It would be the best hotel in a small town. It is not five star so, if you are looking for amenities and luxury furnishings in a hotel that has no flaws, this is not it. But, if you want a funky hotel with a historic feel that is above average in comfort and service, this might be the right place.
Personally, I loved it. Unpretentious and clean, it is in one of the most interesting neighborhoods in LA. The staff were casually informal and very helpful. Every night, I walked in and they would call out hello and ask me how my day went. It was really nice. I didn't care that the furniture was a little shabby and the shower head sprayed me in the eye when I turned it on, but you might.
The Orlando is in a great up and coming, rejuvenated area. A family feeling place, close to so much stuff. Cool shops. You can easily walk up to Sunset or even Hollywood Blvd if you are energetic and healthy. Melrose is close. If you are a foodie, you only have to walk a block to find several excellent, small, creative kitchens. Joan's is a block away. All of LA is, of course, a taco lovers paradise and this area is home to many. Try Frida's for a quickie bite. The gigantic Beverly Center with Macy's etc, is just a couple blocks away, as is Restaurant Row on La Cienega. Dozens of restaurants within a short walking distance.
The hotel has a pub/restaurant (The Churchill) that is hit and miss; a great concept but not always well executed. It has some nice tables outside and an interesting industrial feel to the decor. The wait staff are hipsterish like the neighborhood: young, smart and friendly. The food can be great but it is inconsistent. I had a crispy fresh pizza one night and a soggy over-salted one the next night. The menu is funky fresh with lots of beers.
Probably the worst and most amateurish thing I had served to me (which I did not eat) was a breakfast burrito. You know how, if you dump wet veggies in with eggs and try to cook them up, the eggs can separate and, when the colors mix, you end up with a separated, mucky, grey mush? That was it. Covered with an over-garlic-ed ranchero sauce that tasted like it came from a bottle. There were "home fries" but they were those deep fried cubes I am not much a fan of. If they had been warm, I coulda poured some salt on them and not been too disappointed but they were cold and soft. The coffee was excellent. But right across the street, you can get great pastries and excellent espresso from Magnolia Bakery and there are many, many breakfasts in either direction along Third. Or, walk up to the giant pancakes at Griddle on Sunset just outside the DGA building. The hotel is close to so many choices. I will stay there again as I go to that area for business.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Orlando offers an exciting West Third Street location between the Beverly Center, the Grove and Farmers Market. Walking distance to great dining, shopping and entertainment experiences. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orlando Hotel Los Angeles
- Orlando Los Angeles