For a one-night stopover convenient to LAX, this hotel proved to be a solid choice and great value.
The hotel is close to the airport but set apart from the mass of big hotels. Its roomy and free shuttle bus goes to the airport every 30 minutes; pickup from the airport is by request. The ride takes less than 15 minutes. The bus drivers were all polite and efficient. For drivers, there is ample free parking in front or in the parking structure around the side.
While the hotel is on busy Airport Boulevard, most of the rooms are set back. Thanks to this and to the thick windows, we found our room to be very quiet at night. The view of L.A. was pretty good, too, since there are no other tall buildings around. Nearby Manchester Street is well-developed but the neighbourhood is not fit for walking. This is L.A. after all. You drive.
Inside, our 6th floor king bed room was up to HIX standards. No complaints there. Everything clean and working nicely. The lobby is actually pretty nice too. It has a small convenience shop. Unfortunately, the two elevators are extremely slow. This irritated pretty well everybody all the time.
The included breakfast was HIX-standard. A nice mix of choices and good coffee and juice. This standard is good in all but one respect: almost no fresh fruit. Bananas only. The main breakfast room is small but there is a large overflow dining room adjacent. The staff took good care of the breakfast spread and room on the two busy mornings we attended. Led by an pleasant female manager, the staff were quick to clean tables, welcome guests, and replenish supplies.
The hotel has a small exercise room, and a pool. The latter is however squeezed into the parking area and surrounded by concrete.
Overall, for $132 all in, we were completely satisfied with this hotel as a restful stopover on the way to or from LAX. It is by no means anything more than that.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles-Lax Airport Hotel Los Angeles
- Howard Johnson Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Howard Johnson