The atrium area has a very urban feel with exposed concrete that makes you feel almost as if it's another extension of the subterranean parking garage. It's a total mismatch for the Westin brand which is all about escaping the pressures of daily life and entering a relaxing sanctuary. However, the white tea scent is pumped throughout the space and the hotel has made efforts near its check-in desk to live up to that Westin "escapism" look--i.e. soft lighting and orchids.
The best news is that the Westin Bonaventure is in the process of renovating its rooms and will unload the renovated rooms as they finish throughout the year. We were able to peek into a renovated standard room as well as a Tower Suite which has a separate seating area and was built with the business traveler in mind.
The new rooms feature upgraded bedding, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, excellent work spaces (aka desks) and even little Westin Wakeup coffee makers that look very similar to Keurigs. Also we liked how the bath toiletries (the new Heavenly toiletries are in place here) included a toothbrush, toothpaste and mouthwash. Seriously, that should be just as standard as shampoo, conditioner and lotion.
Rounding out the room touches are photos of downtown Los Angeles landmarks on the walls, plug panels in the desks and special wastebins for recycling.
The pool plaza outside will get an upgrade as well and we are hoping the hotel will also upgrade the hallways of the four towers. Those are in the words of Twitterer, DivaTraveler: "a tacky, shabby time warp." And we even like old stuff from the 80s! But the hallways really need some new carpeting and wallpaper.
And that brings us back to the Atrium--it's sort of a sad space and we're not sure how much renovation can be done here. We do think that the area could get some upgraded signage. The signs directing guests around look like they are the original signs that were in place when the hotel first opened in 1976.
Room rates start at $129 a night but the renovated rooms are not yet available to guests. The hotel tells us they will be ready in the fall. We'll let you know as soon as they are ready to book. Until then, we would recommend hitting up the Westin for drinks in the revolving cocktail lounge, BonaVista, on the 34th floor. The best time to go would be around 5 or 6pm when it's still light out and you can see the vast sprawl of Los Angeles before you.
For more snaps of the renovated rooms coming soon to the Westin Bonaventure, check out our Flickr Photostream.