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“good value in a nice, clean studio apartment near downtown los angeles” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Essex Manor Hotel Apartments

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Essex Manor Hotel Apartments
2816 West Sunset Place, Los Angeles, CA 90005 (Central L.A)   |  
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Boston, MA
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“good value in a nice, clean studio apartment near downtown los angeles”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I stayed here for a week based upon tripadvisor reviews and was very pleased. Heather was very responsive via email. Don, the on-site manager, was equally helpful. The apartments are very clean and well-furnished. My main reason for chosing an apartment over a budget hotel was the opportunity to cook meals. Don directed me to nearby supermarkets and the kitchen was perfect for my needs. I stayed in the Laurel & Hardy suite. There is just a bit of street noise from Hoover St. across a parking lot. If you are very sensitive to that, ask for an apartment on the west side of the building, overlooking the Manor's secure parking area. The bed is a comfortable memory foam affair. One could have hoped for sheets that were more cottony and less polyestery, but that's a very small matter. It's a great place to stay.

My only caveats have to do with the nature of Los Angeles itself. The only good location is the one closest to wherever you need to be, because the traffic is worse than whatever you've heard. There is no rush hour in perceivable directions -- it's just bad all day, all the time. You're not going to get as many things done as you may have thought in advance, due to travel times. I tried the Metro (Wilshire/Vermont stop is within walking distance) and the signage was so awful I gave up. So look at this location carefully and if it's good for you you'll have a fine experience at Essex Manor.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The other reviews were spot on, the apartments are quirky and very clean. Good Comfortable bed, and the apartment has everything that you could want for, location ok as we could walk into the Metro, Car Hire best. Great value & thank you Don for looking after us with our early arrival

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

I stayed in what I believe was the smallest (and cheapest!) available unit at Essex Manor Hotel Apartments. (Mae West Suite.)
It is probably the cleanest hotel I've EVER stayed in. I loved it.

Here's what you get: Air-conditioned (wall unit) studio apartment;
Nice bathroom with more towels than you can use for your stay!
Fully equipped kitchen (full-size refrigerator, toaster, microwave, coffee machine, dish soap, new sponge, stove, plenty of utensils and also break-ware)
Small sitting area where you can eat.
During my week-plus long stay, I never cooked, but I just made coffee in the mornings and kept restaurant-leftovers in the refrigerator.

Here's what you do NOT get:
Constant and annoying maid service.... knocking at all times to deliver things and turn-down service and waking you up in the morning! I LOVED this part of it!
You get ONE packet of coffee and one tiny little shampoo bottle and some generic soap.
So, when you make your reservation here, bring all those silly hotel bottles you've been hoarding! It will come in handy! Bring your own coffee. I bought milk a couple block or so away from a grocery store.
There are many restaurants within walking distance - -- well, not on 6-inch heels, but within a couple few blocks (Subway, Mediterranean place, Dr. Robbin - health food, Cafe Mak)

I never felt unsafe; you get an outside key, a parking space, gate opener and a code for your room. I didn't even see anyone else while I was there - really quiet. Manager was nice, but he doesn't bother you - loved that!
I'll stay here again next time I'm in LA and need to work in that area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

This is not the most luxurious place in LA but I think it's very nice for the price.
My friend and I stayed in the Audrey Hepburn room. The kitchen was very nice and the bathroom too.
The location isn't perfect but as long as you have a car, you're fine. It's also very close to bus and metro rail.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stayed in the Marilyn Monroe Apartment for 4 nights in August and we cannot be more happy. Our flight was cancelled and we had to arrive late but our phone didn't work in the Usa so we could not contact the resident manager directly. At our arrival he was very helpful and kind though, and he gave us a tour of the property. It was like having a real home in L.A and that was great. Our apartment was small but packed with everything we need, so we always had breakfast and dinner at home. It was very clean and they gave you a lot of towels so if you are there for 1 week or less you don't have to do the laundry just for towels. The have washers and dryers in the basement so it's very convenient if you are traveling with a light luggage and you need to wash your clothes. Private complimentary parking is a plus, as wi-fi. The only negative part, for me, was the bed...too soft for my taste, but I guess that's pretty personal.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chelsea, Michigan
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We stayed in the Jimmy Stewart room for 8 days and before the trip was nervous about the location because I was traveling with my Mother and we have never been to LA before. The room was so charming and clean! Don, the manager in charge was very helpful. The location was perfect for what we needed. Centrally located to downtown and easy to get to Beverley Hills, Culver City, Studio City, Silver Lake and Hollywood. Free parking and WI-fi. Also a flat screen TV with a DVD player in the room. Everyday my mom and I kept saying, "I can't believe we found this place, it is so perfect!". The prices were outstanding and we could cook in our room so we didn't take back any vacation weight with us. : ) There are two markets within a five minute drive. The futon was super comfy and my Mom thought the bed was too. There were plenty of towels, and the first round of coffee and toilet paper was on them. I highly recommend this Hotel/Apartment to anyone who is looking for an affordable, clean, place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

For $119 including taxes and parking, I had a place to myself that was secure and clean. Even had a kitchen and free wi-fi. How can you do better? I had the "Burns & Allen penthouse" which even has a small outdoor roofdeck; not suitable for children, though.

Head around the corner and eat authentic Salvadoran cuisine for rock-bottom prices.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Essex Manor Hotel Apartments

Address: 2816 West Sunset Place, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Central L.A
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 54 Specialty lodging in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Essex Manor is a boutique Hotel offering affordable, fully furnished, cute and clean apartments for short and long term stays. Longer dates mean discount rates. Travel like a local.Amenities include:• Queen Size Memory Foam Beds• Full Size Memory Foam Futon Sleepers (In Some Apts.)• Fully Equipped Kitchen• Plasma TV • Free HBO/Showtime/Broadcast• Free Internet• Private Full Bathroom• Free Gated Parking• Built in Hair Dryer (In Some Apts.)• Built Magnifying Mirror (In Some Apts.)• Telephone with Free Local Calls & Voice Mail (In Some Apts.)• Intercom Controlled Entrance• Jacuzzi Spa Available to all Guests• Picnic Area & BBQs Available to all Guests• Coin Operated Laundry Available to all Guests. ... more   less 

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