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“A good, simple, convenient budget hotel”
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Avenue Hotel
Ranked #258 of 353 Hotels in Los Angeles
Reviewed 4 January 2009

We stayed in the Comfort Inn in North Vermont Ave for the first 3 nights of our LA trip. We stayed in a standard queens/double room on the first floor. The room was simple, clean, and moderately sized as expected. The front desk staff member was helpful in directing us to nearby amenities such as transport and restaurants. The hotel also includes breakfast, which was a nice selection of cereals, pastries, waffles, and boiled egg, plus a selection of juice, as well as coffee and tea.

Location of the hotel was also very good for travellers who don’t have access to a private vehicle. It is very close to the subway, with the train line that goes directly to Hollywood entertainment area and Universal studio. There is also a bus not too far away that takes you to Beverly Hills. There are some fast food restaurants nearby, including well-known ones such as Yoshinoya, Denny’s, and McDonalds a little further away. A grocery store that sells seafood, and grocery is a block or so away. I don’t recall any night life in the area (bars etc.), so it is pretty much just TV back in the hotel after dinner.

It is budget hotel with all the essentials – cleanliness, convenience, and friendly staff.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2008

I stayed at this hotel from 20-24 November 2008. IMHO, for the money this place offers good value. Because of the economy and its impact on my travel budget, I had to find a nice, clean place to hang my hat, be in an acceptable location for access to the general area (Hollywood, Studio City, LAX, etc., and be secure; all that for a reasonable sum… and getting that “reasonable sum” element on track can be a daunting task in Southern Cal…especially for a last minute booking. Because of the comments on this board, I was steered here and fortunate to get into this hotel on short notice. The location is good with quick access to the 101. My room was clean and well appointed; everything worked. Bathroom was nice; towels were abundant. The furniture & carpet was updated and fresh. There was the requisite in-room safe to store my laptop and other valuables when necessary. As previously mentioned, the beds were very comfortable and the general atmosphere was pleasant & quiet. My room was towards the rear of the facility on the 2nd floor, so you may want to request a room away from the front which faces North Vermont Ave. (a busy city thoroughfare)… if you are extremely noise sensitive. The wireless internet connection worked without any glitches and is included free of charge. There are numerous restaurants and grocery stores nearby and one can walk if you’re so inclined and /or feeling adventurous. I would not recommend any late night strolls, but I found the area to be OK; no Beverly Hills…but no slum either! There are lots a cool Asian-run businesses everywhere around. Parking is typical of any big city; there is a reasonable $5 per night charge… but it’s covered, well lit and I never had a problem finding a parking space, howbeit tight (leave the Suburban at home unless you have major parking skills (lol) . The Manager, Peter, was always helpful and customer support was good. The included breakfast is simple and apart from the fruit and fruit juices, not orientated for maximum healthy living as I like… but it was OK to fill the gap. (I would love to have seen some bran muffins & oatmeal thrown in the mix; then it would have been AOK for me!) I found this to be a clean place, with good bed in a decently appointed room, together with reasonable security, easy access to the freeway system and inclusive of a staff that seemed ready to do whatever it would take to make my stay comfortable.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 October 2008

This was the first hotel we stayed at on a three week touring holiday. We spent our first two nights here and were so impressed we also went back at the end of the holiday for a further two nights.

The hotel is right next to the 101 junction so there is easy access to the usual tourist attractions, Universal Studios was about a 10 minute drive.

The beds were very comfortable ensuring a good nights sleep, which we needed. The rooms were clean and well maintained, although on our second visit we had to ask to have the bathroom door looked at. This was done immediately, which considering it was 6 o'clock on a Saturday evening and the maintenance guy had gone home was amazing. The desk staff were very helpful on both stays, even letting us use the main computer to check in at the airport because the one for guest use wasn't working.

As others had mentioned the breakfast at this hotel is excellent, considering it's complimentary, in fact it was THE best of all the hotels we stayed in. The only problem is you have to get there early if you want a good choice and would like to sit down. We left it 'til about 9 am one morning and there wasn't a lot left and nowhere to sit. Not a major problem when there is a Denny's across the road.

It's not the Ritz, but you are paying budget prices. It is excellent value for money.

We would definately stay here again and wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to others.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2008

Usually when i stay at a hotel, the first night I toss and turn and the next night I sleep just from exhaustion. The beds at Comfort Inn were SO comfortable I fell right to sleep and slept all night. Awesome pillows, good sheets too. Nobody likes to sleep in hard, scratchy sheets. Peter at the front desk was so helpful. I will definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to stay in a nice, friendly, clean hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 6 August 2008

the rooms were really nice with all black furniture, no frills basically a small fridge., bedside stands,chair and desk, nice size tv. bathroom was nice and was cleaned every day. it was actually more than i expected BUT i did see a few roaches in my room the night before i left and i was charged a few dollars a day for hotel fees that i didn't know about before hand but those were the only problems i had with the whole experience. i had a decent sized room for one person. breakfast was the basic essentials: fruit salad, cereal, muffins, donuts/pastry coffee, waffels, juice, water.i didn't have much interaction with the staff or needed any questions answered except check in and out and they seem pretty friendly. i didn't have a car but the beverly/vermont station is literally a few steps away. the neighborhood is no west hollywood but i didn't feel uncomfortable walking to and from the metro late at night being a solo female traveler.

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled solo
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Thank travel_trekkin
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Reviewed 25 July 2008

Best Value in Los Angeles.
Management always helpful and accomodating.
Peter, the Manager, is professional and very helpful.
Great location and good parking.
I always stay there when on business in Los Angles.
Just ask for Peter and your stay will be great!
Wayne

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 May 2008

Great value for money for basic hotel central to the all the sights of LA. We stayed here for the first 4 nights of a 3 week tour of California with our 2 children and it met our needs perfectly. Desk staff were friendly and helpful and the room was clean and comfortable. Waffle maker was a big hit with the kids!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Address: 321 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004-3510 (Formerly Comfort Inn Near Universal Studios Hollywood)
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Hollywood
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #258 of 353 Hotels in Los Angeles
Price Range: £88 - £155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Avenue Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 68
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Also Known As:
Comfort Inn Near Universal Studios Hollywood Hotel Los Angeles
Comfort Inn Los Angeles
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