Boutique-type hotel with interesting quirks
Posted Apr 23, 2016 on Expedia
Conveniently located near LA central library, sandwich shops, Macy's, and Metrorail stop. Hotel had small lobby with adjacent bar and breakfast room. Free Internet and continental breakfast (pastries, oatmeal, cereal, coffee, OJ, but no waffles) were included. Hallways were narrow, dark, and stuffy. Room had a very quiet fridge and a decent flat-screen TV. Shower did not have a tub, just a stall, and had a movable "wand" type shower head which was nice. Hot water was nearly instant (no waiting); don't turn it up all the way or you'd be scalded (test with fingertip before walking in). Bathroom sink was a cylindrical bowl; counter space in the bathroom was very limited. Bed had a downward-aiming nightlight system built into the perimeter of the base which nicely illuminated the floor near the bed for late-night bathroom trips without disturbing sleep. My 5th-floor room was very quiet except for trash collection around 6:25 a.m. on Friday (I was facing an alley and the adjacent building, about 20 feet outside my window), and a few late-night returnees out in the hallway. Rooms had climate control, but you had to find the remote first to make adjustments. There was an unadvertised 14% surcharge for the gym (which I didn't use), "free" water bottles in the fridge (which I didn't drink), and other minor perks, which brought the price of my stay nearly up to that of the somewhat nicer Sheraton on the next block (which I walked to each day, as I was attending a conference there).