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Historical Traveler Reviews Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles
Good and bad
There were good and bad things about this hotel. Good things included cheap rates and close to bus/metro stops. These are a must if you don't want to spend tons on taxi fares. In a lot of ways though, it still would have been nice to have been more centrall located...maybe West Hollywood or Beverly Hills. The neighborhood was entirely iffy...don't go walking about by yourself at night, but the hotel is very secure.
I would consider the rooms entirely average for hotel rooms. I know a lot of people have been complaining on this site about them, but I bet if they had looked at their room at check in and asked for something to be changed, it would have been. The cleaning staff was very polite and efficient, so I doubt it would have been a problem.
Noise is a problem in this hotel, so if you are a person who likes to go to bed before 2 AM, make sure you get a room on the third floor and not on the street...once again, I bet if its a normal week they have some open so if you check in and don't like your room location ask for a different one. At the same time, if you want some entertainment, having the bar downstairs is really helpful. Check out the comedy shows a couple of nights a week...its a nice mix of up-and-comers at various levels of talent, but all in all, worth checking out.
Lastly, the hotel staff is not overly friendly, but they will help you out. Just be nice to them and tell them exactly what you want/need and they will try to do it.
Oh, and one last tip... although it takes a little over an hour, if its not your first time on a subway, you should try to take the metro/metro shuttle from LAX.....it cost 2 of us $2.50 as opposed to the $40-$50 bucks that it costs a taxi or shuttle service.
My wife and I stayed at the Ramada Inn Hollywood when I was on a business trip to the city back in October, the 21st through the 24th,and had a wonderful time. Thank you Ramada Inn Hollywood.
Not bad for the price
The neighborhood isn't that bad and I felt safe even after coming back to my hotel very late at night. The staff was friendly and helpful, cannot complain there. I was a little disappointed in my room, but the cost was very low so you get what you pay for. The room was very tiny and the bed not as comfortable. The decor is usual style, nothing fabulous and my balcony faced Vermont Street. Not very pretty, but I didn't care. If you just want a nice place to sleep and don't plan on spending all your time in your room, this isn't bad. If you plan on staying in your room a lot, make sure you get a room by the pool.
Extremely helpful and accomodating
I want to compliment the front desk reception staff. They are extremely helpful and accomodating. I was having difficulty obtaining a taxi in downtown LA, and after 10 minutes of calling a taxi number at which there was no answer, I called the front desk at the Ramada where I was staying and asked if they could help me. I was placed on hold while they called a taxi for me and then gave me the information. The staff went above and beyond their duties. Because of this positive experience, I will stay at a Ramada again. This was the first time, I had ever stayed at a Ramada. Thank you again.
This hotel is a real study in contrasts. I was really thrown by the neighborhood.Wow! It's the kind to drive through with your windows up and doors locked. The room that we had was a queen double. The drapes and bedspreads were shabby altho the room was clean. I hope the other rooms are nicer.The bathroom was a bit on the small side and had a newer countertop ,,but really lacked counterspace.Our second floor balcony overlooked the parking lot,however, our room was quiet.The staff was efficient altho not overly friendly.The lower level where breakfast is served made me think I was in a different hotel. Recently redone with a ton of marble,new furnishings etc. There were nice choices for the breakfast buffet.
Very nice Hotel
Just stayed at the Ramada Inn Hollywood for a week over New Year. The staff were very nice and helpful after we had been let down by another hotel at the last minute. We were given a very large King room at a very good price, the room was very clean with a nice bathroom. Patio doors led onto a balcony overlooking a nice little courtyard with a fountain. The hotel is only 5 mins walk from the Metro station which was very useful for getting into downtown etc. The only negative is that they charged $9 a night to park in the car park with I don't think they should do for residents. Apart from that I can't fault it and recommend it.
I couldn't really fault this hotel. The standard of accomodation was good, a nice marble lobby and good quality accomodation with 28 inch TV and nice clean bathroom. Continental breakfast was included and the selection was quite good with Donuts, Toast, Coffee, Fruit Juices plenty to set you up for a day's sightseeing. I didn't hire a car so Transportation wise it was a short walk to the Metro Station which takes you to the heart of Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios also an easy walk to the main roads for catching busses. At the end of the day if you want to pay double (at least) to stay in Beverly Hills then fair enough, but if like me your on a budget then this would be an excellent choice.
Ghetto Hotel-Don't stay here.
When we got there at 9pm on a Friday night we were told there was only 1 room left. It was on the ground floor right on busy Vermont Ave. You could hear traffic and busses and honking day and night. What's worse is that we were right above the bar and you could hear loud music and people laughing till 2am every night. The bed was lumpy and the room had old, worn out, and stained curtains, matress, and bed coverings.
Even some of the towels had awful brown stains on them! Yuck! One night we came home late from the bar and there was no parking because they let anyone off the street visit their bar and park in the hotel guest parking lot taking up all the spots.(but they sure charge you $9/day 4 the parking). There were even 4 trucks parked in the parking lot that belonged to Out of the Closet clothing store next door. This hotel needs to plan things better. Instead of building a stupid fountain in the front they need to build a parking garage and put the bar under the executive offices or the lobby or something like that. They should build a wall on the Vermont side with climing Ivy or something to drown out the street noise, and they definetly need new towels, mattresses, and updates to the rooms. Very Unhappy Camper from Northern Cal.
On the whole pretty good
We stayed here for 3 nights and found it to be - not a 5 star hotel of course, but on the whole pretty good for what we paid (through Expedia). Even for their standard rates it would be a decent deal. The room was clean (housekeeping did a great job each day), felt safe and had a nice biggish bathroom, cable and access to cable internet (for a daily price). We got a non-smoking room and it actually smelt like a non-smoking room (ie. no stale cigarette smoke!). The breakfast was plentiful and the staff were really friendly & helpful. Access to a laundry within the hotel was great. The neighborhood wasn't totally upmarket and the car park was a bit open, but it was staffed well and we had no problems and felt safe. Definitely a good place to stay especially if you can get a deal! We stayed in enough hotels through the US to rate this one as being good value for the money.
Hollywood Tourist Trap
As a business traveler and trade show planner I have had the best and worst. We booked 26 room nights in the hotel for a trade show March 24 through March 28, 2003. This place rates right at the bottom in terms of customer service and good old fashioned hospitality. The staff was less than courteous and the facilities were lacking quite a bit of the ammenities offered by even the most budget minded chains. No newspapers, telephone and dial-up rates that would balance the national debt, and a snotty barman that refused to allow us to watch the tv in the bar unless we paid 30 bucks to make it "worth his time". If you only want a cheap room with secure access, book the discount rate at any of the travel discount sites then settle back and prepare to be completely frustrated by the incompetence and arrogance of the staff; save Carol at the front desk, the sole exception whom I believe has the toughest job in Hollywood. To sum up the problems, the manager told me at check-out, "I hear so many problems, there is no way to keep up with them all." Enough said sir, I understand.
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