I stayed three nights at the Wilshire Crest Hotel and liked it very much. The room was big, quiet (I didn't notice any neighbor noises), and dark at night. It certainly wasn't fancy--there wasn't even a radio (and blessedly no minibar). The furnishings are perfectly fine, but not stylish. The Wilshire Crest is a two story hotel with no elevator, and there are no views to speak of, although the Orange St. side looks out on a pleasant residential street. There's free wireless internet, unlikely some fancier places I stayed. Staff was helpful.
I almost never eat free hotel breakfasts, they rarely seem to be much good, and there are lots of good places close by for breakfast. At $125 per night, the money you save compared to other area hotels will fund your breakfast.
There were a couple of hiccups, the room door one room required some jiggling of the key to open. The flush handle on the toilet was a little loose--it worked OK, but it should have been fixed and wasn't. I actually stayed in two different rooms because there was a break in my stay--both were good.
As previous reviewers have noted, you can walk to a lot from here--the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and "Museum Row", the Farmers Market/Grove, restaurants on 3rd St. There's a strip mall with several restaurants a block away on Wilshire Blvd.--Cafe Latte is a very nice breakfast/lunch place. Walkscore--which rates how accessible stores and services are by walking--gives the Wilshire Crest a 97 out of 100, putting it in the top 2% of walk-accessible locations in the city of Los Angeles.
Transit here is very good. I stayed without a car with no problem. Wilshire Boulevard has very frequent bus service west to Beverly Hills, Westwood (UCLA) and Santa Monica, and east to Koreatown and Downtown LA. Wilshire & Fairfax, about a 5 minute walk away, has a Rapid bus stop, and the Rapids move along quite nicely. Fairfax Ave. has good bus service north to the Fairfax commercial area (if you don't feel like walking) and Hollywood. There are also connections all along Fairfax to east-west bus routes like Beverly Blvd. Because the Wilshire Crest is very central to the visitor-oriented parts of LA, the travel times to these places are reasonable.
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