Kawada Hotel2.5 out of 5.0
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We're generally good with budget, especially if the location is right, but this was just a bit too budget for us. Smaller than expected, with the bathroom right at the foot of the bed (and the door didn't close fully). The deal breaker, though, was the hot-cold-hot shower, sometimes a dribble, sometimes more.
Very small room with a most peculiar odour that was at times overpowering. Maybe an option for one night but would definitely recommend looking elsewhere for longer stays. Located in Downtown LA close to good food court but long walk to places of interest.
The hotel somehow has an air of Japanese serenity, and though our room was small it had all the usual amenities. Best yet, it's a short walk to the Grand Central Market with its many ethnic food vendors, and only a slightly longer trek to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the MOCA. The DASH bus stop is only a block away, and the bus will take seniors all over the downtown area for a quarter! We'd definitely stay there again.
The hotel is located at Hill Street on a quiet neighborhood but close to food haven at Grand Central Market which has plenty of options. Rooms are small but we had a king size bed which occupies about half of the room space. Ours was at the closest to the street so we anticipate some noise. But thankfully we had good sleep thanks to the large bed and comfy pillows. One issue I had was the humming heater and the bathroom exhaust fan, but as said it did not matter since we had a couple of good night's sleep. No safe was at the premises so we kept the room from housekeeping (do not disturb sign) during our stay.
We stayed in a room with a king bed. There wasn't much room to maneuver around, but we did okay. The bedroom looked like it had been recently renovated, it looked like they forgot to upgrade the bathroom. There was an old tile floor that looked like it could be nice if someone would re-grout it. Also, even though this was a non-smoking room, I could smell smoke coming from somewhere in the bathroom. Maybe from downstairs? The staff was very nice and we were always greeted pleasantly by the doorman.
Found Kawada hotel a great location for anyone visiting L.A without a car.Trains , Buses both across down and up the road from the hotel to all major tourist attractions (Universal,Hollywood,Santa Monica,Venice,and land marks to name a few).And a nice walk if you don t mind to Staples center, L.A live, you get real feel of the city.Grand central market is 2 minute walk from the hotel to get a variety of tasty foods from around the world such a cool little spot:).My room was small but great for what i needed (1 person) for 5 days as i was out all day exploring. Bed was super comfortable and pillows wer excellent with good size TV with heaps of channels was great just for just chilling after walking around all day.Bathroom was clean bit dated, shower was ok powerful enough took a few minutes to get hot in the mornings tho,hair dryer and plenty of clean towels as well. Room also had a microwave kettle with tea and coffee and a comby air cone + heater.My room was cleaned every day and quaite it wasn't noisy like i have read in other reviews although i think i was staying the far end of the building away from the bar next door.i paid 850 AUD for 5 days here (1 person),i wouldn't say it was budget but more mid range,Bearing in mind L.A is also expensive place to stay .I looked and read reviews on other budget hotels,hostels in area but didn't sound to pleasing.For me it was better to pay that bit extra knowing i was going to get something satisfactory and comfortable nights sleep.Staff was helpful and great little cafe next door to the hotel too:)
Most of the people did point out that this Hotel is quite good if you are on a budget. But I cannot share this. First I do not consider 150.- USD for a night to be any close to low budget, and for this hotel this is way to much money.... Rooms: very small rooms, and I mean very small. Okay there is a little desk below the TV set, and a bed. And a bathroom with a shower. But if you want to place your suitcase somewhere the only place it the desk. No other option or room. On the picture here is a two seater sofa in the room, no idea how they managed to get that in place. Cleaning: The rooms are a bit smelly as the building is quite old and not well maintained. And you cannot open the window. The aircon unit would blow dirt into the room, so I think the filters should need to be changed. Due to a lot of noise in the first room (massive fan unit right in front of the window) I did change to another room which was the same. There is only a very little furniture in the room, but it was very old and outdated. Especially the bathroom was not nice. Noise: very noisy hotel! The windows are thin as paper, so you hear everything from outside. Almost as if they were open, but this was not possible. Be also aware that there is a Bar \ Nightclub in the Hotel which runs massive loud live music on Friday and Saturday nights. I could not sleep until 4am. payment policy: They do have a weird way to work with credit cards. Usually a hotel takes a copy of the credit card for security reason. They also maybe block a deposit on it, which is released after check out. Not here, here they charge 50.- USD to your card which then will be refunded after check out. And they also charge the room rate on check in day, but tax and fees on check out. So I now have 3 bookings on my credit card and as it is a overseas card from the UK, I also pay 3 times a credit card fee. And of course the refund of the 50 USD would be less than what had been taken due to fees and exchange rates. Beside all of that, I never ever gave any authorization to the hotel to book anything on my credit card. and last, the staff: Very unfriendly and everything but not helpful. I had the problem that my room was not booked for all the days, so I needed to add one day. On check in the guy asked me when I would leave and I said Saturday. He did not react so I was expecting that everything would be fine. But on Friday I could not get back in my room. And I would only get access if I would pay the extra night with my personal credit card. Even though all other nights had been paid by my company. There was no movement from staff to find a solution other than forcing me to pay. If I would not pay they would not let me get my private stuff out of the room. I do travel a lot (approx 200 nights in hotels every year) and I never had someone so unfriendly at a hotels front desk. Here are my top 3 quotes from miss reception: 1.) we did not make a mistake, you did make this mess. So you better make sure to fix it. 2.) You do not need to stay in our hotel. I do not care if you ever come back either 3.) You can be happy that we did not pull your stuff out of the room and throw it away Well, what can I say? Truly one of the worst hotels I ever did stay in!
The staff at the Kawada Hotel are friendly, professional, and helpful. The location is reasonably convenient to downtown LA. That's where the positives end. My room had a very loud humming/vibrating noise at all hours, day and night. There wasn't any hot water in the shower one of the days. The internet only worked one of the three days I stayed there. The built-in hairdryer they provided lit on fire when I turned it on - yes, literally, smoke pouring out of the blower and open flames inside.
Kawada Hotel is located in an ideal Downtown LA location. Walking distance from Grand Park, Grand Central market and landmarks. Valet parking is offered for $22/day but I parked in a lot next to the hotel for much cheaper. Hotel staff is friendly and check in is a breeze. As for the rooms, it is apparent that they recently underwent renovation. They have brighter, more modern rooms, instead of the ones pictured here. Great HDTV with a cool entertainment hub. Only issue I had was the bathroom. Very small, which I didn't mind all too much, but it seems like it was forgotten during the renovation. My bathroom door could never fully close or lock, no matter how much weight I put on it, or maneuvered the handle. Old flooring/tiling. Definitely staying again. It's basic, but clean and tasteful. The price per night plus the area make the Kawada Hotel a great choice over its DTLA counterparts.
A budget hotel close to the Metro in Downtown L.A. Felt safe and secure, all staff friendly/courteous. Reported cold shower to John the Manager. Within 30 mins the Janitor in the bathroom running the hot water and explaining you turn it to the RIGHT for hot water.DOH! Room quiet and clean bed firm/comfortable. Everything worked. Next door to the hotel is a nice cafe for breakfast, locals use it. Metro takes you directly to Universal Studios(short walk over a bridge to the Studio shuttle bus), cost a few bucks, Result. Hotel surrounds currently short of nightlife although there is bar serving good food within 300 yards of hotel. For those on a budget, this works. All parts of L.A. accessible.
Located in Downtown Los Angeles within a short walk of Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kawada Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Microsoft Theater. This 116-room hotel has conveniences like 2 restaurants, free in-room WiFi, and a nightclub. It's in central Los Angeles and also close to University of Southern California and Staples Center.
This hotel is home to 2 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Get an energy boost at the coffee shop/café, or grab a drink at the bar/lounge. Start your day off with cooked-to-order breakfast, available for a fee.
All of Kawada Hotel's 116 recently renovated rooms provide microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Phones, desks, and free toiletries are other standard amenities.
Renovated in 2016, Kawada Hotel offers a nightclub, free WiFi in public areas, and a business center. Valet parking is available for USD 22 per day. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include laundry facilities and a porter/bellhop.
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29% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 410 reviews