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Stayed there in late October, the room was nice and comfortable. The
view from the 2nd floor out to the marina was very nice. Restaurant
in the hotel for breakfast was very good. The only thing that was not
good was that there was no elevator and if you had a heavy bag it was a job getting it up the stairs. The staff was friendly. Limited restaurants in the area, if you are walking.
Great base for exploring west L.A.
A great little hotel, situated in a reasonably quite location with easy access to Venice Beach, LAX, and the rest of west L.A.
Good quality rooms considering the price, very friendly staff and a great cafe that served excellent breakfasts and lunches. Good range of restaurants close by (Edie's Dinner was my favourite).
If you want a bid flashy hotel with lots of facillities then try the Marriot across the road, if you want a clean, well equiped room with a bed to rest your head at night after a long day surfing, this is a great choice.
It was ok!
We got lost on the way into LA after a hideous journey from Las Vegas (stuck in a traffic jam on I15 for 3 hours in the Mojave desert). It was getting dark and we were nervous, as we had no idea which direction to take and didn't want to stop and ask. I phoned the hotel and the desk clerk couldn't have been more helpful - he gave very good directions and we were soon back on the right road. THe hotel itself is in a nice position, with views of the marina. There is a good cafe attached to it that does meals from breakfast to evening, with tables round the pool. The staff were polite but overstretched - it took a long time to get served. The rooms with sea views must be nice - ours was a standard room with a view over the car park (called a 'city view') - but we were there so late it didn't matter anyway, as it was dark! Each room does have a balcony. We were only there for one night before flying home from LAX- which is really easy to drive to from the hotel and only 8 miles away - but we would stay there again. It is within walking distance of Venice beach, which we visited in the morning before our flight (not a good idea at night!) The room was nothing special, but it served its purpose!
Great place to stay
What a great place to stay to experience Los Angeles. Within close proximity to everything. We stayed here April 2004 for 4days. Clean hotel, friendly staff, huge rooms with balconies, clean pool & right on the beach. Good restaurant that served huge breakfasts & a great mexican restaurant next door. Good housekeeping, clean sheets & towels. We,ve booked to go back next April.
Splendid, a lovely place.
We had a perfectly wonderful and fun filled trip. this hotel was clean
and in the center of all the great things there is to do in L.A.
2. superb maid service
3. casa escobar, the hotels restaurant was fantastic. great food and
fun night life.
4. ask for a marine view, beautiful.
5. spacious room and balcony for enjoying cocktails.
From the ice machine to the lime green doors the only regret we had was having to leave. We will stay here again next time we are in town!
We stayed here last summer as we had an early morning flight out of LAX and wanted something close, but not right next to the airport. I just booked again for this summer. Anyway, the location couldn't be better...right on the bay with great views, a playground for the kids next door, a nice pool and hot tub, and a short walk to Venice Beach.
The reason I am writing this is to respectfully disagree with the reviews concerning noise from the Mexican restaurant. To be honest, that is one of the reasons we chose to book here again. At poolside you could hear the music and it added a party like atmosphere to our evening swim. The kids LOVED it! When we got back to the room the band was still playing, but we couldn't hear a thing...and my wife appreciates a quiet night's sleep. We were toward the end of the building, away from the restaurant. Perhaps that made a big difference.
While not brand new, the rooms were clean, and employees were friendly.
We are looking forward to staying here again.
Let's start with the positive. The hotel has a fantastic view of the marina if you happen to be on that side. That's it for good points! We were booked into a marina view room for six nights and only stayed one. Our one night stay was quite peaceful and were looking forward to a great vacation until the second night (a Thursday). The Mexican restaurant opened around 7:00 pm that night and the music got gradually louder until it closed at 12:00 am (15 minutes after we lodged a complaint to the Sheriff's office-- coincidence..?).We inquired about the ruckus at 10:00 pm and were told that the restaurant is not part of the hotel (even though it is connected, over looks the pool ("how's your shrimp honey, ooo look at that bathing suit!" ) and is 10' or so from the pool, same owner maybe?) but they had a great relationship with them and the night manager would call over. He then expressed that they normally only go to 10:30 pm on Thursdays but go latter on Fridays and Saturdays, usually until 2:00 am. At 11:00 pm I called down and did my own song and dance with the threat of lodging a noise complain which I was told was not necessary, the restaurant should be closing at any minute. At 11:30 pm we lodged the complaint and left for a different hotel. What a way to start a vacation. We had originally chosen the hotel over another for its brand name, which usually assures you of some sort of quality in lodging, sadly this was not the case. If you are into the over 50 in age party scene you may want to consider this hotel, if not avoid at all cost!
Better than expected...
I did alot of research on this place before we went and it turned out better than I expected. If you want a 5 star hotel go across the street to the Marriott. This place showed it's been around if you looked and the bathroom was quite small with little counter space but that's all that wasn't just right. The water pressure in the shower was fabulous and they provided cotton balls and q-tips! The room was large, the bed very comfortable and the furnishings were delightful. The view of the beach, marina and hotel landscape was wonderful. and the water taxi around the marina on the weekend was a blast being $1 per person. The Cheesecake Factory and Harbor House restaurants were great too. Highly recommend this gem!
We really have mixed emotions about our 2 night stay. The location was great for us, we loved the view and the close walk to the beach.
However, the room was extremely hot. We were told at the desk to open our room door and the slider to the patio for 15 minutes, then put the air conditioner on. It didn't help. We did use it at midnight when the music really got cranking at the Mexican restaurant attached to the building. All we could hear was the bass of the music and the patrons laughing and singing at the tops of their lungs. It might be better to be on the first floor and at the opposite end, away from the restaurant, although there is a tented area on the other side. There was a wedding there Saturday night. It was over early, so the noise wasn't bad from there. I wish we had been there when the hot tub was great. It was green and full of sand, and there was no sign of it being repaired. It's convenient to have a place for a real breakfast right there, but the service was incredibly slow. We walked a block to Edie's Diner the second morning and saved $8 for the same breakfast. I guess there were more negatives than positives, but it was clean and the location was great.
I loved this place. It's no luxury hotel or anything--in fact, it's a bit frayed at the edges but we found it to be very comfortable and would definitely stay there again. The location was good for us, about a 10 minute walk from Venice Beach--close enough to be able to go there but far away enough from all the noise and tacky tourist shops. The hotel overlooks the harbor and we had a nice view from our room: tons of yachts and a running trail and a playground, etc. Plus the hot tub was fantastic! It's also a few minute walk from a pretty good fitness club.