Kawada Hotel2.5 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
My husband and I stayed at the hotel for seven nights. The purpose of our trip was to explore Los Angeles—without a car! High points of our trip were the Getty Center, UCLA, The Huntington Library in Pasadena, the LA Zoo and several locations Downtown. We found the LA Metro rail and buses easy to use, pleasant and convenient. The Kawada Hotel is conveniently located near the Civic Center Metro station and a very short rail ride to Union Station. No need for a cab or a rented auto—not even to the airport. We ate breakfast at the lovely Cherry Pick Café next door every morning except Sunday when it is closed. The Grand Central Market down the street, open since 1917, is a great option for any meal or snack. The hotel is clean, quiet and the staff is very helpful. Only negative (but not a deal breaker) is that I found the faucets on the shower difficult to use, but I would definitely return to the Kawada.
I read other reviews that mentioned sloping floors and thought, how bad could it be? At least I was warned. In my 3rd floor room on the interior of the box-U shape of the building: I put my cylindrical makeup tube on the floor near the window, and it rolled by itself halfway across the room; then I noticed the metal closet/shelf unit was crooked with respect to the outlet on the wall, and it wasn't that the unit was crooked, it was that the floor sloped. PROS: tidy, cozy room, free wifi, cool cafe next door, great proximity to Music Center/Courts/etc, valet parking in/out privileges, 1 block from L.A. market that closes ~6p. CONS: pricey valet parking and no self-park alternative given, no restaurant in hotel (remodeling at time of writing), shower temp/pressure can vary, downtown city taxes piled on top of everything, moderate city noise.
There's no doubt that this hotel has history. The owners, for whatever reason, have not man aged to keep its class. Rooms are poorly furnished, open areas are tacky and some of the bathrooms have rotting cabinets. Everything is very tired - a trip towards the laundry takes you to a floor without even carpet on the floor. If you stay here, insist on a large room facing away from the street and away from the elevator. It was clean and felt pretty safe, and it's an easy walk to the Disney Concert Hall, Broad, Colburn School Museum of new Art and Central markets - so a great location.
I was in a disastrous Airbnb and had to get out and find a reasonably priced hotel in downtown LA near my son. Loved it! Luxurious? No - but the bed was great, the TV was large, the wakeup calls were in time and the shower had great hot water (after a few minutes) Also down the block from Grand Central Market where even an older lady could walk to safely at night.
Disappointed from the moment we walked in! We had 3 twin rooms booked for 6 adults - the rooms were tiny and very basic. There was enough room for 1 suitcase on the floor not two and the beds were to small and had inadequate bedding. The bathroom was very small, water pressure and temperature was erratic and in one room the door got stuck if closed making it impossible to get out without help. In one of our rooms there was a distinct smell of cigarette smoke and in another the smell of marijuana which was uncomfortable for non smokers. The first complaint to the staff went unanswered - after the second complaint a young staff member (who looked stoned) laughed and said 'oh well, nothing I can do about it'. He suggested we put on the air conditioner and said he would find some airfreshener - yet never returned. We found the staff very unprofessional and rude! Would never return!
This was the worst experience I have ever had at a hotel. Staff are extremely rude, including General manager. I tried to resolve a dispute over a room charge, and could not reach the manager for 4 days. When he finally called me back, he was rude saying it was my mistake..yelled at me. Don't change your reservation by one day, they will charge you anyway. And the shower was the kind you install in your basement. Water faucet/ handle didn't work, was a real trick to get Hot water in shower. No place for luggage, no luggage rack, no closet. Over priced, rip-off.
Very small rooms - a king-size bed would not fit in one. Small TV, cheap furniture. Hardly anywhere to put a suitcase. Small shower. Very strong pot smell during the night like a party was going on. Not recommended
Hotel staff, kind. Walls, floor, ceiling, very very NOT sound proof. You hear everything. Thankful for two pillows, so we can place them on our ears. I got very little sleep. Our room very small, limited space for luggage. Beautiful entrance to the hotel, room is clean, hallways slanted
For litigators this is a cherished find. A 3 minute walk away from the Stanley Mosk Superior Court, no traffic worries, no anxiety and a comfie solution that won't break the budget. Their remodel was well conceived. Large new beds, pillows, soft towels and a compact tech center with crisp free wifi. The flooring was new, the place was clean and the rooms were small but imminently functional. Why the 3 star??? Its the overlooked details. The bathroom vanity was a peeling, well worn, refugee from 1980 when it was a $39 oak laminate home depot special. The windows were then and powerless against outside noise (fortuitously the neighborhood was mercifully quiet). The buses of 20 something Japanese tourists kept the hallways busy and bustling late into the next morning. With all that in mind, if you are an attorney or a litigant and need to have a place to stay the night before a litigation event then this is your place.
4 stars because Kawada was almost everything I needed it to be .. reasonably priced, perfect location ( Colburn School) - clean + comfortable w/ very accommodating staff. No food over weekend - but Central Market very close... would stay again
- Walking distance to Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
Located in Bunker Hill 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 a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a nightclub. It's in central Los Angeles and also close to University of Southern California and Staples Center.
Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. You can sip a beverage at the coffee shop/café. 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.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
29% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 431 reviews