"No frills, but an ok place to crash."
I went to LA for a weekend and planned to be out and about pretty much the whole time. Basically all I was looking for was a clean place to sleep, shower, and lock up my luggage, and I got that.
The staff was nice when I interacted with them, and they let me check in early, so they were cool. The room was clean, which was all I was really concerned about. It was very basic: a bed, two nightstands, a dresser, a dining table with two chairs, a TV, and a standard bathroom. The TV had like 6 stations, so go elsewhere if you're a big TV-watcher. There was a heating/AC unit, and it kept the place very cool. They offer a free continental breakfast, which I didn't partake in, but it's there if you want it. The place is about 10 minutes from LAX, less than 5 minutes to I-405, there's a plaza with a Target nearby if you need anything, and there are tons of restaurants nearby, mostly fast food. Try Bertha's Famous Soul Food down the street, it's AMAZING.
My only complaint is that I had to get my keycard re-magnetized at the front desk 3 or 4 times, which was a little annoying. Other than that, no complaints. If you're the type who's scared of "bad" neighborhoods then you might not like the area, but all the locals I interacted with were nothing but nice. But at the end of the day, you drive out of the lot into the Los Angeles "ghetto". I found the area charming, but more suburban types might think it's low-rent. I definitely didn't feel unsafe at any time, so I wouldn't stress it. One thing that some might find disturbing is that there are low planes flying by frequently, coming in for landing at LAX. I grew up near an airport myself, so I'm used to it, but others might not like that.
I'd recommend this place IFFFF you just want a place to sleep and don't want to spend a lot on your hotel. If you're looking for a hotel "experience" find another option. There's no pool, no room service, no restaurant or lounge....i mean, it's an Econo Lodge. It's clean and there's free breakfast if you want it. It's like 15-20 minutes to Venice Beach where I spent most of my time. There's a casino about a block away if you're into that, and it's right by the Forum if you're in town for a game. So it's a good spot, it's just basic.
FuzzyDunlop from Massachusetts, USA