So here's the thing. If you need to stay In Downey, this is probably as good as it gets. The nice things first- very attractive lobby, good for meeting with coworkers, clients. There is a lovely Koi pond with lots of turtles- nice touch. Breakfast was very well organized, terrific cooked to order omelettes, and fresh fruit. Nicely done.
Rooms are large, dated, a bit dusty. Carpets are just okay but no ones used an edger on them in years it seems.Towels fluffy, showers a bit grungy looking.
Here's the thing that threw me. It's cold here in L.A. right now. I was freezing and went down to the desk to ask for help in adjusting the climate control in my room. I was informed that the hotel is very old and runs on a "two pipe" system. I have no idea what that means other than the end result is that guests have no control over the temperature in their rooms or in the common areas. When the outside temp is 50 or below, the hotel will turn on the heat. If the temp outside is 70 or above, the hotel will turn on the AC.
So, they promptly did their best to make me comfortable and delivered an electric space heater to my suite which was a welcome relief. Still, in all my years of travel I've never heard of such a thing.
As I stated earlier, I still believe the hotel is the best choice in the area. So if you have to be in Downey, I guess this is the place to be. Me? I'll be staying in another town until they freshen the place up and get themselves into this century with the HVAC.
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