We took the train up to LA for one night from San Diego to see Will Ferrell at the Nokia. We booked this hotel on points to stay for one night. From Union Station, we jumped on the Metro purple line (red will get you there also) and got off at Pershing Square and walked to the hotel.
We arrived and checked in about 3pm and our room was ready, room 1106. The rooms are a little small, but they were nice, clean, and comfortable. The place had a romantic feel. We ended up ordering a fruit plate and got chocolate covered strawberries extra! The bathroom is a good size and the shower had a dual shower head! After getting settled, we went to check out the spa level with the pool and hot tub. The pool is pretty small, but the view is really cool. We were hoping to use the hot tub, but didn't end up having time. There is also a small workout room up there with a couple of treadmills and some weights.
We had a fun, great dinner at Yojie and walked there, straight down Grand Ave about 4 or 5 blocks, before the show. We would have continued walking to the Nokia after dinner, but I forgot the tickets. We walked back to the hotel and took a cab (about $10) to Nokia. We walked back to the hotel after the show and it took about 20 minutes. We felt completely safe the entire time.
We had breakfast the next morning in the restaurant. I had the pancakes with pecans and cinnamon pecan butter. The hubby had the huevos rancheros. Both items were very good. The service was pretty good although I saw only 2 people running the whole place for breakfast.
We had never been to downtown LA before and found downtown to be fairly clean and quiet (most people stay in Hollywood or the beaches). When we left on Sunday, we walked to the train station (about 30 minutes) to do a little sight seeing on the way. It was crazy that it was so quiet and deserted!
OVERALL, we really like this hotel and had an enjoyable stay. We will definitely look into staying here again if we decide to go to another show or game at Staples in the future.
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