I) HONEST CANCELLATION POLICY (a/o May 18, 2013...)
Originally, I wanted to stay at the Comfort Suites or at the Best Western Suites, which are closer from the airport and have a free shuttle. This would have given me an extra stay at either of my loyalty programs for the 2014 qualification.
Unfortunately, both of them have a very dishonest cancellation policy because they want you to cancel 24 hours before the arrival day, or you lose your money!
Dishonest, indeed, because every time that one of my flights has been cancelled (which happens more and more often nowadays!) it has never happened one day before, but always at the very last minute!
Unfortunately, more and more hotels are now adopting this utterly dishonest cancellation policy of one day (and even more in some places!) before the arrival date.
They get away with it simply because people accept it, until their flight is cancelled at the last minute; they lose their money and learn the hard way that they should never accept such a lion to monkey deal!
A few years ago, as I was checking in a hotel in San Luis Obispo (California), I witnessed a phone conversation between the hotel manager and an unfortunate passenger to whom this had just happened, and I heard the manager say that it was not the hotel's fault and that he couldn't do anything about it!
If everybody refused to accept this horrendous policy, as I always do systematically, those merchants would have to return to an HONEST DAY OF ARRIVAL CANCELLATION POLICY as at this Econo Lodge (BUT WARNING: only 4 pm the day of arrival, and not 6 or even 7 pm, as in Ibis or Best Western hotels in Europe!) or go out of business!
As a matter of fact, I am currently holding several reservations for Ibis hotels in Madrid (Spain), Salzburg and Vienna (in Austria, of course!) for June 2013 on a "courtesy hold basis", without giving any credit card number, the way it used to be just a few years ago!
II) GOOD VALUE AT $49.46 + tax
ROOM 321, that I got on Friday, May 18, 2013, for $49.46 plus tax including a small, Spartan breakfast, is an ordinary Econo Lodge one: half the size of room 735 at the Sheraton Four Points LAX and twice as big as my usual room at the "Lux Hotel" in Paris, where I pay twice as much without breakfast, but where I keep returning simply because it's the best value for money in Paris!
This Econo room 321 has a Queen bed with one nice big side table (three times as big as the ones I have in Paris) on each side.
It also has a nice round table with two (not very soft...) assorted club chairs that you will never find in France or England at less than $200 a night!, another assorted furniture with three drawers and an old style TV with front Composite connectors. There is also a folding luggage rack (nothing in common with the fancy wood luggage rack of the "Florida Norte Hotel" in Madrid, for which I posted a review already in TA) and plenty of space left to do your morning exercises, as it was the case in Madrid, but not in Paris!
This room 321 didn't have a refrigerator, but since my reservation said "queen room with refrigerator", I complained at the front desk and the night clerk brought it when I returned from the airport at 7 pm.
It would be a euphemism to say that the BATHTUB could suffer a deep cleaning... In fact, it is black and white, like the one of the apartment that I rent in Miami Beach was when I moved in ten years ago. However, after I scrubbed it two or three days a week and poured a couple of bottles of Clorox in it during several weeks, it eventually became white again. The same medicine would produce the same result on this BW tub... In the meantime, you may just keep your rubber beach slippers to get into it, holding the hand rail so that you don't slip.
We are here at the antipodes of the coconut white tub I had in room 353 at the Best Western "Hôtel de France" in Bourg-en-Bresse (France), for which I posted a review during my last trip there in June 2012: the best value for money in this famous gastronomic French little town, where I will return next month to celebrate my seventieth birthday with a good meal, hoping that they will give me the same room that I had last June.
When I returned the following week to this Econo Lodge LAX, I got room 307, which is much better because it is bigger, with a king bed, and has a HUUUGE BATHROOM. The biggest bathroom I've ever seen anywhere, including the double bathroom of my favorite suite at the Sheraton Four Points in Montevideo, where you have a Jacuzzi in one side and a big shower in the other. Well, this bath is even bigger, although without the Jacuzzi, naturally, and with another BLACK AND WHITE TUB...
Also, room 307 has a wide open view towards the West (LAX) because it is higher than all other buildings in the area.
BUT CAUTION: room 306, right next door, has a wall in front of the window!
III) FAIRLY GOOD LOCATION
This place is on CENTURY Boulevard between LA BREA & PRAIRIE.
Although it is farther from the airport than the Comfort Suites as I said, it still has a good location. It is true that it would be a euphemism to say that it's NOT a fancy neighborhood...
A FREE PUBLIC SHUTTLE will take you from the airport (all terminals) TO LAX BUS TERMINAL, where you can TAKE BUS 117 that will drop you virtually at the door; all you have to do then is cross Century Boulevard.
Get off at the first stop right after La Brea/Hawthorne Boulevards (Century divides both of them and you'll see a CVS at the corner of La Brea & Century). If you are a senior, you will only pay 25 cents to get there and 25 more to return to the airport.
To go back to LAX, 117 stops a few yards from the door of this Econo Lodge and will put you into the bus terminal in about fifteen minutes, where you take the FREE PUBLIC SHUTTLE "C" to all airport terminals.
Another ten or fifteen minutes and you are having your porn picture taken at the airport Security; unless you prefer to have a "love padding", or unless you are a "TSA Pre Screened", in which case you will avoid both...
That's what I did myself, because I preferred to pay 25 cents (as a senior, between 9 am and 3 pm and after 7 pm, and all day on weekends and holidays) rather than paying "mucho money" ($10 per trip!) for the private shuttle proposed by this Econo Lodge in their website.
On my first trip there, after I dropped my luggage in the room, I walked back to the bus terminal and took the shuttle to the airport, in order to get my boarding card for the next day. I returned the same way, just for the pleasure of the exercise. But it is true that I am already 69 years young. Many of my young FIU students could hardly follow...
This only took me a couple of hours each way, with a technical stopover to drink (and undrink) at a McDonald’s in front of the Holiday Inn, about half way, in each direction.
SEVERAL EATERIES open their doors, either on La Brea (where there is a CVS), or on Prairie, all within a walking distance.
Jack in the Box is only half a block away, towards Prairie, and you will find a McDonald’s, a Church’s and a Taco Bell fast food eateries less than two blocks from this Econo Lodge, at the corner of Century and Prairie.
There is also what seems to be a real restaurant right at the corner, on the other side of the street, at a cheap, all suites hotel called "Los Angeles Adventurer" (4200 W Century), where I would like to go but where I have never been because they also have a dishonest cancellation policy of one day before the day of arrival. Without that policy, I would have certainly tried that suite hotel already.
And if you take bus 117 towards the east, you will see a big shopping complex on both sides of Century, around the 3400s. That’s around the corner…
Unless you prefer to walk, as I did on Memorial Day and, as I was entering the complex twenty minutes later, the bus was still a couple of blocks away.
In this big shopping, you will see a HUUUGE BUFFET in a place called “Royal Buffet” for which I also posted a review here.
IN SHORT, this Econo Lodge is very far from fancier places BUT it is CHEAP and fairly well maintained. Except for the black and white tub (which could become all white after falling on four legs and scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing with lots and lots of Clorox...) I have no complaints about the rest.
EXCEPT that, unlike Motel 6 or the Sheraton Four Points, it has a BAD NOISE INSULATION. This means that it is NOISY DAY AND NIGHT, and you will hear all sorts of noises, from birds singing at 4 am to people TALKING and WALKING on the hall outside the room or going down the stairs (right next to room 321), to ambulances blowing their SIRENS 24 hours a day, and PLANES landing or taking off.
Here, also, we are at the antipodes of the IBIS LHR (London Heathrow airport), where I didn't hear the slightest noise from planes landing one block away from my window. If you are going to London, you may want to read my review, posted here in March 2013.
WARNING! As I have already noticed in several hotels in California, there are ROOMS WITH A WALL 5 feet from the window, as I wrote already!!!
I therefore suggest that you SEE the room BEFORE checking in and opening your skinny wallet.
Skinny wallet, indeed, because if it was fat..., you wouldn't be reading this review!
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