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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
England
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Trying very hard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

This motel is fine for a night or two in the area. Reception staff very friendly, lots of nice touches such as bottle of water in fridge, tube of toothpaste etc. Probably wouldn't have stayed there if we were going by appearance but its a good value for money option in a reasonable location

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 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
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Rating summary
  • 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights! Quick check-inn, across Starbucks, Costco, In-N-Out Burger, free and quickly wi-fi. There's a bus stop at the street, $1,- bus to Venice beach, which takes 10 minutes! Next time I would choose this motel again...

Only Porn comes on immediately when you put the TV on!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

After discovering porn on every channel I requested and was, supposedly, granted a refund in the amount of $102.60. I immediately booked a room at the Ramada Inn down the road at a cheaper price. Recently, I checked my credit card statement and noticed that the refund never went through and that, essentially, I was issued a fake refund. The conduct of this establishment speaks for itself and my credit card company issued me an immediate refund. I will taking this matter up with Priceline too.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This place is very affordable and in a decent location, with free parking, free WiFi, and a Starbucks, Costco, In-N-Out Burger within easy walking distance. The beach is a short drive (or a long walk) from here. Room is pretty clean, but not attractive. There's a nice big Vizio HDTV which we didn't use, but the WiFi worked well, so we didn't need the TV. Despite being on a busy road, our room was quiet. (We stayed in room 111.) Bed was reasonably comfortable. There was no blanket, just the sheets and a bedspread. Luckily, the heat worked, so we were comfortable enough.

Staff was very friendly, though the signs at the check-in counter give you the impression that some pretty sketchy people stay at this hotel with some regularity. We saw no sketchy people on our two night stay. We did, however, overhear some sex and surprisingly clear phone conversations from our neighbors. So privacy is maybe a weak point here.

The other frustration for me was the shower. Tap water from the faucet was piping hot, but the water from the shower head never made it past lukewarm, even at the hottest setting. On a cold day, a lukewarm shower just feels lousy to me. And it was cold in LA.

Electrical outlets are in short supply and inconveniently located, at least in our room. Nowadays, I think many travelers are looking for a place near the bedside to plug in a phone, maybe a laptop too. Not possible here.

Our stay was fine, it's really not a bad place, and the staff was very kind. It just feels like a cheap motel, which I suppose is all it claims to be.

Room Tip: We stayed in 111, which is off the main street and very quiet.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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57 hotel reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
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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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
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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calistoga
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.. ,

Room Tip: on tight budget and room fit my needs
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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
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Number of rooms: 20
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