Renovation has removed wonderful, homey old dresser and closeable
closet, along with separate area for extra sink, micro, and fridge, the
latter two, along with an open, tall rack for hangers (bring your own
for pants/skirts), have moved inside the bathroom. The surface of
the multi-purpose bathroom is slippery tile, including inside the door-
less shower, which has neither grab bar nor nonslip bottom and out of
which water flows onto the floor, making it dangerously slippery. The
desk clerk said "handicap" rooms had grab bars; I replied the
non--handicap rooms will be providing guests in the future for the
handicap ones.. I haven't checked yet but it strikes me as
unimaginable the city would allow such unsafe facilities--one does not,
need to be handicapped to slip in the shower. There were exactly 3
drawers, one in each nightstand and one other, hardly room enough for
one person to put away 5 days' worth of clothes, never mind two.
Although we were comp'd wi-fi and parking, I believe each will add
$5 to the bill each day once the renovation is complete.. We live in the
San Francisco Bay Area where evidence of and attention to the terrible
drought is everywhere. There were zero signs asking folks to conserve;
the maids are instructed to change sheets and towels daily. I find that
reprehensible. Our keys stopped working after one day, which added to
our fear that the b-l is seeking a different type of clientele, not
folks wanting it to be home base for a longer visit to la.
We have stayed here over three decades primarily for the location but
have come to regard it as almost a second home. It's an easy stroll
to Canter's Deli and the Bagelry and only a mile to lacma. For
those who enjoy more tourist-oriented activities, both the Farmers'
Market and the Grove are just a couple of blocks away. Our remodeled
room had a safe for the first time, but it too stopped working after a
couple of days!