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“Great Value for Basic Hotel” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hollywood Hotel
Ranked #47 of 348 Hotels in Los Angeles
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“Great Value for Basic Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2006

Though the neighborhood is not one of LA's finest, the hotel is in a great location if you're looking to see all the tourist sites. It's only a three-stop Metro ride to Hollywood/Highlands (Mann's Chinese Theater, etc.), which is excellent.

The room was clean and had all the amenities you need in a hotel - hairdryer, toiletries, etc. I would recommend requesting a second or third-floor room, as there's a nightclub on the ground floor that is a bit loud. However, if you put the fan on at night, you can't hear anything.

The continental breakfast is not bad - nothing to write home about, but you can get a pretty basic meal to start your day. The variety was actually more than I expected.

If you're looking for a hotel on a budget that gives you the freedom to see LA, this is a good bet. Take the normal precautions you would when traveling to any large city and you'll be fine.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2006

I stayed in this hotel which is in north hollywood, in the month of january. The hotel was clean and quiet...the neighborhood is a little edgy but not undesirable for a stay at least in my opinion.
The hotel room was large with basic furniture and the food was good. The carpet should be changed but overall i enjoyed my stay and you are close to places of interest..

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2006

I booked this hotel over the internet, and I was not familiar with Los Angeles at all.
Upon arrival, it was dusk, and the neighbourhood was very intimidating. We were less than pleased, and though we were booked for 5 nights we debated about moving hotels immediately. However we ventured out (in a car) and sunset and hollywood blvds. are only a minute drive.
The hotel was fine, the food was fine, and the nieghbourhood is a little rough around the edges, but follow the protocol you'd follow in any major city, and you'll be fine.
A car is handy as well.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2006

My sisters and I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights during our California vacation at the end of June 2005. Other than the pool being closed for renovations, we had no problems. The location is absolutely great! It was very easy to get to the major highways and there's a Metro station about a minute away. We were worried about the "noisy nightclub" that we'd read about in other TripAdvisor reviews of this hotel, but we slept soundly and noise-free every night. The buffet breakfast was waffles, eggs, sausage and fruit. It wasn't 5-star dining but it wasn't bad either. This Ramada was a great value for a hotel near Hollywood and Universal Studios! I'd stay at the Ramada Hollywood again.

Stayed June 2005
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2005

Stayed here for 3 nights recently. The hotel itself is ok but in a very bad area, everthing closes at 9pm. No resturant onsite except for the average breakfast so dining elsewhere or calling dominos on Sunset for delivery is the only option. In room internet didn't work and the bedclothes were burned with cigarettes despite it being a non smoking room. Paying $9 a day for parking is also a bad point.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 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 Reviewed 22 November 2005

We arrived at LAX and got the free shuttle bus to the green metro line - what an experience! - scary at first as two 20-something english ladies with huge suitcases stuck out like a sore thumb attracting a lot of attention but we found the people were really nice!

We found the Ramada easily - 2 minutes walk up from the Santa Monica metro stop (and about 4 minutes down from the perhaps less scary looking Sunset Boulevard stop) and first impressions thought it was a bad area, we were allocated a room on the 2nd floor overlooking a little courtyard. The room was clean, very comfortable bed with fridge and microwave and good shower. 3 star is about right for this hotel, although we've stayed in many 4 stars in england that are about of this standard and the 4 star in san diego we stayed in was worse than this. The hotel breakfast was good, with plenty of choice. The receptionists well helpful and friendly also.

We ventured out at night on the metro to Hollywood Boulevard to see the sights, only 3 or 4 stops away and it was fine, a few homeless people about but I'd say the area around the hotel is more of a poor area than a rough one, and people seemed to keep themselves to themselves.

The metro doesn't stretch to West Hollywood/Beverley Hills or Santa Monica and the coast so for the next 4 nights caught the number 4 bus or the 304 bus ($2.25 all day pass for all of LA metro AND bus) which runs along Santa Monica boulevard and to West Hollywood where we found a great restaurant called the Spanish Kitchen and many great gay bars.

The bus, like the metro, seemed scary at first but it was fine. The locals do tend to look you up and down a bit but I only think its because they don't get a lot of nice looking well dressed ladies on the bus after dark!

We also caught the bus to Santa Monica although with the awful traffic jams it did take over an hour.

You don't NEED a car in LA, we managed quite well with the bus and train, managing to get to Universal Studios in 10 minutes by metro, Hollywood Boulevard in less than 10 minutes and West Hollywood bars and restaurants in 25-30 minutes.

We even caught the Amtrak train to San Diego from Union Station for $25 each and it took about 2 and a half hours.

Overall an excellent stay in LA and I would recommend the hotel for people on a budget or travelling around the States.

We loved LA and Hollywood, we would definitely go again though would probably stay at the Ramada West Hollywood as this was more central for what we wanted to do.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2005

This was the second part of our LA Vacaction and having stayed here in the past both on business and pleasure, I knew the area and hotel well.

I did find the staff to be a little on the straightforward side. NOT overly friendly but professional.

Our room was immaculately clean but even with the DND sign on the door, the maid came in and cleaned anyhow.

For a hotel chain that is supposed to offer Complimentary wireless internet and oops bag (forgotton bathroom amenities), they lacked. I did get my high speed internet but it came with a price tag and No oops bag (Doesn't that dock QA points).

Although the neighborhood isn't the best, we didn't feel unsafe and even made use of the Metro (Subway) to spend the day at Universal Studios (beats the parking cost)and walked home in the late night after an evening at Universal City Walk.

Their complimentary continental breakfast was probably the best I have had in my travels. Good Job!

We will return in the future but I have found hotels closer to where I need to be too.

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Additional Information about Hollywood Hotel

Property: Hollywood Hotel
Address: 1160 North Vermont Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Phone Number:
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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