Cons outweigh Pros
Summary of negatives: beds are mattresses on plywood - very hard / spartan furnishings / breakfast so minimal as to be absent / erratic Internet that didn't work as often as it worked / overpriced for what you get / locks a little scary since hard to get out / lots of people coming and going which makes it a bit noisy. Very pretty outside - full of flowers. Nice balcony on 2nd floor. Good for families since many two bedroom suites. Clean. Attractive weekly rates, but daily rates outrageous for an old, spartan place. My biggest objection is that they don't have real beds. Mattresses are placed upon plywood platforms making an extremely hard beds. I slept on a captain's bed in my dorm room at college with no problem, which may explain why the clientelle here tends to be young. Also, the plywood was not finished and twice, I cut my leg on the rough edges. The Internet doesn't work as often as it works. This was not only my problem since I saw other people walking to the office with their laptops to get help. They advertise breakfast but it is extremely minimal: coffee (regular only no decaf), white bread, peanut butter and jelly, sugary orangeade, sugar only (no diet sweetener). There is a microwave and toaster available. I made hot water for tea by dumping the coffee and running water through, but I had to provide my own tea bags. Unlike almost every motel in the country, there was no coffee maker in the room. There was a refrigerator. Furnishings were extremely minimal. The appearance is like an old dormroom when you walk in. There was no bed table - only a small (and I mean small) shelf. The 2nd bedroom had no bed light. Outlets were iffy - not all worked. Heating/air unit was new and effecient. The bathroom had modern fixtures. The location is good - it is near where two highways intersect and off a major commercial street with many restaurants walking distance. There seemed to be young people constantly coming and going, which made feel a bit uncomfortable since some of them had that baggy look: it made me worry that there might have been illegal activity going on, but they just might have been having a party. There were also families with children. Drugstores and supermarkets are a short drive away. There is nothing of tourist interest nearby, this is a suburban area over the mountains from Los Angeles proper, but there are many things 1/2 hour away if it is not a time of heavy traffic when all bets are off. I would recommend the Comfort Inn in Woodland hills, also right off the highway, where the prices are actually a bit lower, and you get real beds, a modern room, and a very good breakfast. This place is only if you need to be right off the 405 and don't want breakfast, Internet, or bed springs.
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