HIP HOMEY RETREAT CENTRAL HOLLYWOOD

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Orchid Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States

Dead center of Hollywood! Entire apartment overlooking pool on quiet, cul-du-sac street perfectly situated right in the middle of Hollywood. Hollywood Blvd & Highland Ave less than 35 meters away. Steps to bars, restaurants, metro, theaters, clubs..

The Space

PRICE REDUCTION DUE TO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION APRIL 14-22: $99

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, you will not beat this location. PERIOD. 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 $20 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."

This 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 $279 + 14% tax. A basic suite starts at $319 + 14% 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 there will not be people above you tap-dancing in stilettos and work boots 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 on a map app and compare it with any airbnb listing claiming to be the BEST BEST BEST LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION in Hollywood and you'll see what I mean. 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, Hard Rock Café, Rolling Stone LA, Metro Red Line, US Post Office, 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--is brand new. No granny furniture that smells like moths and bourbon.

Plentiful sunlight compliments the funky, colorful decor of the place, making you feel you're in LA. In addition to the pool, common area features include a laundry on premises (there's detergent in the apartment) and gated entry.

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.

If you want to ship stuff you bought in LA back home, the Post Office is spitting distance. If you like live music, walk downstairs in your slippers and enjoy the frequent free shows both at the Rolling Stone Lounge and on outdoor stages of the Hollywood & Highland Center. The Hollywood Bowl is a few blocks up Highland Ave. and the Gibson Amphitheater is 1 stop away on the Red Line downstairs.

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 sit at the bar area and use it as a work space or just relax, eat, and watch TV. Air conditioning is also included.

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
•Brand new air conditioner with remote
•Brand new large queen bed with new pillow-top mattress
•Brand new fold-out full size sofa
•Brand 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.)
•DVD player
•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
•Ceiling fan
•Iron & ironing board
•Smoke detector
•Fresh towels and linens
•Hair dryer
•Ample closet and storage space (enough for 4)
•Strong blinds to keep apartment dark in the mornings
•Coffee provided
•100% NON-SMOKING / NO PETS
•Classic Hollywood building

COMMON AREAS:
•Pool
•Laundry
•Gated access

PARKING:
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 $10 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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

•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 (phone number hidden) 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.

Guest Access

Entire apartment, WiFi, cable big-screen LED TV, full kitchen, pool, 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). Nothing is off limits.

Interaction with Guests

My interaction with my guests depends on their preference. Some guests prefer to get in and get out with minimal contact with the host. Other guests like a host to be a concierge. I'm fine with either. 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 Neighborhood

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, plenty of bars and restaurants... all within 1.5 short city blocks!!

Getting around

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 can usually be at this location in 4 minutes or less. Uber is better than taxis here.

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $35 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $820 /week
Monthly Price: $2600 /month
Security Deposit: $350
Cleaning Fee: $55
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • I love Gene's place! It's really near to everything...i arrived earlier than expected and had a litlle trouble finding the key! (Flying solo) Lol! But everything turn out fine. Starbucks is just stone throw away, Hard Rock Cafè is just there too... When i got bored i took one of those tourist van that take me around LA. The place is cute and clean! I love his TV, full of TV Series!!! Ugh! Just feel bad I can't stay the whole day to watch! It was my first time to use airbnb and it was a great experience! :) thank you Gene!

    April 2014
  • Hi,
    My 13 year old son and I stayed at Gene's place for 2 nights last week. We enjoyed how centrally located the apartment was and that we could ditch the car and walk most places. The place was clean, quiet, and I loved the fact that we had a kitchenette. Gene was very responsive and even though we did not meet, I would highly recommend his rental.
    Evey

    April 2014
  • Gene is a very flexible and accommodating host, responding promptly to any queries I had - most of which were about LA! His apartment is cosy and he is being 100% honest when he says he is THE CLOSEST to downtown Hollywood - it is literally less than a block away! Despite this, the apartment is serene and quiet, it was spotlessly clean and a great haven to get away from it all! I don't tend to be a "repeat guest" (because there are so many beautiful places in the world), however I would love to stay here again - and I would be very happy to recommend it to my friends, and to you!

    March 2014
  • Just finished a 10-day stay in Gene's studio apartment a few steps away from the Dolby Theater. The apartment is clean, safe and feels very private because the unit doesn't have many neighboring apartments. The WiFi was also great speedy and reliable.

    Two of us stayed in the apartment for most of the week but we were able to comfortably squeeze in a third for the weekend. Three girls, one bathroom? Totally worked! There is large closet space and a vanity area outside the bathroom so we were able to stagger getting ready.

    Parking is definitely 50/50...if we arrived during the day we could usually find a spot but if you come it at night street parking is taken - but it's pretty easy to park in the mall next door and given how close it is, if you figure out how to use the tunnel connecting the mall to the apartment street, you can be back in the apartment in under 3 minutes (yes...we timed it for fun...).

    Gene was also great. A few questions came up during the visit (i.e. we were nervous about turning off the pilot light and wanted clarification on one of the heater knobs) and he called back within minutes to walk us through it.

    The perfect place to stay for a small crew who want to be smack dab in Hollywood!

    March 2014
  • We stayed at Gene's for a couple of nights in early march. Aside from a little hassle to gain access (his cleaner had the key and wasn't expecting us until later - however Gene was easily contactable and sorted it out quite quickly) it was a great stay. Bed was comfortable, exactly what we needed after a long flight from Australia, location could not have been better, literally 200m from Hollywood blvd through the back of Hollywood & highland shopping complex. Close to train station so easily accessible from the airport/union station, and it right next to Lowes hotel where there are taxis 24/7, no problems leaving at 5am. Apartment is as described, fully self contained, free wifi with great connection, and sufficiently clean. Only minor issue we had, was that there were no oven trays, oven, but no trays. That has since been resolved :) overall the place was brilliant, and we'd definitely stay again!

    March 2014
  • Genes apartment was exactly as described! The location couldn't have been better-everything was conveniently located and the apartment was perfect for our stay. He was always available to answer questions and offer help. I would highly suggest Genes apartment to anyone who wants to experience being in the heart of Hollywood!

    February 2014
  • My partner and I had a great time in LA and in Gene's apartment. His communication was fast, his apartment had no faults and the location of his apartment was pretty great! We were central to everything we wanted to do. Great base for exploring LA. The street was quiet, but finding parking during the night was difficult, as expected and told by Gene.

    Our experience was great and we recommended this apartment if you want to stay central in LA and not have to worry about driving all over the place

    Tommy

    February 2014
  • We had a wonderful time at Gene's place. It was exactly as described and the location was perfect for us. Gene was very friendly and easy to communicate with. I would recommend her place to anyone wanting to be close to the action in Hollywood. Thank You again Gene!

    January 2014
  • We had a great stay at The Hip Homey Retreat in Hollywood. The location is amazing, just a few steps from the highlights in Hollywood. The apartment had everything we needed for a great stay in LA, and I would definitely stay here again if back in town.

    January 2014
  • Gene's place was exactly as described and could not have been located better. Perfect location for short stays when you want to be in it all!

    January 2014
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