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“Clean, good price but downtown is dangerous”

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Stay on Main Hotel and Hostel
Sao Paulo, SP
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“Clean, good price but downtown is dangerous”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

The hostel is very clean. Linen and furniture are new. Price is very good!
If you stay on a shared room, be aware that restrooms and shower will be at the corridor and you will share it with man and woman. There are no sinks in the restrooms, so you need to go to your room to wash your hands after using the toilets.
My pillow was terrible, so I walked 3 blocks and bought one at Ross for $8.99.
Downtown LA is not the safest place to stay at. There are many homeless on the streets and some people look like zombies walking around, some on drugs and drunk. Do never walk alone during the night! If you are a girl, return to the hostel before it gets dark!
The hostel is very big and they have security cameras at the lobby but not at the corridors on dorms levels.
The Hostel gives a Starbucks gift for people who writes Good Reviews about the hostel, so be aware of super good reviews. Maybe people wrote it just to get a free coffee!

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Bali, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

There aren't a lot of cheap and clean places to stay in downtown LA area and this is one of the better options for that. The room that i stayed is really clean as well as the bathroom which is nice. I didn't have any trouble sleeping and the noise wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. There are restaurants and shops within walking distance. I wouldn't suggest walking alone at night because after all this is LA and you never know what could happen. The breakfast line can get really long especially during holiday season. There are some computers that guests can use in the lobby which is really helpful. Overall, for the price that i paid I was quite satisfied.

Room Tip: Higher floors have quiter rooms because it's the furthest from the road.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

First of all, this hotel/hostel has a very convenient location. If you don't have a car, it's the very best place you can stay in Los Angeles, with easy access to all kinds of metro bus and subways.
The staff are very friendly, and the front desk is 24 hours.

Room Tip: Rooms near the elevator have better wifi connection.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014 via mobile

This is a low priced hotel - it's what you really pay for. I stayed in May 2014. The room itself is average and the shower room is a wet room, rather than a proper bath/shower. It is located in downtown Los Angeles which is extremely rough - going out after 9pm (as 2 females) was not recommended. Walking around the back of the hotel area is unsafe and we were advised not to, but obviously the few times where we would get back a little late we felt extremely intimidated as we walked back to the hotel. Around the hotel there isn't a lot to see and do. It does however have good transport links to everywhere.

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

If you want to spend a little cash for a little room in a safe environment in downtown Los Angeles to use as abase for your daily excursions, The Stay on Main is perfect for a drop and run kind of visit. You can pay the minimum which gives you accommodations just a bit better than a Hostel or splurge for a few dollars more and get a room with sinks and amenities included If you don't mind sharing a bathroom and shower facility to save $100 at any other nearby hotel this will be the perfect choice. There are plenty of dining choices-5 cent diner just two blocks away and great Italian less than 3 blocks North even Gelato and ice cream parlors withing walking distance. The downtown area is well lit, clean and safe...ENJOY.

Room Tip: This is a great place to drop your bags and hit the streets.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We spent with my friend 4 nights there and than another 2. However the rooms are small, were clean. The breakfast is good. Location is also good, however we had a car. Parking at that area could be expensive.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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State College
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

The Hotel is much improved, compared to a few years ago. It is in a central location. The area used to be not so good but Main St is now home to a interesting restaurant scene. It is not a luxury hotel but a very good deal.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Stay on Main Hotel and Hostel

Property: Stay on Main Hotel and Hostel
Address: 640 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2004 (Formerly Cecil Hotel)
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Downtown , Central L.A
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 82 Speciality Lodging in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Stay on Main Hotel and Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay on Main is the hippest boutique hotel and hostel in downtown Los Angeles. We are located in the heart of LA’s Historic Core, surrounded by many of the newest and hottest restaurants, bars and night- clubs in downtown Los Angeles, California. We are located one mile to LA LIVE, minutes by Metro to famous Hollywood, short walk to the fashion, toy, jewelry districts and flower mart. Also, minutes by bus to China Town, Little Tokyo and USC…or hop on the bus right outside the front door for a unique site seeing ride to Santa Monica beach.Our location, style accommodations and vibe offer our guest the best value in Los Angeles. Stay on Main offers a menu approach to accommodation selection. Depending upon budget and lifestyle, guests can choose from a wide array of room types and amenities at stay on main hotel, from private rooms with private baths to shared rooms with shared baths down the hall.Stay on Main is youthful, high-style, and high-tech. our rooms are simple stylish and inexpensive. We offer convenient accommodations for the hip and spend thrifty traveler.In-the-know 18-30 year old international travelers and domestic travelers looking for modern, upscale accommodations on a budget will appreciate our variety of room types and options. ... more   less 
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