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TravelPod Member ReviewsMiyako Hotel Los Angeles
This hotel was quite nice, with all sorts of little added comforts, like toilet seat warmer with bidet attachments (which I didn't use, but appreciated the thought.) It was located next to a little Asian themed mall about 2 blocks from the Union Station.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Miyako Hotel Los Angeles
A good choice.
We spent 4 nights at the Miyako during a trip down the California Coast from San Francisco to San Diego. The hotel has a very pleasant feel to it, the rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious, and the staff very welcoming and helpful. The location in Little Tokyo is safe and quiet. But don't be put off by the Downtown address. There is plenty going on in the area and some very good pubs and restaurants. Ask the Bartender for some suggestions.
A great Stay
A great stay summed this place up!
Set in the heart of little Tokyo,
we stayed here for four nights upon entering the United States and found the staff to be very acommodationg and friendly.
Our room had two double beds, remote T.V and was scrupulously clean and was quiet!!! The safe in the room was also convenient to lock your valuables in.
The little coffee shop within the hotel has cakes some sandwiches and all the usual coffee, Teas and soft drinks etc, which made it really convenient that you didn't have to leave the hotel if you wanted to grab something quick to drink.
The only reason I haven't rated this as excellent is that we had a little problem with the plumbing in both the toilet and the bath which I hasten to add when notified of the problems they had maintenance up promptly to fix it.
The hotel also has a tour desk which can organise all of the touristy tours if you so desire.
You dont have to walk far to find something to eat with Star Bucks and a Burger King and a few other little burger shops around the place.
There is also a mall with shopping and other Japanese places to eat within that mall and on the other side of the mall is a coffee shop that serves breakfast and does wonderful lunch time sandwiches.
I would definately recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in downtown Los Angeles.
I was there 2 weeks ago. The room I had was very dark, old and sad. The location wasn't too bad but yu need to have a car. The carpark at the hotel was full so I parked my car near the hotel, for 8$ per night.
Food at the restaurant was OK but a little bit expensive.
Like a cheap motel but more expensive.
We were in Los Angeles for business and needed to stay downtown. We usually stay at The Downtown Standard but
they and many other of the downtown hotels were booked already. We had heard about the Miyako and decided to give it a try. From the outside it looked like a fine hotel, but when we got to our room it smelled of rug deodorizer in the main room and ammonia in the bathroom. Luckily the windows do actually open. But the traffic noise at night is deafening. The room itself was the epitome of bland with no decoration. The sheets were threadbare, the blanket was that spongey acrylic kind and there were only misshapen foam pillows available. We had purchased a parking pass allowing us to park in the hotels' parking lot located underneath the building. However, by the time we arrived back at the hotel each evening the lot was completely filled up. This required us to park in the public lot behind the hotel and find our way to the hotel thru underground hallways. One evening we were accosted by a large man seeking money for a bus ride. It was not the most pleasant experience. The staff was hardly friendly merely officious.
We will definitely not return to this hotel.
WOW!! I stayed at the Miyako in LA..had a conference to go to recently. I booked my hotel/flight and had read some reviews here. At first, I was just slightly leary...but decided to give it a go. First of all..the area, Little Tokyo ...wasn't bad at all! For the most part, it was quiet, clean...that's it! Especially for downtown LA. My other associates who stayed at another hotel downtown complained of noise.
The Hotel was very easy to find. There was parking nearby at only $3 and the hotel itself was very quaint and cute, clean. The staff was actually very helpful and very friendly. The room was very clean, spacious and decorated nicely. The bathroom was nice also. And..the bed....GREAT!!! very very comfortable. I felt very safe and satisfied with my stay at the Miyako. No problems..no issues, just a very pleasant stay. It was everything and more that I expected....I would DEFINITELY stay there again.
Very, very nice!!
Came up to LA to see a couple of shows and booked a room through Priceline. I basically know the area of downtown Los Angeles and the Miyako Inn was the hotel selected for me. As it turned out, it was within walking distance of the Ahmanson Theater, and while (as other reviews point our) it didn't exactly look like great neighborhood, I felt very safe walking to the theater. There was also an abundance of nice restaurants right near the hotel. As for the hotel......it was clean, affordable, the staff was very friendly, the elevators worked effeciently, the room was large and clean, and the thermostat worked great. Oh yes; for picky me....the bed was WONDERFUL! The little cafe in the lobby had a terrific continental breakfast for $5.95...juice, coffee, yogurt and a soft roll. I would stay here again in a heartbeat!
The only negative.....while I enjoyed the walk to the theater, I would have preferred taking the cab instead. The one parked outside the hotel refused me.....it wasn't a long enough trip.
The hotel looked nice
I just returned from a long weekend L.A. trip. I didn't stay at the Miyako, but I passed by it so I thought I'd write a quick review to say what I saw. The reason being, I was deciding between Miyako and another hotel before I left, and ended up staying at the other hotel. I visited Little Tokyo on a Sunday evening, and passed by the Miyako Inn and Spa. Looking in from outside, the lobby area seemed really nice. There was quite a few people in the lobby checking in, sitting around, etc. I have no idea what the rooms are like unfortunately. The area is very quiet, there isn't much to do there except for going to Japanese restaurants. You definitely need a car. It's not the busiest area at night, so if you feel unsafe in that kind of an environment, I wouldn't stay in downtown L.A. But if you plan to stay downtown, the Miyako looked perfectly fine to me.
It's not that bad!
Well, i got this hotel through Priceline, for $40 on a Thursday night.
I was not sure that hotel was worth those $40 but hey, $40 in downtown LA for a 3 stars hotel, you cant find that everyday. Anyways, we found the hotel easily, parked the car and checked-in. The staff is courteous, not very talkative but not rude. The room exceeded my expectations. It was big enough (bigger than the Courtyard's room i stayed at the following 2 nights), clean, quiet. The bathroom was big as well. As it was said before, the shower nozzle is a bit low but good water pressure and clean. You can fid all the amenities you would expect from this type of hotel rating. If you like Japanese food, then you just need to cross the street to find several little restaurants.
Of course, it's dead at night and you'll have some homeless people asking for some change but well, it's not like they are attacking you.
It's downtown LA, what do you expect? Overall, i'd say it was a good stay and for the same price, for a short stay, i would stay there again.
It's really okay!
We spent a couple of nights here prior to the NBA All Star Game in February. It's very well located to public transit. The DASH buses are very clean, the drivers very helpful and at 25 cents it's a real deal.
The Metro is a short five blocks away.
Yes, there is no room service and there is no HBO. However, the other guests were very quiet and we heard no slamming of doors and loud hallway conversation. The breakfast buffet had lots of good Japanese food as well as the regular American breakfast items. The rooms were clean and well appointed and the staff was considerate and helpful. It is a quiet area at night but certainly not one of the worst areas as I've heard described. We had no hesitation walking around a bit at night, something I would be very reluctant to do in south central LA, or even in Hollywood.
I would not hesitate to go to the Miyako again should I need to stay in the downtown LA area.
Better than you've probably heard...
We were arriving in LA by Amtrak at night and were leaving LA the next morning by bus - so we wanted a reasonable, clean, downtown hotel. We thought that priceline would be perfect for this situation, and we successfully bid $40 for a room. The one hotel I didn't want to get, based on the few comments I'd read on a bidding review site, was the Miyako. And we ended up with... you guessed it. I'd read about the awful neighbourhood, the substandard rooms, etc etc., so we were a bit nervous about it all. Our plans got more complicated when Amtrak was nine hours late, thanks to the Jan '04 cold snap in the northwest. This gave us the grand total of two hours in the Miyako from check in to check out - enough time for a nap and a shower. Normally I wouldn't write a review based on a two hour stay, but considering that this is a hotel used by priceline, and considering the lack of reviews out there about it... I thought we could be helpful. So keeping in mind that our entire experience of this hotel was two hours long... we were quite happy with the property. The Little Tokyo neighbourhood was dead quiet at 5am when we arrived, but didn't feel threatening. It's downtown LA, for crying out loud - don't expect a bustling nighttime street scene.
If you've spent time in big cities, you know to expect to see a few homeless guys, you know that a lot of businesses close up after the office people go home. Not the most atmospheric part of LA, but many people staying here would be in transit. The hotel seems to cater largely to Japanese businesspeople. Our room had two double beds, rather than two queens, but we were so tired we didn't mind. The room was clean and neat. The bathroom was especially nice, despite a low shower nozzle. Good hotel style amenities. Nothing super-luxurious, but we found it entirely suitable for our purposes. Front desk service was friendly. Paying $40 seemed like a bargain, but this is not somewhere I'd pay $100 for. It's like an upscale Best Western. If you're going to downtown LA for business, I imagine there are better, more convenient places to base yourself. But if you're in transit and can get a good rate, the Miyako is just fine.