We enjoyed our stay at the Century Wilshire. Here is a run down of what we found during our two day stay. We visit LA about one a year and have been staying with friends. Now that we are older, we decided to try a hotel and will definitely stay here again. We paid $100/night for two nights. Our total bill came to $235.
The things we liked:
- Great location just south of UCLA. All of our friends are in that area so it is perfect for our yearly visits down there.
- Staff: main gentleman is helpful and nice. One of the ladies I asked a question of was a little more snotty, but she was tolerable.
- Old World Charm, traditional European decor, lots of antiquey looking furniture and persian carpeting.
- Room was clean. Bed was nice and firm and the sheets were very clean. Bathroom was small but very clean. Standard white hotel towels, not Egyptian cotton but clean.
- Charming patio area, just as it looks in the website promotional photos
- Great swimming pool
- Very cute, homey feeling breakfast area which provides small continental breakfast: various toasts, english muffins, sliced melon, bananas, raisin bread, OJ, apple juice and eggs cooked to order for $3.
- FREE parking - which is very hard to find in LA so this is a big plus. Most of the hotels in LA proper charge anywhere from $10-25 per night to park even as a hotel guest.
The things we didn't like so much:
- Wilshire is a very big, very noisy street. If you get a room facing the street, you will hear street noise and it is loud. Our room was on the corner with one wall facing the street. The windows are old fashion single pane levered glass. Very thin, you hear everything. By the second night, we were more used to it but we are both light sleepers and if street noise bothers you, you should not stay in this hotel.
- The Standard Room is a little small. Quaint and cosy is the operative word here. The hotel is old so don't come here if you expect everything to be brand spanking new. The furniture is very "comfortably worn in". Bathroom was small as well. But again, we weren't expecting a suite.
- There is a small lounge area with a grand piano on the first floor, but they keep the front doors wide open so it is noisy. Not suitable for a quiet chat or reading.
- The doors to each room/suite are not fire rated doors so don't expect the solid doors you find in newer hotels. But we never felt unsafe.
- The breakfast room is cramped but if you go eat on the patio, it is nice. It is definitely less crowded before 9:00am.
Again two ways to look at it - charmingly cosy or cramped. We prefered to think of it as cosy and will stay in this hotel again.
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