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“OK for Overnight” 3 of 5 stars
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626 N Detroit Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)   |  
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Ranked #42 of 85 Los Angeles B&B and Inns
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“OK for Overnight”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2008

Ecaterina's B&B isn't the Ritz, but then, if you're paying $105 a night, you don't really expect the Ritz. The fixtures and fittings in the room looked rather aged, and anyone who might throw a fit at the sight of a grasshopper in the bathtab should give it a miss, but the bed was clean and comfortable, and the breakfast in the morning was tasty. If I were staying longer than a couple of days, I'd probably look for somewhere else, but for an overnight trip, it's fine.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
New Hampshire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2008

What others have said about this B&B is relatively accurate - it seems like a cash only operation. The room is literally a back room in the house, which they have blocked off from the rest of the house and made in to a B&B. To get to it you go in to their backyard and enter a back door.

With that in mind, it felt a lot like staying with friends, without feeling obligated to hang out with them. Nothing fancy, but everything works. You can hear the family through the thin walls, so I am sure they can hear you as well. The shower was flip flop worthy, but overall the bathroom was clean. The bed was quite comfortable; I slept well.

We returned from dinner late in the evening, and noticed that there was no outside light to lead us to the back of the house. Given that we were unfamiliar with the neighborhood, or landscaping for that matter, it would have been useful.

Ecaterina serves breakfast, and it was good. She was also, in general, a kind and unobstrusive host. Good location, steps from Melrose. If you want to spend a day wandering around Melrose shopping for hipster t-shirts and shoes, and are not picky about accomodations, this is definitely a good place to land.

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — not a true B&B - just a spare room in the house.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bamberg
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

We stayed at this B&B for 4 days during our summer vacation in California, and would go back there anytime again.
The B&B is in West Hollywood within walking distance of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard.
The rooms are spotless and spacious with TV and air-conditioning.
The hostess Ecaterina is a very welcoming and helpful with planning activities. She made us feel at home straight away.
Breakfast is plenty and delicious.
Ecaterina provided us with a permit to park our rented car, and we never had problems finding a space right in front of the house.
In contrast to all other places we crashed, we didn't have to pay until the end of our stay, and we had to pay exactly the amount that was agreed upon beforehand by mail and was noted on the B&B's website. So, no unpleasant surprises there either.
All in all, considering our experiences, a highly recommendable, and not too pricey place to stay when in LA.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Toronto
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2007

Ecaterina's B&B is a great place to stay in while in LA. My boyfriend and I spent 2 nights there in late August. The rooms were nice and clean. We had a private bathroom, which seemed pretty clean too. Ecaterina's and her husband were very friendly and helpful in giving us suggestions of how to spend the short time we had in LA.
The breakfast was very good. The second morning we had to leave very early as our flight was in the morning and Ecaterina was so nice to prepare breakfast for us at 6 am.

Overall it was a great experience. I would definitely recommend this B&B.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2007

My boyfriend and I stayed at Ecaterina's for 3 weeks while he looked for somewhere permanent to stay before starting his new job. It was very reasonable for LA. We stayed in the little guest house which is separate at the back of the house. It was a self contained little flat with bedroom/living room, bathroom and kitchenette and storage space. It was just what we needed as we didnt want to have to eat out every night and nice and private, away from the main house. Ecaterina and her husband were always very friendly and accomodating. The breakfast was very good, usually eggs but sometimes cream cheese or salmon on bagels. A good variation and substantial. We were in easy access to main routes by bus on Melrose.

We enjoyed staying there and always felt safe in that area, which you cannot say for a lot of the areas, especially if they are touristy.

Would definitely recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Stuttgart, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2007

We had a tough time finding the house in the first place, there is no sign which would tell you that you are standing in front of the B&B. The house looked deserted from the outside and noone opened the door.
After two hours we were getting them on the phone and they apologized - they had gone shopping.
The interior of the main building looked nice and inviting.
We had made a reservation for a king bedroom but were told when arriving that only the garden house was vacant.
The garden house unfortunately is not comparable to the main building. It is rather basic.
The bathroom and shower is very old and barely serves the purpose.
Ecaterina and her boy friend were very nice on the first evening, welcoming us with orange juice.
After a short night - we didn't quite enjoy the place - an american breakfast was waiting.
When it came to paying I was surprised to hear that the garden house was much more expensive than the king bedroom we had made the reservation for. She pointed out that they were so kind to accomodate us even they were booked last night. I could not believe what I heard. This was very unprofessional behaviour, first to not have the correct room ready and second to charge a higher price for a room I had not made a reservation for.
Immediately their friendliness was gone.
I obviously did not pay the amount she requested but what I made my reservation for- and I have serious doubts about the place being an official B&B with paying correct taxes etc. - since it was a cash transaction without any records.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Gig Harbor, WA,
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2007

We spent a night at Ecaterina's B&B in mid-August and were very pleased with everything about the place: the location was very central to West LA so we were able to park the car and walk to Canter's, the County Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits. There are lots of very nice restaurants within a few blocks of the B&B so we were able to have a couple of very good meals in the neighborhood. The room was spacious and nicely appointed and everything worked! The small bathroom was clean and the fixtures were new. Breakfast was very generous and delicious.

One earlier reviewer was offended by the poem sent to President Bush and the accompanying picture. As much as we disagree with just about everything the President does or wants to do, we didn't see this letter and photograph as an endorsement of the man or his policies.

We will certainly stay at Ecaterina's the next time we visit Los Angeles.

Stayed August 2007
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Address: 626 N Detroit Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Central L.A
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Ranked #42 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Los Angeles
Number of rooms: 3

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