I stayed here for three nights with my teenage niece and two of her friends on a recent trip to Los Angeles to do some sightseeing. When booking the hotel, I decided that it was worth it to stay about 35 miles north of where the majority of our sightseeing was located due to the value this hotel provided for its price over the hotels in the Hollywood and santa Monica areas. (We drove down from Northern CA, so it was better for us to stay North rather than South of Los Angeles.)
The hotel is located right off Highway 101 and very easy to find. There are a number of fast food options within a mile of the hotel, and a Trader Joes grocery store about a mile away as well. Traffic heading into Los Angeles wasn't bad, unless you were taking Hwy 405 off Highway 101, which we did not do. Returning from the Getty on 405 one evening was slow going though.
We had Room 309 with two double beds, a desk an armchair, a balcony with a table & two chairs and a spacious bathroom with a long counter, which was nice for having multiple people get ready at the same time. Due to the location of our room, the balcony looked over the roof of the lobby, but looking straight out of the room, you had a nice view of the hills.
The room comes with a small refrigerator and a microwave can be requested free of charge. Because they are moved often, the one we received was pretty dented up, but functioned just fine. There's also an in-room safe in the small closet, which was large enough to hold a laptop. WiFi at the hotel is $9.95 per day, but as a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Gold member, I opted to have free WiFi as my "perk" for the stay. It worked fine & the speed was adequate. No problems signing on, but I did have to sign on again each day, as it asks you to accept the daily charge. This was automatically reversed from my account due to the SPG Gold benefit.
As another traveler mentioned, there is a large full length mirror that is right next to one of the beds, which helped in having 4 ladies getting ready at the same time. We also had a full length mirror on the closet doors, so we had several places for people to get together. We did find there to be a shortage of outlets when everyone wanted to charge camera batteries, cell phones & iPods at night, but we had aunusual number of devices between the four of us.
Overall, the room was clean and comfortable. (Beds were really comforrtable!) Although the website said they had Aveda bath products, they actually had the "Shine" brand. In the room, they provided shampoo, conditioner, soap, bath gel, a small bath "scrubby", and a little packet with 2 cotton balls, 2 Qtips & a mini emery board. The room is stocked with three sets of towels, so the first two nights, we had to call down to have a fourth set brought up. They were quick to deliver and on the third night, we found 4 sets of towels when we returned form our day of sightseeing. The shower has low water pressure, which really needs improvementt. It may save water, but since it's so low, it takes twice as long to rinse off & get all of the shampoo/conditioner out of your hair, so you end up taking twice as long and using the same amount of water. Staff was very friendly and helpful during check in and check out.
The only issue we had was that the area around the HVAC unit didn't seem to be sealed well and we could feel the cold air from outside coming in under the unit, which is through the wall and a few inches off the ground. It made for cold feet when you were near the door or at the desk.
If we go back down to Los Angeles, I would definitely stay here again. It was well worth the room price I paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Santa Monica Hills, our hotel has breathtaking views in every direction. If you're planning an event in the area, check out our meeting rooms, banquet space, and ballrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Agoura Hills Renaissance