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Oakwood Apartments Marina Del Rey
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“A Hotel/Apartment Hybrid”
Reviewed 23 August 2011

The Oakwood Apartment chain caters to people who need to stay more than a few nights, thus wanting a hotel, and those who must stay for considerable length of time, thus requiring an apartment. We have been at this Oakwood for three months and may be here for several months longer as my wife undergoes medical treatment. Oakwood has treated us well and, while there are clearly problems, it is good place to stay under such circumstances.

I would never considering staying at Oakwood for a week. Get a hotel room if that is what you want. Oakwood is much more like an apartment or condominium complex. There are 500 units in about a dozen buildings. There is a "clubhouse" with a small store, exercise room, and conference facilities. The pool is adequate on weekdays but over taxed on weekends as is the relatively nice jacuzzi.

Apartments come in studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom configurations and can be rented fully- partially- (everything but the pots, pans, and linens), or unfurnished. Parking is convenient and the grounds are well maintained. Each unit has a balcony that varies with the size of the unit. As with any apartment, your neighbors' behavior determines, in large measure, how much you enjoy your unit.

We pay rent on a month-to-month basis and thus are not subject to the hotel tax. Oakwood did not ask us to pay first-and-last months rent nor did they ask for a security deposit. They gave us a second parking place at no extra charge (unheard of in the beach area) and have been very responsive to maintenance requests. The complex is three blocks from the Venice Beach pier and provides easy access to the freeway, should you need it.

If you are willing to sign a lease, I would suggest an apartment elsewhere. If you only plan a short stay, get a hotel room. But for those of us in the middle, the Oakwood Apartments provide an excellent alternative.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 July 2011

stayed in the 1 bedroom type. Spacious. 1 room for bedroom, like normal hotel size, and 1 room for the living room+kitchen+dining table.
Clean and well maintained.
Kitchen utensils and cleaning equipment provided.
Laundry room with many machines, never had to wait.
Responsive with maintenance issues.
Free parking and plenty of space.
(also viewed studio type; not so appealing. the extra 20-25% bucks for the 1bedroom is worth it. THe studio type is very similar to a regular hotel room, with an added kitchen corner)
Drawback: about 2 blocks inland, thus no view of the ocean. and some room type's view was very poor, seeing nothing and/or walls. We stayed in one with a small garden with view of pool, which was good.

Room Tip: Must visit the place and check the room to see good view the S building facing pool is recommended...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

When I arrived, my bathroom sink was clogged and it took two service requests to get anyone to do anything about it. I had to brush my teeth using the bathtub on the morning of my first day of a new job, and the staff did not care one bit. After I got past that mishap, things got a lot better and the room was relatively ok. Very outdated rooms though, especially for the price!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 April 2010

I have stayed here before once for 3months while working in the area,and again recently for one week.The staff admitted to some problems with mice a few years back when new construction was going on in the area,we had no problems.The location is great-a 5 min walk to venice beach the venice canals and many great resturaunts. It was clean the kitcken had more than adequate cooking and eating utensils.the beds were comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful.Abeautiful pool area complete with gas grills and eating areas.nice pool and jacuzzi,great work out room,tennis court and club room.I will stay here again

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2010

Last summer, my girlfriend and I stayed at Oakwood, Marina Del Rey. We were disgusted at what we saw. We were sitting at a table when we noticed a young couple walk past us toward the jacuzzi, there were some loud obnoxious belligerently drunk little girls sitting in there at the time. I, did not see it happen, my girlfriend did. One of the girls jumped out of the jacuzzi and bit the young man, (for no reason apparently) then they grabbed there items as they proceeded off the premises on foot! -Apparently they were not residents or guests. This place has 24 hour security, they were no were to be found! The place is to expensive for the quality of people there.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Oakwood Apartments Marina Del Rey
Address: 4111 Via Marina, Marina del Rey, CA 90292-5302
Region: United States > California > Marina del Rey > Venice
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Marina del Rey
Price range (per night): $251 - $414
Hotel Class:4 star — Oakwood Apartments Marina Del Rey 4*
Number of rooms: 597
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located in the luxurious waterside resort town of Marina del Rey with easy access to the 405 freeway, these fully furnished apartments are the perfect solution when searching for temporary housing in the Los Angeles area. You'll feel right at home while you stay with us in one of the most desired addresses in Southern California. The community has many wonderful amenities including a fitness center, swimming pool, and spa. As an added convenience, dry cleaning, rental car, and housekeeping services are available. And since you can choose from unfurnished or furnished apartments and work with our flexible leasing options we make moving in easy. Whether it's for business travel, relocation, leisure or any other short or long term corporate housing need you'll feel right at home here. ... more   less 
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