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Stay on Main Hotel and Hostel
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I stayed here early July and had booked 5 nights in a private room. I arrived around 11pm and was checked in easily and quickly by a pleasant member of staff.
My room was great, freestanding fan and a ceiling fan along with windows. Big tv and ample lighting, (two lamps) I also had my own toilet but the shower was shared, which happened to be the door next to my room so happy days. There is the option for room cleaning but I wanted to make a mess so just left it as do not disturb. Breakfast is served daily too and there are also vending machines. I even borrowed a hair dryer from front desk.
There's a big tv area and lots of reception seating. It a nice hotel nicely presented. Can't speak for the dorms but I enjoyed my stay.
Only thing I would say is there are ALOT of homeless so be careful. The security guards kindly walked me to the corner shops in the evening.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

Hi, it's nice hotel not far from the center of Downtown. Free bus to the more interesting places, clear rooms, everyday cleaning.
I think it's good for the people who need to see the LA.
By the way, when you order room breakfast is complimentary!!!
Very cheap price for the rooms if you book on the easy to book!

Stayed: July 2014
2  Thank Kuznets_71
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

IF YOU ARE A COLLEGE STUDENT OR A PERSON STAYING HERE WITH MULTIPLE FRIENDS DO NOT COME HERE!!!!!!!
I stayed here for my trip to Hard Summer. if you are a person trying to share one or two rooms with multiple people to save money it will not work. the security guard is an jerk who would rather put people out on the street then let your friends crash with you in your room. This place was absolutely awful. the hotel is located in a disgusting part of the city. the management clearly put 90% of their money into the lobby and about 10% into the actual rooms. no air conditioning and the room was loud, and the beds and sheets were uncomfortable. the rooms look nothing like what was advertised on their site. incredibly loud noises outside making sleeping difficult. i will never stay here again and i hope anyone who does has everyone who is going to stay in your room registered and payed for, or else anyone not registered will be sent out into the street.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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7  Thank 371dan
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This hotel is great when visiting LA. The area is a little bit shady after midnight, but just walk a few blocks and you're at City Hall or Staples Center where there are a lot of great restaurants and stuff.. The hotel itself is nothing fancy, but you get everything you need. The rooms are rather small, but for this price all rooms in big cities will be small...About all those bad reviews on this site: I don't know what those people are expecting for this kind of money.. It's not like rats are running around and the lobby is full of homeless people and syrringes..

Room Tip: take a room that isn't facing the street, it'll help you sleep more silent. also, rooms who...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Google this hotel! It says it all! The hotel was called Hotel Cecil.

It's been the stay for many serial killers. Some people died. Just recently a canadian student.
There's even a You Tube Video.

Didn't let anybody make the room! TV worked, bathroom was creepy! Not comfortable at all!

BUT you get what you pay for. This is probably the cheapest hotel in the L.A. area!

Cool for low budget don't give a damn about accommodations kinda traveller.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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11  Thank Denis V
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The hotel is fine, the room is too small, it does not have air conditioning and the bathroom is too small, the shower and the sink are in the same place, it is very uncomfortable. for the same money you could find a better motel in the hollywood area.

Room Tip: go to a better hotel
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jaime C
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

The only thing we liked about Stay on Main was location.
It was close to public transport to all the main LA attractions. Very easy to get the train anywhere, and a very close bus stop for Santa Monica/Venice Beach.
That being said, the actual area of the hostel, is NOT a nice one. We really didn't feel very comfortable walking around at night, and tried to avoid it where possible.

The communal spaces were NOT air conditioned as advertised. And really weren't very social for how much they were promoting them. People were rarely around it seemed people were in their rooms or out of the building.

The rooms were really hot at night, having a fan made it much more bearable but it is was still very uncomfortable in there.
The rooms were a reasonable size, the bed was fine, although the three infant sized (as opposed to normal full sized pillows) were a bit weird.
There was a sink in your room which was nice to have.
There was a decent size TV (although we never watched it), and a heater (which we definitely never tried to turn on). Plenty of power points around the room.
There was a desk and a chair, and then also a random plastic hand shaped chair near the ironing board area.
There was also a bizarre, but pretty, lighting feature. It was a large section of wall, that was a glass box, FULL of fake flowers, that could be back lit. The light was sufficient to actually function as a light, and although it was pretty, it seems bizarre that they would choose to spend money on creating a nice light feature rather than any number of things that would have made their hotel far more bearable.

The communal bathrooms I really didn't like. The toilets were blocked or not flushing about 50% of the time, which was just disgusting, and there were often none free. And since you have a sink in your room, there is nowhere to wash your hands at the toilet (gross).
The showers may have been the worst part though. Not only were they very grotty, but they were also a SAUNA! The only ventilation to the shower room (that was all tiled) was a tiny vent that led into the toilet next door?!
Even a cold shower had the room unbearably hot very quickly.
Also the water didn't drain properly down the plug hole, so in less than 5mins, the whole room area had the floor flooded up to the door of the room.

Breakfast is waffles, three cereals, tea, coffee, water, juice, milk. You will struggle to get a table to eat at, and you will definitely have to line up for waffles.
Do not come after 9am!! Both of these two factors are much worse after that time. We would often have one person hunt for and then guard a table while the other lined up for waffles.
They lock the doors to breakfast and begin packing things up at 10am. We saw them start this as early as 9.50am one morning though and almost all the food and drink was packed away by 10am. So if you want the free breakfast I cannot recommend strongly enough that you come early.

There was only one working elevator, and it was impossible to take any time that was close to breakfast or check out. We took the stairs everyday, but the people on the top floor would've had it a bit harder.

If you ask reception, they will give you a bag of ice whenever you want it, which we found helpful for filling up our drink bottle each day.

I'm happy with shared bathrooms and travelling cheap, but this place wasn't an acceptable standard for me. I wouldn't return, and I would discourage anyone from staying in the hottest months, or for more than just a couple nights.

Also the hotel was previously the Cecil Hotel, and it has a pretty gruesome history (as recent as horrible and disgusting death last year), so I would look into that before travelling to see if it concerns you.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 #47 of 96 Speciality Lodging in Los Angeles
Price Range: £30 - £114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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