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“Just Great”
Review of Los Feliz Lodge

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Los Feliz Lodge
Ranked #15 of 90 Los Angeles B&B and Inns
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“Just Great”
Reviewed February 8, 2010

I went to LA to see some of Frank Lloyd Wright´s houses, and Los Feliz Lodge was conveniently located close to Ennis House and to Hollyhock House. I stayed at the Green Casita for 3 days, and it was like being at home. It´s roomy, sunny, clean, comfortable, a surprisingly pleasant place to stay. Jacob and Angus were very helpfull, the kitchen was fully equipped, the neighborhood is just great. The various patios around the lodge have a relaxed atmosphere which is very cool.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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brisbane
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Reviewed September 22, 2009

After booking quirky and unusual accommodation in South America, Cuba and Mexico, I didn't want to settle for anything less in California, so my partner and I went a little out of our budget to stay at the wonderful Los Feliz Lodge. We had originally booked the Green Casita, but the lovely owners bumped us up to the Vista Villa 1501 at no extra cost. It was so cool and comfortable and it was a tragic shame we were only there for one night!

It is in a great spot, has everything you could need and is so beautifully decorated with all sorts of strange and wonderful art, trinkets, and vintage furniture. One of the other reviewers mentioned that they wished they'd noted the name of the interior designer - which I did! Her name is Deana Bracken, she's an eco-designer and apparently runs an online shop called Green With Glamour.

The bed was extremely comfortable, as were the robe and slippers, and we were very glad to have a washing machine and dryer at our disposal after living out of our backpacks for a month. The owners have put together a little folder with heaps of local info - we tried one of the Indian Restaurants they suggested and it was great - and put together a little personally-addressed welcome letter, which was a nice touch seeing as we let ourselves into the property.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Vashon, Washington
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

According to TripAdvisor, my travel style is "try to blend in with the locals." But for the non-surgically- or financially-enhanced, there are few places in the world where that is more difficult than Los Angeles. Nevertheless, my husband and I have returned to the city many times over the years, partly for winter breaks from our home behind the Pacific Northwest's "rain curtain," and partly for the LA's glorious museums, restaurants and architecture. Not until we stayed in Los Feliz Lodge this year, however, did I feel so at home that I actually contemplated moving.
The Lodge is actually two adjacent 1920s buildings: A small courtyard complex (the Red Casitas), and a duplex (the Green Casitas, where we stayed). Both are unobtrusive, single-storey buildings that were contructed at the same time as the rest of the neighborhood, which is all residential. When you reserve, the owners send a code for access to the gate and to the door lock. On arrival, you let yourself in. Be sure to bring a photo of the buildings if you are unfamiliar with the area, as there are no signs. We arrived late at night, and my only regret was not having a small flashlight to see the unilluminated keypad for the gate. Once we punched the code in by cell-phone light, there was no problem getting in to our half of the duplex.
The space was immense for two people, and we had more amenities than we could ever have used: Two flat-screen TVs, a huge kitchen fully stocked with enough dishes and silverware to invite the neighbors over the housewarming party I began daydreaming about, spacious living and dining rooms, and a laundry room. Bedroom and bathroom were proportionally a little smaller, but still comfortable. The bedroom had a walk-in closet containing two terry robes.
One of the reasons we wanted to visit Los Feliz is the mid-century modern architecture for which the neighborhood is known. The Lodge's decor pays homage to that style of design, a feature we appreciated as neither of us are fans of the rustic "olde worlde" or Victorian style found in many inns and B&Bs.
My favorite aspect of the Lodge was the garden. Although necessarily small due to the densely-inhabited neighborhood, I found sitting at the tables on the front porch and side yard, surrounded by clouds of headily-perfumed jasmine, listening to the singing birds and gazing up at the Hollywood Hills, to be heaven on earth.
Los Feliz Lodge is a few miles from the major tourist sites such as Hollywood and the Susnset Strip, so a car is essential. There is no off-street parking, but the neighborhood is so quiet that we never worried about the car. For intrepid walkers, the Vermont Avenue and Hillhurst areas (made famous in the movie "Swingers") are nearby, with all the restaurants, grocery stores and hipster bars anyone could need. A little further afield, but still doable in a day's walk, are Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock and Ennis-Brown houses, along with a bounty of fascinating homes in the hills in styles ranging from faux-Tudor to cantelivered white concrete, all draped in bougainvillea and surrounded by bananas, palms and coral trees.
On our last day at the Lodge I walked around the neighborhood picking up real estate flyers. I may not be able to do more than daydream about moving to the area, but I'll definitely stay at Los Feliz Lodge the next time I visit.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank schippk
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Saskatchewan
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Reviewed April 8, 2009

We stayed in the Green Casita for one week, and it was terrific. The casita was clean and comfortable, and was very nicely decorated. The owner/manager left a binder with recommendations for things to do and places to eat. There was also a selection of local restaurant menus to help you decide where to go.

The location was excellent also. We loved walking around Los Feliz Village and the Sunset Junction area, where there were lots of neat little restaurants and shops where I bought the awesomest purse!!! It was just two blocks from an Underground station, where you could ride to Universal Studios, Hollywood/Vine, and many other places. We rented a car also though, and would recommend getting a GPS because we would have been lost without it!

We had the best time and would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 13, 2008

We hate feeling like tourists in a city and our little apartment at Los Feliz Lodge (the Red Casita) made us feel like we were living there for a few days (5 nights Oct 2008). It was a home from home which had everything we needed in facilities, as well as the interior being very funky LA chic.

The casita was super clean, comfy bed, great kitchen and bathroom with all the bits and pieces you need (coffee, tea bags, sugar, shampoo etc..).
We particularly liked the folder of info left for us which was a really useful guide to the area, particularly the personal reviews of restaurants, coffee shops etc. You can miss so much if you don't know where to go and Los Feliz is a great area to explore as well as being within an easy drive (once we'd mastered LA driving) of lots of great places - Griffith Park, Hollywood Hills etc etc...

We booked at the last minute directly with Liz on the phone, she was very friendly and offered us a discount as there was some work going on in the casita next door (which didn't bother us at all in the end).
The check in couldn't have been easier although it did feel strange to show up, let ourselves in and then not see anyone for the whole 5 days. We would have liked someone to say hi and check we were ok, but that's a minor thing and we did enjoy the privacy.

We had a fabulous time in LA and would highly recommend Los Feliz Lodge to anyone looking for a fresh and funky alternative to bland hotel rooms.

  • Liked — Home from home feel
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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oregon
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Reviewed November 9, 2008

my husband and I have discovered the most excellent place to say while in the Los Angeles Area. The Los Feliz Lodge.Our villa had it's own unique style and personality. The cleanliness was impeccable and we enjoyed the robes and slippers almost as much as the soft comfy bed. Our stay at the Los Feliz Lodge has exceeded our expectations and it has helped to make our stay tin LA that much more memorable.

  • Liked — The full kitchen, ipod docking station, the retro design, friendly staff
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

My only regret about my stay at Los Feliz Lodge was that we were only able to stay one night.

The set-up is basically a short-stay apartment rental managed like a hotel/b&b - you check yourself in and out by way of a security code on the doors so there is no difficulties obtaining keys etc, you just turn up and let yourself in any time after "check in" time.

We stayed in one of the large apartments, villa 1501. The website doesn't do justice to how spacious it was. The property is absolutely beautifully decorated with a quirky retro-modern flavour (the name of the interior designer is listed in the information pack and I wish I'd taken note!) and there are lots of thoughtful touches - internet access, ipod dock, bath robes, yoga mats, you name it! The large kitchen is well equipped including a few basic cooking items (fresh coffee, olive oil etc).

There is a small patio with just enough space for table and chairs - for morning coffee in the sun surrounded by the butterflies that flocked to the lavender plants. The neighbouring roads are pretty quiet with just a little traffic coming past in the morning, nothing disruptive.

The surrounding area is great, with a local neighbourhood feel - lots of bars (Good Luck Bar is a must-visit), cafes and restaurants, and shopping.

Email communication from the owner was always extremely prompt and they provided a useful information pack in the villa for use during your visit detailing everything from local shops to where to go to watch the sunset.

This would make a great base for a longer visit to LA, but even for one night, it's a wonderful alternative to staying in a hotel and having a much more unique and memorable experience.

  • Liked — Beautiful decor
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank beeboo
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Property: Los Feliz Lodge
Address: 1507 N Hoover St, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA 90027-5521
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles
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Ranked #15 of 90 B&Bs / Inns in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect Hotel Alternative! Los Feliz Lodge is located in the charming Los Feliz neighborhood, just a short stroll to Los Feliz Village and the hip Silver Lake Sunset Junction area. Very close to the Metro, and just few stops to the Hollywood touristy areas, Downtown or Universal Studios. The "lodge" is a 1920's Spanish-style courtyard apartment complex. Offering detached bungalows with fully equipped kitchens, a/c, wireless internet, cable & telephone, mini-bar, robes and slippers, tea and coffee. ... more   less 
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