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Woke up in Santa Monica and realised there are gum trees on both sides of the big pond. Witnessed the fame and fortune that Hollywood has brought to a lot of L.A. people. The bums sleeping on Santa Monica beach seem to have missed out though. Michael Really enjoyed our tour of LA today - did so much in a small space of time. LA has a population of …
... to Santa Monica pier & there is a section where people were doing crazy gymnastics & acrobatics on the outdoor gym pieces. They do yoga here as well & lots of people were running, cycling, roller skating & speed walking their dogs. It has been great to see a different side of LA to the normal Hollywood boulevard strip but there isstill more places I could check out. Next time I do the west coast, I will have more money & rent a car ...
... t find decent coffee anywhere in Anaheim. We did try something from a cart which called itself 'Gourmet Coffee' and listed cappuccino, latte, espresso etc and Growls and I thought lets give it a try but OMG it was horrendous. Tasted like diesel fuel mixed with dishwater topped with milk froth. ...
... least a dozen of them and they had trumpets and saxophones. Was awesome. Very American and I don't think I'll stumble on something like that again. The next day George and I got the hop on hop off bus - best way to get around - well, we thought anyway. We got on the loop that goes out to Beverly Hills and Hollywood. It's was exhausting and we were just sitting there! I fell asleep a lot and George just kept laughing at me. It took a good three hours to get to ...
We woke up and went online for a little while before deciding to head to the Observatory, which wasn't too far away. We set off on foot for about an hours worth of walking. We stopped in a donut shop where I picked up a donut after talking to a woman with a giant head injury cage on her head (another friendly American!) She told me how next time I must try this other type of donut. After heading up the road further Richard’s foot started to ...
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Great location, large rooms.
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I came to LA for my brother's wedding, and decided to make a vacation out of the trip. I was traveling alone with my two kids - 6 years and 9 months old; however, my parents and several friends of my family were also staying in the same hotel.
In early September, 3 nights. On the positive side, front desk personel were pleasant, good housekeeping service, wall-mounted 42 inch plasma TV, large shower stall (no tub), room decor better that when it was a Radissson, but still mediocre.
Stayed at the Huntley for business in late August. They seem to be in the late stage of renovation...and when it's done, it will be a nice (though not upper level) place to stay. Renovations of rooms are stylish. Rooms are fairly small, but welcoming. Plasma TV's are nice touch though mine had serious sound problems. Front desk staff helpful, though not super strong on follow through. Concierge staff was excellent, however. Restaurant had average food, but views make up for it. Lobby is chic and cool. Lots of people coming into the hotel for happy hour. Watch out for high parking costs ($18 per night) and $9 per day wireless internet access (that was spotty at best.) But great location and will be nice when renovations are complete.
Stayed there for one night in late June, along with my wife and 18 month old daughter. The hotel is in a good location, about a ten minute walk from the Santa Monica Pier. We enjoyed the walk along the beach down to the pier. The lobby has been done in a boutique hotel style. As others have noted, only valet parking is available and it's not cheap (I think $18), but it's LA. We paid the corporate rate of $179/nite, which is a great rate for the area.
Where to begin with the bigtime bait-and-switch being perpetrated by this hotel? While various websites show The Huntley to be renovated, hip, calm etc - the reality is just the opposite -- the place is undergoing a massive renovation and is in total chaos. Try no running water from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on several floors; unrenovated rooms that are dull, musty and dreary sold for the same price as the new rooms -- about $300 a night; a "business center" that appears to be housed in a converted closet -- two PCs, one of which did not work when I was there, and no way to print to the printer that's in there even from the PC that does work. The in-room "high speed Internet" that's advertised is actually wireless only - so if you're an Ethernet user you're out of luck; but it gets worse. We started out in one of the old rooms -- which also just happened to overlook the hotel's rotting garbage dump. Why this area can't be covered or hidden with some foliage is a mystery. When I called to ask if there was a different view available (maybe the ocean?) they were nice -- switched us to the 8th floor -- a much smaller room but beautifully renovated -- until you looked more closely. No sooner had I unpacked did I notice big holes in the walls where it looked like electrical outlets were planned but did not go; the hallway floor by the elevator was crooked and sloping as if true structural renovations were called for; and the area was covered with dust and debris from construction work just feet from our door -- in fact parts of the ceilings in the hall areas were ripped out -- pipes were being installed (hence no water on this floor) and when I called to find out why there was no water in my new room -- I was lied to -- told there was a a "plumbing emergency" -- but I shouldn't worry "cause it'll be back on at 3 for sure." Later a bellman told me it was off every day at this time. So they moved us again -- now to the 16th floor -- where there was water and the hallway renovations were complete -- but as we unpacked for the third time all we heard were drills, jackhammers and other loud noises coming from what seemed like the room next door or just overhead. The walls are also paper-thin at this place -- we could hear our neighbors' phone and TV clearly from two of our three rooms. Parking is overpriced and the service is poor -- it took 20 minutes to receive our car. While one manager was helpful and did promise a refund for our prepaid reservation, (we'll see what happens there) generally the staff is clueless and needs all the hotel basics taught to them. While The Huntley may well turn out to be nice once it's completed, the fact that it's being sold as if it is spanking new, is clearly misleading. We ran screaming from the joint. Don't waste your precious travel time here.
Not pleased with the service we received at this hotel recently. Been there many times in the past and enjoyed it, but it feels like the service has really gone downhill (and its too bad, because the physical renovations are nice). The irony is that back when it was a divey hotel with a design straight out of the 70's, the service was quite decent. But now that they've renovated and "gone upscale", the service has a lot to be desired. And the "Topper", to turn a phrase on the restaurant at the top of the hotel, was when my wife and I got stuck in the elevator, on one of the hottest days of the year and with NO ventilation. When we finally got out over 15 minutes later, no apologies from the front desk manager on duty at all. She looked at us like we were nuts. We'll be back, only because we like the restaurant (great view), but we won't be staying at the hotel itself again.
Quite a nice play to stay!
Wish I stayed longer at this hotel! Two blocks from the ocean, few blocks from Santa Monica Blvd. and shopping promenade, great views from my room and fantastic, responsive staff. Requested a last minute change to expedite my room service and it was honored with no problem. My only minor recommendation is to update the halls and rooms a bit! I travel a lot for business and this is one of few hotels in which I would stay again in a second.
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Their web site says that Internet access is a room amenity which it is for $10 per day added to an already exorbitant room rate. It also says that a minibar is a room amenity -- there was no minibar in my room. The restaurant was almost empty when we had breakfast but the service was appalling even then! Parking is $18 per day yet one could easily park oneself. I will not return to this hotel.
My husband and I attended our cousins wedding and this was the hotel they picked. I have to share this, from the moment we arrived , to the moment we left, we experienced such a peaceful great time. Their front desk staff were so friendly and nice, welcomed us with such big smiles and even though the lines were long at check in, they were extremely efficient and were very speedy, not breaking a sweat.Believe me, we have stayed in a lot of 4 to 5 star hotels and the front desk are normally very stoic and nonchalant, rude at most times. We were taken to our room by the girl at check in and our bellman even offered to unpack our luggage!!!! Can you believe that? The lobby alone is incredible, very New York trendy. We had a beautiful room , with a plasma tv and the decor was just so tastefully done. Not an oceanfront hotel, but we got a great view.The restaurant was great, beautiful views and the food was decent.
Wow. What a fabuolus change. We came back into the hotel and were astounded by our whole experience. It is absolutely fantastic. The lobby is very LA chic and extremely hip. The decor was something else, the ambiance was incredible. Every where we went the staff was incredible and they were all very friendly and outgoing. Our room was incredible, nice plasma television , beautiful in room decor and waht amazing views. I was pleasantly surprised at the whole hotel.Incredible!Four-thumbs up.