Little Tokyo Hotel
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Little Tokyo Hotel

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#10 of 44 small hotels in Los Angeles
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
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See why so many travellers make Little Tokyo Hotel their small hotel of choice when visiting Los Angeles. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

During your stay, take advantage of some of the amenities offered, including 24 hour front desk, and you can go online as Little Tokyo Hotel offers guests free wifi.

Given the close proximity of popular landmarks, such as City Hall (0.3 mi) and Bradbury Building (0.5 mi), guests of Little Tokyo Hotel can easily experience some of Los Angeles' most well known attractions.

Travellers looking to enjoy some sukiyaki & shabu shabu can head to Shabu Shabu House Restaurant, Yojie Japanese Fondue and Sake Bar, or kagaya japanese restaurant. Otherwise, you may want to check out a barbeque restaurant such as Park's BBQ, Soowon Galbi, or Horse Thief BBQ restaurant.

Plus, during your trip, don’t forget to check out some of the popular history museums, such as La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and Autry Museum of the American West.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Little Tokyo Hotel as you experience all of the things Los Angeles has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Business Centre with Internet Access
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Japanese, Korean

Location

327 1/2 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901
Getting there
Great for walkers
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Grade: 98 out of 100
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Los Angeles Intl Airport
19.4 km
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Hollywood Burbank Airport
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Little Tokyo/Arts District
3 minLos Angeles Metro Rail
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Aussie_Binturong wrote a review Jan 2023
Queensland, Australia315 contributions164 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Accommodation is expensive in LA, that’s not a secret. I was originally booked into one of the cheapest places but in the end, knowing that the cheap places would be in the neighbourhoods with the usual variety of social problems I opted to pay a little more to stay in Little Tokyo. It’s definitely still in the budget range by comparison, I hasten to add.

This place is clean, spacious and the staff are friendly and helpful. The building apparently used to be called ‘The Empire’, an interesting piece of history.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Kourtney Y wrote a review Jul 2021
Springfield, Michigan1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I enjoyed my stay at Little Tokyo Hotel everything was well kept and the guess as well as the office was very helpful. Coming from Saginaw Michigan I never would have thought my stay in Los Angeles would be this great. Shoutout to the hotel staff (Sean).
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Michael Star Club wrote a review Jun 2021
Los Angeles, California8 contributions17 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Pleasantly surprised. Was greeted with a very friendly welcome and check in took 2 minutes. Room was clean and I have a view of Little Tokyo's bustling 1st street. Great energy and vibe and the neighborhood is awesome. Great rate.
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Date of stay: June 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Traveler wrote a review Oct 2022
Spain46 contributions15 helpful votes
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
This is not an hotel. It's a dorm that rents some of their unused rooms at an hotel-like rate, so you're paying for an hotel service without receiving it. Please, stop advertising this place as an hotel, because it is not.

This place has no AC (something that I knew beforehand, and I was OK with that) but the room gets much hotter than the ambient temperature and the fans in the room don't help at all. It would be definitely cooler to sleep outside at night. The whole place is poorly maintained and there is a penetrating stench within the building. You can clearly see stains on the carpet and there was no room service. Management tried to keep a photocopy of my debit card, which is NOT OK and probably even illegal.

Management might justify the current state of the building as it being old and historic, but I've been at hotels that are centuries older than this property and they were definitely up to a higher quality of service.

If this would haven been branded as an hostal with reasonable prices, I'd give it a better rating without hesitation. But I was expecting and paying for an hotel and your property, services and prices do not adhere to that standard.

The only upside is that the staff was friendly and tried its best to accommodate all my requests, so here's a shout-out to them. Sadly, that doesn't make up for the low quality standard that this place is offering.

My advice to the management: You should either invest more on your property to elevate your level of service (I've been told that some refurbishing works involving AC installation are expected), or just stop advertising yourselves as an hotel.

My advice to travelers: Downtown LA is full of weird people and homeless. Book this place if and only if you're having an emergency and your only alternative is to sleep in the street without a roof, and then move to a proper hotel west or north of the city afterwards.

To summarize: Not an hotel, but an overpriced dorm.
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Date of stay: August 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Your options seem to be limited to a noisy street or to a ugly and really dirty back alley.
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LBG1989 wrote a review Feb 2014
Dallas, Texas2 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Clean. This place is SO clean! It is an old building, but it's kept in top notch condition. I highly recommend this place should you be looking for a bargain and don't mind simple over extravagant.

The staff that runs the place are VERY kind and welcoming. They will even do their best to work something out should you have an early arrival flight or late departing flight. I'd call ahead though just for courtesy sake. I have also never seen them stop cleaning. As mentioned before, I don't think I ever stayed in a cleaner hostel/B&B. They even have neatly folded "cleaning" towels around all the sink areas including the bathrooms and kitchen. The idea is to give a quick wipe down after you are finished using the sink. Never felt uncomfortable touching them.

You have the option of booking a private single or double room that ranges from $45-$65/night and must be fully paid in CASH ONLY when you check in. Be an extra clean and courteous guest and you MIGHT get a deeper discount next time you stay, but DO NOT expect it! You are also charged a $5 deposit for the one set of keys you receive. You'll get your $5 back once you return the keys. You'll get three: one for the front door, one for your room, and one for the back door (for the guests with cars I'm assuming). A couple of towels and a mini bar of soap were waiting on each of our beds upon checking in. The double room we stayed in had a mini fridge and TV, but I am unsure if this is true with every room. The TV wasn't working for us, but we didn't bother asking about it since we rarely stayed in our room anyway. Wi-Fi is free and worked completely fine with my laptop.

A small public computer and laundry room was also available but we didn't need to use either. I think they had two computers for use so I suggest bringing your own laptop like we did. Their public kitchen was fully stocked with all sorts of utensils including cutting boards, vegetable peelers, chef and parring knives, sushi rollers, one or two measuring cups, and of course pots and pans. I don't think they allowed guests to use the oven but they did have a stove, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, and I think a rice cooker. The stove was a bit finicky and one or two burners wouldn't work correctly. I also unfortunately had trouble finding eating utensils beyond chopsticks. From observing the other guests, I believe you're allowed to bring back dishes and mugs back into your room. So either they don't bring them back very often or there weren't enough to spare, even looking in the drying rack. Oh, and you'll have to clean *everything* you used ASAP once you're done cooking/eating. No biggie for me since I'm generally a clean person. There are two showers and 2-3 bathrooms (not sure about this since I only used the one nearby me, but I know there was more than one). The shower and bathroom upstairs close at 10:30pm if I recall, but the ones on the bottom floor is 24hrs. I can attest that these (on the bottom floor) are private, allowing only one person at a time to use them. Due to the language barrier on the signs, I was unsure if you could flush toilet paper down the toilet, but I used the trash bin they provided anyway to be on the safe side.

The location is probably the best you'll come by. There is a convenience store next door and once you cross the street you'll be in the Japanese Village Plaza for delicious restaurants/cafes and cool retail stores. Get a TAP pass and utilize the 24hr Lyft app (or Taxi Magic) for getting around and you'll be golden. It is also one metro line away from Union Station, which is where one of the shuttle services drop you off at from LAX.

My only gripes are the kitchen not being 24hrs (though closing it at 11:30PM is quite generous), the stove not working correctly, and the room being a little chilly at times during the winter months in L.A. (but I heard you can request a small space heater, cannot confirm). Overall, very minor setbacks, I'd totally stay here again. It can be pretty damn cozy!

TL;DR: If you're on a budget, not looking for all the frills, and don't mind sharing a bathroom and shower, stay here. You won't be sorry.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The rooms in the back do not face traffic, so I'm assuming they're a little quieter. But...
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MtDavid wrote a review Oct 2014
California Central Coast96 contributions59 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Those who do not need a private bath, travelers on Amtrak, & those wanting to stay downtown, this is your place. Rooms are clean. Other guests are quiet & seasoned travelers. Excellent nearby restaurants just out the door.
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Ask for a room off the main street which is noisy and too brightly lit.
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Tone A wrote a review Jul 2018
Melbourne, Australia74 contributions46 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Less than $100 private rooms. Right in Litttle Tokyo on the main street. Shared bathroom & toilets. No air condition. In summer beware - it gets hot. Only a dusty ceiling fan. They send to an email prior check in date, to let you know. So, i bought a small fan, just for this. Decent sized room. No tv/phone. Old furniture. I advised the hotel, I would arrive early, when I booked. Which they would store my bag. Upon arrival, door was not opened to enter. No key, no enter process. Buzzer, no one was answering. Alternative number wasn't working. Sat outside the street for hours until I could get into the hotel. This was no a welcoming experience. First time in LA& having to deal with people on the street. i felt unsafe. The older receptionist couldn't speak english. The younger man who worked there did, but I barely saw him. There was a bed in reception, where he may of been sleeping. So, It had an asian custom feel to it. We were advised not to leave doors open, as the homeless would use our bathrooms to clean themselves. Hotel and room had this mouldy smell. Which once leaving the hotel, I had to wash all my clothes to get rid of the smell.

This place, is what it is. If you want cheap and a short walk to downtown. This is your place. If you want ANY comfort, pay more and stay at another hotel.
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Date of stay: June 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Tajkatt t wrote a review Nov 2017
Cathedral City, California15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
we booked a room at an excellent $$ amount. really wanted to stay there. shared bathrooms not an issue (had same in Denmark) but did have a concern regarding whether there was an elevator as i have some mobility problems. I called the hotel and the person i spoke to (not sure if manager or concierge, heard my concerns/questions and much to my astonishment suggested i might not be comfortable with their accommodations as they had stairs only & he was concerned they might cause me problems. we chatted a few moments about the history & ambiance of the hotel.

I was DELIGHTED that he was so forthcoming and helpful. my only disappointment was that i had to agree with him, but his caring about someone who wasnt yet a customer makes me want to give the hotel high ratings. i WISH i could stay there but my knee says no..
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Date of stay: November 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: stairs only -- helpful kind staff
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RainyLake218 wrote a review Jul 2020
International Falls, Minnesota60 contributions34 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a lot going on this weekend so I didn’t have a lot of time to evaluate much of the hotel other than the cost was minimal, I walked everywhere I went, everyone I met or came into contact with was cool and the hotel was not hard to find after taking the shuttle from LAX to Union Station. Because of COVID I didn’t check out much of the nightlife; I was there looking for a friend who wanted to come back home, found him about a few hours after I got there, spent the night, and brought him back home the next morning.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Joseph T wrote a review Mar 2018
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic8 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I was satisfied with the fee. I felt like I had almost no freedom when I went to bathroom. And I had my G-shock stolen though it’s my fault haha. Staff are very nice and polite and I want to visit there again.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from RainyLake218
International Falls, Minnesota60 contributions34 helpful votes
Mine was handwritten and I paid in cash. They photocopy your driver's license.
Rachel L asked a question Jul 2014
3 contributions2 helpful votes
would like to stay here. is there anyway to book from Australia??
Traveler wrote a tip Oct 2022
Spain46 contributions15 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Your options seem to be limited to a noisy street or to a ugly and really dirty back alley."
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Tajkatt t wrote a tip Nov 2017
Cathedral City, California15 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"stairs only -- helpful kind staff"
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MtDavid wrote a tip Oct 2014
California Central Coast96 contributions59 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room off the main street which is noisy and too brightly lit."
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LBG1989 wrote a tip Feb 2014
Dallas, Texas2 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms in the back do not face traffic, so I'm assuming they're a little quieter. But I had no problem with the room I stayed in near the front."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
38
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Frequently Asked Questions about Little Tokyo Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Little Tokyo Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Japanese American National Museum (0.2 km), City Hall (0.5 km), and Little Tokyo (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Little Tokyo Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a business centre, and laundry service.
What are some restaurants close to Little Tokyo Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sushi Gen, Redbird, and Daikokuya.
Is Little Tokyo Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Los Angeles.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Little Tokyo Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Japanese, and Korean.
Are there any historical sites close to Little Tokyo Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Angels Flight Railway (1.0 km), El Pueblo de Los Angeles (0.7 km), and Hollyhock House (7.4 km).
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