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Hollywood Historic Hotel
Ranked #108 of 351 Hotels in Los Angeles
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18 reviews
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“Disorganized. They do overbooking.”
Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at los Angeles at 2 am after a 17 hours flight, we had reserved our room in advance and the reception knew about our late check-in. When we got there, they told us that there were no free rooms because of a "plumber problem" and sent us to an ugly motel! If the plumber issue was true, they should have told us that day. They made us a small discount and a room upgrade, but believe us that this was not a good experience. The rooms are not bad, but the bathrooms are old and there are some ants around.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

I checked into this what they want to call a HOTEL in Mid July. I got there late eve @ 10;30 due to plane delay. The night clerk that checked me in was a nice guy & I thought all was well.. until I got to my room. This place was NOT Remodeled, unless you call splashing 10 coats of Paint EVERYWHERE Remodeling. The Bathroom was TINY & the Closet smelled like MILDEW... In fact the WHOLE PLACE DID ! I could feel the SPRINGS of the Mattress in the bed & the 2 Pillows were SMASHED FLAT, but I was so tired I just crashed. The next morning while having my coffee frm a nearby Starbux, being a Gay MAn & wanting to relax in the privacy of my room that I paid $90 a nite for, I tried to get on some Gay Chat Sites & talk with friends WHICH IS WHAT SOME PEOPLE DO. Evrytime I tried signing in they kept on saying Administrator Blocked... reason: PORNOGRAPHIC. I was like huh ? They advertise FREE WIFI without any Limitations, so why block GAY SITES only ? This has NEVER happened to me before & I travel ALOT. I went on other Minority SItes & they were working just fine.
I went down to the front desk & asked why ? The OBNOXIOUS Morning Clerk tried to blow me off & say it was TIME WARNERS Decision. REALLY ? Hmmmm.. I have had Time Warner & nvr had a problem,,. SOOOOO I went to Time Warner in WEST HOLLYWOOD & Asked them ! They said it was the HOTEL's Choice. Well needless to say I was FUMING. I lived near this place for 23 years, its in the middle of GAY HOLLYWOOD & Literally 3 Blocks frm Paramount Studios. Its also the Year 2013 NOT 1963.Wake Up People.
By the time I went back to the Hotel the Night Clerk was on again.. he said "their TECH GUY" would have to come in & fix it..Ok. When I asked WHEN that would be, he said "Whenever he comes in ". REALLY DUDE ? Im a Guest here & NOT A HAPPY ONE. I was in LA to go to San Diego Pride. I went to sign on to the PRIDE EVENTS in San Diego & guess what ? BLOCKED FOR PORNOGRAPHY ? Are they Kidding Me ? I had to go to Starbux to do everything for the nxt 24 Hrs of having to stay in this Filthy Small NOT AS ADVERTISED Hotel. You couldn't get me out any faster on Sat morning. So IF YOU;RE GAY BOYCOTT THIS PLACE & PASS THIS ON ! I plan on Posting this on EVRY GAY SITE !

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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This is a really good fine in Hollywood with views of the Hollywood sign! The rooms are a good size, are clean and I love that the windows open and you have a clear view of the Hollywood sign. There are also photos of old Hollywood lining the walls of the hotel, which makes it interesting. The small, old elevator also brings you back in time! The staff was friendly and it was a great location for a reasonable price. Although it is a no-frills, older hotel, it has a lot of character and free parking! I love the history of this old hotel. I would stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask to stay on the side that you can see the Hollywood sign.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

The historic Hollywood hotel is just like it states. Historic. Nothing fancy and rooms are small but being in La in a great location. Great parking (free). The only downside is the rooms are really sparse and not very many outlets so if you have electronics to plug in difficult even with power strip. The bathroom was very small. All the rooms are stairs and there is not an elevator but staff was more than willing to carry it up for us. Also no ice machine etc. but all things considered very quaint and was comfortable since we did not spend much time in the room any way.

Room Tip: Stay away from the street side it can get pretty noisy.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights and found it brilliant! The rooms are quirky! Ours had a large walk in wardrobe, perfect for storing our cases out of the way! It also had a strange extra seating area in the bathroom, beside the bath - this was very quirky and gave you a bit of extra space!

The wifi was included (bonus!) and whilst taking a while to connect, was great once you were on!

Location was great- central LA - you drive to everything in LA anyway so it was grand! We were able to walk to local cafes, laundrette, liquor stores etc and the neighborhood seemed very safe.

Good big lot to park your car in which was good too.

All rooms have AC, tv, fridge, etc!

What more could you need really??

Note, the elevator was broken when we were there, and we were on the 2nd floor, but this was not an issue. Unless you have a disability that means you have difficulty with stairs (I don't think they have any ground floor rooms) it's not hard to walk up some stairs. Complainers need to stop being so lazy!

Overall, a great stay, friendly staff, lovely rooms, good location!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

I loved this hotel. It was old but had been renovated and was very comfortable and clean. Location was also great with the Dash bus on the corner taking us to Hollywood Blvde. Loved the cafe downstairs with good food, friendly service and interesting decor.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hollywood Historic Hotel
Address: 5162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038-4117
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #108 of 351 Hotels in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hollywood Historic Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our rooms are private and fully equipped with private Bathrooms. In room Refrigerators, Plasma TV, Time Warner Premium Cable Channels, Coffee Makers with complimentary Coffee, Daily Housekeeping, 24 Hour Security,Private Paid Parking available, 24 Hour Video Surveillance, 24 Hour Front desk. ... more   less 
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