My friend and I just returned from a fantastic LA vacation! We had booked Wilshire Crest Hotel by the reviews we read. We were NOT disappointed in the least! Loved the fact that their front door is open "inviting" you into this quaint small hotel on a corner within walking distance of the Farmers Market and lots of shopping and eating places.
The lady at the front desk, when we arrived, was very pleasant and accommodating. She got us checked in promptly and we felt we were off to a good start. I had read about a "musty" smell and yes, we smelled that immediately when we walked to the front desk. But that was the only time we dealt with that smell. It definitely was not any other place in the hotel after that first initial encounter. As we walked to our downstairs room, we passed the room where they put out a pleasant morning "breakfast" for us every morning. It consisted of tiny muffins, bagels, cereal, fresh fruit, coffee cake, etc along with orange juice, coffee, etc. It was a great way to get every morning started and it was included in the price of the room so we felt we were saving on the purchase of one meal every day.
The lobby was so pretty! Loved the furniture and a nice surprise was a computer sitting in the corner for all the guests use. I was able to check my email from home and go on and search for some places to eat, etc when we chose not to ask the front desk although they were a great help while we were there. They called a cab for us, gave us tips as to where to eat, places to see within walking distance, etc.
Oh I wanted to mention that people complained about parking. We didn't experience that as we took a shuttle service from and to the airport and public transportation thereafter which worked well for us. But I could see where it might be a bit of a problem because it seemed people were coming and going from the parking spots on the streets. So that would be hit and miss.
The room was a pleasant surprise. Some of the reviews we read talked about outdated, mismatched furniture, etc but neither of us saw that. It was very clean and spacious and the beds were very comfortable. We were the first room on our side of the hallway so we had plenty of traffic passing by our room. Although we could hear people talking as they passed, for the time we were there, it was not a problem. We also heard people upstairs a couple of times but again, not a problem. Nothing that disturbed our sleep or kept us awake.
There are plenty of hotels in LA but I cannot give you one good reason NOT to book Wilshire Crest and I hope I've given you plenty of reasons TO book this small hotel. This hotel would definitely be our only choice if we were to return to the LA area! Thanks for a great stay!
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