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Century Wilshire
Ranked #299 of 355 Hotels in Los Angeles
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Reviewed November 4, 2005

Upon my arrival in my room, I found the TV not working (all snow) so I tried to call the front desk....but the phone didn't work...so I walked to the front desk and asked for help. I told the desk clerk that the phone didn't work and she said "go behind the dresser and make sure it is plugged in or wiggle the cord"...when I asked how to get the TV to work she said "how am I supposed to know?". This place is one to avoid, the main elevator feels like you are going to drop to the basement and the rooms are oh so basic (not even an alarm clock in them).
You can do much better than this place...

  • Stayed: October 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 1, 2005

Spend your hard earned money elswwhere....

I used to stay at this spot back when you could get a fairly good room for $99 a night. At that time, the little 'inconveniences' were ok--since the place is in an excellent location, parking is free, and, for non-smokers, every room is a non-smoking room. Now, at a minimum of $120 a night, the Century Wilshire doesn't compare to other hotels in the area. Unless you get one of the rooms at the interior of the property, the traffic noise will keep you up all night (that is, unless you have a room abutting the apt. next door, in which case you'll also have noise from their heating/air conditioning unit). In addition, the curtains and bedspreads are filthy, people smoke in the staircases, the elevator is marginally functional, and the parking lot difficult to maneuver. For the price, you can get a clean, quiet, well managed place to stay elsewhere.

6  Thank luvit
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Virginiia Beach ,Virginia
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Reviewed October 17, 2005

The Century Wilshire is a charming, small hotel---a friendly oasis in the big city.We loved our three nights here. The rooms are clean and well furnished. The continental breakfast, juice, fresh fruit, rolls and muffins is enjoyed in the cosy dining room or the spacious outdoor garden. The hotel is located in an attractive, safe,neighborhood a block from the Hammer Art Museum and within walking distance of many good restaurants. The pool is sparkling. The free parking a bonus. The staff helpful and friendly. Many of the guests are loyal repeaters. If you want a standard commercial hotel and require perfection--don't come. If you can roll with the punches when the bath water isn't always hot and prefer charm to glitz-- the Century Wilshire is forYOU! And by Los Angeles standards it's a bargain!

Stayed: October 2005
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Stanford, CA
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Reviewed September 15, 2005

I've stayed in hotels and motels all over the world, from Motel 6's and European hostels to Four Seasons, and this was WITHOUT A DOUBT the worst hotel I've ever encountered. Room looked like it was furnished from garage sale castoffs, plumbing was atrocious, breakfast buffet was little more than toast and jam, staff was unresponsive to complaints -- and I agree with other reviewers that the place generally felt unsafe. About the only good thing that can be said is that it's within walking distance of UCLA. Otherwise it's an absolute rip-off. Stay away.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed June 14, 2005

Upon our check-in at 4:50pm arriving from LAX, our room was NOT ready for occupancy. I informed the front desk and asked for another room as I should not have to wait. They seemed hesitant to give us another room, but did so anyway. The second room was half --- ready, missing a bedspread. I informed the front desk staff and they had one sent down by housekeeping. During our stay, the bottom of the shower doors hinge was completely off the track, the staff was rude and joked about the situation instead of taking it lightly as a hazard if someone were to get hurt. The continental breakfast staff was very adimant that you do not remove any dishware and take it to your room, just because you don't want to eat in a crowded room full of other guests. The parking situation sucked, as cars were stacked behind one another. And if the parking lot was full, you have to leave your car parked near the front desk and give your car keys to the front desk if they have to move the vehicle. Oh, also, at this hotel when you leave your room, you HAVE to leave your room key with the front desk staff. Let alone, giving someone the opportunity to go in your room at anytime you were not there. With all this said, the staff "supposedly" contacted the general manager about my complaint and provided an insulting $25 credit + tax.
My best guess. DO NOT STAY HERE! You'll waste your money. Better off staying at they Wyndham Bel Age or somewhere. As they state on their website, "Our cozy, European Boutique style hotel fits superbly in the wide rainbow of culture, taste and people who explore, visit and reside in our vast city." I think not!

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Reviewed June 14, 2005

While not without some charm the overall impression this hotel leaves is one of promises unfulfilled and the feeling you have stayed at a very unprofessional establishment. If you have ever stayed in a dingy little hotel in Europe you know what you are in for. Rude staff, tiny rooms, tiny showers, horrible beds and a lack of good service. Also, the fact that you have to give your room key to them before leaving is astonishingly unsafe (as mentioned in a review here.)

Not only that but ANYONE can come in and say a room number and get a key. No I.D., no name check, nothing -- just "here you go." I could have asked for any room there, gone in and taken what I wanted and left. Do yourself and your belongings a favor -- go somewhere with electronic keys.

The bed was the hardest rock I have ever slept on (and I've stayed in many a low price hotel.) For something in this neighborhood and price range you would expect better.

I give it two stars as it does has some charm to it and the neighborhood is decent but very residential. Expect to drive everywhere -- but don't expect a parking space when you come back. The garage is tiny and dangerous. And doesn't fit all the guests cars. There was also a giant apartment party about 10 feet from our window (though not the hotel's fault -- the danger of being in that neighborhood.)

We had a horrible maintenance problem as well and were told that "We're not a Howard Johnsons." ---- right -- I'd rather be there where they would fix things that were dangerously broken.

There are many other hotels in the area albeit at $30-60 more a night. Do it -- this bargain is not worth it.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed March 27, 2005

I recently spent 5 nights at the Century Wilshire Hotel and found it to be a nice place, reasonabilty priced, and in a great location. Sure, it's a bit worn around the edges, but it was very clean and the staff were outstanding. Free parking is available in the hotel's basement and the continental breakfast, surrounded by guests from a varitey of countries, was a great way to start the day. On my third morning a guest sat at the hotel's piano and played some beautiful music while I read the paper and drank my morning coffee. What a great way to start your day.

  • Stayed: March 2005
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Additional Information about Century Wilshire

Address: 10776 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024-6432
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Westside
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #299 of 355 Hotels in Los Angeles
Price Range: $135 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Century Wilshire 2.5*
Number of rooms: 99
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