F. Scott Fitzhemingway
Dec 02, 2014
For 200 a night A block of Hollywood Boulevard in the center of Hollywood? What were you expecting? The place has a lot of history. It was Errol Flynn's last home in 1959. as most of you know Janis Joplin died of a drug overdose here. Many up-and-coming actors musicians stayed or lived here one time or another since its opening in 1957. The place has a lot of charm, The lobby has been refurbished and given a new look, but the rest of the hotel is very much what it was what it opened. Most places like this in west LA get torn down or become a generic best Western, I like the rustic charm of the place but it's not for everyone. Lot of international travelers that visit Hollywood stay there, but a lot of locals check in. Most the staff is friendly and accommodating, even when dealing with crazy requests from people who think they're staying in a five-star hotel.
Jul 12, 2013
*HEALTH WARNING* - We stayed at this hotel in early July 2013. We checked out early after discovering mold growing in the living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. Rooms are extremely dirty. Silverfish and bed bugs living in beds. Prescription drugs missing from our toiletries after maid service. Carpets are filthy. Laundry is dirty and stained. DON'T LET THE OTHER POSTS OR PHOTOS FOOL YOU! This place is disgusting!! If you care about your health, stay away from this hotel. We notified Los Angeles City Health Department the next day.
Jun 22, 2012
This hotel has been a delight. Once you come through the front door into the lobby, you're secluded from Hollyweird. The property has been here since the mid-1950's, and some if it is showing a bit of wear. Don't let that discourage you. You will enjoy your time here. Formerly known as the Landmark Hotel, Highland Gardens offers three levels of 1 bedroom suites, each with a complete kitchen, living and dining area, with most featuring balconies which overlook a well maintained pool area that's surrounded by a dense garden, all at a price that is significantly below surrounding rates for a standard room. So, you'll enjoy the convenience of a walk in closet, along with lush flowers and tropical vegetation outside your windows. Standard rooms in the main building are also available. (Yes, Janis Joplin died here, in room 105. It's been 42 years. Get over it.) If you're looking for somewhere to stay that is quiet, comfortable, clean, and safe, this is your hotel. You might get an afternoon seranade from a vocalist or guitarist attending or preparing to enroll at Musician's Institute. Sit back and enjoy: there's no charge and they're very talented.
A Google User
Jun 28, 2012
Google image this hotel as they only show the lobby - rooms are old , very outdated , smell bad . I paid for executive suite for whole kitchen but oven didn't work , had to throw away groceries . No phone service unless you walk to courtyard :( very inconvenient ! Front desk clerks very rude and unhelpful . Maid didn't come til almost 6pm and literally cleaned half the room - making only one bed , placing clean towels on dirty toilet and didn't leave new shampoo ( she came w no cart ) - when trying to get some from front lobby forget it . Had a visitor and they tried to charge me for another entire room !!! They even double charged my card at check in which can't even be reversed for 5 days ,tying up our spending money .Lush landscape was a plus . Won't be staying here again . Just be careful when considering.g this place
A Google User
Mar 21, 2012
This place has been, to say the least, a reprieve for me from the rest of the hotel experiences I have had in the Los Angeles Area since I moved here over three months ago from San Francisco, Ca. This hotel is an architectural gem with mid-century modern design that puts Alexander and Eichler to shame. Walls of glass are redefined here in the lobby. I pretty much live here (until I sign a lease somewhere else) now, since I was made an offer I cannot refuse by Jack, the very business savvy manager. It becomes clear after one stays here for a week or so that this hotel is not dictated by rules concocted by corporate management and followed by its servants. This is a unique boutique hotel folks. It may not have room service, but there are restaurants, grocery stores galore in walking distance. Behind me are the lavish mansions of Hollywood Heights and below me is the center of Hollywood. Perfect location. Privacy is a given here. There is no noisiness and no nosiness and it doesn't feel like the staff cares about when I come or go or anything else other than my safety and security here, which is understood. For an extra fee, this hotel is friendly to dogs, even my larger breed dog. Wow!! That is refreshing, let me tell you.... Its not as though there are many dogs running around here either though. There don't seem to be many children either. The grounds are hyper hollywood-esque with a lush garden surrounding the bungalow apartments that rent for inexpensive hotel room rates. I have my own balcony with private table and chairs overlooking the pool and I rarely feel the need to turn on the air conditioner due to all of the shading from the palm leaves. The pool lights up at night and I can see it from my roomy 1 bedroom apartment. Okay, so the mattresses and the sofa's could be updated, and probably will be soon, but otherwise, this is the nicest, cleanest, friendliest hotel experience I have had in the last forty-fifty I have visited. Bravo! Great management, staff and housekeeping service is respectful to folks who like to sleep in, to boot. I have been here for two weeks and plan to stay for at least a month more. This is a place I now consider home and am very pleased about it.