Not all luxury brands are created equal, and not all Ritz-Carlton hotels are either. This incarnation, for example, goes above and beyond with its attention to detail, top-rate service, and one-of-a-kind amenities. Whether you’re on a family vacation or in LA on business, this hotel will cater to your every need and does so with a smile. It may be pricey, but this hotel is most definitely worth the cost.
One of the coolest perks of the hotel is the partnership they have with Porsche. You can book a package with your room that also includes the Porsche Experience Center where you can try out any model and fly around their various tracks.
Whether you’re on the club level, booking a suite, or staying in a standard king, every room faces the Marina and all have balconies with stellar views of the water. In-room amenities include smart TVs (you can sign in to your Netflix account), turndown service, and terry cloth bathrobes.
White marble floors and sinks give way to lighted vanity mirrors and shower/tub combos. The hotel uses designer Asprey bath products.
The small and simple lobby is more of a pass through for guests to get to the in-house restaurant and bar.
One of the gems of the hotel is the giant heated pool and Jacuzzi that’s open 24/7. Here, guests can eat and drink at Wave Restaurant and Bar or reserve pool-side cabanas for lazy days in and out of the sun.
Next to the pool are two tennis courts and a basketball court. The hotel can set up lessons and also holds cardio tennis classes.
Spa del Rey is the hotel’s spa and features six treatment rooms for everything from manicures and facials to massages and body wraps.
The hotel’s fitness center is also open 24/7 and is equipped with Life Fitness cardio machines and free weights. TVs are built right into the machines in case you want to get pumped to Wolf Blitzer while you sweat.
If you want to get a work out around the Marina or beach, you can rent bicycles for $10/hour.
Cast & Plow is the signature restaurant of the hotel for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is ample seating outside where guests can dine next to fire pits and watch the giant boats come in and out of the Marina.
Dying to taste other restaurants in the area? Hop into the hotel’s complimentary car that will drop you off and pick you up within a 4-mile radius.
Not necessarily a drinking hotspot, there is a bar in Cast & Plow and at Wave by the pool. For club lounge members, on the 11th floor, there’s an open bar as well as snacks and other treats throughout the day.
If you decide to rent a car, parking at the hotel will run you $42 a night. Fortunately, the complimentary car service can take you far (Santa Monica is just under 4-miles), and they’ll pick you up as well. Additionally, there’s a free shuttle that runs around the Marina and conveniently can pick you up in front of the hotel. Lyft and Uber drivers are everywhere and it’ll never take long to catch a ride. The Ritz sits directly on top of the Marina and is near a bevy of restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions. Walking around this area is safe and easy and you’re close to Venice Beach as well. The location is also great for super easy access to the airport--especially when you have an early flight.
For a superb sushi experience, head over to SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa (4-minute drive) for mouthwateringly fresh fish. If you want to try some original cooking in a fun communal way, check out Gjelina (6-minute drive) on Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Also on Abbott Kinney is The Otheroom (7-minute drive), an easygoing bar with stellar beer options. For something a little rowdier, check out Cabo Cantina (5-minute drive) with deliciously greasy tacos and cheap drinks.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This five-star resort has everything you could ask for and more. It’s ideal for both families and business folks with ample activities, eating options, and more. The tennis courts are a great touch and the hotel boat is always a big winner. Sure, it’s on the pricey side, but that’s what you get for a Marine-side hotel with perfect service, amazing amenities, and super cool packages. Enjoy the area, soak in the sun, and revel in all the Ritz has to offer.