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Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live

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JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live

JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live

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The Bottom Line

The JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live is the most convenient business class hotel to the LA Convention Center, Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and other venues at LA Live. You can expect good service and quality if you stay in one of their 800+ rooms. Their showers and desks are well suited to tall people, which is not surprising since they regularly host visiting basketball teams playing next door at the Staples Center.

Pros

  • Convenient to LA Live, Staples Center and LA Convention Center
  • Convenient to public transportation
  • Lots of in-room amenities
  • On site restaurant and variety of entertainment options nearby
  • 100,000 Square foot conference facility

Cons

  • Very expensive parking
  • Fee for internet
  • The 50's retro cool blue and orange decor isn't too cozy

Description

  • Address: 900 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90015 USA
  • Phone: (213) 765-8600, toll free 1 (888) 832-9136
  • Website: www.marriott.com
  • Room Rate: $$$-$$$$
  • Rooms: 805 rooms, 73 suites on 21 floors
  • Property Amenities: Restaurant, lounge, pool, fitness center, business center, Concierge Lounge, conference facilities, room service, access to the Ritz-Carlton Spa
  • Room Amenities: coffee maker, iron, ironing board, safe, iPod clock radio alarm, wired and wireless internet, connectivity panel for HD TV
  • Parking: Valet (less expensive public lots nearby)
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Guide Review - Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live

The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live is a very good choice for a business class hotel if you need to be in downtown Los Angeles, especially if you're attending events at the LA Convention Center, Staples Center or LA Live, as it is one of few hotels within walking distance. The rooms are comfortable in a way that doesn't compete with their partner hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, a few floors above.

I stayed at the Marriott L.A. Live on GRAMMY night, so it was bustling with people in the gLAnce Wine Bar in the lobby and Chef Kerry Simon's LA Market restaurant. There were plenty of staff on duty at the front desk at 8 pm, and multiple concierges were still on duty. A couple people were using the two boarding pass stations in the lobby to print their boarding passes.

The Room My Junior Suite was quiet, other than the distant hum of traffic on the 110 freeway and the ventilation/AC cycling on and off. On the 17th floor I had a nice view north to the downtown skyscrapers and the Hollywood Hills. The room had a retro modern streamlined look. The orange sofa and blue swivel chair were not exactly uncomfortable, but stiff, which didn't invite me to curl up in front of the TV.

The desk is designed for someone taller than I am, which is good news for tall business travelers and basketball players. I'm 5'4" and when I lowered the chair so my feet would touch the floor, the desk was way too high, so I had to rest my feet on the bottom of the chair to use the desk, but it was a reasonably comfortable chair for working. I appreciated the outlets in the plug-in panel on the side of the desk, which also had jacks to plug in your portable DVD player or other electronic devices to use on the TV, but I'm a heavy electronics user and would have appreciated more than the 2 standard outlets and 1 USB outlet available. This isn't unusual though, so I carry my own travel power strip. I was happy not to have to climb under the desk to plug it in. The iPod clock radio played music from my iPhone, but was only partially compatible, so it didn't charge it.

Although the bed was on the firm side, and the down pillows were so soft as to let you hit the hard surface, I still slept much better than I usually do in a hotel bed. The dark shades kept out about 95% of light, with just a crack to let me know when daylight had arrived.

NBA visitors will appreciate the extra tall showers, which are at least a foot taller than me, in fact several inches higher than the bathroom door. In the king rooms and suites there are only showers, but there are tubs in the double rooms for anyone who prefers a tub.

I've come to expect a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and board in a business class hotel, which were all provided. I also appreciated the bottled water, reasonably priced drink vending machine and ice down the hall (less common these days), high quality bedding and toilet paper that passed the Toilet Paper Test.

There are so many hotels with free internet that it seems strange that the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live charges for internet access, but at least the communication fee includes local and US long distance calls in addition to internet.

Hotel Amenities The JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live has it's own fully equipped fitness center and an outdoor pool on the 3rd floor with a view over L.A. Live and a towering night-time advertising show projected and reflected on the surfaces of the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Towers. The pool bar/café Ion has limited seasonal open hours, but you can have room service delivered to the pool area.

The Marriott shares a Business Center and Spa with the Ritz-Carlton where they connect on the 2nd floor.

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