Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bob133 Good hotel
Property is in an area that is somewhat like a foreign country. It is very crowded nearby on Alvarado Street, but probably safe as there are a lot of police. However, best use judgement after dark.
I was concerned when reading reviews about security an parking. Actually, there is good secure parking and they have a guard patrolling as well. I could see him out of my room as I was a little concerned at first.
Reviews of staff are corect. Top notch, polite, and all seem to have a great sense of humor.
Property is really the only ICH property convenient to downtown. i drovem but they do have a shuttle that will take you downtown. It is a short drive away.
Property was apparently a Ramada Inn (wake up call said Ramada), but it is like new on interior. If you spend a lot of time in HI Express properties, this one rates up with the rest.
The only issue I had was internet service. It is really slow. As my primary reason for staying with ICH chain is the internet access which is usually very good, this property falls way short.
I would recommend the property for any type of traveler, but if you have a need for high speed access, you will need to consider this in your choice.
PS - I never use 5 ratings unless it is the best feature of any hotel.
March 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PinkFan Great Stay/Definitley Recommend
Our stay at this hotel was excellent. From check in to check out, nothing but positive experiences. The staff were so professional and friendly. The rooms were clean and comfortable, staff provided us with a list of restaurants that delivered delicious food to our room. Staff provided us a ride to the Staples Center, and the breakfast was amazing. Warm cinnamon rolls, great coffee, sausage, biscuits, bacon and eggs. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Would definitley stay here again.
February 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nandon Pleasent Stay
Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Room was very nice. Roomy and clean. Very enjoyable stay. Would gladly return.
January 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by honolulu41 great location for visiting LA.
When we first selected this hotel to stay at after a cruise to Hawai'i, I looked at previous reviews with a tinge of trepidation,after reading about the area surrounding the hotel,but we found that it was fairly safe,and if you wished you could use the hotel shuttle to go in a four mile radius of the hotel,very near to the metro to visit universal studio's, and hollywood walk of fame,farmers market ,etc. We would use this hotel again lovely staff,thank you.
January 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AvidTraveler Great Hotel in a Great Location!
Had read some of the reviews about the neighborhood area, but I found these statements to be unfounded. Yes, the location is not the typical "Interstate exit" with an adjacent gas station and McDonalds. Thank goodness! It is a downtown LA commercial area that is only a short, safe, 1 block walk to the Metro station. I had no fears walking alone in the neighborhood, even at night. Just remember that you are in a major city and just need to be aware. I stayed New Year's Eve in order to catch the Metro early the next morning to attend the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. I found this newly renovated hotel to be very modern, clean, safe and comfortable. As a Platinum PC member, I was greeted as such upon check-in by a very friendly, welcoming desk staff. They were very helpful with directions to the Metro station and offered me an extended check-out to return after the parade. The parking garage was very safe and convenient to the secured elevator lobby. My room was very modern with upgraded furniture and LCD TV with HD service and great internet service. The microwave and refrigerator were welcomed as well. The updated bathroom was spotless and the new bedding was very comfortable. And importantly - the room was almost soundproof! Barely heard the fireworks at midnight! And no annoying noise from adjacent guest rooms, bathrooms, or hallway. And breakfast was plentiful and included all of the Express Start items typical for an Express. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and would highly recommend this hotel for anyone wanting to stay near downtown and anyone able to make use of the Metro system to avoid LA traffic!
January 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sunnybird Good to stay for a rest
This hotel is located in center of LA. IT is very convenient to access all attractions. It's surrounding area is not very good, better not walking out of hotel. Food is standard in all Expresses. Service is good. Hotel seems remodeled recently, something looks new which is great. Overall, stay in this hotel is a good choice.
January 4, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Militarywife30 Nice Motel But...
The motel was nice, but the area/location is SCARY!!! The website doesn't dipict the slums that the motel is located in. There are no restaurants close by to be recommended and you don't dare walk the area to find a place to eat. I feared for our car being in the parking lot through the night. We could have used the shuttle to go to our destination, but didn't want to risk our car remaining in the parking area.
The staff was absolutely wonderful and helpful and the rooms were comfortable, with the exception of no plug-ins in thebath room located in my parents room. It was very difficult to curl your hair or blow it dry. The motel is extremely clean as well as the rooms. The staff upgraded our room and acknowledged our position as Priority Club Members. They need to be commended for their excellence.
The breakfast was great as usual/customary for the Holiday Inn Expresses.
December 8, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mkim shower head
shower head was too high and unable to adjust.
bathroom floor got all wet.
clean bathroom but it smells
December 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by candy90 excellent rooms, all new design and complete breakfast
I know this property from another hotel chain, and it has been a tremendous makeover. It is very clean, the staff are alwas attent to needs and the rooms are so beautiful compare to other property and price. Will see you again
November 17, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Bettyboop01 Hotel and location
The hotel was clean and the staff were helpful and friendly.
The pillows were flat and uncomfortable but the beds were fine.
The complimentary breakfast was very good.
There is a free shuttle bus that will take you to any location with in a 4 miles radius, which is great.
The hotel location is in a seedy part of town, it is safe to walk around during the day but not advisable at night.
It is close to highways and public transportation.
October 29, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ld1947 Friendly staff, good breakfast.
The staff were friendly and accommodating. The breakfasts were fresh and there was a good variety of things to eat.
October 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hermela la mejor elecion
en el hotel me encuentro con la comodida de mi casa y una exelente atencion
October 6, 2012