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Journalist, Oakland native, magician's wife, and mom of 2
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Melissa was a very responsive host, both before and during my stay! The apt wasn't clean upon my arrival, but Melissa quickly arranged a cleaning service and extended it throughout my two month stay. The apt. was quiet and comfortable, with an easy commute to the downtown area and Pasadena. I would happily stay at this apt again!
Melissa was a great host, very helpful and responsive. The neighborhood was great and quiet. The place was pretty much as described. Our only criticism was with the cleanliness of the apartment - we had to clean the floors and take out the trash on our arrival. The couch and curtains were also a little smelly.
Melissa is an excellent host. She was friendly, accommodating and communicative- she even put an extra desk in the property at our request. The apartment is on a quiet street and has everything you need (including a great washing machine and dryer). Ideal for those who want to stay in the heart of East LA- walking distance to Sunset and a number of great restaurants.
Overall Melissa and Ryan made us feel very welcome and we would definitely return!
My family was in town for a wedding and chose to stay here instead of a motel. I am really glad we did! This lovely apartment with the sunny yellow door was bright and sunny inside with a wide open living room with a really comfy couch, small fully equipped kitchen and separate bedroom. It is in a lovely quiet neighborhood in a very hilly section of the city, far enough away to seem apart from the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to be convenient. Melissa is a wonderful hostess who suggested nearby places to eat. She and her family live on the property but you hardly know they are there. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to crash in LA be it for a few days or a longer period. Definitely beats a motel!
Melissa was very welcoming & ready to help if anything was needed.
The apartment was well kept , has a comfortable bed & is equipped for a comfortable stay.
The walk up to the apartment was steep & a bit difficult to use if you are an older person.
We were glad we chose this B&B for our visit.
My parents were very pleased with their stay at the Echo Park Retreat. Only five minutes walking distance from my sister's house, they felt at home and found comfort in this safe and quiet neighborhood. If weather had permitted (not at an extremely rare LA heat of 104F), they would have walked around the neighborhood for a nice morning and evening exercise. From just up the "steps", you can see the beautiful L.A. downtown skyline!
The location of the Retreat was quite ideal. Only short drive to downtown LA, sunset strip, hollywood, korea town, griffith park, dodger stadium, pasadena and as well as the magic castle (free invitation from the Host!). If renting a car, there's an ample parking on the street, but a covered parking space was also available if requested.
The Retreat was very spacious, clean, quiet, and fully equipped. Whenever my parents had a problem or a question, the Host/Hostess was polite and quick to respond. Privacy was not an issue either. Since my parents were out most of the day, they relaxed and enjoyed themselves in the evenings at the Retreat. Especially with amenities like Wifi and entertainment connection (netflix, hulu, vimeo, youtube etc), they were able to occupy themselves without feeling uncomfortable and bored. The place truly felt like Home to them.
My parents are looking forward to returning again the next time they visit my sister and her family.
Thank you Melissa & Ryan for taking good care of my parents during their stay; making them feel at ease like they were at their own home!
Melissa was an amazing host, she provided everything needed and gave a clear information about the direction and accessing the apartment.
The apartment was clean and organized as described. My father and my brothers enjoyed their stay in Melissa's place and they really had fun with Melissa's husband one night when he visited them over for a dinner.
I would recommend this place for a friend.
What a great apartment! It was the perfect amount of space for a single person or couple, and the location was very central to my travels. There was plenty of street parking, a super comfy bed, and all the amenities you could want, plus Melissa and her kids made me treats when I arrived! Would highly recommend staying here, and will do so again on my next trip to LA.
Melissa is a great host! We weren't able to meet in person, but she was easy to communicate with and replied right away with any questions I had. The space is beautiful and just as pictured. She had a list of local places nearby to eat so we tried out MASA nearby and loved it. Would definitely stay here again. Thank you!
Melissa was incredibly responsive, accommodating and warm. The apartment was as beautiful as the photos appear and included any amenity you could possibly need. She provided maps of the area and suggestions for a variety of great restaurants and cafes.
The neighborhood is quiet, charming, safe and an ideal location - residential, but close to commercial areas and lots of fun neighborhoods.
A car is recommended and I never had a problem finding street parking.
I highly recommend this apartment to a couple, family or solo traveler looking to experience East Los Angeles.
Melissa and her family were perfect guests. They were incredibly laid back, flexible, and considerate. Welcome back any time!
Melissa is a great Hostess. I should know, I spend many afternoons and evenings being entertained by her and her wonderful family. I work with her too, so I know how smart and well organized she is.
The place is amazing and located on a magical tree covered hill dotted with creative people making their dreams come true. A true LA experience. Do it.
Melissa is a close friend who lives a couple blocks from my home. On a personal level she's honest, fair, and pleasant, and her home is lovely. Whether you're renting a place to her or renting her place, you're golden. Don't expect any issues or problem, just a lovely experience!