This is a good embassy suites hotel. The lobby is a fun, authentic feeling mission style with murals inside the arches, sitting areas, fountains and pools with koi and turtles. The rooms were standard with two double beds and the sofa bed, two TVs, nicely appointed bathroom with granite counters. Plenty of room for the five of us. The balcony offered a nice view of downtown LA in the distance. Breakfast was great, and the mangers reception had plentiful sacks and drinks. The area felt quite safe, a Mimi's cafe in the parking lot, other restaurants nearby, and a complete mall a few blocks away. There's a classic Bob's Big Boy and an early original McDonalds on Firestone. We stayed here to go to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl game. It took about 20-25 minutes taking the 605, which was about a mile away on Firestone. (Hotels closer to Pasadena were booked or too expensive.) This hotel is equidistant to 5, 710, and 605, so it is pretty easy to get to and is easy to get back to a highway. The city of Downey is pretty basic, middle classish with moderate homes, standard banks, stores, churches, schools. All seemed graffiti free and there were no bars on the windows, so the feeling was pretty good. It is not a super cute walking district, more business as usual, although some new restaurants looked like they were opening soon. So overall it's a good family friendly central location in greater Los Angeles. It is not near anything, but it's not that far from everything. The Downey Music Center was adjacent to the hotel.
Rooms facing north have a view of downtown, East of the San Gabriel mountains. Up high is better to...
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