. The bathtub was clogged and we were pressured to take our showers in a hurry so that the water doesn't overflow. A previous reviewer was right about the air conditioning as well, it was rather noisy. In the end, we had to request for a room change, a smaller room with no more problems and no discounts.
The staff were friendly though and did try to fix things. And the location can't be beat.
Great price, perfect location, friendly staff
I went to Hollywood for a conference at the Renaissance Hotel and they wanted about $225 per night. Luckily I found the Celebrity Hotel nearby, just half a block away, and paid less than half of what the Renaissance Hotel wanted. For about $85, I had a really nice room with free parking, free Internet access and free breakfast. The staff were really nice and helpful. Despite what you have read in the previous testimonials about this place, there is absolutely nothing negative that I can say. The place is completely renovated, the decor is pretty cool and classic. I thought the murals in the room were very unique. I will definitely come back and stay there with my family. I have also started recommending the hotel to my friends for next year's conference.
Great hotel, friendly staff, room is more than expected, vey homey atmosphere
It was a great place to stay, staff are very friendly & very enthusiastic. The rooms are spacious, clean, relaxing, elegant. Has gym and steam rooms. Accessible to almost everywhere. Will definitely come back and recommend to families and friend.
Enjoyed our stay at the Celebrity Hotel
I was very pleased with my stay at this hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the location is just right. My wife and I walked to the Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Strip in just a couple of minutes and we were right behind the Hollywood and Highland mall. The location is perfect if you want to be close to everything in Hollywood.
I also like the FREE Internet access in the rooms because I always bring my laptop with me when I travel. Continental breakfast and parking was also included with the low price I paid for the room. I could not believe how reasonable the price was for what they provide. They also have a nice workout gym and the steam bath room was nice. I heard they just added those very recently. The rooms were very clean and the bed felt new and comfortable. When I come back to Los Angeles, I will definitely stay here again. One of the best experiences I've had at a hotel.
Newly RENOVATED, this place is now quite a gem in the heart of Hollywood
This hotel has been recently spruced up in a very big way, and it is gorgeous.
I stayed here about 10 years ago when it was in an earlier "prime." About 2 years ago I stayed again and was a bit disappointed that it had languished since my original visit.
Well, to my surprise they recently performed some very extensive renovations to the place, including lots of nice new furniture and decor. It's nothing short of fantastic. (I was told it's under completely new management.)
Incidentally, some of the negative feedback recently posted WAS somewhat accurate (although perhaps a bit too harsh). In any event, the Hollywood Celebrity is now a whole NEW place that bears no resemblance to the previous feedback. I would happily stay there again and I'm used to staying in very nice hotels.
You'll find that the Hollywood Celebrity is easily the best hotel bargain around this area. You're not likely to find anything as nice for even double the price, and I've stayed next door at the Renaissance. (I liked the Renaissance by the way, it's just that for less money this is about as comfortable and feels much cozier. Plus you're out the door in 2 minutes and right in the heart of things.)
As for location...you will LOVE this place. You can basically park your car and walk to all of the best attractions, and all the tour buses stop nearby. (If you want to try something different, check out the Magic Castle around the block on Franklin; call ahead though to see when they have scheduled shows.)
In summary, this is a nice hotel with very good rates and a great location. I can't really find any faults since it was recently renovated and the staff are quite nice and friendly. It's not a huge hotel though so I would suggest booking well in advance; I imagine when more people find out about it there won't be much opportunity for last minute rooms, at least not in this area.
If I had read the reviews before hand.....
This place was so bad, I was anxious to get to my next hotel that cost twice as much and happy to pay out that much. My room was dark and dirty, I had to close the blinds one by one, because the twister didn't work. My bathtub had a gapping hole in the soap dish. Two of the three lights in the room did not work. My sheets also had holes in them. I had to get up in the middle of the night to turn off the AC because it was making such an awful noise I thougt it was going to explode. The small refrigerator froze my bottle of water. Granted they are in the process of renovations, but that doesn not mean the rooms should be neglected from proper cleaning and simple repairs, fit for human use. I don't think the room was worth $75.00, maybe half that, just because of its location.
Excellant for the Money.. Great Value.
I rely on this site for helpfull information on hotels that I've never stayed at before. So when I planed a trip back to LA I checked here 1st and saw some not so great reviews of the Celebrity hotel.
I stayed here several times in 2000 and 2001 and always found everything to be more than I expected.
Location: This is the least expensive hotel I could find within a short distance of Hollywood/ west hollywood. You can walk to the Chinese theater and all the kodak theather and all the tourist stuff on hollywood blvd. It's a short drive to W. hollywood and Sunset strip clubs. and a short drive to Universal studios. The hotel is on a small quiet street right behind hollywood blvd. Also a short walk to subway/train hollywood station.
Staff: Everyone is very Friendly and helpfull. Mostly younger guys working the front desk and youger girls in housekeeping. All seemed very helpfull and front desk happly moved my room when I requested it.
1. The hotel has ample free parking. Many hotels charge extra for this.
2. rooms are clean and very comfortable.
3. They serve a fruit and danish juice contin. Breakfast.
4. WIRELESS INTERNET!!!! The hotel doesn't really advertise this but it rocks! The hotel has a high speed internet connection with a public computer. But it also has a wireless network that reaches most of the rooms. They also rent wireless PCMCIA cards if you don't have one in your laptop.
5. All color TVs have Cable and good pictures.. Not grainy or static.
6. Good security locks on all the doors with deadbolts.
7. Great water pressure and hot water in the showers.. All 3 rooms I've had. ( I hate a low pressure shower)
The bad: 1. The decor in the rooms are a little dated, but the theme is 20s hollywood so it's kinda cheeky/Cool/Retro.
2. The lock the front Door after 11pm ... Every time I come in at like 3am I just knock and some is always at the front desk, but I always feel bad about being out late partying and would rather be able to "sneak" in... (not really a big deal) 3. One room had a visible stain on the carpet. But the carpet is dark and it wasn't that noticable.
4. None of the rooms have views.. Of anything exciting.
5. no pool
That's all I can think of.. I'm actually typing this review from my Room there now. I stayed here for 3 days last week then went to palm springs for the weekend and now I'm back in a different room for another 2 days.
Overall an excellant value for the Money. It's be no means a "resort" as was the Wyndam in Palm Springs but if your looking for a safe, clean convinent place to stay in Hollywood this is the bomb.
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This hotel is horrible, me and my friend had reserved a room there october 2003, we didn`t even stay because it was too disgusting. The room was NOT clean at all, our toilet was broken, the blinds would not close. We asked for a change of room, we were given a disgusting room with pubic hair in the bed, and dirt in the toilet. Instead we have stayed at the Best Western on Highland street, 2 minutes from there, excellent choice for just a litlle more money.
Great location, terrible room.
Let's start with the good - located steps away from Hollywood and Highland complex and Graumann's Chinese Theater, and free parking. The rest was a nightmare. I am not kidding when I say the accomodations looked like someone just moved out of an apartment (after a wild party) and the management never cleaned it up. We had a suite which apparently used to be a 1 bedroom apartment. The shower had mold and an ant colony in it. There was still hair and food from previous guests throughout the place. My husband killed a cockroach in the living room. Smoke detector (circa 1970) was hanging off the wall. The air conditioner filter was so coated with sludge that we didn't turn it on and it was falling out of the wall with a one inch gap open to the outside. The bedroom lamp shades and all furniture were stained and smelled terrible. The walls looked like drinks had been thrown on them. There is no excuse for filthy things that can be easily cleaned with soap and water! Even the phone was a mess. Every drawer had something spilled in it and the window had about a half inch of dust built up on the bottom edge. The sheets appeared clean, but they had holes in them. I took lots of digital photos to send to the management company. In 20 years of travel I have never been so disgusted. I don't mind older 'boutique' hotels and I expect some wear and tear, but this was beyond anything I've ever seen.
I stayed at the Hollywood Celebrity with my 13 year old son for six days at the end of July 2003. On the plus side, the hotel staff were helpful and friendly throughout the stay and the room was clean. On the negative side the fixtures were showing signs of their age (for example the air conditioner was not the quietest I have ever heard) and the parking is not sufficient when the hotel is full. Overall, from what I saw of the area, the hotel is probably as good as you will get for the price within walking distance of Hollywood Blvd. A note of caution though. We stayed there after a week in Anaheim, mainly because my son wanted to stay near where the movies are made. I personally would not recommend that anyone with children stays in this area. Maybe we were just unlucky, but it was impossible to go out on an evening without running into an assortment of beggers (some quite aggressive) and other "charactors" (the guide books description)!
Dont fall for the advertising lines that would suggest that the area has undergone a complete transformation lately...... if you have kids stay at Aneheim or Universal and visit Hollywood for an afternoon outing!