I stayed at the Kawada hotel overnight on Sunday 29th June 2014.
I checked in at around 6pm and headed up to my room. Only one of the two lifts was working and the staircase is emergency use only so there was a bit of a wait.
I arrived at my room and the first two things I noticed were the smell and the size of the room. I wasn't sure what the smell was, but it was incredibly overpowering and unpleasant, to the point where I didn't want to open my suitcase in case it made my clothes smell! The room was very small and extremely dated - like something from the 1950's! The room was very dark and had a window (which I couldn't open) that looked out onto a rooftop.
I was very hungry and went to reception to ask where I could get something to eat, they said pretty much everywhere was closed except for a bar, a Japanese food market and a subway/711 which were a few blocks down. I headed to the subway and noticed as soon as you head south out of the hotel you enter a different world. Homeless people lined the streets, most of these were off their face and acting aggressively to passers by, there were people blatantly using drugs and I even saw a drug deal! It's a shame because there were some nice views of the skyscrapers - but I didn't want to get my phone out to photograph it.
I returned to the room at the hotel to eat my food. I tried to watch tv but unfortunately none of the channels worked. I decided to call it a night as I had to be up early the following morning to meet a tour group. I woke up at around 0630 to get ready. I went into the bathroom and tried to use the bath/shower. No luck! The tap wasn't working and just leaked out water from the pipe. I didn't have time to flag this up with the hotel so had to resort to using a flannel. I checked out shortly after and was spoken to by a rude and abrupt man at the reception desk. I informed him that the tv and shower weren't working and he asked whether it was the tap. I said yes and he said "ok". He didn't offer any form of apology or explanation and only muttered "sorry" after he saw the look on my face!
In summary, this is a very poor hotel in a very poor location. Please don't make the same mistake I did by ignoring the other poor reviews. DO NOT STAY HERE!!
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- Business-oriented Hotel situated in heart of downtown, close to government buildings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kawada Los Angeles