Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel - A Thompson Hotel
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After an amazingly long journey- we were so delighted when they allowed us to check in early!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel - A Thompson Hotel Los Angeles
Don't eat in the restaurant!
The breakfast was terrible--bread doughy, eggs just so-so, bacon, yuck, and the potatoes were unedible....$40.00 of bad!
We just stayed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in July 2003 and absolutely loved it. I had booked a cabana room that overlooked the pool. We checked in, went to the room and it felt as though we stepped into Hollywood in the 1950's.
We had a perfect view of the pool from the 2nd floor room with a balcony. However, there was a problem with the air conditioning which they were unable to repair so we were given an upgraded room (a junior suite) in the tower part of the hotel. It was on the 11th floor and was beautiful.
The hotel has so much history and is a gorgeous Hollywood landmark. The location is perfect as it sits right across the street from Mann's Chinese Theater, down from the Kodak Theater (where the Academy Awards are now held), and along the Walk Of Fame. If you have children, there are many things to do within a few blocks from the hotel without having to drive. Mel's Diner (from American Graffitti) is a block away also where we had lunch one day.
The only disappointing thing for me was the lack of ghost stories from the hotel staff. We were informed that they were not allowed to speak of the hauntings that have gone on over the years. That was one of the reasons why I wanted to stay there! We were able, however, to see the infamous mirror from Marilyn Monroe's poolside suite which her image has been seen in. It is now kepted right outside the hotel gift shop.
There are also a few books in the gift shop which feature ghost stories about the hotel.
The service was good. I definitely recommend the valet service so you don't have to worry about parking while you're there. Everyone was very friendly and helpful during our stay. I would definitely stay there again in the future.
If you're like me and love the old Hollywood glamour of the 30's to early 50's...then, you will enjoy your stay at this hotel. I have read many of the other reviews, and I must say...if you expected service as you would at the Four Seasons or Waldorf Astoria, then whoever you are - you should've left and drove there. This hotel is in the midst of Hollywood - right across from the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre and newly built Hollywood and Highland structure. It's beautiful. The pictures of the hotel described in their website IS what you get! Retro and spanish architecture rolled into one. The staff was extremly HELPFUL & FRIENDLY. I will definitely come back!! :)
I stayed in one of the "cabana suites" last october 2002. I lwas on the second floor and overlooked the nice pool/spa. I was solo and it was my first time in LA. i felt comlpetely safe in that neighborhood and had a great time. 12 dollars to valet the car overnight in the back lot was a deal. the cabana rooms were decorated art deco, and were fun to relax in. good shopping was nearby for those of us not at all interested in rodeo. i happen to love tacky tourist shops, which there was an abundance of. staff was excellent. i was satisfied for the price I paid. the loby was under construction, wish i could see the results
No bang for the buck
The room was small but clean and nicely decorated. The staff was friendly and helpfull. It didnt quite live up to its ad however. They advertise wireless high speed internet in every room but we couldnt connect. They told us someone was there working on but on the way out, another employee told us that it just wasnt ready yet and wouldnt be for another few weeks. They claim a fridge in each room. This is actually their refridgerated mini-bar and snack fridge. There is no room to put anything else into it and the snacks and drinks inside are 2-3X what they cost at the corner store. They do serve a continental breakfast of the usuall bagal, coffee, juice variety but expect to pay $10/person for it. The valet parking is nice except that they do not offer a discount for guests staying at the hotel. They charge by the hour or a maximum $18 per night to park in their lot for everyone, even guests. Teddy's lounge is nothing more than a bar with two stools set in the lobby. I expected to pay for movies but the advertised video games are charged at $7/hour. Room service meals are exceptionally overpriced for what they serve and that does not include the mandatory 18% gratuity which WILL be charged to your room. There was nothing included in my hotel costs that I wouldnt have gotten at a Holiday Inn or other 2star hotel yet I paid twice as much for it. All their features are either not functional or cost extra. Not a good value. Do yourself a favor and stay at another hotel. This one is using all of its overpriced fee's to pay for its restoration, NOT for current guests.
Not even close to what they claim
i must say that the Roosevelt was extremely disappointing. We originally booked the trip because of all the Hollywood history claims. Well, if this hotel was once Hollywood royalty, that was a long time ago. The hotel's lobby, which has photos splashed all over the brochure didn't even closely resemble the photos. Where was the art deco? Where was the old world Spanish architecture? When we booked the room no one told us there would be construction or that the pool would be closed! Very unprofessional. This leaves the room... and had the room been decent I wouldn't even care about the other stuff. When we first walked in, I was shocked! The room was just barely large enough to hold a king size bed. To give you an idea, my boyfriend and I couldn't even pass by the bed (or stand between the bed and the walls) at the same time. You had to walk single file in the room. Seriously, it was more like a large closet. The bathroom was pretty nice though and almost the same size as the room! odd. Certainly not even close to being worth the price we paid. Very sad place. No Hollywood history here.
I stayed here for work.The staff is not very efficient or friendly. I went with a friend (were both younger 21 and 23). The staff did not pay attention to use-the were giving tons of attention to the older guests-like we didnt matter.The hotel is way old, but clean.Bathroom was way small.We did get upgraded to a junior suite-they oversold the regular rooms. If that was a junior suite-I would hate to see the regular rooms, they must be the size of a shoe box. They were 3 walkin closets-how much space do you actually need-not 3 closets worth. Great location-I do give it that.Hotel is just ok
Enjoyed the Stay!!
Myself and my partner really enjoyed our stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt. We stayed on the 11th floor. The room was big and comfortable with a view of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Parts of the hotel were closed off due to refurbishment, but the stay was still enjoyable. Its close to all local amenities, including, Manns Chinese Theatre, the Kodak Theatre, and the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Centre. The hotel also organises any trips you may want to go on i.e. Tour of the Stars Homes, Universal, Disney etc etc.
Grand Old Hollywood!
If you want to expose yourself to the old glorious Hollywood, then you have to stay at the Roosevelt! It is in a prime location to anywhere in L.A. You have Mann's and Hollywood and Highland right across the street! There is acess to the subway just a couple of blocks down giving you direct transportation to every area of interest. The hotel has been restored, but still is a great bargain. If you are looking for a posh Four Season's type of hotel, fogetaboutit. This hotel is definitely right out of the 50's. Awesome history..you have to check out the ballroom and get a personal ghost tour! You won't be disappointed. If you are young and want to have fun in Hollywood, but don't have a huge budget...stay here! It rocks!
What an absolute dump ! It's in a bad neighborhood too !
My girlfriend and I stayed here in May 2002. I had selected it because it was supposed to have some Art Deco architecture to it , and it was close to the Hollywood Blvd. area . The only possible Art Deco features were in the lobby ( which is mostly Spanish Colonial in styling ) .
I asked to be put in a Art Deco style room . They told us none of the rooms have this . Instead we were put in a back building that was about the same quality as a Motel 6 ! And it had just been renovated ! This hotel caters to tours of young Japanese . We were kept up to 2 a.m. by them playing their guitars and drunkenly singing in nearby rooms and by the pool . So much for hotel security ! The Hollywood strip is still a cheap dump and a tourist trap ! I will never go back here again !
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