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“Cheap but better options availiable” 2 of 5 stars
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Alta Cienega Motel
1005 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069   |  
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Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in West Hollywood
Munich, Germany
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Cheap but better options availiable”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

No doubt: The room is cheap, free parking is a big big advantage and the location is great. But the rooms are very basic, don't even have a fridge and the host was not willing to keep some cheese (still packed in the original packing) in a fridge. We've been to another motel (just oposite the street) before and thougt, that the Alta Cienga could be the better option. Wrong!! Rooms are in poor condition (for sure no renovation since ages, alhough they advertise so). Next time we'll stay at holloway motel again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Eccles, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

I came into Lax from Manchester UK and took the bus to West Hollywood . Met a charming and beautiful guy who got on , the blackest skin I have ever seen We walked along Santa Monica Blvd, and he pointed out the Motel, He carried on home to North La Cienega. I have stayed at many motels in USA and the room was what I would expect for the price. I intended to stay a couple of nights and rent a car. I stayed two weeks and used the buses to travel all over Los Angeles County. Yes, the Police arrive, the Rent Boys work, you can get hot take out meals from the market, liquor stores handy, TV Air, Heat , My finances have improved so I now fly First, but I will still be staying at La Cienega on my next trip to California.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Miami
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2011

The folks that leave horrible reviews arent incorrect but they are snobs. The hotel is humble and is in the traditional 'classic motel' motif with an almost wild-west second level catwalk facing the southern sun. I had to purchase a space heater from CVS to keep myself warm on these cold autumn nights and the towels are cheap and scratchy but its inexpensive, clean, quiet and centrally located. I've been here for almost ten days and there are rarely more than two cars in the lot making the place feel very private. Its been a sanctuary for me to write a book without distraction and to meet with clients. Maria the cleaning lady is a sweet-heart. I tipped her $20 on Thanksgiving and she's treated me like gold for a week, nurturing me like my mom. Yes, there's an occasional siren or tranny sighting but hey, its like spotting a rare animal on safari. If you can get over the fact that the style is 'home depot' and there are no fancy shampoo samples you'll enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: Second Level, North Side gets lots of light and is far enough from the main street as to keep most n...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rogue River, Oregon
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

It was fantastic! If I was a person that didn't have any sort of interest in Jim Morrison or the Doors, this place probably wouldn't be first on my list...or on my list at all, but since I am...
I Stayed there with my boyfriend for 3 nights and paid $267.00... a little more than we had expected, but I didn't even care...I had a grand time! I liked being able to watch the street below from the window of room 32, and for some reason this room was strangely comfortable! It's kind of small but was clean! The staff was really nice too! The cleaning lady would always say "Hello" every time and seemed extremely genuine. I also never felt unsafe at any point. The bathroom wasn't bad either, I liked the shower too, it was kind of dark with no light inside of it but I liked how it felt like a hole in the wall. The writing all over the walls was quite enjoyable too. Never ran out of stuff to read! After waking up, I was always able to find something new that I hadn't read before. Take a sharpie or other media and add your own contribution! I did! Overall, great expirience! hope to stay there again someday!

Room Tip: If your a Jim Morrison/ Doors fan, stay in Room 32!
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Levelland, Texas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

The police came as soon as we got there because of gun fire and possible drugs in the room next to ours. On the other side of us was transgender call girls doing their jobs with the men. When my brother-in-law came to pick us up there was a giant cricket in the bed. and burn marks in a non smoking room , a gas heater which had to be lit and a nassty bath room. It will never be forgoten

Room Tip: very gross and don't
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

We stayed there for 6 nights and i must say i expected something really worse. The room was not so bad, no bed bugs tho as other reviews say. Bed was small but quite comfortable, the room was cleaned every day. It is not a 5 star hotel but if you dont want to pay a fortune for hotel and rather spend money for shopping and sighseeing thats a place where you want to stay really. The location is very good santa monica blvd just 1 minute from metro which gets you everywhere. I would stay there again no problem

Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Carlsbad, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2011

My husband and I stayed here on June 19 and 20. We requested room 32 where Jim Morrison had lived part of the time. The room is great! There is writing all over the walls, honoring him with his own lyrics and other praises. The room had new carpet put in a few months back and it was very clean. We loved the feel of the place. If you are a Jim Morrison fan this place is a must. The price is right! I would have never thought I could find a hotel located in such a perfect spot for such little $. The hotel is located at a busy intersection but it is fun to watch out the window as I imagined Jim did at times with a big bottle of jack Daniels. I felt completely safe and the place was quiet. Great location! We walked to the Rainbow for some excellent pizza and star gazing and to the House of Blues to watch Steel Panther, they totally rocked!! We also walked to Barney's Beanery which is a couple of blocks away and Jim Morrison used to hang out there and drink. There is a plaque on the counter with his name on it. Oh, and have their home brewed beer, yum! You are within walking distance of all the places that you want to see on the Sunset. The Roxy, Viper Room, Rainbow, House of Blues etc...

Room Tip: you have to call the motel to get reservation.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1005 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Location: United States > California > West Hollywood
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 17 Hotels in West Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 21
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