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Yesterday we gave you a little sneak peek inside the dual-brand Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, across from the LA Live sporting and entertainment complex. The two select service brands are not just sharing a building but also a check-in desk, a lobby, a fitness center, a pool and even the guest room floors. (Here's how to tell which side of the hallway is yours.)
Now, here's the full reveal of the property. Peruse the photos below to see the shared spaces at the hotels, as well as the individual rooms of the Courtyard and Residence Inn brands. Then keep reading to see what we liked and what we didn't like.
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Marriott International has more than a crush on Downtown LA. Not content with having a Ritz-Carlton and a JW Marriott Hotel at LA Live, Marriott has now opened their first dual-brand hotel on the West Coast right across the street from the Staples Center--The Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn at LA Live.
Not only is this the first dual-brand on the West Coast for Marriott but it's also the first dual-brand hotel to share a floor. (Typically, the different brands split the floors.)
So how do you know which side of the hallway is yours? Follow the carpeting.
When you step off the elevator, you'll see a lotus type of design on the floor. The purple side of the lotus will lead you to the Residence Inn side, while the orange side will lead you to the Courtyard rooms.
But the two brands share more than just the guest room floors. They also share the check-in desk, the lobby, the pool, the 901 bistro and the fitness center. However, only Residence Inn guests can access the spacious RI Lounge and its free, hot breakfast buffet. We'll tell you now, this lounge is worth the extra $20 a night that Residence Inn charges.
Room rates for the Courtyard side of the hotel, which has 174 rooms, are around $289 a night while Residence Inn has rates for its 219 suites starting at $309 a night.
Stay tuned tomorrow for photos galore!
Earlier this week, we told you about our recent stay at the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live. Today, with this photo gallery of dishes, we’re going to take you along on the over-the-top dinner we enjoyed at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s WP24.
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Last month, we had the opportunity to spend the night in one of the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live's 123 guest rooms, and check out the experience for ourselves. Here’s the photo gallery we took of our room, a quick video walk-through of it, and our thoughts.
We're loving this crazy new trend of hotels opening up earlier than expected. We had heard whispers that the Ritz-Carlton at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles would not be opening until April 15 but it turns out the hotel is opening today!
Perched on the upper floors of the 54-story tower that it shares with sister hotel the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites.
While the hotel does share its location with the JW Marriott, it has its own spa, a rooftop swimming pool and bar, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant and the all-important Ritz-Carlton club floor.
The spa will actually be downtown's only full-service spa with nine treatment rooms, aromatherapy steam rooms, cold plunge showers and relaxation lounges. And in an interesting twist on spa music, each treatment table will be equipped with an iPod dock so guests can have fully customizable music during their massage. No more Enya, hurrah!
It looks like LA Live in downtown Los Angeles is having a nice impact on the hotel scene nearby. We already know about the new JW Marriott and the upcoming Ritz-Carlton but now the Holiday Inn across the street is getting a makeover as well.
Come June, the 200-room hotel will be known as the Luxe City Center Hotel and will be a sister property to the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive and the Luxe Hotel on Sunset. Design team SANDdesign has been tapped with the gig of transforming this budget hotel into something more hip and sexy. From the press release:
Furnishings include platform beds with woven wood headboards of silvered walnut and dark walnut accents and oversized lounge chair and ottomans in plush chenille in a grayed camel tones, draped with supremely soft ivory fur throws. Custom decorative lighting in the room includes mercury glass and hand-carved faux onyx. Carpeting is custom as well in a cut and loop wood grain pattern to complement the muted walls. Tiled entry floors flow into the bathrooms with glass barn door separations. Bathrooms have back-lit mirrors, rain head showers, and custom glass mosaic accent tiles in soft tones.
You will have to wait just a little bit longer for this hotel room.
We've been mightily impressed with the new JW Marriott at LA Live, particularly with that free WiFi in the lobby, but we've also been looking ahead to the day when it's "better half" would open--The Ritz-Carlton at LA Live.
The initial opening date was to be March 15 but looking on the hotel's website today we see that reservations are now being accepted for stays from April 1 and beyond. But they might be just fooling. When we tried to plug in April 1 for a two night stay, there was no availability at the hotel.
So we checked in with the hotel's rep to see what they had to say. According to them, the hotel will open in early April with opening festivities to happen in mid-April. No word on the starting room rates yet but we expect them to be "ritzier" than the J.W. Marriott where we found rooms for $179 on April 1.
Free wifi at JW Marriott LA Live- love that hotels are embracing this
But we were skeptical. This is Marriott we are talking about here. Internet is not usually free, unless it's at a Courtyard or if you have a super-high rewards status.
Yet we checked in with the hotel's PR team and it is free in the lobby. The guestrooms still charge you for either wired or wireless--$12.95 for 24 hours. Similarly, the business center has a pay-as-you-go policy but we've seen this brand new hotel's impressive lobby and it will definitely do in a pinch when we need to catch up on our "Glee" gossip. Thanks, Marriott!
P.S. Chocolate milkshake scratch-n-sniff stickers for anyone who gets the title pun.
The big day is drawing closer for the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live and we're getting anxious to take a look inside the finished product. While the hotel officially opens on Monday, February 15, rooms are sold-out that night.
However, on February 16 we found a standard guest room available for $329. There's also a big ribbon cutting ceremony happening at the hotel that day, so we say that might be the better date to check in.
But if you're watching your budget, we did see that the JW Marriott was doing a last-minute weekend special for $179 a night on February 19 with a $50 resort credit. A two-night minimum is requested but considering that this hotel is right next to all the action of LA Live and the Staples Center, that's not a bad deal at all.
We'll have the full report next week on the hotel's opening so stay tuned!
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Last month we gave you a preview of the new J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Last night, we headed back to the colossal glass tower to mingle amidst celebrities and philanthropists, and witness the inaugural lighting up of the building. We even took a video of the event, which was not without a few quickly resolved technical glitches, that you can check out above.
The open-bar cocktail reception took place up on the 26th-floor pool deck of the Ritz-Carlton with a live band playing old standards. The whole evening (appropriately) felt like a movie premiere, with red carpet entrances, dozens of spotlights in the sky, and swarms of helicopters (we counted seven at one point) hovering to get good shots of all the action.
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The entrance to the hotels at LA Live.
Though in the past we’ve had a few quibbles with the carpet selection at the new J.W. Marriott and Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live in downtown, we got to go on a top-secret hard-hat tour (yes, there was an actual hard hat involved, as well as protective glasses, a hideous orange vest, clomping work boots, and a release form!) inside the new property to see how construction is going and what progress is being made so that the hotel can open on-time in mid-February.
his property is the first of its kind for Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. Though they have other hotels that are connected through spa and meeting facilities, this is the first property where both hotels are in the same structure. The J.W. Marriott rooms will be located on floors 4-21 in both towers on the property, and the Ritz-Carlton rooms will be on floors 22-26 in both towers.
The Ritz-Carlton residence suites will be on floors 27-54 in the tall main tower that looks like a glass sheath, will be LEED certified, and is the first new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles in nearly 20 years. The entire building was designed by the Gensler architectural firm, while Barry Design is in charge of the interior design.
Apart from sharing conference facilities and the 8,000 square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, the two hotels will be very distinct from one another.
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UPDATE: The JW Marriott LA Live just tweeted about the carpet installation on the 5th floor. Guess it's too late!
We've been riding a sort of high about the upcoming JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton coming to downtown Los Angeles' LA Live entertainment complex. Downtown LA has been struggling for a long time to pull visitors away from the action of Hollywood and the fun of the Venice/Santa Monica beaches and LA Live looks like their best shot.
Next to the Staples Center (home to the Lakers and big ticket concerts), LA Live has a Nokia Theater, a small intimate venue called Club Nokia, an ESPN Zone, the Grammy Hall of Fame and several restaurants and bars.
So bringing in the JW Marriott and a Ritz next to LA Live (in a cool building with a large video wall) will give guests close-by fancy hotel options. However, we're really hoping the JW Marriott can reconsider its carpeting option before it opens on February 15, 2010.