The JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live hotel is the perfect place to crash after catching a concert at the Staples Center, to chill at the rooftop pool and full-service spa, or to indulge in a variety of dining experiences. Although children are certainly welcome, parents might enjoy visiting this lux resort for an escape without the kids to take full advantage of all of the amenities.
Most of the 805 rooms have a view of the Los Angeles cityscape from the 21 floors. The beautiful marble bathrooms and plush bedding provide a pampered feel for guests. Guest rooms are available with one king or two double beds. They do not offer two queens, which can be difficult for families with more than one child. Rollaway beds and cribs are available, but it might be tough to fit more than one. All rooms are non-smoking. Pets are not allowed. Executive Level rooms have access to the Executive Lounge, which provides self-service breakfast, snacks, appetizers and desserts for up to two people for an additional $75 fee.
- Coffee maker/tea service
- Individual climate control
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryer
There is no shortage of meal options at this hotel. In addition to room service, the following on-property dining is available:
- Illy Espressamente: Grab a pastry, latte and more at this coffee bar.
- gLAnce Lobby Bar: Great people watching and refreshments in the lobby.
- The Mixing Room: Hot spot for late-night cocktails.
- NEST at WP24: Casual Asian-inspired fare and extensive wine list available at this modern lounge.
- WP24 by Wolfgang Puck: Fine Chinese dining with a spectacular view of the city from the 24th floor. Choose a three of four-course menu and select from the 400 labels of wine to compliment the meal.
- Ford’s Filling Station L.A. LIVE: Located in the lobby, this hotel staple restaurant offers sustainable, seasonal cuisine with locally sourced ingredients. The menu strives to blend west coast flavors and southwest influence. Created by Chef Ben Ford (actor Harrison Ford’s son), the restaurant’s specialty is the Whole Pig Dinner that serves eight to ten people. The meal is based on market rate, but averages about $800 and includes the entire pig, a Pig Head Salad (pickled tongue, crispy pig ears, bourbon maple pork belly), several side dishes and dessert. Must be ordered eight to ten days in advance.
To add tenderness and flavor to meat items on the menu, there is an onsite smoker fired with a blend of apple, pecan and cherry wood. Depending on the season, the menu might offer items such as the Cured Meat Board with Salami Calabrese, Iberico Chorizo, Smoked Wild Boar Salami, Bresola Mustard and Country Loaf ($19), Roasted Grape & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza with Pistachio Pesto, Saba, and Mizuna ($15), Hand-Cut Pasta with Tomato, Summer Squash, Stracciatella Cheese, and Basil ($21), Braised Beef Cheeks with Fregola, Root Vegetables, Shitake Mushrooms, and Salsa Verde ($36), or Butterscotch Pudding with Mascarpone Cream, Pecan, Candied Bacon and Sea Salt ($11). Chef Ford is also author a “Taming the Feast,” a guide to outdoor grilling, smoking, and roasting. The book focuses on adventurous cooking for large parties.
The 8,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles spa, accessible from the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live elevator, is a lavish indulgence for the entire body. Guests can start their spa experience by sipping a complimentary glass of champagne in the co-ed Sanctuary with opulent modern décor that includes reclining chairs and round daybeds, chandeliers and monitors playing soothing ocean scenes, or the private men’s or women’s Relaxation Room with white leather chaise lounge chairs, soft lighting and tranquil music. Guests are encouraged to check in early and take advantage of the amenities, such as the Eucalyptus steam rooms and cold plunge showers.
Treatment options include Touch Therapy and Massage, Facials and Peels, Body Treatments, Nail Services, Signatures Experiences and more. The spa offers seasonal specials that feature scents of the season (such as cinnamon and ginger in the fall) and ingredients harvested from the hotel’s rooftop garden. These “garden-to-glamorous” experiences include treatments such as the Hot Chocolate Stone Massage that uses chocolate oils with heated basalt stones for relaxation that smells just as good as it feels (50 minutes – $170).
In addition to relaxing at the spa or indulging in a fine meal, the hotel also offers a large fitness center and rooftop pool. Kids will love the poolside games, like basketball and beanbag toss. The pool can get crowded during high occupancy.
The JW Marriott Los Angeles has made a commitment to environmental stewardship and has the awards to prove it. The hotel is Certified Silver LEED and is a Trip Advisor’s Green Partner.
Some family-friendly attractions are within walking distance, or just a short ride away via the hotel shuttle service. Take the kids bowling at Strike or to the Natural History Museum followed by a swim in the pool and a hand-cut pasta dinner at Ford’s Filling Station. If you’re looking for a couple’s night out, catch a basketball game, hockey game, or concert at the nearby Staples Center, walk to the Grammy Museum, or take in some live entertainment at the Nokia Theater. Looking for some outdoor activity? Mountain biking, hiking and golfing are not far away.
JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live
900 West Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Reviewer’s Statement: Accommodation at the JW Marriott was provided for this review.
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