Last weekend I was in Los Angeles, CA, where I completed four different stays at three different hotel properties.
Night #1 - Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Night #2 - Courtyard by Marriott LAX/El Segundo
Night #3 - Holiday Inn Los Angeles Intl Airport
Night #4 - Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Call me crazy, but I was trying to maximize my Marriott Rewards Welcome Back Promotion as well as my IHG Into The Nights promotion. Four paid nights in the above hotels will yield two free nights in Marriott Category 1-4 properties and two free nights in ANY IHG property.
I stayed my first and last nights in L.A. at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. I was able to secure Best Rate Guarantees for each night stayed at this property. After a quick flight from RDM, I had the entire first day to explore the property.
The property is located right outside of LAX on West Century Blvd. The hotel location is conveniently located and can be accessed by the complimentary shuttle bus. (I had to wait about 30 minutes at LAX before a shuttle bus came by).
Around the hotel are many other hotel properties, businesses, rental car lots and a few restaurants. Within a block is a liquor store, which is always nice. (Cost of beer at liquor store < cost of beer at hotel).
I checked in via Marriott's mobile check-in and when I arrived, I was placed in a 16th floor King-Sized concierge room. The upgrade to the concierge level is through my Gold Status that comes with the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Visa.
The rooms were fairly small, but my room had an amazing view of both LAX runways. I spent a good chunk of my downtime surfing the internet and plane spotting from the room!
The major downside to this room was the bathroom. They were dated and extremely cramped. You know a bathroom is small, when you have to throw yourself over the toilet just to close the door.
Other than the runway views, the major upside to these rooms had to be the comfortable bed!
I think the most useful benefit of this property is the complimentary shuttle to/from LAX. Although if you choose not to wait, it is likely a $5 cab ride.
The pool area looked pretty great and featured awesome lights at night. It also was encompassed by the entire hotel property, so more or less protected from the elements.
I used the gym both times I stayed at this property. Each treadmill featured a TV and Marriott offered free earphones, which was a nice touch.
The largest benefit for me was access to the 16th floor concierge lounge. At any time of the day I was able to get bottled water, soda, coffee, and specialty coffee drinks from their Mocha Machine! On week day evenings they have hor d'oeuvres from 5:30 - 7:30. I expected finger foods and snacks like you would get at an airport lounge, however the display was pretty great! They had cheese cubes and veggies, crackers, and tortellini with pesto sauce as well as dessert. For those who wanted to buy a drink, they had a cash bar as well.
For breakfast, the lounge offered typical hot items like eggs and bacon, fruit, oatmeal, and select pastries and juices. I wasn't too hot on the breakfast selection, but free eggs and bacon works for me!
The staff at this property were excellent. Check in and checking out was a breeze. I had a couple of great joking conversations with the head of the bellman about the lack of directional skill from Uber drivers.
Overall, nothing really stood out with the staff, but they were well trained polite and very helpful.
I guess I measure a hotel by asking myself one question.
Would I ever come back and why?
For this property, the answer is yes. There are many times when you might need to stay outside LAX and this is a good location. That alone is not the reason I would be back. Nor was it the concierge lounge.
The reason I would come back to this hotel is to sit there and watch the planes. To have views of both runways at a major airport like LAX is pretty cool. Watching jets come in from Australia, France, England, Germany and China was really neat!
The bottom line is that if you need a place to stay around LAX, choose the Los Angeles Airport Marriott!