Holiday Lodge

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Holiday Lodge retro postcardHoliday Lodge
Deluxe Motor Hotel
811 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles 26, Calif.
Close to Sporting Events and all Freeways

  • Refrigerated Air-Conditioning
  • Swimming Pool Available
  • Personal Television
  • Private Telephones
  • Unit Heat
  • Adjacent Parking

(Immediate to Downtown L.A.)
Phone DUnkirk 1-1165

Pub. by Mellinger Studios, 2089 Brigden Rd., Pasadena, Calif.
Made by Dexter, West Nyack N.Y.

You’ll never believe it, but the Holiday Lodge is still in business as an America’s Best Value Inn.

America's Best Value Inn

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“Free continental breakfast is available daily. Stay connected with free wireless high-speed Internet access available throughout our hotel and guest rooms. Our front desk and lobby are open 24 hours/day. Step into our guest rooms and experience absolute relaxation with amenities including a microwave, mini-fridge, cable TV with HBO, hairdryer, iron with ironing board, alarm clock, and free local calls. At Americas Best Value Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood, We’ve Got You Covered from the time you hit the road until your head hits the pillow.” At least, that’s according to the America’s Best Values website.

Don’t believe it’s the same place? This angle shows it a little better. You can see where the original marquee is, and notice how they’ve put a new roof over the awning.

America's Best Value Hotel

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How is it to stay there? Trip Advisor ranks it 145 our of 301 hotels in Los Angeles. That’s not too bad, right? A reviewer who stayed in April of 2010 found something…difficult to identify? “The brown thing. We find an approx. 1 inch roundish clump of a brown unidentified substance on the floor next to the bed. It looks somewhere between a dessicated poo and a clump of coffee grounds. There is no coffee maker in the room. I can’t prove that it was poo, but it sure wasn’t pleasant.”

However, I really love the Yelp! reviews. A visitor in September of 2010 wrote “…the only room available was a queen/smoking room…so I already knew the grossest things had taken place in the bed, done by the grossest people. Even the shower curtain had a cigarette burn in it. 🙁 I was expecting bedbugs and crabs, but at least they had a pool I could kill them in later in the morning, right? The pool had even more bugs. 🙁 it looked like Caligula hosted a pool party earlier in the night… but that doesn’t explain the amount of feathers floating at the top.”

The motel does have one more listing, and it’s not a list you’d like to be on.

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