a traveler from Travelocity.com
on February 7, 2011
Well I'll say that we enjoyed our stay at Holiday Inn Express in Hollywood. We stayed there in August 2010. It was my first trip to California, and we didn't rent a car. So I wanted to stay near the Hollywood attractions and public transportation. It's very possible to get around L.A. without a car and unfamiliar with the area.(Make sure you plan ahead,utilize the Hop on/off Tour buses and the RED LINE METRO RAIL!!!). The hotel staff were helpful/courteous. The free breakfast was a lifesaver considering how expensive food is in L.A. The breakfast area was really small and If you didn't get there early you will have to take your food back to your room. My only criticism about breakfast would be the variety. They should consider adding turkey bacon/sausage for guest who don't eat pork and add more fresh fruit. The hotel room was O.K., but it was sometimes hot/humid and the A/C took a while to cool the room. When we needed extra towels we contacted the front desk and got them. As far as safety is concerned, my sister and myself took extra precautions(stayed together,not hanging out past midnight,etc..) Hollywood blvd has lots of shady people/bums but most of them didn't gather until the evening. If someone ask you for money don't give them any, and avoid the convienence stores on hollywood blvd. because they dont put prices on their items and I unfortunantly paid $5.00 for a bottle of water!!! There are dozens of souvenier shops on/off of Hollywood blvd. Most of the stuff is overpriced, but we were able to get some T-shirts at a fair price. Overall the hotel was decent for the price/location/amenities. If you're on a budget, this hotel meets expectations.
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