Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel
Reviews - Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel
Great Weekend Stayfrom purple_3
character, but major lapsesfrom TravelsWithCharley
Check-in was smooth, but I'd asked for a high-floor room with a view. I got first floor facing a block wall. The room was okay but very dark; no reading lamp and bedside lamps were tiny. No desk, either. Big red spot (blood?) on the carpet approaching bathroom. The place smelled quite musty. The bathroom faucet produced only a tiny stream of water -- really annoying, and insufficient to drown out the arguments of the couple across the hall.
Missing from the room were the advertised bathrobes, the minibar (curiously absent from its slot), clock radio, and ethernet cables -- which were supposed to be in the closet. (Housekeeping delivered a clock radio and cable after I called.) This hotel hypes its business services but after transferring me around several times, no one could tell me where to get an envelope, postage, FedEx or even where the nearest post office is!
The beds were comfortable.
On game day the REALLY nice parking staff was completely overwhelmed by the large crowd trying to depart at roughly the same time -- even after calling in advance for my car I waited 30 minutes in line. They simply need more staff on game days -- and you'd think management would realize this by now.
Nice bar, excellent French restaurant, good location for theater and opera, which are three blocks up Bunker Hill. The Museum of Contemprary Art is also just uphill. The Water Grill is right across the street -- best seafood restaurant in L.A. Cafe Pinot is around the corner, with a superb outdoor patio featuring skyscraper views and good food. The Central Library is adjacent to the hotel and is gorgeous. A good sports bar is also just across the street. The rooftop jacuzzi is cool.
But I wouldn't stay at Checkers again. For those of us who prefer a classic ambience, the Biltmore is beautiful and better run. And the contemporary Omni up the hill is a far better hotel for about the same price.
Clean and comfortablefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful hotel, horrible servicefrom A TripAdvisor Member
The first problem arose when after being in the hot tub one evening two of us got out to find that our bathing suits had literally changed colour. Our sterling silver jewellery was also ruined. When we brought it to the attention of management, he said it was not his problem and basically told me to get lost. All of us who had been in the hottub that night also felt very sick after getting out and into the next day. Again, when brought to the managers attention he basically shrugged and said he didn't really care. Literally.
The second problem occured when my friend tried to cash a $100 Canadian travellers cheque. They gave her $100 US, which was way too much. Of course, being the honest, ethical person they are, my friend immediately returned the money after realizing the error. Their response? To give her back the signed travellers check and say that they shouldn't have cashed it and they wouldn't compensate her for it! The reason this is a problem is because once a travellers check is signed it's almost unusable. Naturally the manager was called for again. He told her there was nothing he could do. No one ever apologized to her for the inconvenience. In fact, the manager said to her that it was too bad she made the MISTAKE of returning the money!
This is a four star hotel in looks, but definately NOT in service quality.
Very, very good (not excellent, but very good)from A TripAdvisor Member
SF fans will love Hotel Checkersfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Next to the library, which was nice. But a terrible, almost desolate location. I walked around at night and it was a empty. Some pan-handlers, but there is not much foot-traffic, so I imagine most moved to Venice or Hollywood.
But, downtown LA is a ghost town on the weekend, especially at night. There is only a burger king, a California pizza place (I don't think they deliver) and a koo koo chicken (?) that was opened after 8:00 PM!!!
You can drive or take a cab to Little Tokyo or Olviera Street, which are both really nice and really close. Or I would suggest just bringing in food before you arrive.
The rooms were nice and the beds were comfortable. It is close to a museum and the new Disney music hall. And it has a nice courtyard to walk around.
There is a shopping center on the property, but it is closed on the weekend.
I would definitely go there or any of the 4 star hotels in downtown LA again for the price we paid (60 bucks). In fact, if I stay the weekend again anywhere in LA (including Disneyland) -- I will book a hotel in downtown LA. You think about it: You have to drive in LA anyway. Might as well live the high-life at one of these ritzy (if not empty) hotels.
Hotel Ok, Poor Locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Wow, the view!from A TripAdvisor Member
Great for Business Travelers -- Not So Much for Leisurefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Change to Hilton From Wyndham Is Downgrading Qualityfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Last year our stay fell during the first week of the change to a Hilton, so we didn't worry about the changes we saw. Thought they were due too working out the kinks. I'm afraid our stay in February confirmed our worst thoughts. It rained heavily on Wednesday night and a leak developed in the ceiling of the 12th floor near room 1205. We called the desk and they seemed unconcerned. In the morning, there was a garbage can under the collapsed area of the ceiling full of water. It was still there when we checked out around 12:00 noon on Friday. We suffered through Wednesday night with the sound of dripping water over our heads. Called the front desk -no rooms available. On thursday afternoon we hauled our own luggage to another room. No leaks, but dirty ! Including a used bandaid on the sink ! Workout room was dirty with an overflowing garbage can. Very sad. This was a beautiful treasure of a hotel. Don't know if I will risk staying there ever again.
Top Local Tips for Los Angeles
Taxis are hard to find and expensive. I use Bell Cab (google them to find their number), and I find them to be the most prompt and honest service. Paying in cash is preferred.
downtown great time.
Watch out for Agressive Drug Addicts/Bums Downtown LA Downtown LA has many drug addict pan handlers. The financial district is dark at night. Do not walk alone, and do not engage beggars...even to say "no".
Other names for Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel
- los angeles hilton
- hilton los angeles
- hilton hotel los angeles
- Address: 535 South Grand Avenue - Los Angeles - California - 90071 - United States
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