I noticed that most people are reviewing the Casino part and not the actual hotel stay so let me tell you how my stay was here.
Sadly I had to stay here out of desperation on 7/30/14. I lost my home a few weeks ago and have been living in my car with my 5 year old because shelters wont help me because I have a small, low paying job. UGH! So I happened upon a $59 Expedia deal for one night and I really needed the rest. I grew up in lower middle class so going to Compton wasn’t something I wanted to do but had to.
From the looks of this place it looked closed and falling apart. I took a ramp down and that’s where all the crazy drivers fighting for parking spots. I looked for one close to see if there was a handicap stall available and it wasn’t. I tried to drive around to the other side of the hotel but it looked like employee parking and there was no exit. There was weeds and grass growing up from the cracks in the concrete. Nothing on the outside had been maintained. The building looked like it was about to fall apart but there was a sign that said opened during renovation, but there was no renovation being done. We ended up parking alongside a brick wall near a Metro link and train connection.
Outside the casino were people dressed in PJ’s or clothes that didn’t really matter. Most were smoking. I could appreciate them not smoking inside. Once inside half of one wall was taped up with what looked like black garbage bags. I went to the front desk. One of the security guards had a foul mouth, call me old fashion but cursing around women and children disgusts me. The guy behind the counter didn’t have on a name tag and was wearing a pink shirt and tan pants. I told him I would like to check in and he asked my name. He then told me that he needed an additional $100 to hold until I left. I told him that’s not what I paid for and I already paid the $59 on my credit card. He tried to explain to me that I paid Expedia and not the hotel, WHAT!!! So after debating with him, him telling me oh Expedia should have told me, he finally says give me $60 and your ID and you will get it back in the morning. WTH!!! I was desperate for shelter and exhausted and so was my son. I told him that I would be leaving at 5am in the morning and asked if that was a problem and asked if there would be someone here for me to check out and get my money and ID back. He goes on to explain that breakfast is at 7 and the swimming pool opens at 10, I said that was fine but I’m leaving at 5am.
Once upstairs I see the ice machine and soda vending machine. Everything seems pretty quiet and pretty vacant. I looked around for security cameras in the elevator and hallways but I didn’t see any. I didn’t feel very safe. I entered room 703 and I was hit with a smell of FUNK and Cigarette Smoke, yuck. The room was stale. I turned on the vent and a/c, checked the TV and bathroom to see if it was clean. It was acceptable from the look of things. Now I’m about 5’11” tall and everything was far too low to the ground. I worked in Japan for a year and I’m use to things being made for shorter people and that’s what I got. The bed was low, the counters were low, the chairs all low. Me having 3 herniated discs in my back made things painful. I washed up and flicked on the TV to see if they had any shows, nope. Channel 5 was a Spanish channel, strange because I like KTLA. The stations didn’t go up very far and once past basic it was just the Disney channel, TBS, and then Chinese channels mostly. Sadly I was only given 1 pillow and 1 decorative pillow. The pillow you sleep on had cotton on one side and beads on the other side. It’s like they took old pillows and added beads to them to make them larger. Weird! I noticed outside the trains but not to be alarmed you can only hear the sound of the whistle faintly so it doesn’t really disturb anyone.
I was awoken around midnight to the sound of laughter and talking coming from the next room. Yeah the walls are that thin. They remained the chatter until around 3am when they finally fell asleep. I had to get up at 4:30am to give my son a shower, freshen up and get ready for work and school.
I get downstairs exactly at 5am and there was no one at the front desk. The security guard said that they went upstairs to use the bathroom. WTH!! So I waited until 5:20am for someone to show up. The lady sees me there and she walks slowly without any urgency to help me. I said I need to check out and she asks if they have my deposit. She then goes to look for my envelope with my money and ID in it. Then she asks for the deposit slip, WTH!! Glad I kept it in my purse or I would have to go back upstairs to get it. It’s just a printed piece of paper like a receipt, not a deposit slip.
I finally leave and made it to my car. My car had a man on a motorcycle sitting near it and two Hispanic guys smoking. I rush to get in and drive off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the LA Crystal Hotel, the best place to stay if you’re looking affordable hotels within the Los Angeles area. LA Crystal Hotel is perfect for locals and international tourists looking for a hotel near Southern California’s most exciting places including Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Disneyland, Downtown LA, Universal Studios Hollywood, Citadel Outlets and Santa Monica Beach. At the LA Crystal Hotel, we want our guests to lodge in comfort with the ease and convenience of exploring LA’s most popular attractions. We are conveniently located by the 91, 710, 110 freeways, between Long Beach Airport and LAX Airport. The Metro Artesia Station is right in front of the hotel. LA Crystal Hotel is also surrounded by plenty of great dining, shopping and entertainment options. The surrounded area makes this hotel perfect for all travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crystal Park Hotel Compton