Hotel MdR-A DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel
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Hotel good, Location a bit remote
We booked the Courtyard Marriott in Marina Del Rey after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and we got what we expected. The hotel itself and rooms are clean. We had a double room with 2 beds and when we arrived got a room overlooking the parking lot, which we didn't like. The reception was very kind and offered us an alternative room on the 5th floor. It was more sunny, but on the other hand overlooking the heavy traffic on one of the main roads. I am not too bothered about some traffic noises and it was quite calm at night anyway. If I would visit the Marriott again I would recommend to try and get a room with a view to the pool, as the garden is (although small) quite nice and it is probably more quiet.
We had 2 buffet breakfasts in the Marriott, which were absolutely amasing ($11 per person), but you can alternatively also order from a menu if you are not too hungry.
Regarding the location I would probably recommend Santa Monica instead next time, as it is more lively. We thought that there is more of a "downtown" area in Marina Del Rey, but expect for some restaurants near the marina not much happening. We ate at the "Warehouse" and "PJ's", which are both in walking distance to the hotel and the food was very good. They were both overlooking the marina, which is nice at sunset. May I also recommend here that an absolut "must" in LA is the restaurant "Yamashiro" in West Hollywood (only if you have a car). Fantastic food and a great overview on the whole city at night. Bit pricey though. We paid $110 for 2 starters, 2 main courses and 2 glasses of wine, but definitely worth it!!!
Perfectly Okay (but be careful with cabs...)
Stayed 3 nights here while in town for a wedding. Room and service were completely adequate for the price (wedding-party rate of 119/night.) Pool area and restaurant/lounge are rather nice.
My most important advice if you stay here: If you take a cab from someplace back to this hotel, be as extremely explicit as you possibly can when you talk to the driver. Our first three cab rides, we told the driver "Courtyard Marriott on Maxella," and were taken to either the regular Marriott on Admiralty, or the Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica (!). Only on the fourth and final taxi ride of our trip, when we identified our hotel slowly and loudly and then made the driver repeat it back to us, did we get there on the first try. (I know this is not a comment about the hotel itself, but it seems like good advice for other visitors.)
Moldyfilthy rooms-vulgar manager (this is my 1st ever negative)
the first room i stayed in had obviously been flooded and was foul smelling and mildewed... i arrived after the primary staff had left for the night and was not able to change rooms ...dusty musty unable to sleep ...the next morn ing i was moved to an identical room with dirty carpet and black gunk under the bath mat...i have never encountered hotel personel loud and menacing as the night manager ... the other staff members were fine ... although i had already paid for three nights i moved to the marina international hotel which was clean and lovely...
Like an expensive motel
It is the first time we stayed in a Courtyard. Looking for something higher than a motel, we selected this place. Unfortunately, we were disappointed by the small room lightly equipped. The bathroom with is small and degraded. For 180$/night it is not acceptable.
Anyway, the room was clean, the pool is great, the location is perfect (in a shopping area and 1 mile away from the beach) and the 10$ breakfast buffet is a great value.
bathroom with is small and degraded
This hotel has a great location. I have been staying here at least 1x/month for the past 5 years for business, but recently they keep increasing their prices and for $30 more, you are better off at the full scale Marriott on Admiralty Way. This hotel is nothing to write home about!
Reasonable accomodation in reasonable area
Stayed at the Marina del Rey Courtyard for the last two nights of a recent vacation (mid-Jan 2005).
Not really in what you could call a 'tourist' part of town although reasonably well located in a busy (and safe) shopping area - there are several restaurants, cafes and bars in the vicinity as are two movie theatres. Couple of large supermarkets also on site and ATM around the corner.
Good option if you are on business or just travelling and don't want to stay at an airport hotel although probably just a little too far off the beaten track for those anxious to party or see the sights.
Fairly close to LAX it's a $10 cab fare/10 minute journey to both Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Similar fare/drive time to the airport. Cabs always available at front entrance if needed. Free car parking otherwise.
Hotel room itself quite large (we were given a second floor room with pool view and small balcony) and comfortable - although the room was a little dark during the day (as we were in a shaded part of the building and the room had only a very small patio door). But this shouldn't be any real inconvenience as you'll be topping up the tan, shopping or out exploring the greater LA area anyway!
There was some aircraft and traffic noise but really nothing to prevent a decent night's sleep (and only obvious when the patio door opened).
The furniture and decor was well maintained and the room was very clean.
Front desk staff helpful and friendly. Cookies available at front desk when we checked in about 5pm.
Breakfast buffet extra cost - I think about $9/10 a head. Internet access available in lobby - but at extra charge.
Attractive pool area with plenty of loungers which we only really got the use of after we checked out and before heading off to the airport!
Bar and small gym also on site.
Didn't get a chance to see much of the Marina area - just not within comfortable walking distance. However, an afternoon and evening in Santa Monica was great and the food at the Italian restaurant at 3rd and SM Boulevard very enjoyable.
Probably would give a 3 1/2 star rating to this property moreso because of the location but would certainly have no problems staying there again.
Frequent guest; quite pleased
I've been a guest at the Courtyard Marina del Rey on several occasions. I've never been disappointed. The hotel is clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the guest rooms are well-appointed. For a business traveler, the central location is a big plus, as is their free high speed Internet access. An excellent breakfast buffet helps start the day on the right foot. Their omelettes made to order are just delicious. Enjoying an evening refreshment while overlooking their picturesque pool area is quite relaxing and caps the day off nicely.
This hotel was terrific. The rooms were good size and the showers full of hot water and great water pressure! The staff downstairs was always there with an answer to any question we had. They gave a highlighted map to the locations we were headed for and told us how the traffic would be at the time too. This hotel is located in a strip shopping type center which houses Bath and Body, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, lots of restaurants and a grocery store. The linens were clean and blankets warm. The air-conditioner stayed cold through the night. The breakfast buffet was amazing. I had the best omelette made at the omelette bar. We stayed on the fifth floor (the top) and had no noise issues. The hotel is also renovating one of the floors but we heard nothing. We called down for an extra blanket one night and less than 5 minutes later the blanket arrived at our door. I am very pleased to have stayed at this hotel and would do so again. Although I did not use the fitness room there were many people using it. Also we had free high speed internet access and during the week a free newspaper.
Hotel is located in shopping complex so is easy walk to lots of restaurants, movie theatres (2). Short distance to the actual Marina. Venice beach and Santa Monica are a short drive away. Easy access to freeway.Hotel is good value for money. Some traffic noise in the morning. Good size pool and hot tub. Laundry facility available (nominal charge). Front desk staff are very helpful and friendly. Would definitely stay again.Tip: Cheesecake Factory is a 10 minute drive.Downside: Quality of breakfast needs to be improved.
Seedy and Smelly!
I was very disappointed at our stay at this hotel. We were on our honeymoon and thought the Courtyard would be fine for one night. The hotel is located right off a major intersection and there is a lot of road noise all night long. The linens were horrible! The pillows smelled like wet dog and the mattress was literally 3", it felt like a blanket. When I told the front desk of my concerns the next morning they told me they would "pass my concerns to the manager." Gee, thanks!
However, the staff the night before was very helpful giving us directions to Santa Monica. The lobby area is beautiful and the pool and pool area looked very nice.
The hotel has a Carl Jr.'s on site which unfortunately seemed to attract a seedy crowd and we were approached by a homeless man for change in the parking lot. This is not a hotel I would really feel comfortable walking around at night as a woman alone. There were several restaurants within walking distance, but you had to cross a major intersection and again, the area didn't seem safe to me at night.
If you are used to the urban California experience you should be totally fine here (except for the linen issue), we just thought it would be more suburban. If you are going to Marina del Rey, pay the extra money to stay on the Marina, that area looked a lot safer and a lot nicer.
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