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How has this hotel rated in the past?
* staff is very friendly
* in Downtown LA (visit Downtown by foot)
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
TravelPod Member ReviewsKawada Hotel Los Angeles
Historical Traveler Reviews Kawada Hotel Los Angeles
It's good if you don't expect too much
This is a good, affordable, little hotel if you have realistic expectations.
- Easy access to public transportation (buses and underground train)
- 10 mins walk from Little Tokyo, Olvera St, Walt Disney Concert Hall etc
- Friendly and helpful staff
- Little kitchenette if you want to cook
- Rooms are TINY!
- The streets around the hotel are very quiet at night
If you don't mind a small room and won't be wandering around the streets at night, then I would recommend this hotel.
Hotel from hell
Our room was right above a restaurant in the hotel and loud Karaoke night went on and on until 4am. On our second day, while our car was parked at their valet parking, their valet person hit our car, then denied that it was their fault (our car was purchased new only 5days before) even though only their employees drive cars in their valet parking. Then, after talking with their hotel manager (who talks and acts like a mob), they took us to mexican owned downtown repair place and got us an estimate of $150 (Our own estimate was $450). They offer to give us $200 but when we requested it, they never replied or send the check!
We could not even believe it!!!!!!! Try everything not to stay at this hotel!!
My parents have been staying here for years because of the location in downtown Los Angeles and the weekly rates. Yes, the rooms are small. But, they come with their own frig and microwave and coffee-maker. If you need to be in the downtown area and don't have a lot of money to spend, it is a good deal. It is close to the new Catheral, Disney Hall, City Hall, Ahmansen Theater, Museum of Contemporary Art (Bunker Hill & Little Tokyo locations), Japanese-American Museum, Olvera Street, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Bradbury Building, the Central Library, Grand Central Market and the Fashion District. The Los Angeles Conservancy also offers wonderful tours. The subway is also just a block away and can take you to Hollywood, Universal Studios, Pasadena, Union Station or Long Beach. There are also all the museums down near USC (Science Center, Natural History, Aerospace and more!) which you can take the DASH to for just 25 cents.
My expereinece in Kawada Hotel
I was at Kawada Hotel in last October 2004 and i can say it's not a good hotel bou you only use it to sleep it's ok. The rooms are actually small but no poblem. The only thing i did not like at all was the smell of all the hotel, but i found out later that this is a smell natural from LA. But the staff are helpful and friendly. Its a 2 star hotel in my opinion and 1 good thing is if you walk just a few meters you have the civic center metro station which can take you to everywhere. And also if you want to take a bus you have have to go down the street and you have plenty of options.
Unfortunately, saving a buck seems to be the only guideline for my company when booking business trips. This hotel is cheap, but disgusting. We had reserved 3 non-smoking rooms and only ended up with two. The smoking room probably gave me cancer just by entering it. Honestly, I was pretty scared to stay in this place. The location is awful, the carpets were stained and by the look of the other people who were in the hotel, they probably offer hourly rates.
My child and I stayed at Kawada for 5 nights. This hotel is in the nice part of downtown. Weekly rates were $228 weekly a (great deal) The staff was friendly and helpful. They didn't charge for my 6yo child like most hotels. The rooms are small but well equipped.When you are on vacation hotels are only for showering and sleeping. The location was very convenient to everything shopping, bus, train, and the library!!!!!!!! I would stay there again.
I liked it.
Me and my two friends stayed at the Kawada Hotel for the 4 nights encompassing our visit to E3. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the stay. The rooms were small, yes, but everything felt really fancy. Everyone that worked there was incredibly nice to me and my friends and helped us out when we needed to find some spots around town (never been to LA before). They were also rather prompt with cleaning our room while we were out.
4 stars, good hotel.
This place looks decent from the outside and lobby is looks fine. Rooms were very small, smokey though mine was supposed to be non-smoking, carpets in the rooms and hallway were dirty and window view facing a brick wall. Also very, very noisy from outside traffice. Not a great place at all. Quickly switched to the holiday inn for only a few bucks more and it was much better.
Our stay at the kawada hotel los angeles was, how can i put it, dissappointing and a health hazard.
Small but Friendly
Very clean, but small rooms.
The staff at the hotel are exceptional! We had awesome service from the people at the front desk (Thanks Mike!), to our waiter each night at the Epi Center Restaurant (Thanks Ernesto!), to the ladies who work in the Shockwave cafe!! (Thanks for taking care of our Breakfast needs each morning! The All American Breakfast was awesome!)
The personalized service everyone at the hotel gave made up for the small rooms.
One last thing - It is DOWNTOWN, we were not prepared for the city as it was. Something to keep in mind. If you can handle the city life, this is a great place with Great People and Great food!