Location is fantastic and Duke is a welcoming host. Booking was easy and Duke answered any questions we had.
The location was perfect! 3 blocks from the Chinese Theater in one direction and 2 blocks the other way from In & Out Burger. 15 drive to Universal Studios and Warner Bros studio tour and 40 min to Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier. Its a very quiet building with great security. Parking is under the building and a remote is needed to enter the garage, then a key is needed to get to the elevators and then a key is needed to get on the elevator. We felt very safe in the building. The pool was great but the water was a little cold (it was only 72 degrees outside but my kids insisted on going in). Didn't use the gym or the laundry but both looked nice. Duke was incredible. He showed us everything around the apartment, gave us suggestions of sights to see and quickly responded to my text about time to allow for LA traffic. Overall, a great place to stay!
We were a family with two kids, ages 4 and 7 years old. The apartment was nice and clean, had everything we need. The location was great, near the walk of fame and in the heart of Hollywood. There are lots of shops, reataurants and supermarkets in walk distance. The owners Duke and Dennis were very friendly and helpful people. I wolud come back again for sure!
A real mixed bag for us but sadly we felt that the previous reviews and photos presented a somewhat misleading view of the apartment and location and were certainly economical with the negative aspects. I note that there has been a recent review that provides a far more factual and accurate account.
The booking and subsequent communication was quick and excellent. I'd had a very disappointing experience with VRBO so the level of friendly communication with Duke was reassuring.
Dennis, the son of the owner, was terrific. We had to contact Dennis to see if an early check in would be possible as my son was ill. He was outstanding in helping prepare the apartment and staying in contact with us. This was hugely appreciated by us.
We were able to access Netflix and a couple of other online TV options so there were plenty of viewing options.
The beds were exceptionally comfortable.
Very close to Hollywood Boulevard and the "must see" attractions. In n Out burger a very short stroll away.
This is not a particularly nice area. Dog mess all over the grass outside the apartment and all around the streets. The streets around are dimly lit and dirty.
Sadly there are many homeless people all around, especially on Hollywood Boulevard. We saw several people completely losing it on the walk to, and on, Hollywood Boulevard - clearly drug or alcohol affected.
I'm well travelled and have experience of living and working in many major cities. I'm also used to less desirable areas. However, having my kids with me I didn't feel too comfortable walking around after dark. At best I'd say the area is sketchy. My children described this as the worst part of our three week holiday in the US.
Weed was smoked within the building and very noticeable. Dennis had forewarned us about this and the level of homelessness.
There is practically zero insulation within the apartment block. Therefore every footstep above, below and around is clearly heard. Plenty of dogs barking. The surrounding apartment blocks are also incredibly close so noise, music and conversations are constant and clear. To be fair, I initially feared that we would never be able to sleep such was the constant noise but it seemed to cease around 11.30pm so this didn't affect our sleep.
The beautiful and new leather couch in the photos is now exceptionally worn and frayed and badly cracked with the insides now hanging out. Disappointing.
The kitchen and bathroom areas and fittings are dated.
All in all I'm afraid we were disappointed with the area and the apartment. Perhaps I'm being a little harsh as the price was not excessive. My comments above though are accurate and factual. It would have been better to have known these before making my booking as we may not have made the booking or would at least have been better prepared.
Owners very nice and went above and beyond. The place is not the one in the photo. No deck or BBQ grill. Never saw a washer and dryer. Homeless people sleep in the front entrance to the condo. The main areas of the condo appeared clean but furniture was old, the vinyl couch had many cracks, the closet and drawers were dirty so we did not unpack. Bathroom faucet was hard to use due to age and lime/rust. Location was great for walk of fame, In and Out burger was near and we had a good time. The lyft vehicles were usually in the area.