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Coral Sands Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   1730 North Western Ave., Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90027   |  
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Ranked #61 of 322 hotels in Los Angeles
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“My Favourite Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

I've stayed here 9 times over the past 5 years and thoroughly adore the place. It's my pleasure to give them some special praise, and I'm glad I can do it here. I know all the staff well, and especially love certain rooms which have a view of the gorgeous garden, beautifully manicured by a gardener daily: It's become lovelier over the years. Except for one early September visit, I always go right before Christmas when it gets very cool at night, and the place has a lot of atmosphere, even a touch of New Orleans to it. I think it's nice to tip some of the staff, as they all do a good job. One of them decorates the lobby in a wonderful splashy style at Christmas, and they will attend to any needs you have, trying to accommodate you. It's old, and I can only pray it lasts, because I much prefer it to the comparable West Hollywood men's hotels, and it's definitely a one-of-a-kind place. By 2002, a big shopping center with a Ralph's and lots of convenient small eateries help the area, but I hope the gentrification stops with that, because there are plenty of nice houses just up Western Avenue that give the neighbourhood plenty of charm.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2006

I don't know what the critics of this place are talking about! I spent a night there in early January, 2006 and found it to be perfect for what I wanted. It's cheap ($69 nightly) and very quiet, esp. if you request a room in the back. My bed was firm, and I sleep soundly. There's a telephone and TV in each room, and they serve morning coffee and rolls. Counter staff was always friendly.
No doubt about it: the place is really only for gay men: the check-in staff is flirtatious, the courtyard is sometimes cruisy, and a channel of the television runs gay porn. I loved it. The neighborhood is fantastic, located at the base of Griffiths Park and underneath the famous Hollywood sign. Good restaurants and Hollywood Blvd. only a few blocks away. The complainers either didn't know what to expect (their fault) or else are motel competitors. I had no complaints at all, would gladly return, really enjoyed getting cruised by several other occupants, and saved at least $50 over a chain motel in Hollywood.

Stayed January 2006
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2005

A very old hotel, very private with two stories of rooms around a central courtyard with pool, and above ground spa. I was looking for budget accommodations and $69 a night fit the bill. The room had a king bed, comfortable, small refrigerator, nice size shower (water fluctuated in temperature), and a small bathroom. It was all I needed, and the room was very clean, even thought it was very old in style (think 1950's The Honeymooers decor). Guys walk around with towels around their waist (ala bathhouse), and at night many leave their doors open for fresh air, ETC. It was quiet, yet cruizy. I got a good nights sleep, once I got to bed, and slept well. Coffee (all day) and donuts/croissants in the morning. The spa was very warm. It was October so i didn't try the pool. Dry sauna was old, large, but very cozy. One gay channel on TV 24 hours. The front desk guys were very friendly. The doors from the lobby to the rooms is secured (they buzz you in), and any guests you may have visit are charged $10 and must show picture ID at the desk before they are allowed in to the rooms. I will stay again; i liked the atmosphere, friendly desk people, "eye candy," and the comfortable bed. If you don't mind old, enjoy a cruizy gay environment, you might want to try this place.

  • Stayed October 2005, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2005

The Coral Sands is an extremely old motel located in an area of Hollywood which to some may appear like a slum but is improving. There is now a new shopping center next to Coral Sands with food and a Starbucks. The hotel carters to gay males. It is a 2 story completely enclosed motel with courtyard area in center. There is a pool, hot tub and dry sauna. Coffee is made around the clock and free of charge and donuts provided each morning. Rooms are decent size with king bed usually. Bathrooms are very small, showers small and water changes to from hot to cold to hot allot. Rooms have a window style air conditioner, small refrigerator and in room gay adult movies provided free. In courtyard the motel policy is no nudity but nothing is said using hot tub or dry sauna nude has this has always been accepted. Just no out in open ---. The hotel is a drive to West Hollywood and it's hot spots so car is usually required. The motel can get busy on weekends but noramlly is quite. Most think that the biggest draw back is the few asian women walking around cleaning the rooms, they are there from 8 to 5 daily. If looking for a inexpensive place to stay with a little action it's not bad.

  • Stayed March 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2005

We have stayed at the "Coral Sands" many times over the past 25 years.
I really like the place. Guess that's why we keep going back! Our last stay there was for "Gay Pride Weekend 2004.
The room had a foul odor. It smelled like bad B.O. My guess, it was coming from the bedspread. Other than that, our stay was great as ever! One complaint in 25 years, that's not bad. The desk clerks are very friendly. I'll go back!

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Additional Information about Coral Sands Motel

Address: 1730 North Western Ave., Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Los Angeles
#54 Family Hotel in Los Angeles
#56 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#61 On the Beach Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Coral Sands Motel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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