0.72km from Francaise BakeryI have to say I was way apprehensive about staying at this hotel (which was locked in based on a pre-paid 'you bid on it and win' transaction). My wariness was based on the preponderance of unforgiving critical reviews ranging from the outdated décor, malodorous-ness, soiled furniture, accusations of fleas and other critters in the rooms. Let me just say, my expectations fell below sea level, and I envisioned something heinous for my mother and me. But, when I walked into the lobby, I smiled a little. And then when I entered into our room (#333), I smiled even more and breathed a sigh of relief. The room was big enough and so was the bathroom with its wall-to-wall counter providing plenty of much-appreciated space for my endless bag-o-toiletries. A side table for in-room dining if you opt for takeout one night, a small fridge for storing leftovers, a desk with hotel stationery, a flat screen TV with ample channels, that's what you'll get in reality. It was not terrible folks. However, the universal comments about the granite bed are accurate. I averted that issue by bringing my own Memory Foam Mattress Topper, a 39.99 investment that I believed was totally worth it. Yes, it is not the Four Seasons, but neither is the price point. I got a fantastic deal of $115/night on the afore-referenced third-party site, and we personally enjoyed our four-night stay. It provided a pleasant base at the end of the day after we set out each morning to explore fabulous places like Malibu and the PCH, the Getty Villa, the curvy Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, and an excursion up to Palm Springs. I happened to like the location, which is in the gritty, but safe heart of Koreatown. So, surprise...its reception desk is staffed by bilingual (maybe trilingual) employees, attracts a Korean clientele, and offers Asian dining fare. If this provokes discomfort or dissatisfaction in you as a traveler, this is probably not the place to stay. Don't stay here either if your ideal of a hotel is to lounge, luxuriate and linger in bed, order room service with a Champagne breakfast, and work on your tan by the pool (I don't think there is one). A couple of tips: Valet is reasonable at $9/night, but I was able to find street parking along Oxford Street, 8th Street, etc. For lunch/dinner options when you prefer something within walking distance, I recommend: Pollo a la Brasa on Western Ave across the street. Damn son, as juicy a chicken as you will dig into, served with a fiery and delectable green sauce. Slurpin' Ramen - lots of ramen to be had in LA, but you can be first in line by just walking the two minutes it takes from the lobby.