I had to spend one night in LA recently for work and so I looked for a similar b&b near my job site on Sunset Blvd. Secret Garden looked nice on the website and was a reasonable price, so I went for it. I wouldn’t consider myself a picky traveler but a lot about the experience was a bit janky. Most of the property feels cobbled together, haphazard and run down: mismatched beat-up furniture in the rooms, most areas in serious need of a deep cleaning, odd choices of decorations, etc. The main house is pretty cluttered and hasn’t been upgraded since the ‘70s (and shows it). The host was perfectly friendly but there was a casualness about everything that bordered on carelessness. I wasn’t expecting restaurant service for breakfast but it took almost 45 minutes to get a simple meal, which I had to wolf down so as not to be late for my business appointment. The garden and courtyard could be lovely if the furniture wasn’t covered in dirt and there weren’t stray cooking trays lying around… If your expectations are low and you don’t mind the funky/dirty rooms and haphazard hosting, you’ll be fine. All in all, I survived one night but won’t be coming back anytime soon.
- Also Known As:
- The Secret Garden Hotel
- The Secret Garden b&b
- The Secret Garden Hotel Los Angeles