I stayed here for three weeks for work. The location was great and the apartments are spacious but there are both pros and cons:
Fantastic location at Marina del Rey on the edge of Venice and just a few blocks from the beach
Friendly staff and nice, well-kept grounds
Spacious apartments even though the decor is rather dated (including old CRT TVs)
Pool and gym (pool was being refurbished when I was here but it was the middle of winter so too cold to swim anyway)
Good cable and fast wireless included
Social events such as movie nights and Sunday continental breakfast (although I didn't actually go to these)
A bit cookie cutter - there are more than 500 apartments here so there's nothing private about this spot
The balconies all overlook central gardens but it means it's a fishbowl - you can see all of your neighbours and they can see you.
Biggest con: if booking, make sure to requst a second or third floor apartment. The ground floors are very dark, gloomy and downright depressing. As there are only two windows in the whole apartment, if you want natural light and to feel safe enough to leave them open for fresh air, the ground floor is not the way to go.
I initially had a ground floor and lasted three days before asking to move - the constant dark, gloominess was making me depressed. There was also a constant carpet deoderiser smell (like in cheap motel rooms) due to the lack of fresh air. Initially the guy on the front desk wanted to carhge me $175 to move as I hadn't requested a 2nd or 3rd floor on booking. I said this was unreasonable and he relented and after that there was no drama.
The second floor which is much better - although I still needed lights on in the kitchen all the time.
Overall, if you're looking for somewhere spacious, clean and secure to stay that's in a good spot but isn't anything unique or offers a real "LA beach community" experience, the Oakwood is a good choice and certainly beats staying in a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the luxurious waterside resort town of Marina del Rey with easy access to the 405 freeway, these fully furnished apartments are the perfect solution when searching for temporary housing in the Los Angeles area. You'll feel right at home while you stay with us in one of the most desired addresses in Southern California. The community has many wonderful amenities including a fitness center, swimming pool, and spa. As an added convenience, dry cleaning, rental car, and housekeeping services are available. And since you can choose from unfurnished or furnished apartments and work with our flexible leasing options we make moving in easy. Whether it's for business travel, relocation, leisure or any other short or long term corporate housing need you'll feel right at home here. ... more less
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