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UCLA Guest House

330 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095
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310-825-2923 Not applicable
October 2014 All year
$100-199 Los Angeles California
Website Lodging Mid-range Hotels
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The UCLA Guest House is a non-profit lodging facility on the UCLA campus. It was built in 1985 and has 3 floors and 61 rooms. It’s also a nonsmoking property and does not accept pets. As of 2014, the standard room rate is $177 and rooms with two beds or a kitchenette go for an extra $5. As a non-profit facility, there is no tax but it’s only open to guests who have a connection to the university, such as student, professor, or related family member etc… Parking is free but limited. If the parking lot is full, the next lot is a block away and costs an extra $12.

The guest house has a Mediterranean villa architectural style. It’s a small but tasteful structure and blends in well with the campus. Hotel amenities are limited. For example, there is no pool or workout room, but guests can use the university’s gym and pool for an extra $10 per day. A complimentary continental breakfast is offered, and there also is a guest computer. The university offers a free shuttle from 7:00am-7:00pm and which covers most of the campus. The shuttle also can get you to Westwood Village which has a variety of shops and restaurants.

The front desk clerk was pleasant and welcoming, so the stay started off on a good note. A second desk clerk later that night was less amiable. She was not rude, just not very personable. The first clerk also provided a helpful list of local restaurants, many of which delivered. There were many options, such as: Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Deli food.

The first room had a hair in the sink, and the sink did not drain adequately so it was back downstairs to request a replacement. The next room had a functional sink (no additional hairs were noted) and the toilet and shower worked properly. The steam from the shower though did fog up the bathroom to an annoying degree. The bed was comfortable, and noise from other rooms and outside the hotel was not an issue. If you are noise sensitive though, you may want to request a top floor room facing the campus rather than Hilgard Avenue which has a lot of bus traffic. AC worked fine until early in the morning when the room became too stuffy and the temperature had to be lowered. Although the hotel had been renovated in 2012, there were nicks and scuffs around the room walls, and a plate over an outlet was missing. The rooms also were small. An elevator the next morning was so painfully slow, it was simpler just to take the stairs. As for the continental breakfast, there were cold cuts, muffins, juice, bagels and cheese. A couple of muffins and some OJ were filling but unremarkable. The overall experience here was acceptable but not exceptional. It works best for those who prize convenience to UCLA over better amenities at traditional hotels. By the way, the Franklin Murphy Sculpture Garden is an easy walk from the guest house and is worth a look.
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