Dead center of Hollywood! Entire apartment overlooking pool on quiet, cul-du-sac street right in the middle of Hollywood at Hollywood & Highland. Steps to bars, restaurants, cafes, metro train, theaters, clubs, 24/7 taxis, etc. Complimentary Netflix
PRICE REDUCTION DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION: 3/30 - 4/1: $98 PER NIGHT
Entire apartment at the epicenter of Hollywood at Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave. Full kitchen, Samsung flat panel big screen, dedicated WiFi, pool, and more in quiet, safe building. Complimentary Netflix and Amazon Video included.
Unlike many other hosts who say that you'll be staying in the “heart of Hollywood” or in the "best location," I’m telling you the truth when I say it.
If your goal is to be in the DEAD CENTER of Hollywood, this is it If your goal is to buy crack and smell stale urine when you walk outside, stay at one of the listings on Gower or Whitley, or the bunk bed hostel on Cosmo.
No need to pay $15 for “just a 5-minute cab ride” or walk “just a few blocks” (and hope you don’t get stabbed or step on a syringe or hobo discharge) from your residence to the good part because you’ll be living in the good part! This is not El Centro, Wilcox, Detroit or some mystery location "off Franklin."
The building location is at the foot of the Hollywood Hills, at Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave., literally right behind the new Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly The Renaissance Hotel), one of the most popular hotels in Los Angeles. Current (March) nightly rate at The Loews for a basic room with 1 bed is $289 + 14% tax. A basic suite starts at $329 + 14% tax. My ENTIRE apartment starts at $95 + airbnb fees (varies according to day of week/time of year), no tax.
You will have privacy and quiet because the apartment SHARES NO WALLS with neighboring units. It is on the second floor of a 2-story building, so you won't have people above you tap-dancing in stilettos at 4 AM.
Walk out the front door, turn left, you're inside the Hollywood & Highland complex within a minute, turn right and walk up into the hills.
Locate the Loews Hotel on a map and you will see the central location of my apartment, ideal as your base for exploring Hollywood and the rest of LA. You will be surrounded by everything Hollywood has to offer... bars, clubs, restaurants, theaters, museums, shops, street performers, hikes into the hills, etc.
The entrance to the famous Hollywood & Highland Center (Kodak Theater / Dolby Theater, shopping center, Hooters, Dave & Buster's, Metro Red Line, Lucky Strike Bowling, Cabo Wabo Cantina, etc.) is less than 100 feet away. Universal Studios is 1 stop away on the Red Line.
I got this place as a little guest house for my mother and my friends to stay in when they come to visit me in LA. Accordingly, it’s safe, clean, quiet and equipped with good stuff inside, most of which--like the queen bed/pillow-top mattress, fold-out sofa, dining set, coffee table, bar stools, microwave, high-speed router, and big screen HDTV, smart Blu-Ray player--is new. No granny furniture that smells like moths and bourbon.
The apartment was renovated in October 2012 with new floors, paint, sinks, counters, vanity, and fixtures. No pets or smoking permitted inside, so no unfortunate odors or hairs to cope with.
The place is located on a tiny, hidden, cul-de-sac street with no outlet onto Hollywood Blvd via car and no parking allowed 24/7 for all but the few permit holders for that block. This means you will avoid the maddening traffic of the surrounding streets and the noise that comes with it... so sleep as long as you want after a Hollywood night out.
The place is truly a secret little oasis in the middle of everything. It's a quiet, laid-back sanctuary where you can re-group between the many fun activities the surrounding area has to offer.
If you’re coming without a car, this place is perfect. Taxis (non-stop at the Loews Hotel downstairs), buses (running up/down Hollywood blvd.) and the metro train are literally STEPS away. The Fresh & Easy grocery store and adjacent CVS Pharmacy are a couple of short blocks away (you’ll walk right past the Mann’s Chinese Theater). No need to drive anywhere.
If you do happen to have a car, the 101 is just around the corner up Highland, making it very easy for you to access the rest of LA.
The space is a cool, simple studio that can accommodate 3 comfortably. There's a new queen bed (1-2 people) and a new sofa that folds out into a comfortable full-size bed (1-2 people) with a good quality mattress. Potentially four people can stay in this apartment, but space may get tight (additional fee for more than 2 guests). Closet space is ample.
There's a full kitchen with dining area (accommodating four) and separate dressing area with its own door, closets, vanity, and bathroom. Also, you may (email hidden) area and use it as a work space or just relax, eat, and watch TV. Complimentary Netflix and Amazon Instant Video are also included.
Please see House Rules before finalizing your booking. I have had airbnb guests break these rules before, getting me in trouble with building management and jeopardizing my ability to use the space for short-term rentals.
FACTS ABOUT THE APARTMENT:
•Entire studio is yours (not a share situation)
•Total space: approx. 550 sq ft
•All utilities (including WiFi) included in price of room
•2nd Floor unit that does not share any walls with neighboring units
•Excellent natural light during the day
•New air conditioner with remote
•New large queen bed with new pillow-top mattress
•New fold-out full size sofa
•New big screen Samsung HDTV (extra HDMI cable for streaming provided)
•Secured high-speed CABLE Internet with hard-line and WiFi connections available (This is my own connection, not a "sharing with the neighbors" set-up. Only you will use the WiFi.)
•New Smart Blu-Ray player
•Complimentary streaming Netflix and Amazon Instant Video among others
•Cable TV including music channels
•Full kitchen includes: refrigerator, filtered water, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, blender, tea kettle, tableware, utensils, pots, pans, skillets, cleaning supplies, miscellaneous kitchenware and coffee
•Separate dressing area with vanity separated by its own door for privacy
•Full bathroom with tub & 6-spray massaging handheld shower-head
•Bar area with stools for 2 (can be used as work space)
•Separate dining area with brand new dining set that accommodates 4
•Iron & ironing board
•Fresh towels and linens
•Ample closet and storage space (enough for 4)
•Strong blinds to keep apartment dark in the mornings
•100% NON-SMOKING / NO PETS
•Classic Hollywood building
A parking permit is included with the apartment at no additional fee. The street parking for the building is by permit only. However, a permit will not guarantee you a spot. Typically, parking in the daytime is not a problem, but it can be an issue at night.
If street parking is not available, guests may park in the adjacent parking structure for the Loews Hotel / Hollywood & Highland Center. Here a secured, covered spot is $13 for up to 72 hours. Additionally, two neighboring businesses rent out their spots on a case by case basis (you negotiate price, days, etc. with the proprietor).
**REALISTIC** WALKING DISTANCE TO EVERYWHERE
•Hollywood Blvd strip and walk of fame ~ steps
•Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center / Metro station ~ steps (spittin’ distance)
•Cirque Du Soleil IRIS at the Dolby Theatre ~ 1/2 block
•El Capitan Theater ~ Under a block (walk over and watch Jimmy Kimmel Live! during your stay)
•Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes (Hollywood Style) ~ 231 feet (I counted)
•The Roosevelt Hotel (Teddy’s, Midget Show, Pool Parties) ~ 1 block
•The W Hotel (Drai's Nightclub)~ 4 blocks
•Magic Castle ~ 1 block
•Mann’s Chinese Theater ~ 1 block
•Hollywood bowl ~ 5 blocks
•Runyon Canyon (trails for jogging/hiking/getting away from LA) ~ half a mile
•Bars, clubs, restaurants ~ throw a rock
•The Dome & Arclight Theaters / 24 hour fitness ~ 4 blocks
•Pantages Theater ~ 4 blocks
•"The Hills" ~ Walk out the front door, turn right, and go as high up as you want. The Hollywood sign is a great daytime hike.
•Playhouse, Eden, The Roxbury, Lure, AV, Blok, Emerson, Supper Club, Drai's, Sayers Club, Avalon ~ All right here
•Hollywood sign / Griffith Observatory ~ 2 miles
•Universal Pictures ~ 1.5 miles
•Griffith Park ~ 1 mile
Franklin strip ( Bourgeois Pig; Birds; La Poubelle ) ~ 1 Mile
•Sunset strip ( Chateau Marmont; The Viper Room; Sky Bar; The London; Sunset Towers, The Rainbow, The Whiskey, House of Blues and many more...) ~ 2 miles
•The Beverly Hills Hotel ~ 4 miles away
•The Soho House ~ 4 miles away
•The Palihouse ~ 2 miles
•The coast line - Venice; Santa Monica; Malibu ~ 7-12 miles
•Only airbnb verified guests will be booked. If you don't have a complete profile, please complete it prior to making a booking request. The more verifications the better.
•The security deposit is not really a deposit, it's a temporary hold on your card which is removed within 2 days of your departure. This hold is NOT placed at the time of booking but at check-in.
•I'm flexible with check-in and check-out times as the reservation calendar permits. However, late check-outs are subject to an additional fee of $45. You may check in as early as you like PROVIDED I do not have another guest checking out the same day. In this case, check in time is typically 12:00 - 1:00 PM.
•For guests I cannot meet in person for check-in (which is often since I work full-time and travel occasionally) I provide detailed instructions regarding entry into building and apartment. I would either buzz you in remotely or have keys waiting for you near the entrance. So you have the flexibility to check in at any time... late, early, whatever works for you.
•The photos on this listing are a mixture of my own and airbnb verified photos. The outdoor pics included in my listing were taken while walking around the apartment.
•The airbnb "Street View" feature of this listing shows the nearest intersection. It's not the view from the building itself.
•I live just a couple of miles away in West Hollywood. I've been in LA for 12 years and can help you plan your trip and give you suggestions while you're here.
Entire apartment, WiFi, cable big-screen LED Smart TV, Smart Blu-Ray player, full kitchen, laundry, smoking areas (no smoking inside of apartment), permit parking. All is yours... nothing shared (including WiFi, it's totally dedicated only to the apartment).
Interaction with Guests
Keys will typically be left for pick-up near front door for check-in and left in the apartment by guest for checkout--so no need to see me. If I'm not traveling, I'm available morning to evening via text to help with anything LA related... restaurants, neighborhoods, celeb-watching, cab companies to avoid, whatever you need.
The best feature of this location is that you would be in the dead center of Hollywood, yet be on a quiet, safe cul-du-sac street away from the fun madness of the area. You avoid the noise and traffic (both foot and motor) of Hollywood, yet are only steps away from major attractions. No need for a car since you can walk to all the local hot spots and public transport is everywhere. Hollywood & Highland Center, Roosevelt Hotel, Mann's Chinese Theater, Dolby Theater (Oscars, American Idol, etc.), El Capitan Theater (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, CVS Pharmancy, Fresh & Easy Grocery Store, Hooters, Dave and Busters, The Frolic Room, Musso and Frank Grill Steakhouse, and plenty of other bars and restaurants... all within 2 short city blocks!!
You will be centrally located at Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. The metro red line station entrance is about 200 feet away (Universal Studios is the next stop northbound) from the front door. Buses run all day north-south on Highland Ave. and east-west on Hollywood Blvd. Taxis are available 24/7 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel right next door (about 30 feet from my front door). Uber and Lyft can usually be at this location in 4 minutes or less. I can provide discount codes for both services.
Other Things to Note
Check-in and check-out are easy and times can be flexible. For check-in, I typically leave keys near the front door for guests to pick up upon arrival. Guests can check in any time unless I have another guest checking out the same day. In this case, check-in usually starts at 1:00PM once the apartment has been professionally cleaned (though bags can be dropped off earlier).
Check-out is typically 1:00 PM if no other guests are arriving that day, otherwise it's 11:00 AM (though I can make special arrangements on a case by case basis). If baggage needs to be stored, guests can use the bell desk at the Loews Hotel next door.
I had only a couple of rules when I started this venture on airbnb. However, due to rule breakage and assorted shenanigans that have upset some neighbors, I must now present the following list. This is a quiet building. Please help me keep it that way.
•While you'll be surrounded by nightclubs, restaurants, bars and all matter of fun activities, please do not make this apartment your de facto party pad after everything closes. Noise must be kept low after 10 PM.
•Absolutely no overnight guests allowed who are not disclosed in the original booking.
•No smoking inside of unit. Outside in common areas is fine.
•No pets of any size. Not negotiable so please don't ask.
•No screaming "I'm the king of the world" out the window drunk at 4 AM.
•Permit parking in front of building only. No parking behind the building.
•Absolutely no open containers of alcohol in any building areas outside of the apartment.
•No pool parties.
•If you happen to be a pimp, prostitute, crystal meth enthusiast, cutter, arsonist, cobra juggler or voted most likely to lurk in your high school, I'm confident you can find other listings on airbnb better suited to your needs.
•Please keep AC off when not inside the apartment.
•Please do not lose the keys or parking permit. Failure to return keys will result in your security deposit being deducted the cost of re-keying the locks and making duplicate keys. Failure to return the parking permit will result in a $100 deduction of your security deposit and I will not have a parking permit for the unit until my July 2015 renewal (since a guest already lost one and I am only allowed 1 replacement per year). So please be careful with these items.
•Upon check-out, leave keys and parking permit on the breakfast bar.
•Please be respectful of my neighbors.
I recently spent a weekend at Gene's Hollywood apartment with my boyfriend and it was everything Gene described. It was a great place to stay - clean, quiet, and within just a couple blocks of sights, restaurants, and bars. Gene got back to me very quickly and was very helpful with providing detailed information about both the apartment and the neighborhood. Convenient and free parking was an added bonus! I'd definitely recommend this location to anyone wanting to stay in Hollywood.
Had a great stay. Comfy bed, very clean, great location. Gene was very easy to contact. A1 choice!
Gene made our first airbnb experience a great one. My 12 yo son and I were in LA for Paleyfest at the Kodak theatre (Flash/Arrow). Gene's place was steps from the theatre. The apartment was perfect and Gene was very helpful and made great suggestions for getting to a Lakers game. My son was a little apprehensive about the idea of airbnb but after one night he didn't want to leave Gene's place. Loved the location. One minute walk to a Starbucks with a great view of the Hollywood sign. Thanks, Gene
Gene was responsive and easy to reach. The location is very central in Hollywood, and it was amazing to be on a quiet street, away from the noise. We did find that the apartment had the feel more of an inexpensive motel room than an apartment. If you're going to spend most of your time out and about, this is fine.
TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. His listing was a complete misrepresentation. I wish i would have picked one of the many other options near Hollywood Boulevard. Horrible experience with the listing and an even worse one with Gene himself. We picked Gene's place to stay because of the close walk to the boulevard and the parking situation described in his listing. We stayed during Oscar's weekend and his place turns into the most inconvenient place in Hollywood. The problem is Gene did not make us aware of this before booking and after we had paid. The things Gene bashes other hosts for stating in their listings are exactly what we experienced at his place. His street, and the parking structure next door were closed for parking. There are very few spots available at the Valero and during such a busy weekend you will not get one. There are no other options and we had to park over 1 mile away and paid $60. Several streets around Gene's were also closed. Instead of being "steps" to the boulevard like his listing stated it was over a 3 block walk. Gene claims he did not know the parking situation would be like it was for us even though I asked him shortly after booking if his street would be closed. He finally let us know the evening before checking-in. Because of his strict cancellation policy and such short notice it was far too late to do anything about. By then we had already paid for his place and began the first leg of our vacation.
This all would have still been fine had our experience with Gene not been so bad. We expressed our concerns to Gene and suggested he be better aware of what happens to his place during this weekend. He was totally dismissive. He explicitly stated he was not willing to take the time to update his listing next year so others knew what they were getting into so beware. After expressing our concerns to Gene all we got was a string of rude and unprofessional messages. He just stated he is not to blame for the street closures even though they led to an experience far from what is described in his listing. He did not seem to care. If having a place to park your car and want just a short walk to Hollywood Boulevard do not stay here during the Oscar's. Hopefully anyone thinking about doing so sees this review as Gene told me he does not think it is important to let future guests know the situation surrounding the event and the implications of staying at his place during it.
Hollywood was a ton of fun during the Oscar's. The city was very exciting. I would definitely recommend visiting during this time. I will be visiting again next year, just not staying here. He even scolded us for not messaging him even though we were on vacation. Horrible Experience. Do yourself a favor and stay elsewhere.
When I first listed my apartment on airbnb, I allowed myself to be intimidated by the threat of negative reviews. I refunded one guest $75 because there was no hot water for 1 hour due to a repair in a neighboring apartment. I refunded another guest $40 because he said the iron I provided in the apartment didn’t get hot enough to sufficiently remove all the wrinkles from his linen shirt. Both threatened me with negative reviews unless I paid them, just like Bryan.
After 2.5 years on airbnb and 72% 5-star reviews (as of this writing), I’m no longer intimidated by review extortionists. I have no problem compensating people for legitimate inconveniences, even perceived inconveniences—it goes with the territory of hosting on airbnb. But I draw the line when the claims venture into the realm of lunacy or flat-out extortion, as was the case here.
In so many words, Bryan demanded to be paid, or he would scare away future guests with a negative review on airbnb and other online exposure. His reason? It was MY fault HE didn’t realize he was booking Oscars weekend and he wasn’t prepared for the traffic and parking difficulties this would entail.
My listing plainly ADVERTISED Oscars weekend. It was the first line in the apartment description! Since the location is 30 yards from the red carpet, this is a major selling point for many guests. It also justified my elevated rate for the weekend.
Bryan instant booked my place without ever asking a single question about the weekend and the logistics involved. Still, as soon as I received his booking confirmation, I immediately advised him, “You will likely encounter a traffic and parking nightmare, particularly on Sunday.”
For security reasons, the city of Hollywood and Oscars organizers didn’t make much information about street and parking lot closures available in advance. Streets and lots that were open for last year’s Oscars were closed this year. I had no way of knowing if/how my guests would be affected the night of the show. Bryan was upset that I didn’t predict the unpredictable.
Bryan stopped communicating with me 4 days prior to his arrival, and didn’t communicate with me again until AFTER checking out. When he finally did contact me, it was a demand for money. In the meantime, I continued communicating with him. As soon as I became aware of new closure information, I updated him immediately. He never responded. I had NO IDEA Bryan was having any problems until after he checked out, and thus never given the opportunity to help him.
In any case, I offered to split Bryan’s parking costs 50/50. He rejected my offer and in a pouty, condescending email, demanded more money. At this point I realized Bryan wasn’t interested in solving an actual problem, but rather looking for a handout.
I hope the reader will see this for what it is. Thank you for checking out my listing and taking the time to read my response.
The location is ideal for public transportation and centrally located in Hollywood. Wifi is very good.
Gene was very welcoming and his detailed check-in instructions were very easy to follow and convenient. He was also very reachable and responsive to any questions that we had during our stay. The place was really great too, very clean, comfortable and in an extremely central location. Stores, restaurants and bars were walking distance away and so was Hollywood Boulevard. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a place in that area!
I come from a finance background and currently work in academics. I've been a world traveler since my college days and currently travel as much as time allows. I've been an airbnb host for two and a half years now and love doing it.