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The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

900 W Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015
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213-743-8800 Not applicable
October 2014 All year
$400+ Los Angeles California
Website Lodging Luxury Hotels
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The Ritz Carlton is a luxury hotel in downtown LA and opened in 2010. It has 121 rooms and suites on 4 floors. The hotel design is unusual in that it shares a building with a JW Marriott hotel. The JW occupies the first 21 stories, and the Ritz has the 22-26th floors. There are also private condos in the tower. Both the JW and Ritz have their own pools and workout rooms, but restaurants and spa facilities are shared. The hotels are part of a large entertainment, sports, and shopping venue called LA LIVE. The Ritz is a nonsmoking hotel and does not accept pets. Luxury does not come cheap in LA so be prepared to pay up to stay here. Standard rooms typically range from $370-500, add an extra $150 for club access and $42 for valet parking.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor heated pool on the 26th floor. The pool area was nice with a number of private cabanas, a seasonal bar, and expansive views of the Los Angeles area. The workout room was larger than average. A few guest computers were available, but of course had a fee. The WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is a posh restaurant and lounge at the Ritz. It's a dinner only restaurant, but there are additional lounges and restaurants in the JW which offer meals at other times. A courtesy car is available for drop-off within 3 miles of the hotel. The car hours are limited, and reservations are not accepted. LA LIVE has many additional restaurants, as well as movie theatres, bars, and a major sports venue. Movie premiers and other outdoor events are periodically held at LA LIVE and can get noisy.

Chatting with a hotel operator prior to arrival was pleasant. He was very helpful. Service at the hotel was good except for the parking valet who did not want the car to be parked out front of the hotel even for just a few minutes prior to check-in. Although the Ritz lobby is tiny, the JW lobby is sizable, so you have an option if you want to relax somewhere other than your room. An even better alternative is the Ritz's club lounge. It was nice, private and was stocked with delicious cakes and pastries at night. Beer and wine were also available. As for the room, it was smaller than average. The bathroom included double sinks and a walk-in shower, The bathroom equipment also worked properly. The room had one of those mini fridges with snacks and drinks that cost like a thousand dollars for each item. An annoyance was noticeable noise from upstairs both at night and in the morning. The bed was not especially comfortable because the mattress was too lumpy. AC controls were erratic with the room first too cold in the evening, then OK for a bit but then hot again at night. Having access to the club lounge paid dividends in the morning. A light continental style breakfast included fluffy pancakes, sweet oat muffins as well as OJ that tasted fresh squeezed. While the Ritz had some plusses it also had some distinct minuses. For a hotel that charges a premium price, the overall value proposition is questionable. A future stay is possible but not probable.
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