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Travelodge Culver City
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Culver City
San Diego, California
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31 reviews
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“Nice rooms but not a great area”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights during a sales meeting to save a little cash. I looked online and there was really good reviews, but it did not mention the area of town. The rooms were very nice and huge as others have mentioned, and the restaurant next door is AMAZING, but my tire was slashed in the parking lot and the AAA guy said it happens a lot around here. This is not an area I would walk around at night, but the rooms are clean and nice. Just a heads up :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

I've never taken the time to write a tripadvisor review before, but really wanted to after staying at the Travelodge. All the positive comments on this website are no accident -- we were very pleased with our large room with two king beds. I had asked for a quiet room, and although the view (of the parking lot) wasn't great, it was quiet and the beds were extremely comfortable. I haven't slept so well in a hotel in years. The room and bath had been recently remodeled and the whole place was clean and well-maintained. Front desk staff were welcoming and quite helpful, and we looked forward to getting up earlier every morning just to be able to have breakfast at the adjacent Metro Cafe using our two $5 credit vouchers. Free parking and wi-fi was another plus, and the location on the westside of LA was convenient for getting to lots of places we wanted to visit. We were staying a week and there was a long-term stay discount on the nightly rate, which made this very economical as well -- the perfect place for us to stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Titos Tacos and Johnnys pastrami right next door. The rooms were excellent, no need to say more!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Cobleskill, New York
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

This is my husband's second time staying at the Travelodge. The last time we came to Culver City to visit family he got horribly sick and wound up staying here. This visit, for my brother's wedding, we planned to stay at the nearby swanky and very special Culver Hotel for the weekend of the wedding, and did, but my sister's house got overbooked early so we spent one much cheaper night here.

*Be sure you take advantage of the $5 discount on breakfasts at Metro Diner, especially the Serbian specialties.* It was one of the best restaurants we ate at in nearly two weeks of fine and not so fine dining we did in the Los Angeles area. In fact, the woman who checked us out of the motel, said people stay at the motel *just* for the breakfasts. The rooms here are very large. The beds are large and comfortable.

*Culver City locals-- as I used to be-- would have you eat across Sepulveda Blvd at Tito's Tacos. They are wrong. It's cheap, but cheap's not everything. Go instead a mile east to the area of the Culver Hotel, eat in the lobby of the Culver Hotel, or at Tender Greens.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Great property which has been remodeled since our last stay. Comfortable bed, great linens, granite shower and vanity. Large flatscreen TV. Free parking and internet, refrigerator and microwave. A very comfortable place to stay and the Metro Cafe next door has excellent food. Travelodge provides a $5 credit voucher per person and we have enjoyed our breakfast each time!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of an epic 3,500 mile roadtrip across the US in the middle of June. The location was perfect; not too near and not too far from LA, Santa Monica, LAX, etc., and at a good price too.

Parking was free and easy upon arrival, although spaces did look limited. Based on a previous review, we did ensure we arrived early each night so as not to have to risk parking on the street. There was a member of staff walking around checking licence plate numbers, so presumably they are actively managing this.

Reception wasn’t signposted as “Reception”, it just had the Travelodge logo nearby and looked like an office. We’re used to the UK Travelodge logo which is different, so the penny didn’t immediately drop. We ended up walking back into the car park to ask the member of staff for directions. Once inside, the receptionist was extremely polite, friendly and helpful. We were checked in very quickly, and advised of the $5 breakfast voucher, etc at the same time. She was working for the first few days, and went on to help us out several other times. However, all staff working here were polite and helpful.

Our room was on the 1st floor (or 2nd, as the Americans like to call it!) and facing the road. Access was via either an elevator in reception, or through several doors in the car park area which were activated with the room keycard. Outside, just over the railings, there was a mini garden and pond on the roof of the restaurant below, which was a nice touch. It gave the place a little more character than the average hotel.

The first thing that struck us was the size of the room. It was huge! It was divided up into three sections. The obligatory air conditioner was below the front window in the first section, which incorporated a seating area. There was plenty of space here, plus a sofa, chair and coffee table. Just behind this was a 2/3-width head-height partition, which separated out the next section containing the bed, TV and micro/fridge. I liked the idea of the partition as not only did it help improve privacy, but it was also a nice security screen for hiding your bags behind so they weren’t visible from outside. The final section was an open plan washing area with a large full width mirror, coffee maker, hair dryer and storage area, plus a shower/toilet through a doorway in a separate smaller room.

The aircon was slow (10-15 mins) to get started, I initially thought it was faulty. However, once it did finally get going, it was very good and kept the room at a comfortable temperature. The seating area was extremely comfortable, and very convenient for dumping bags! After some of the other hotels we’d stayed in on this trip, it was very nice to just sit back and relax in a soft chair after a long day instead of trying to balance yourself on the edge of the bed or in a hard backed chair. There were a few power sockets near the door, but they were seriously worn – plugs quite literally just fell out of them due to gravity. Mind you, I have never been a fan of the inferior quality US power sockets even at the best of times – even the French 2-pin system is superior.

The bed was an extremely comfortable, and had plenty of pillows (which we like). There was a bedside table and light on both sides, plus a few extra power sockets too – always a nice-to-have when travelling with so many phone/camcorder/toothbrush chargers. Despite dumping our bags behind the partition, there was still plenty of space between the bag/partition and the edge of the bed. The TV was something else. Like the room, it was big! I have a 37 incher at home, but this thing dwarfed it! It was at least 42”, although probably more likely closer to 47”. Surprisingly, it was connected to a DirecTV box, which is a first for any hotel I’ve ever stayed in. The selection of channels, including HD, was very good, and it kept Wifey happy each and every evening. The fridge was a good size and handy to have, as was the microwave.

Wifey also liked the large mirror on the wall behind the wash basin. Again, like the rest of the room, this section was very spacious. The smallest part of the room was the separate shower/toilet combo room. The shower itself was a large walk-in style (unfortunately with fixed shower head), but maintained pressure and temperature very well. There were also 2 internal shelves for storing your shower gel & shampoo. The toilet was very cramped, and took up what few inches of space were left over from the construction of the shower. The toilet tissue holder was set too far back and was a constant source of annoyance and elbow bashing; just a little more thought and moving it forward (or even placing it on the door) would have been a more than acceptable work-around for the lack of space. However, at the end of the day this was only a minor problem as you don’t spend much time in there…

Unlike half of the hotels we stayed in, the wifi actually worked. When checking in, Reception gives you a small piece of paper with the code and the access point to connect to. The access point I was supposed to connect to was a little intermittent (one minute it was there, the next it wasn’t), but I just tried another one and it was fine. Helpful tip: ignore the AP on the paper and just connect to the one with the strongest signal.
The ice machine was at the rear of the hotel, just a 30 second walk away from our door. There was also a drinks vending machine next to it too which at $1.25, was very acceptable.

We didn’t get the opportunity to use the Metro Café next door, which was a shame. However, it did look clean and well laid out whilst walking past. On our first evening we went out to the Fuji Wok & Sushi, not even 5 mins walk NW along Sepulveda Bvld. The quality and quantity of the food in here was excellent, and the staff were very polite too. We ended up going there a second time on our final night.


Negatives.
I’m happy to say there were very few, but they all seemed to revolve around noise. It seemed like all of the water pipes for the hotel went through our walls, so every time somebody was in the shower of flushing the toilet, you heard the noise of running water.
Street noise was an issue too. There were large gaps around the door frame, so noise just came straight through. In fairness, it’s not a very loud and noisy area, but it was still a bit annoying at times.
Finally, room noise. Probably the biggest problem. It seemed like the idiot above spent all day and night marching up and down the room in jack boots whilst the guy next door was constantly door slamming in tune with the guy above! I know the hotel has little control over who they let in and what they do, it’s just a shame that so little effort went into building the rooms with a little more insulation. Slightly thicker walls (I suspect they were only the double drywall variety) and a solid floor rather than floorboards really would have made a LOT of difference.


In summary, this room is in an excellent location for LA, Hollywood, the PCH and LAX and the prices are more than fair. I would definitely go again, but would request a top floor room at the rear in an effort to reduce the noise issues. Recommended.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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222 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2012

My hubby and two teenage children stayed at this hotel for two nights. While the room was large and spacious with king size beds, the bathroom was very small. The first thing that hit you was the smell of cheap cleaning chemicals, but apart from that I had no other complaints. It was near enough to walk to restaurants in the area. It was also close enough for us to visit Santa Monica Pier without a long drive home at night.
Wifi is free but you need a log in code for each device.
We were meant to have a continental breaky which we did not receive but were offered $5 discount on breakfast!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Travelodge Culver City
Address: 11180 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90232-3920
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Location: United States > California > Culver City
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Culver City
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Hotel Class:2 star — Travelodge Culver City 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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