This review is about the hotel's location and proximity to sights/attractions.
This hotel is in the Westlake area of Downtown LA. Its about a mile from the heart of downtown LA and the Staples Center. It is also about a 5-10 minute walk to the Metro Red & Purple lines which is a plus if you don't have a car or don't want to drive. The Red line will take you to Hollywood & the Walk of Fame in about 10-15 minutes.The Red line to Union Station will take you into downtown, so you can see the sights (Union Station, Olvera Street, Chinatown, shopping, etc.) If you plan to go to bars and stay out late, a cab ride from the center of downtown to the hotel will be about $10 MAX. You can also get into downtown LA by a short bus ride (you can catch the #51, 52 or 352 buses on 7th street), and you can also take the #20 Bus on Wilshire Blvd (one block north of the hotel) to Beverly Hills and even Santa Monica. So for proximity and accessibility, it's a good deal.
Two big landmarks that are down the street from the hotel are Langers Deli, and MacArthur Park. You can also get a nice view of the downtown skyline from 7th street. There is a Starbucks on the next street over (Wilshire and Union) and also a Food for Less grocery store if you need walk over and stock up on snacks
The neighborhood is not the fanciest, and definitely urban so don't expect what you have seen on tv about LA. However, it's also not the worst area when it comes to ambiance and safety. The area had its share over problems in prior decades with crime, gangs, etc, but it is MUCH better now than it was in the past. But if you get people raising their eyebrows, they are probably just remembering the old reputation (just the same as once upon a time, the Meat Packing District in NYC was not the place to be either....and today things have changed). You will find a large number of families living in the area, and there is a large middle school + elementary school just down the street. Culturally, there is a large El Salvadorean American community in the area, so you will hear a lot of Spanish and English spoken and see a lot of stores with signage in both languages (people have had some negative comments about this, but it's really no different than being in another city's Little Italy or Chinatown). You will also hear ambulance sirens because the hotel is on the route between a hospital and a fire station. Outside of that it's fairly quiet in the evenings.
Overall, it's an economical option that will give you good mobility in LA, whether you have a car or plan to use public transportation. If you are looking for somewhere fancy and high end, this might not be the place for you. But as they say, you get what you pay for! if you want basic and clean accommodations a reasonable price (they also recently remodeled the hotel), this is a good deal.
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