This is a very sad and shabby property just hanging on in a great location with all that Beverly Hills has to offer very nearby. Downtown LA is a $1.50 bus ride away. If you just want a place to leave your luggage this hotel at about $75 a night is for you. I found the staff very helpful and they answered all of my questions about getting around in the area politely and professionally. Do not expect any air conditioning, a toilet , a ceiling without flaking paint and water damage, a phone, a chair, a hair dryer, an ironing board, a working TV remote, a view, or a sturdy door locking mechanism. Do expect a grubby floor covering that may once have been a carpet, footprints on the walls, blinds that don't quite fit the windows, a ceiling fan that sounds like an old airplane, furniture that has not been repainted since at least 1947, a mattress you would be happy to sleep on, sheets and blankets you would be happy to lay down on, a television that has stations that come in clearly other than ones in Chinese, no shower, no toilet, possibly the most heavily soiled carpeting on earth, certainly the nastiest and grubbiest furniture in any common area anywhere. Here are some valuable tips. 1. Take a tarp with you and sleep on it fully clothed, 2. Take a small portable fan with you since the ceiling fan in your cell probably won't have all of its blades and if it works at all it will sound like a WWI biplane. 3. Take your own toilet paper 4. Don't look in the refrigerator in the little kitchen since its contents will certainly alarm you and the word 'autopsy' will come to mind. 5. Don't use the microwave except in a dire emergency and then make sure you wear rubber gloves at least or industrial strength metal gauntlets if you have them, 6. Don't touch the sink unless you are wearing full body armor. 5. Bring at least a gallon of hand sanitizer and lots of bug spray. 6. Bring an air freshener since you room may smell like a rock concert portable toilet. 7. For obvious reasons, since there is no toilet in your room, don't wash your face in the washbasin. 8. Burn all of your clothes after you return home and if you can get some family member or friend to give your body a thorough cleaning ( a carwash would be excellent) do so before you go into your house. 9. On no account ever go barefoot, particularly in your room, and if you use the communal shower remain fully clothed and wear galoshes. 10. Don't touch the soap. 11. Bring as many paper toilet seat covers as you can cram into your luggage and be warned by the sign on the back of the toilet door "When using the toilet go in it and not near it". 12. Bring an aluminum baseball bat and keep it near the door. 13. Bring earplugs since (i) the walls are paper thin (ii) the scurrying of the critters in your room is annoying and most importantly 14. Don't bring any pets since they are likely to be eaten during the night.
However........this hotel is an absolute must for the totally fearless traveler with an iron will and ready access to antibiotics. There can be no other hotel anywhere in the world like it and you will be able to proudly boast to your chums that you stayed there and lived to tell about it
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