As first time visitors to LA for a family break we were anxious to get a nice hotel in a decent location which gave us easy access to Hollywood (Universal etc) and Anaheim (Disneyland). Eventually decided on the Residence Inn Torrance due primarily to the location and cost - and after a fantastic 5 day stay we could not be more pleased with the decision. The location was perfect, just 15 minutes from LAX, 5 minutes from the freeway (Hollywood 40 mins North, Disneyland 40 mins South), and only 5 minutes from the splendid Pacific beach scene (where we rented bicycles at Hermosa Beach to ride the coastal bike lane to Venice beach). The Inn itself is more of a mini-resort with a main reception, pool, tennis/basketball court and an acre of semi-detached apartments. Our 'penthouse' apartment was a two floor arrangement which had a main bedroom with en suite, open plan lounge/kitchen and a loft bedroom (which our two daughters aged 12 & 10 absolutely loved !!). Room decoration was unspectacular however the rooms/linens/utensils were spotless and could not be faulted. Minor issue with internet access - had to physically connect my netbook as couldn't get wireless. Pool was of adequate size for lounging in between trips. Breakfast was included and of very good quality with several hot/cold choices and Waffle station was a big hit. Dining area could get busy depending on time of morning however there is additional seating outside as well as the option of taking everything back to your apartment. The staff were extremely helpful and polite and provided maps and information on most of our enquiries. We didn't see too much of the immediate area apart from a couple of restaurants and the supermarket across the road however the neighbourhood seemed well maintained and clean and we felt safe at all times. Overall, if you are visiting LA and planning a driving see-all experience as we did, then the Residence Inn Torrence is an excellent option due to it being clean, friendly, low cost (which includes breakfast and parking), and in a great location.
Penthouse Suite has the loft bedroom.
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