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Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza
Ranked #7 of 351 Hotels in Los Angeles
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Parker, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great rooms, not so great location”
Reviewed October 2, 2006

We stayed at the omni for one night. It took us about 1.5 hours to get from a relatively close location to there. not that that was unexpected, because the hotel is downtown. however, it was kind of a drag. the hotel is also not in the nicest area of town. It is not a terrible section of the city, but not a great one either. The hotel's lobby is not very welcoming. Having said all of that, the room was very nice. it was quite large and had a tub and shower in the bathroom. The beds were extremely comfortable. The 2 restaurants were very nice, as was the outdoor pool. The hotel also offers a towncar service, which can become useful, although it will only go to locations within a short distance. The front desk was fairly helpfull. Overall, mainly because of the very nice rooms, a nice night's stay. if you are looking for a charming hotel; this isnt it. however, if you are looking for a nice, quiet, comfortable place to sleep downtown, this may be your hotel.

  • Liked — Comfortable beds
  • Disliked — lack of charisma, personality
  • Tips/Secrets — ask for a plaza view room
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2006

Beautiful hotel. I traveled with my family but for work. Rooms were clean, large and very well decorated. Comfortable beds too. The location stinks on weekend because there is no place to eat but the hotel and it can get pricey. I followed a tip I saw on Trip Advisor and joined the Omni's Select club (free) and got upgraded to the club floor which has a lounge with drinks and food.

  • Liked — rooms
  • Disliked — location - downtown LA is a dead zone
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled on business
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3 Thank ATravelerq
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 27, 2006

I stayed here for a conference recently and was very impressed with both the rooms and the facilities. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and the bathrooms were especially large, with nice amenities. The conference facilities were great and so was the food served and the service. My favorite part was the free Starbucks coffee in the 3rd floor restaurant--I hate roaming a strange city at 6 a.m. trying to find the coffee I so desperately need! The gym was above average and the pool was smallish but nice. There were a few things that seemed to be needing some attention, like missing faucet handles here and there, etc., but generally it was great. The beds were the best part--really a great night of sleep.

  • Stayed September 2006
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3 Thank ehbnyc
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Sacramento, CA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2006

I read many reviews about the Omni Hotel Los Angeles and most had nothing but great things to say about this property. Perhaps my expectations were set too high because my experience did not mirror that which others encountered. Here are the issues I found: Hotel staff not at all knowledeable about the area around the hotel (e.g. - restaurants, parking issues, etc) and they appeared minimally interested in helping me out. The rooms were adequate but nothing spectacular as I had expected from other reviews. The pool area had NO spa and the towels were not kept stocked adequately during my stay. One MAJOR issue I must make all aware of: parking is a joke! VERY expensive: $26.00 a day (valet) and if your into tipping everytime you have to get your car, then well hats off to you.. I'm not into that and it was quite costly during my stay. Parking around the hotel is not recommended due to the reported car thefts and burglaries in the area by hotel staff. I also didn't see any security on site at the hotel during my stay (at least they were not visible). Overall, the hotel is adequate but nothing remarkable and in my opinion this is not a 4 star property.

  • Liked — price of the room
  • Disliked — location
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2006

The Omni looks and feels a lot like a hotel which was flash in its day - unfortunately that day has passed. Not that it isn't perfectly ok, just some of it is a bit overblown for the standard of the hotel - eg the 10 bellmen mingling around all desperately trying to help you to earn a tip becomes a bit tiring. But thats coming from a New Zealander not used to that sort of thing so it might be perfectly normal.

Other than that the staff were friendly, room service prompt, the room was comfortable and the bed was huuuuge, and the location is ideal for exploring around the MOCA and Disney concert hall, and downtown.

A warning to NZers (and others) trying avoid staying in Anaheim, and have this place recommended to you by a travel agent (like we were). This is ok for a night, but beyond that it is quite restrictive as the nightlife is dead, even restaurants are hard to get to. Pay the extra money and stay in Hollywood or Santa Monica.

  • Liked — The huuuge bed
  • Disliked — Being in downtown LA
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank passive649
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Silver Spring, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2006

Wow - we had read the reviews and were ready for a nice stay - and we got it. The service is absolutely amazing. We tried to check in early, but there were no rooms available (understandably). When we came back over two hours later, the front desk greeted us by name and had everything ready for us. The concierge also performed admirably time and time again - with unique requests such as a tuxedo rental and dress alterations.

The beds are fantastic, I wanted to bring one home with me. A luxury hotel would offer nicer amenities, but this is top notch for the price.

Valet parking was expensive, but do join their frequest stay club - a hot pot of coffee delivered to your door each morning is a treat.

Location is central - while there are not a lot of dining choices nearby, it's expected that you'll drive everywhere anyway - it's LA!

  • Liked — The bed!
  • Disliked — Lack of local (walking distance) dining options.
  • Tips/Secrets — Join their frequent guest program!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank baileyd72
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London, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2006

I just got back from a trip to LA and stayed in both Santa Monica and the Omni in Downtown LA.

I booked the Omni based on the reviews here and on a great deal ($150 a night).

Whilst I was very happy with the hotel, I didn't experience any of the "wow" factors that other reviewers have. Reception staff were perfectly pleasant, but not exceptionally so, and in the two days I was there there was never once an occasion where the doorman opened the door for me - even when I came back laden with shopping bags! It seemed that they were focusing on the rich American families and business guests, rather than the lone female traveller - I wondered if they thought I was less likely to tip!?

The room was comfortable - and an enormous king size bed - but no hairdryer!!

The area is very quiet and didn't feel particularly safe. The Metro is only a block away, but you have to walk through an area populated by homeless people to get there. OK (if a little smelly) during the day, but certainly made me nervous of doing so at night.

In summary, if you need a comfortable room to rest your head, a good deal. If you want to be in the action, or want a hairdryer, try elsewhere!!

  • Liked — comfortable bed
  • Disliked — location
  • Tips/Secrets — Public Transport in LA is very hit and miss! If you want to see the sites and don't have a car, choose a more centrally located hotel
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
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6 Thank Skidoodles
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Property: Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza
Address: 251 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3002
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
#3 Spa Hotel in Los Angeles
#3 Luxury Hotel in Los Angeles
#4 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#5 Family Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Omni Los Angeles at California Plaza 4.5*
Number of rooms: 453
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