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“Porn comes on immediately when you put the TV on – otherwise a fine little motel” 4 of 5 stars
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Encore Motel
13432 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291   |  
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Ranked #180 of 324 Hotels in Los Angeles
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“Porn comes on immediately when you put the TV on – otherwise a fine little motel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We had read about the porn problem this motel has and thought it was a bit of a joke. Then we arrived. We put on the TV and it goes straight to a porn channel. We then saw that there are instructions on how to use the TV beside the bed. IF YOU FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS you do not get porn immediately. If you are a family, then do not let your children turn on the TV without you – or they will go straight to the porn.
Otherwise the motel is fine. It is cheap, parking for every car, with a service-oriented owner. They were helpful in dealing with every request we made and were flexible in our departure time – which we appreciated. The room itself is slight odd as there are no cupboards. There are 2 bedside cabinets and one small high shelf in the kitchen where you can hang clothes and put other clothes on top, but that is it. There is nowhere to put suitcases – so we didn't bother unpacking and left our clothes in our bags on the floor. The kitchenette has the very basics in it, the shower is fine. Basically you get what you pay for.
The motel is in an OK neighbourhood (not great, just OK). It is about a 40 minute stroll down to Marina del Rey end of Venice Beach and the boardwalk up to Santa Monica. The heart of the bizarreness of Venice Beach (with the body builders, freak shows – yes really – and medicinal marijuana sellers) is another 15 minutes walk along the boardwalk.
The beach at the end of Washington Blvd is very large, and there are loads of bars and restaurants. However around the motel itself there is very little: a couple of bars, a chain coffee store (Starbucks maybe?) opposite, a convenience store around the corner, and a strip mall with a taco place, a burger place and something else (can't remember and didn't go). In short it is much better if you get away from where the motel is – then the neighbourhood improves slightly, and there are yoga places, other malls etc...
It was fine for the price – you get what you pay for. We probably wouldn’t stay there again because it is too far to walk to the beach, and not the nicest walk back at night. Also as both of us like a drink we don't tend to drive at night. Which meant getting lots of taxi’s. Actually for the same reason we probably wouldn’t go back to LA as you have to drive so far to go anywhere!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This motel was in a really great location, close to the beach/starbucks/costco/everything else you could need.

Room was very clean and the a/c worked well. The staff were super friendly, they saw that we were going to the beach and offered us complimentary beach towels to use.

Would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to stay close to the beach on a budget.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

very small , a bit funky clean older style motel, price was fair, friendly staff. ,minutes from Venice pier to the ocean.. ,

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13432 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90291
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles
Amenities:
Free Parking
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Ranked #180 of 324 Hotels in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
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