Stay in Downtown LA / Little Tokyo

Loft - Entire home/apt · E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, United States
Your host, Alanna
30 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

The Space

Your room is situated in a eclectic cozy NY-style loft in the middle of Little Tokyo in Downtown LA. You are smack dab in a completely walkable neighborhood filled with cute Japanese eateries and close to every kind of public transportation available. Ideal for people coming to town for a show at Staples Center, a conference at the LA Convention Center or the Westin Bonaventure, cultural events at Disney Hall / MOCA, work or business at Sci-Arc, City Hall, or FIDM.

The room comes equipped with a full sized bed, a desk, and Wi-Fi. Bathroom facilities are shared.

*Important - Overnight Parking is available in an adjacent lots for between $13 / day.

**With your reservation request, please share what brings you into town and what you anticipate your schedule will be like. Also, please share any breakfast preferences / food or dairy allergies that you might have. I love to cook breakfast, and will be happy to fry up eggs for you if our schedules coincide. There will be some self-serve options in the fridge & pantry, but it might be worth it to explore some of the local spots for breakfast. The best coffee place in LA (Demitasse) is just 50 feet away (on 2nd and San Pedro) if you want to get out in the morning, and two terrific breakfast places are within walking distance (Urth Cafe, Nickel Diner). :)

From LAX, you can take the Flyaway (a comfortable tour bus) from LAX to Downtown for $7, and a short ride on the Gold Line Metro to Little Tokyo will put you within 3 blocks of the apartment. It is also rumored the Bus 14 will take you to the front of the building. This is unconfirmed! But I'm working on it. . .

Once you get set up, you can take little buses, long buses, metro rail. . .You can ride Amtrack to the OC and explore LA via Red Line (Hollywood / Universal Studios), Gold Line (Pasadena), Blue Line (Convention Center / Long Beach). . .A Dash bus comes to your front door to give you a tour of downtown Los Angeles. Local express buses can take you Echo Park, Culver City, Venice, Santa Monica, et cetera. DTLA is a public transportation hub.

Quasi-famous eats / drinks within walking distance (the site won't let me to link to web addresses, but hopefully you can figure it out):

Wurstkuche (beer and sausages)
Edison Bar (stylish 3 story destination bar)
Daikokuya Ramen House (steaming hot goodness)
Komasa Sushi (loosely rolled by a Japanese master)
Sushi-Gen (sashimi lunch special)
Phillipe's French Dip (is famous)
Cole's French Dip (I like better)

Additional Sights / Eats:
(non-comprehensive, non-alphabetical -- sorry!)

Taylor's Steak House Best value for tasty steaks in L.A.
Grand Central Market
Olvera Street
San Antonio Winery
Pacific Dining Car
Engine Co No. 28
Water Grill fine seafood lunch and dinner near Biltmore Hotel
Cafe Pinot tasty food and drinks adjacent to the Central Library
Patina at Disney Hall
Pete's Cafe & bar excellent comfort food under the lofts of the Bank District
Flix Cafe at the LA Center Studios. One of the best cafeteria style lunches around.
R23 sushi near 3rd & Santa Fe
Zip Fusion sushi near Traction & Alameda
Gill's Indian Cuisine at the Stillwell Hotel
Trifecta Lounge & Sports Bar at Hill and 2nd
Traxx Restaurant & bar at Union Station
Weiland Brewery and Restaurant in Little Tokyo at Central & 1st
Angelique Cafe - french cafe on Spring St and 9th
The Palm steakhouse
Nobuko's Kitchen at 3rd and Alameda St
J Restaurant & Lounge at Olive and 11th
Daily Grill SEC of 6th and Flower (Pegasus Building), across from The Standard
Nickel Diner -- DELICIOUS
Pitfire Pizza at 108 W. 2nd St in the Higgins Building.
E3RD steakhouse
Rocket Pizza at 4th & Main
Bar 107 - West 4th St near Main in the Old Bank District.
Mountain Bar in Chinatown
Casey's Irish Bar & Grille on Grand Ave below 6th
Broadway Bar on Broadway near 8th
Bonaventure Brewing Co. good brew and view on top of 4th story of hotel
Club 740 on Broadway near 8th Street.
Library Bar - W 6th St & Hope St in Pegasus building
Redwood Bar & Grill at 2nd and Broadway
The Edison at 2nd & Main
Golden Gopher Bar W 8th St b/w Hill & Olive
Seven Grand whisky bar at E W 7th & Grand.
Bottega Louie Restaurant on 7th St.
The Gorbals at Spring & 5th
Original Pantry Cafe on Figueroa

Museums & Galleries
Public Art in LA public and civic art works and monuments
Downtown Art Walk second Thursday of every month
LA Downtown Arts District
Japanese American National Museum
Bert Green Fine Art on 5th Street
MOCA, Geffen

Club Nokia at the (email hidden) Complex
Nokia Theatre at the (email hidden) Complex
The Smell
The Standarad
The Figueroa Hotel Club
The Echo at 1822 Sunset Blvd (off the 22 Bus)
The Wiltern at Wilshire and Western (not downtown, but right off the Red Line)
Downtown Comedy Club @ 5th & Spring
LA Phil @ Disney Hall
LA Opera @ Music Center
The Colburn School of Performing Arts on Grand Ave.
Grand Performances at California Plaza (free during the summer)
Redcat Theatre
Pershing Square events
LA River
LA Chamber of Commerce
LA Chinatown
Fashion District
Flower District
Jewelry District
Santee Alley (shopping)
California Mart (shopping)

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $25 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $800 /week
Monthly Price: $2700 /month
Security Deposit: $1500
Cleaning Fee: $110
Check In: 10:00 AM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Alannla (email hidden): caring, available and willing to be a resource for Los Angeles newcomers. She took real ownership of her guests experience, wanting to make sure we were safe, informed and comfortable. The space is fabulous and suited all of our needs for convenience and an authentic Los Angeles experience

    June 2014
  • How come a landlord who never show up to pass the key and collect the key complaining all the time? It is really no fun.
    I failed to get the key from the host from the very beginning, when I leave, no one is going to show up too. I tried my best to put it in a nearby hotel concierge and tipped them, then left messages and emails to the host, but she didn't even try to collect her key at all.
    It is no fun at all when the landlord is not sweet and friendly at all, and trying her best to be a trouble maker.
    My trip to the States is super, the only thing uncomfortable is this stay.

    May 2014
  • I really fell in love with this place but it is not for everyone. It is the second story of some small businesses and it is not conventionally arranged in terms of doors, locks, baths and other things. Having said that, I loved it. I loved the location which is right downtown but very small townish. It is almost unreally quiet given its location. It is on the back of building overlooking a walking alley, which is very nice to look at. It is walking distance to many things. I loved the nearby Ramen house and the ice cream truck that showed up every evening. Lots of parks and great architecture nearby. Alanna was lovely and completely responsive.

    April 2014
  • A friend as well as myself stayed at Alanna's place at different moments. Her apartment is fantastic (spacious, great downtown location) and Alanna (email hidden), felt right at home there.

    April 2014
  • Thanks Alanna for the great place-and generosity-
    Lots of light/clean/easy!
    super central for access to public transit if you don't feel like being in a traffic jam! Excellent ramen close by if that is your thing-

    Thanks again!

    March 2014
  • Alanna (email hidden). I had the place all to myself and enjoyed a comfortable 4 night stay. She asked what breakfast food I like and stocked the fridge in advance, which was really above and beyond. I'd definitely stay again.

    March 2014
  • I loved staying in Alanna's sunlit and cozy apartment. It was clean, comfortable and had everything you could need. It is also very well situated in terms of transportation (good if you don't have a car) and many places of interest are nearby. Alanna is very charming, resourceful, generous, easy to communicate with, and a wonderful artist! Her tips for the neighborhood are spot on. I highly recommend her place and would stay there again.

    February 2014
  • I didn't meet Alanna, but she had very good instructions and we communicated by whatsapp. That went very well. Her house is very cosy and I felt comfortable there. In front of the house is a Japanese supermarket which opens at ten. I would definitely come back to this place. Thanx again Alanna.

    February 2014
  • Four of us students stayed in Alanna's apartment during this Christmas vacation. We enjoyed the location and the apartment itself a lot. It was great for a group for four or three to share. Alanna was very helpful. We would love to come back again!

    January 2014
  • Lovely apartment, quite and filled with sunlight during the day. The bed was pretty comfortable. The neighborhood is nice and seemed relatively safe. Plenty of things to do and places to eat within walking distance. Super convenient to public transportation - Pasadena and Hollywood are just minutes away. Alanna is very nice. Great stay, I'd definitely go back again!

    December 2013
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