The hotel is known as "The Ramrod-a" (after the popular gay bar) because of its popularly with gay guests, and--true--it is in the heart of West Hollywood's gay center, but we were surprised that in July the place seemed more overrun by European tourist families. Unfortunately, that meant that the pool was overtaken by screaming children and we were constantly disturbed by perpetual running in the halls and rooms above us--sometimes very late. We were on the second floor facing Santa Monica Blvd, which we thought might be noisy, but we were less bothered by noise outside than that emanating from within. The only outside disturbance was from cigarette smoke wafting up and into our opened window from staff taking breaks on the garage deck below us.
Our room was comfortable enough with a firm king-size bed, although dim lighting made it a bit difficult to read at night. We discovered that the primary bathroom light was out on our first night, but it was promptly repaired when we reported it the next morning. Who doesn't travel to LA without a car? And parking is $30 extra per night, which seems to be the going rate, but surely adds up. The in-room fridge seemed handy, until all our drinks froze and exploded inside. It was very difficult to adjust the temperature down. The free wifi is extremely unreliable, and most evenings we could not connect. Service seemed to be better in the mornings, but it is frustrating to have such unreliable service. And finally, the elevators are slow, and during our stay we often had to wait because the cars were full before they reached us. (Recovering from knee surgery, I was dependent on the elevators.) For longer stays, there are washers and driers available, but from our experience, the washers do little more than jiggle the clothes in cold water, and that doesn't get them clean.
Kitchen 24 is the attached hotel restaurant with good-enough offerings and service but great outdoor seating for watching the parade of West Hollywooders and visitors go buy. It's also a great place for a night-cap as the evening cools. There is also a Starbucks on the corner for a quick, light breakfast and coffee.
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- Ramada Plaza Suites West Hollywood
- Ramada West Hollywood
- West Hollywood Ramada