We found Essex House through Tripadvisor when looking for a good place to stay for a few days while our daughter attended USC freshman orientation. The location is very good and the security is very much appreciated. The extra security measures of having so many keys, codes and clicker were a little difficult for us. As landlords ourselves, we completely understood all the requirements for "tenants," but it's hard to act & feel like a tenant when you stay just 4 days. I would stay here again, but my husband prefers something more like a hotel/condo. Having to shut off a/c and conserve water, etc. was not appealing to him. And having to break out the camping gear we had with us (extra paper towels, toilet paper, air mattress). Still, I think Essex House is a great place, as long as you understand it's more like renting an apartment than staying at a condo.
As for our room, the W.C. Fields, whoever designed it missed the mark by a longshot. Again, I'll say that we are... more