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“Awful. Hated this hotel.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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Hollywood Hotel
Ranked #47 of 348 Hotels in Los Angeles
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“Awful. Hated this hotel.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2005

First of all, its a stretch to call this Hollywood. This is a VERY funky part of the west part of downtown. You can get better deals just looking for a hotel downtown. I woud not walk to this Metro station.

Its not a 3 star hotel - -its a converted motor court. It has no on-site restaurant and you should NOT venture out at night. It has a breakfast that you should really skip - little squares of powdered eggs with toast is not breakfast. The coffee tasted like it was filtered through nicotine. But maybe thats because the stench of nicotine covered me in my "non-smoking" room. The sheets and pillows were saturated with cigarette smell. Perhaps the most delightful feature was the flickering blue flourescent light found outside your barred window at night that was reminiscent of a flophouse. It was horrid. Parking here is about $10 a night.

I couldn't wait to leave. I danced a jig.

  • Stayed June 2005, travelled on business
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Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2005

We stayed here on the last 2 nights of our holiday around the west and had a pleasant experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the hotel was modern and clean. Breakfast was good and had plenty of choice. Dissappointed that the pool was closed but we did not get time to use it anyway. The hotel was easy to find despite Vermont Avenue being about 20 miles long! By looking at the map we thought we could walk to places of interest but upon arrival we realised this would be impossible. We did not leave the hotel except by car or on a tour bus although the area looked quite safe. Universal Studios and Hollywood are about 10 minutes in the car so location is good. The tour buses are a bit over priced for what they are but they save you having to drive and look at the sights at the same time. Hollywood was not what we expected and we are not in much hurry to rush back.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2005

After staying in Vegas and Anaheim we were looking forward to Los Angeles.
When we arrived the hotel receptionist was in a full blown arguement with a guest...what ever happened to the customer always being right.
The room on first impressions was ok. But after three days of the toilet not flushing and the TV working when it wanted, it got a bit annoying.
These defects were reported every morning, but the toilet only ever flushed twice until not working again until the next morning.
Unfortunately we had two young children, who were asleep very soon after returning from a day out, and the option of getting a plumber in to fix the toilet in the evenings was impractical as it would of woke our children.
On asking the reception staff for directions or advice on were to go, it was very obvious that they had better things to do, unless you payed them for one of there trips.
As for leaving the hotel room at night....forget it. This truely is not a tourist area and I live in Glasgow.
I would recommend this hotel to NOBODY in fact I would not recommend Los Angeles to anyone either. The only nice part of Los Angeles is Universal, Six Flags and going home. We will never visit again.

  • Stayed June 2005
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2005

I stayed here a few months ago for ten nights and found it to be an entirely satisfactory hotel.

We had a ground floor, courtyard facing room, and experienced no noise disturbance at all during our stay. The room was a good size and the bathroom was huge. Both were clean, and we were given lots of fresh towels each day. The only problem we had with the room was when the TV stopped working, but after calling reception a porter arrived within 5 minutes and had fixed the problem.

The fitness room was an added extra that we hadn't expected, and although basic it was perfectly adequate for a vacation workout. The pool area was a real bonus, despite being next to the car park, it was very peaceful and well laid out, and well serviced by hotel staff. There was also a small store, laundry and sauna that we didn't make use of. The only real problem with the ammenities was that they have only one internet terminal that was very popular and slightly expensive to use.

All of the staff were very friendly and happy to help with making bookings and giving directions. Being near to two Metro stations was the real reason we selected the hotel as we had no car and it proved to be a real success. The area is not wonderful but neither is it worryingly rough. There tended to be homeless people near the large hospital up the street but we experienced no problems walking by, even at nght.

This hotel is standard, nothing special, but perfectly clean, friendly and well equipped. It was ideal for our longer stay being relatively cheap, close to public transport and having the pool facilities.

  • Stayed July 2004
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2005

First visit to LA. November 2004 Hotel is in good locatin, 4 blocks from Metro. Vermont/Sunset. On same line as Hollywood Blvd and Universal Studios. Booked with Expedia requesting smoking room - hotel non smoking. Room large, cleaned every day as was bathroom. Coffee facilities & TV. Request room on 2nd floor due to noise form disco Thurs - Sun, can still hear it, but just. Complimentary breakie is quite good, saving on mid day meal. Reception staff not friendly but all others are. Didn't try restaurant as lots of places to eat on Sunset Blvd, 5 min walk.
Hotel was best thing about this experience. Would recommend it if you are on a budget. LA has street people every where in centre. Got of at couple stations to explore and got straight back on. Be very careful if using the Greyhound Terminal until you are inside.
For a lone female traveller did not feel safe except close to hotel, even in the day time. Booked 5 days, 2 to see Hollywood area would be enough. The rest of the city is squalid except for Bel Air area and thats just a tour of the stars houses where all you see are gates and drives.
Maybe you want the 'Hollywood Experience' but this traveller would not go back . Terrible, disappointing experience.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2005

A few friends and I stayed at the Ramada for 3 nights. The neighbourhood isnt bad at all apart from a few homeless people. Our room was excellent very clean, beds were comfortable, we had a fridge and microwave. Although we didnt spend a lot of time at the hotel it was perfect for our needs, its great location for getting to La Dogers stadium, and also Staples center, its about 10 minute drive to the kodak theatre.

The breakfast was standard as well, cereals, toast, etc. Overall i would recommend the ramada inn.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2005

Despite some of the negative reviews on here, we decided to stay at the Ramada Hollywood/Universal. We arrived before check in time, and the very efficient desk clerk had someone check to see if our room was ready, and it was.

The room was what we expected, nothing special, but it was clean, serviceable, and perfect for our needs, as we only intended to sleep and shower there. It would be nice if guests could better regulate the HVAC system, but it wasn't a huge inconvenience. The room showed signs of having been recently painted/wallpapered, and the bathroom was clean, and there were always extra towels.

Our second day we arrived back to find a new microwave and refrigerator in our room! The desk clerk informed us they were putting them in every room. We had a nice view of the very clean courtyard - in fact, the whole place was very clean. The swimming pool was being rebuilt while we were there, but it was too cold to swim anyway.

The continental breakfast is very basic, nothing special, but the food was fine, if not varied.

Parking was not a problem. All in all we were very satsified with our overall experience.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hollywood Hotel

Property: Hollywood Hotel
Address: 1160 North Vermont Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90029
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Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Hollywood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Los Angeles
#32 Family Hotel in Los Angeles
#57 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#65 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hollywood Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hollywood Hotel is Where All the Action Begins! Hollywood Hotel is conveniently located across the street from a Redline Metro ( Subway or Tube ) station at the corner of Vermont Avenue and Santa Monica Blvd.. Hollywood Hotel has just completed a restoration of it's 3000 sq ft courtyard, an outdoor oasis, which can hold up to 100 people. Inspired by the relaxed style of the Mediterranean, the courtyard features all weather vintage country style wicker sofas and lounge chairs, premium teak beam tables and a classic mission style fountain surrounded by giant bird of paradise and flowers. A perfect setting for relaxation and drinks after a day of Hollywood sightseeing. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ramada Inn Los Angeles
Ramada Hollywood Near Universal Studios
Ramada Los Angeles

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