I'm staying at Cinema Suites this week. So far it seems perfect for the kind of traveler that doesn't need full-service luxury.
My room is #3, the Shangri-la Room, which is in front. As some previous reviews mention, you do get some street noise, but this peters out after midnight. I'm a light sleeper and it doesn't really bother me, except when a motorcycle that left its muffler in San Francisco vrooms by, but, hey, you'd hear that in the back too.
The room is great, I wish I lived in it. Big bedroom, big bathroom, little connecting corridor with a big closet and a dresser. Bathroom has a shower AND a bathtub. Pictures on the website are accurate, it's got a red-and-black Chinese motif.
The inn's living room is very comfortable, lots of decoration but it doesn't come off as kitschy. I'm working here on East Coast hours, so I haven't had a chance to stay for breakfast yet, but they put up coffee on a timer for whenever the first person needs it.
The neighborhood is unusual, but deceptively convenient. The B&B is near the intersection of Fairfax Ave. and Olympic Boulevard. San Vicente Blvd crosses diagonally, taking you up to Wilshire Blvd to the Northwest. North of Olympic, Fairfax is a nondescript mix of commercial and residential (with a Johnny Rockets, crossing Wilshire where the Los Angeles County Museum of Art campus (including the La Brea tar pits) begins. South of Olympic is Little Ethiopia, there's about a dozen restaurants there.
Right at the 3-way intersection, there's a Starbucks, very convenient to the inn for snacks and drinks during the day. There's also a 24-hour Carl's Jr. at that intersection. Three bus lines cross this intersection, one on each street, and two of them 24-hours, and there's another 24-hour line up at Wilshire, so you don't absolutely need a car here. If you do have a car, it's sufficiently central to be a good jumping off point to other parts of LA, and they say parking is easy on the street.
San Vincente doesn't have much commerce, but it's the nicest street to walk on, looks a little like the Garden District in New Orleans. Wilshire, theoretically part of the Miracle Mile here, has a lot of empty storefronts, not very lively or welcoming. To the east on Wilshre, past the variety tower, is the nearest grocery store, a Ralph's, about a 15-minute walk from the inn.
The only problem I've had with the room is that I can't get the wireless network, but that might be my ancient G4 PowerBook. It works fine at the Starbucks, which has free wi-fi, so that's the workaround.
Hosts are welcoming, and I really can't think of a reason not to stay here unless you need hotel services.
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- Also Known As:
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