As a single female who had never been to LA before I traveled there for a conference and a mini 4 day vacation to check out some tourist sites. My conference was in the Hollywood Blvd area, so I quickly booked a hotel in the same area, but a month later found trip advisor and learned that my hotel was subpar and other accommodations in the area were either to much money for not a lot of features or to much money for seriously subpar accommodations (e.g.- bedbugs, renovation incomplete, horrible customer service, etc). I also learned through the LAPD website that the crime rate in Hollywood area was concerning, as I would be heading back to my hotel between 8pm and 11pm a night after finding a place to eat dinner, safety was optimal for me as I was alone. So after reviewing over 12 hotels in the LA area I booked this Comfort Inn hotel, as most reviews were good and the bad ones were from people who didn’t do their research first and had “Diva” like high expectations for a low budget hotel in L.A. I would recommend before booking any hotel go on "Google Map Quest" and take a street view tour of the address to see what the area looks like.
Why I picked this hotel and what I liked about it was as follows:
1. I picked this location because I was using public transit for my entire trip including going to Santa Monica, Long Beach, The Grove, North Hollywood (Universal Studio’s & Jay Leno Show) and to and from the airport which is easy and cheap. Comfort Inn is literally 20 to 30 steps from the top of the stairs of the Vermont Subway Station.
2. It is located on a very busy street even at 11pm at night (cars and people are there) so you don’t feel isolated.
3. For the price point of a low budget hotel in a large city like LA, I found the front desk clerks to be very friendly, receptive and made me feel welcomed and that they valued my business. I was able to ask them any question no matter how ridiculous and they answered it with a smile.
4. I had very low expectations for my room so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the door. There was a nice flat screen TV, large dresser with marble top, small clean fridge, microwave and coffee maker. My only advise is make sure the fridge is plugged in before putting any food inside and make sure the temperature gauge is set to #6 or more as your food won't stay.
5. The bathroom was clean, had a nice marble counter over sink and housekeeping always changed my towels and I liked the presentation of making it look like a fan. It's those little details that are nice. As an eco-friendly conscious person I liked the little sign on my night side table that gave me the option to not have my bed sheets changed by placing it on the pillow each morning, which I used frequently.
6. There were no bedbugs or insects period which was nice. The room did have a mild odour but it was because the room was very warm with the sun shinning in, so any odor in the carpet rose but nothing offensive.
7. I liked the queen bed I had which was firm the way I like it and huge. The pillows were big and soft. If you’re a light sleeper ask for a room on the side or back of the hotel.
8. I liked the complimentary breakfast which is included in the cost of your room. I didn’t expect to find eggs and so I was pleasantly surprised to have boiled eggs at breakfast. I hope they someday offer scrambled eggs as an option here and there. There is also a Denny’s literally half a block up the street you can see it at the street lights from the hotel door and as a person who doesn't really eat in Denny's I had my best dinner meal of my whole stay in there for a cheap price on my last night in town.
My only complaint is that the ice machine is very loud as it make ice and louder when someone goes to take ice.
I’m a Canadian from a large city so I have been exposed to many cultures and have seen and worked with the homeless, so I personally don’t have a fear of other cultures or homeless people. This hotel is probably not for people who come from small towns or cities where they have never been exposed to or fear other cultures (especially Hispanic and African Americans- *please note I am of Carribean decent so that statement isn't ment to be racist ) or of the homeless, as there are a very few homeless people in the area, but they never ever bother or talk to me. I personally felt safe around them and they knew I was a tourist because they saw me come out of the subway with my suitcase.
If you’re on a tight budget and contemplating renting a car; don’t. I took the transit everywhere it only cost $1.25 to $1.50 per bus or train or you can pay $5.00 for a day pass and ride all day anywhere. Don’t buy a week pass if you don’t arrive on a Saturday as their week passes are preset to Saturday to Saturday for $17 I got ripped off by the check cashing place I bought my from on a Thursday for $17 and they didn’t tell me it expire on Saturday.
Overall, I would stay here again as for the price point and location (especially to public transit); I was able to spend that extra money I saved touring and shopping.
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- Comfort Inn Near Universal Studios Hollywood Hotel
- Comfort Inn Near Universal Studios Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles
- Comfort Inn Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Comfort Inn
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