Venice Beach Suites & Hotel- A Surfer’s Suite Dream

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Venice Beach Suites & Hotel
Built in the early 1900s, the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel is a piece of Venice Beach history, it retains much of its original architectural charm from its lift ‘Betsy’ to its exposed brick walls. It's perfect for low-maintenance tourists looking to explore the area's unique attractions while being right in the thick of the action. Rooms have plenty of charm for a value hotel, and the price is hard to beat for the location.

When we arrived, check-in was simple and the member of staff was very attentive on explaining the hotel's facilities and policies. We then got the famous 100-year-old lift called ‘Betsy’ up to our top floor room.

As soon as you enter the room it was apparent we were in for a treat with the view. Not many hotels offer such a close Beach view like Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, never mind at that affordable price.

In our room, there was a large double bed, A flat screen tv with full cable, two fans, A kitchenette with; a microwave, coffee maker, sink, fridge and a full layout of kitchen utensils. The kitchenette is extremely useful when you want to cook a quick authentic meal without having to break the bank in a nearby restaurant.

The WiFi overall was very good and we had no issues whatsoever, which was a relief as most of the hotels we stayed in on this trip had some internet issues. We easily uploaded videos and streamed films with no issues.

The beach View really makes you get up early and get straight to the sand. We got up bright and early and enjoyed the free coffee at reception and used the complimentary surfboards, towels and beach balls, which can really cost you a bit elsewhere to rent on the boardwalk.


The hotel also offered a brilliant roof-top seating area with some outstanding views during both the day and the evening. We also found out during our stay that they hold a complimentary pizza and beer night every Friday evening which seemed to be very popular with the many guests staying and really added a personal touch that made the hotel stand out from the rest.

Before arrival, we had a feeling it was going to be a bit rowdy during the day and night as many tens of thousands of people walk the Venice Boardwalk every day. Overall the noise was quite contained and the hotel's windows did a good job of controlling the noise. The only issue that we had was although it is one of the best-located hotels during the day, at night many of the local vendors and bars close shop and during the night it becomes slightly exposed with the large homeless population. Needless to say for us this wasn’t an issue and the hotel is overall very secure, but this needs to be mentioned as I know many travellers may have issues with this.

Rating
Overall the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel is an excellent hotel for the young demographics and is ideal for most travellers. Although it can be quite rowdy due to its location, but the reason you go to this hotel is the location.
The Venice Beach gets our Economy Plus rating and we hope when we are back in LA to stop by.
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Price: $150-250 a night
Address: 1305 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Delightful Downtown DoubleTree Hotel

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DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Nestled in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles, California, this hotel is an exotic retreat that takes travellers on a Japanese themed adventure. Well located nearby attractions such as the Los Angeles Convention Centre, Dodger Stadium, Bunker Hill and the Staples Centre.

On arrival, we got checked in very quickly and the desk staff were friendly and attentive to all our needs, they even received an Amazon parcel for us before arrival. The lobby itself was very clean and spacious and the Japanese theme really shone through. As with most DoubleTree Hiltons the lobby has that tasty aroma of freshly baked cookies, which you can treat yourself to.

We were only staying for 2 nights as we were coming back from Las Vegas so we opted for the Standard king room, although we got a larger room with two king beds.

Also in the room were complimentary bottles of water and as you guessed it- more cookies. In our room, there was also the standard amenities of a safe, docking station, Flat screen, coffee/tea facilities, Air/con and toiletries. The internet was very fast if your A HHonors Member for the ‘premium internet’. The Standard internet was bearable and was more than enough to check emails and have a scroll through Facebook.

The view from our room was pleasant and overlooked the busing streets of Downtown LA. The area itself is well located to many attractions but there is a strong presence of homelessness if you go a walk, although this doesn’t bother us as we mainly use UBER to get around so not much walking was done. The best bet is to ask reception the best route if you walking by foot more than a couple of blocks or use their complimentary 3-mile radius shuttle service. Another issue with the area also seemed to be the noise at night with cars, trucks and the never ending police sirens even on a very high floor, thankfully we are quite heavy sleepers.

One of our favourite things about this hotel is the peaceful rooftop Kyoto Garden that offers skyline views of the city and really is a unique place in Los Angeles.

The hotel also offers a really impressive array of refreshments whether it be the Starbucks next door, the hotel restaurant which you can also take out, the brilliant breakfast buffet options or the lobby shop.

The hotel also had one of the best room service options we have seen with 5-star food brought straight to your room just in case you’ve had a long day and don’t want to trek to one of the many options for food.

Rating
The Downtown DoubleTree Hilton Hotel is a great affordable hotel in Downtown Los Angeles with very friendly staff and a great list of facilities so overall we give it our Economy Plus rating. The reason we didn't rate it higher is due to the noise and the surrounding area than can put you off.
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Price: £180-250 a night
Address: 120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
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