I stayed three nights at the Omni in downtown Los Angeles in February 2013. I liked the Omni. It compares closely with the JW Marriott at LA Live, but is less expensive. Also I find downtown LA a more interesting area than around Staples Center. I would rate the hotel at 4 stars.
I had a deluxe king club which is larger than a deluxe king and has access to the 17th floor club lounge. The lounge provides a better than average breakfast than most such hotel facilities, including scrambled eggs and bacon. On Sunday waffles were added to the breakfast menu. The lounge also has free bottled drinks and evening cocktails and light snacks. It was not crowded during my stay.
The Omni provides free internet if you join its Select Guest program. I joined after making my reservation. My internet connection was very good--fast and reliable.
My room was relatively spacious with a comfortable chair and ottoman and a desk. I needed to set the thermostat relatively high to get enough warmth, but once set that worked fairly well. The air discharge is onto the head of the bed and the reading chair. It would be better if it discharged into an area of the room so air coming out is coming right on you or had a deflector to accomplish this. Lighting was ok overall, but was not bright enough for comfortable reading by my standards. I liked having dimmers on lamps, but I wish I could have turned them up brighter. My room was at the end of a corridor and was quiet. The bed was above average in comfort. The robes provided are thin. TV quality was good. Channel selection was fair, but no C-Span.
The bath has the shower over the tub. I had only lukewarm water the first morning, but after reporting the problem I had ample hot water. The design of the sink counter in the bath is such that its base conflicts with where your feet should be when standing in front of the sink.
The hotel should have more elevators. At times there were relatively long waits for the elevators closest to the lobby even when there didn't seem to be any special heavy elevator usage. Most of the time this was not a problem.
I ate one lunch in the cafe and used room service twice. The food quality was good and the prices reasonable. The high end restaurant was fully booked on Saturday night.
Valet parking is $40 Sunday through Thursday and $20 on Friday and Saturday.
The Omni was tight with free newspapers. I got my requested three papers on Friday. Had to follow up to get even one on Saturday. I got none on Sunday. Not a big deal, but irritating.
The hotel is a block from the Disney Concert Hall, next to MOCA, a couple of blocks from the Chandler opera house and Taper and Ahmanson theaters. It's about a block to Angel's Flight. There are quite a few cafes in the neighborhood, most connected with some cultural facility.
All in all I was pleased with the Omni and found its virtues outweigh its shortcomings. I probably will return on future LA visits. I found it good value for my cost except for one night of valet parking at the high rate.
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