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“great place but you need a car” 3 of 5 stars
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Motel 6 Bell Gardens
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6344 South Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201 (Formerly Vagabond Inn Bell Gardens)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Bell Gardens
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“great place but you need a car”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2008

this was a perfect hotel for our needs. however without a car we would have been unable to do what we wanted to do in los angeles. the hotel is 15 miles from lax, however you can drive almost straight to the hotel on one road, we found a much easier and less stressful route from the one offered by the car rental or the hotel website. the hotel is quite a distance from downtown LA, but in LA so much is far from everything, the place is huge. there is a metro 5 miles from the hotel and it has free parking, from there for $2.50 you can get to a lot of the touristy places, and if you like to walk, you can see even more. the hotel was small but the rooms were big, either 1 king or 2 queen beds, a fridge, microwave and coffee maker included. free parking. the hotel is in a very Hispanic area, not a problem for us but the locals seemed a little surprised to see us shopping for groceries etc., but they were all very pleasant and friendly, especially when they found out we were Canadians. the hotel is your regular motel, nothing fancy, but the room was right for us, we aren't fussy about fancy carpeting etc. the only downside was the motel is beside a gas station and sometimes it would be noisy at night from filling the tanks from gas tanker trucks. great shopping in the area, all stores close by, and it was nice to get back to bell gardens after a long day in LA, we recommend this hotel, plus the water pressure in the shower is unbelievable!

  • Liked — location, the neighbourhood
  • Disliked — noise from the gas station at night, sometimes
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
southern California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2007

The room was clean and bug-free. It contained a TV (with a free porn channel), a DVD player, an air conditioning unit that worked well, and a clock radio. There was a small refrigerator, a microwave oven, an iron with ironing board, and a hair dryer. A Kleenex dispenser was bolted to the kitchen area, and a useful rack of coat hangers was bolted to one wall. A table with a marble top served as a desk.

There was a coffee maker with complimentary packs of coffee. (The maid noticed that I had a can of decaffeinated coffee with me and thoughtfully left me an extra pack of decaf.) There were packets of complimentary shampoo and body lotion.

The bathroom contained a toilet and a bathtub/shower, but had no sink or mirror--the kitchen sink and mirror would have to suffice. Vending machines downstairs dispensed soft drinks and headache medicine. In the morning, there were free breakfast rolls and coffee in the front office.

The neighborhood was cold, impersonal, and a bit seedy--although probably not dangerous. Neighboring businesses included two gas stations, two fast food joints, two liquor stores and a small food store. Travelers who wanted to buy extra coffee, soup, soap, disposable razors, etc. could probably find what they needed in the surrounding food and liquor stores, but without a range of products to select from.

There were plenty of sirens on a Friday night, as well as many racing engines and screeching tires. I put The Club on my car each night and wondered whether I would find my car vandalized the next morning--although, in fact, no guests' cars were vandalized in any of the four nights that I stayed there.

I highly recommend this hotel for people on business who want a cheap, comfortable, convenient place to stay. I do not recommend it for people (especially those with children) hoping to enjoy the local neighborhood.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, low price, many amenities in room.
  • Disliked — Neighborhood was seedy, but not dangerous
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2007

We booked this hotel during the WPT events in LA and boy was that a mistake. I checked out in less than an hour of being there. It was gross, looked like a rundown sex motel. The bathrooms were dirty. Table, bed, coffee maker ewwwwwwww, disgusting. DON'T DO IT!!! Read the other reviews. They've also had bad experiences. I initially booked four days of stay but as soon as we entered the room, we checked right back out. The management still charged us for one night of stay which we did not stay. They were money hungry rip off management trying to make a dollar anyway they could. Extremely rude, and would not give us a refund. I was not happy because their webpage said there was a shuttle but there was none. As I was discussing this with the management, they brought up an incident where a man and a hooker almost burned down their hotel with a cigarette in front of my family and younger siblings. I was furious. The management had an extremely bad attitude. How could they expect us to stay there after telling us that! The management had an extremely bad attitude. You will feel like you’re gonna catch a disease. Rude! Nasty! Dirty! Rip Off!

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Everything. There was nothing good there.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Orange County, CA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2006

I stayed here this past week, and actually, I didn't look at this site til after I checked out, I had my house exterminated and needed a place to stay. I really enjoyed my stay, the inn was clean and comfortable and easily acessable to the freeway.

  • Liked — affordable, easy access to freeways
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — we had fun over at the Bicycle Casino nearby, it was good food
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2005

i booked this on-line for me, my wife and grand daughter so that we could see a few theme parks.

this hotel is diguised as a family hotel but is actually a physically dirty, rundown sex hotel where nothing works, including the elevator. i think if they could charge by the hour they would because, as a customer stated to me, "we come just for the movies". they list themselves as clean an remodeled but it's all a huge lie. the hotel is in a run down part of town with heavy traffic. beware the management...they'll forget they knew you an hour after you check in (convenient for this type of roach motel). i checked out an hour after i got there. i would have done it sooner but the wife was out getting goods.

avoid this fly trap because you'd have to get crazy on them to get a refund. they forget you but remember your money.

the vagabond franchise should be ashamed!

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Additional Information about Motel 6 Bell Gardens

Address: 6344 South Eastern Avenue, Bell Gardens, CA 90201 (Formerly Vagabond Inn Bell Gardens)
Location: United States > California > Bell Gardens
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Bell Gardens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Motel 6 Bell Gardens 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Motel 6 Los Angeles-Bell Gardens is centrally located between Universal Studios and Disneyland, offering easy access to all major attractions, dining, shopping and freeways. Enjoy our modern rooms with micro-fridge units and free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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