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“There's a reason they have poor reviews!” 2 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Los Angeles/Near Convention Center
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   603 South New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005   |  
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

These guys are pretty petty and unless you desperate or maybe staying only a night I would definately go elsewhere.

The asian lady on the front desk is rude and definately should not be in hotel or hospitality. While we were waiting she took a number of calls and was rude to the person on the other line. She didn't seem to want to talk to them at all, she used the line "I am very busy, it is check out time and I have a line of people". There was no one waiting, and check out time was not until 10am, it was 7.30am. This was a joke thought about leaving then but we had already paid.

The stay was fine after reading reviews on the thiefs and that we made sure our room had the sign on the door so no one entered. Staff were rude, head cleaning lady checked our bags while we entered the elevator. Not sure why felt it was extremely rude since it had nothing to do with what we brought in the room.

Also staff eat with you for breakfast which is extremely unprofessional and I have never seen anywhere in all the countries I have travelled. This is reason enough to not go. Professionalism out the door. Honestly atleast go into a separate room. Had both the police at a room a couple doors down and an ambulance/fire a few doors the other way.

Not a good place to stay. In the middle of nowhere and not many good places to eat near it at all unless you are a fan of asian breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Would suggest spending your money elsewhere. Poor excuse for a hotel, cheap and nasty. Would not want to be associated with this hotel at all and or the chain unfortunately.

  • Stayed July 2014
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stayed in this hotel for three nights. We had had really nice three weeks roadtrip over the California, Nevada and Arizona, but it ended up really bad in this hotel. At the last day we stayed there, we find out that somebody had opened our luggages and stole all our new and old purses, sunglasses, jacket, belt, souvenir fridge magnets ect. Our total loss were more than 1000 $. We called police and make a police report. The manager of this hotel promised us to check the security camera. Police hadn't had time to do that. Maybe he did this and then told us, that the only one who he saw getting in our room, was the housekeeper. We should have noticed that something isn't quite right, because the housekeepers of this hotel were the only ones at that roadtrip, who never looked into your eyes or even smiled to you. Housekeeper or not but at least it was somebody from the hotel crew that used electrical key and made this crime!! The hotel didn't refund us anything. They didn't do anything for us. We feel very sad because we lost everything what we have purposely came to the States to buy. Any insurance doesn't replace what we had just bought on our trip and lost everything. So, beware about your belongings. There is no safety locker in the room and now we know why.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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RecreationFamiyII, General Manager at Howard Johnson Los Angeles/Near Convention Center, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
I am sorry that your experience did not meet your expectations. Please allow me to give me sincerest apologies.

As we discussed before, I have reviewed the video to see anybody entering your room. The housekeeper was in the room but did not carry anything out.

We have purchased all new safes for the rooms and we are in the process of installing safes. We can provide a safe upon request.

Please let me know if you need more information.

David Fee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Stayed here for Anime Expo in July 2014. For $110 a night, it was a steal: you are about a 10 minute walk to the Wilshire/Vermont Metro, which has both the Red and Purple lines going through it. What that means is that you get a train taking you to 7th St. Metro or Union Station every 5 minutes. For Anime Expo, every 5 minutes = awesome! Staying at a dumpy hotel Anime Expo might have a deal with isn't worth it (I won't name the others, but their cheap recommendations are roach motels). For those hitting the touristy Hollywood/Highland or Universal Studios Metro Stops, both are less than 15 minutes away by Red Line Metro.

This is a newly renovated Howard Johnson, including the bathrooms, which are pristine and clean. Water pressure is glorious in the shower. Flat screen tv with lots of channels. Free and fast wireless. Fridge and microwave. Free breakfast. . Don't expect big rooms, however: it's smaller than a bachelor pad. The rooms are not soundproof. No pool.

Biggest drawback: only one elevator. And it can get s-l-o-w. I just used the stairs most of the time.

I didn't have a car, but I agree with previous posters: the parking lot is smaller than a 7-11's. This is not the hotel to come to if you are bringing a car. If you have a pickup truck or soccer Mom van, forget about it. It's really a better hotel if you are like me: flying into LA, and using public transit only. It's a dream for us.

It's Safe: When I was there, the guests were like me going to Anime Expo; or really nice tourists from various parts of America who were all professionals. No gangsta elements staying here: don't worry! They do charge a $100 deposit, but I got it back. The whiners about that deposit are douchebags with bad intentions: good riddance to them, I say. The $100 deposit keeps the riff-raff out.

I wouldn't recommend walking alone from the Metro Station to the hotel after 10pm: it's deserted and dark on 6th and New Hampshire after dark. But really, that's with any area of downtown LA. If you're in a group, walk out as late as you want.

Good Things Less than 5 Minutes away: There is an affordable Chinese restaurant right next door to the hotel, which had a very tasty Spicy Tofu dish for a vegan like me. They also had General Tao Tofu. Their small size is $6.99, but small = super sized in LA!. Lots of meat dishes for you carnivores, as well. 24 hour booze store in a Korean complex also 5 minutes away, to go with your meal. Completing the 5 minute walk radius: 24 Hour Wal-Greens and a Denny's (if that's your thing).

Good Things 15 Minutes Walk Away: Vons, a 24 hour grocery store. It has everything there at great prices. No plastic bags in LA grocery stores, though, so bring some good quality fabric bags, unless you want to pay for flimsy paper bags that will break on the long 15 to 20 minute hike back to the hotel! The best restaurants of Koreatown are also 15 minutes away by walking. Better to bus it. (And while not my thing, there is a McDonalds 15 minutes away by walking, too)

Friendly Staff: the lovely and talented girl, Malou; and the nice guy, Alex, are the ones you want to talk to on the phone or in person if you need anything. And contrary to what some suspicious 1-review-only person has written below, the cleaning staff are nice, friendly, and courteous. We left our room for 36 hours, with all of our stuff in it, and nothing was taken, except the dirt and grime we left behind, lol. They made it super clean. The only staff member who is less-than-friendly is the general manager, David. Avoid him as much as you can, and you will enjoy your time here.

Conclusion: A good choice for single travelers, or budget-conscious couples who are using public transit in LA. If you're public transiting it in LA, it's always better to have a hotel close to multiple train lines. One train line = more waiting and more crowds. That is not the case at this super Howard Johnson close to TWO train lines in LA. :)

LAX Airport to Hotel Tip: Airport to hotel (and back) is very easy, fast, and cheap. Take the $8 (one way) LAX Flyaway Bus to Union Station. The LAX Flyaway Bus comes right outside every terminal at LAX, every 30 minutes. Then either the Red or Purple lines (North Hollywood direction, both lines on same platform) from Union Station to Wilshire/Vermont Station for the Metro Fare (approx $1.50, one way). YOU NEED A CREDIT CARD THOUGH FOR BOTH!!!!! Per person, it would be less than $10! A taxi, by comparison, is a whopping $65, one way, to the hotel! Only taxi it if you have 5 people or more, or if you have too much luggage.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

We spend two weeks in the Hojo. I only can say good things about this place. Everybody was nice(front desk+staff), the check-in ,-out went fast. Our room was big and REALLY clean. They cleaned our room daily. The breakfast was delicious, you can choose between baked goods,muffins,coffee,tea,juice,cereals,and you can make waffles too. It's close to the metro, and to Ralph's,Vons and there's a Walgreens store like 2 minutes walking distance. We came home at night(about 9:30PM)once, we didn't fear at all. There were a lot of people on the street. If we're gonna be back we definitely will choose the Hojo again.

Stayed June 2014
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RecreationFamiyII, General Manager at Howard Johnson Los Angeles/Near Convention Center, responded to this review, July 14, 2014
Thank you for awarding the highest possible rating on trip advisor – your destination expert.
I will share your comments with our staff as we continually strive toward great customer service.
We look forward to seeing you, your friends and family again soon, word of mouth being the best form of advertising on the net.
Thank you again,

David Fee
General Manager
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Property: Howard Johnson Los Angeles/Near Convention Center
Address: 603 South New Hampshire Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90005
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles
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#25 Best Value Hotel in Los Angeles
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Los Angeles/Near Convention Center 2*
Number of rooms: 89
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