Well, I decided to book a room off HotWire, and this place was the room that my wife and I had picked for us. Eh, for seventy four bux a night, might as well give it a go.
As soon as I found out where we were staying, I went to TripAdvisor, and I read some of the reviews. Well, needless to say, I wanted to not tell my wife about where we were going, because I knew she'd TA the hotel too. She used a prybar and got it out of me, and then checked - yup, I heard about how cruddy of a hotel it was going to be for the next week and a half. :/
We got here (we are still at the hotel as of the time of writing, BTW) and found the checkin folks to be average - not rude or obnoxious, but not outstanding either. Hey, it's California, it's LA - that's the atmosphere here. (Try the Starbucks across the street - all day, they seem like they just got out of bed, not happy to see you! :) ) Anywho, we got the room keys - 29th floor of the South tower (actually the 9th floor in building 2, but they call it the 29th floor).
We walked across the bridge with our luggage to the South tower, and got to the Elevators. I think the hamsters were tired that day, because the elevators took a good 5 minutes to get to us. Once we got on the elevator, we rode to the top. Please note - the elevators themselves aren't slow. It's the doors finally deciding when to OPEN that is slow. Walking down the hallway, the carpet looked like critters were tunneling underneath because of the ripples in it. The ceiling tile needed to be replaced because of the water leaking through the roof. But, this is an older hotel, so whatever...
Opened our door, and our room was very nice. The sink in the bathroom is positioned most awkwardly, at an angle, yet it still works. I agree that the fixtures and tile need to be redone - they are definitely older things. The bed was very comfortable, and our view of the pool area and parking lot were nice. :) However, it being the top floor - it is a quite a warm room - the heat from the other rooms coming up, heat from the sun blazing down, and it being a south facing room, sun coming in thru the doors. The air doesn't work well, but the outside temperature was cooler than inside, so we would just open the doors and let it cool off the room. :) Again, just an annoyance, but nothing deserving of a lynch mob.
The pool area is well kept up, including the landscape. There is a spa - a nice one, actually! The jets are very jet-ty. The pool is not freezing, but mild. I really like the area. If you go out to the pool area after, say, 6pm, there may not be pool towels, so be prepared to request some from the front desk.
There are two parking lots, and, yes, you pay eight bux a day, but, hey, that's not bad. You're gonna spend four a day on a coffee at StarBucks, so no biggie on eight a day for parking. There is one lot south of the hotel, on the same property as the hotel. The other lot is North of the hotel, across a kinda busy street. I haven't had to park there yet, but I have a feeling I might eventually. :)
It's cool that this hotel is near EVERYTHING - tons of restaurants, up the street from the beach, there's a Ralph's Grocery store (Kroger, Fry's store) right across the street, a Walgreen's next door, several gas stations, a car wash, a Starbucks across the street (for all the caff-heads), and even El Segundo Town center - neat little area. It is literally a 7 minute drive to the airport (SWEET) and there are a few shuttle buses as well.
We haven't eaten at the on-site restaurant yet, but it looks good. They even have nightly entertainment there.
For some "wishes" - I wish they had a coffee maker in the room, I wish the air worked better, I wish the elevators were bumped up performance-wise.
All in all, we needed a place to stay, and this hotel fits the bill nicely. If you're looking for a Hilton or Embassy Suites or Wyndham or anything else, go there, because this isn't it.
If you get put in the South Tower, try to get a lower floor, as the higher floors are hotter and the...
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