Hollywood Downtowner Inn
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... paleontologists back in 1907. Prior the Indians and early settlers used the tar for buildings etc. Very interesting place.
Next day and an early start for Hollywood. The Hollywood Highland building is the first stop for the tourist tour of the area, trolley bus style with a witty guide, full of trivia and anecdotes that kept us amused for an hour. The streets were starting to come alive with strange dudes in costumes of super heroes, other ...
... in our budget! We walked up and down and took some pictures including of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel before strolling back to catch another bus to the Santa Monica Pier to see the beaches. First up Santa Monica beach/ muscle beach where we grabbed a drink and wondered along the side walk taking in the sights and popping into a few shops along the way. Laura and I met some regular "prince charmings" along the way who loudly claimed "the long haired one ...
... in that area. For every other aspect, as a whole, they are extremely proud of their city and know statistics about something that it is famous for or the best at. After arriving at the airport in jeans, T-shirt, a hoody, coat, gloves and a hat I have quickly changed into short, T-shirt and flip flops for the 25 degree heat. My body must be so confused! Sandy was delayed a bit as her flight was heading to the terminal where the shooting had occurred but she arrived here and we ...
... Milkshakes' and found a car park quickly (It was a Sunday). We decided to eat at the nearest food place as we were starving.. However we didn't leave any room for the infamous 'Milkshakes' and drove onto Rodeo Drive without having tasted any milkshakes! Once on Rodeo Drive we took a sneaky look in Tiffany's and then strolled up Rodeo Drives sister street with some not so ...
... place to eat turned out to be closed on Wednesdays - oops. Then the farmers market wasn't in SB today either. Eventually however we found somewhere scrummy to eat. Somewhat later than planned we headed over to San Ysidro Ranch and had a (expensive) but lovely drink in their beautiful gardens. After that a drive by the mission and then back on to PCH to San Luis Obispo and our hotel for the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHollywood Downtowner Inn Los Angeles
Homely place, great room with excellent amenities and comfy beds....we were given a balcony too.....and breakfast was included. This place is also easy to find, straight off Hwy 101. It's close to Hollywood/Western subway station and many choices of supermarkets, cafe's & restaurants, and rates are very reasonable.
We spent 3 nights and had a great experience....thanks Sheila!
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This is a older converted apartment block that isn't in the best of neighbourhoods. The furniture is very old as are the pictures. The rate was cheap and the staff nice.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hollywood Downtowner Inn Los Angeles
I have stayed at the hollywood downtowner in the past and will in the future. Clean and quiet.
Good value and good choice for the budget minded traveller.
Don't use the phone in the room though -- it is very expensive!!
False Advertising Bordering on Fraud
I was looking for a bargain hotel in Hollywood/West Hollywood and selected this hotel in part because of its claim of "continental breakfast." Their idea of continental breakfast is a donut and coffee.
The room was comfortable but plaster was falling out of the ceiling (this was right after the record-setting LA rains so it is possible this was due to roof damage).
While they claim air conditioning, the unit did not work and was uncovered. It was a cool day so this did not matter much.
The one redeeming quality was the friendliness of the manager and his wife.
Filthy rooms, rude manager
We booked this hotel for one night and arrived on December 23, 2004. Upon pulling up I had a very bad feeling. My Mom is disabled and cannot walk stairs, but was shown briefly a downstairs room. The lady handed her a key and walked away. As my sister and I walked in with our bags - I thought we were on MTV's boiling point or something. The lampshade was crooked, there was no light bulb, the dust on the television was very thick, as was the dresser, the closet doors were off the track and looked as if someone punched them, the a/c was covered in mildew and had horrible patchwork on it, the bathroom window was full of mold and mildew as was the shower. The toilet didn't even have a back on it, the place was a pig pin. I went to tell the manager the room was not acceptable at $79.00. She gave me a key to look at another room - one on the THIRD floor which was no better. The ceiling was damaged due to water, there was mildew all in the room.
We loaded up our car, went in to the office and requested proof that we were only there for twenty minutes (arguing mostly). The woman refused to refund our money. I called the agent we booked through, they got on the phone, and the woman's husband agreed not to bill us for the room. He knew his hotel "inn" was substandard. Thankfully I took photographs with my Palm Pilot while we were loading the car back up. This place is a dump. Seriously, the people who posted better than terrible must have stayed there twenty years ago because this place has not been updated for that long.
Fantastic Holiday Experience
Wow! What more can I say! We stayed at this property two years ago and were impressed then and nothing has swayed us from that opinion.
We recently spent 5 nights here on our last leg of travelling through the states and we found it to be one of the best places we stayed in.
You would be hard pressed to find friendlier people than the people that run this establishment and they do their utmost to make you feel comfotable and at home.
They organized taxis and shuttles for us and at our request also rang studios to enquire about tours etc. They will also organise such tours as Universal Studios if requested.
The room we had consisted of two double beds, a fridge, a microwave, remote T.V and had a lovely view from the balcony. The room was scrupulously clean.
The Downtowner Inn is minutes from Paramount Studios and Warner Bros and as buses run up and down Hollywood Boulevard regularly you can catch one down to such sites as the Kodak Theatre, Mans Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Museum, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Hollywood Wax Museum and many touristy gift shops. (A great place to eat whilst near the Chinese theatre is Mels Drive In).
The thing about this hotel apart from the comfortable rooms is Location, Location! Two streets up is a very convenient shopping complex with Starbucks, Ralphs (a very large supermarket catering for every whim). A convenient Chinese restaurant and a subway station right across the street which by the way you can get a day pass for $3 to ride any buses and the sub way all day!!
We have visited and travelled through the united states twice and have stayed in many hotels some of which were on the upmarket scale and are well known however, we found this property like before to be one of the most comfortable, clean with friendly and accomodating staff.
I would highly recommend this property to any one wanting to see Hollywood and the surrounding area.
Funny place but good value
Stayed here in Feb 2003 on a bargain trip to L.A...budget was very important to me and this was the cheapest i could find! Old fashioned decor but clean and comfy, very basic bathroom but a great base for those on a budget. Superb location...you can walk with ease to the chinese theatre and all the sights or just a few yards away is a metro stop which is very cheap, clean and easy to use. Public transport there was fab. Breakfast was just doughnuts and coffee, which is great if you like them! Even my kids were fed up of doughnuts by the 3rd day...but the fridge in the room is great! Pool very cold in feb so didn't try it!
Loud at night
I stayed here in september 2003 and payed 59 a night. We stayed there for four nights and it wasn't that bad. Sure, the place and the rooms are a little bit old, the parking around the motel is too small. It is very close to the Highway and everything is very accessible from there.
But, I would not recommend it, since the neighbourhoud isn't that wonderful. On the other hand, Pierre (the night guard I think) is a very nice guy. If you speak French, it's nice to talk to him in French. LOL
I'll be back in LA next year, but I don't think I'll stay in this motel. Yes, they have a nice pool, but the place is just too loud at night. But that's to be expected on Hollywood Boulevard.
I liked the Hollywood Downtower Inn
For the rate charged for the Downtower, I thought it was a good central base, with a metro station on your doorstep and surrounded by many bus routes. The staff were very friendly and helpful. My room was always cleaned well each day. It was also very useful to have a fridge in the room as there was a Ralph's supermarket on the corner to buy any snacks.
I was there in 2003 and I think that the writer of the bad review would be better next time to pay the extra in stay in West Hollywood rather than the east.
I wouldn't recommend this Inn coz the room is small, the toilet is awful! They do not have an elevator, so I have to carry 2 huge and heavy luggages for 3 storeys (highest).
If you got an irritating neighbours that always comes back very late in the night, you will definitely be awaken. You can hear every foot steps and talking noise from the your room ...
Book at your own risk!
It's not worth the $62 I paid through expedia. Unless you like unsatisfying drippy, too hot/cold showers and the parking was difficult. It was either cramped, had difficult to move spaces or full (I ended up parking on the street one time). I had a better deal at econolodge at $45 with all the basic amenties working.
Don't go near this property
Sent my son on his way to college to stay at this property. He arrived at 6PM to find they'd given his guaranteed room to a higher paying guest. Offered him the only room left with a broken air conditioner on the ground floor with no option of opening window. We called and spoke with the management who were just plain rude and obnoxious. I've worked in the travel industry for 25 years and have never had this happen. A very poor start to what was supposed to be a great road trip on the way to a new adventure. I'll never book again!! Very very disappointing!!