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Holiday Inn Express Los Angeles Downtown West Hotel Review: Located near downtown L.A., this stucco, strip-mall-like motel offers basic but spacious rooms and mini-suites with budget rates, cable television, free high-speed Internet and complimentary morning newspapers --- plus a free continental breakfast of coffee, fruit and pastries. Now a part of the Holiday Inn Express chain, it underwent a $1.5 million renovation. Rooms have been updated in neutral shades; in addition, the upgrade included a brightly-hued breakfast room, business center and small pool. A modern fitness area with sauna, free parking, a free shuttle to the Convention Center and proximity to the Pacific Stock Exchange and USC add to the appeal for budget-minded travelers.