The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
What We Love
- Marina views
- Water-focused Spa del Rey
- Fleet of rental cruiser bikes for pedaling to the beach
What To Know
- The hotel is on a marina, not the beach; Venice Beach is a 15-minute walk
- Valet-only parking is pricey
- Proximity to LAX makes it popular with business travelers
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on the waterfront of a small-craft marina, the Ritz-Carlton is a traditional stay done in typical clubby Ritz-Carlton fashion with marble and dark woods in public spaces. The 304 Guestrooms are done up with more nautical flair with yellow, blue, and gold hues and Marina Terrace rooms come with a water view. More spectacular marina views are on hand at jer-ne (pronounced “journey”), serving California cuisine with a focus on local seafood and produce.
In the Area
When it’s time to escape the business conference or when you’re ready to hit the beach book a bike and pedal a few minutes to Venice Beach. One of Los Angeles’s most famous neighborhoods, Venice Beach is known for its boardwalk where countless vendors hock their wares and the famed muscle beach weightlifters-slash-performers flex their muscles. A few blocks from the sand, Lincoln Boulevard is where most of the restaurants and boutiques are located. Here you’ll find Casablanca, an eatery where the decor recreates its namesake movie’s set. The food is a bit lackluster, but the environs — and the tequila cart — make up for it. For a taste of German, pay a visit to Wurstkuche for sausages and craft beer in a bright, exposed brick and concrete cafe. Like the tats you’re seeing on the Beach? Get inked at Black Diamond Tattoo, where resident artist Shingken, from Tokyo, pens beautiful patterns.
How to Get There
My husband & I enjoy having weekend getaways for ourselves so we decided to check out the Ritz Calton Marina del Rey in Los Angeles California. I don’t think the money is equal to the service because since Marriott has emerged with SPG there are many free options available at other fine hotels for the same amount of money you pay to stay at Ritz Calton. Most of the free benefits you receive as Platinum member with Marriott/ SPG are available at Ritz-Carlton for a fee. The workers are nice.
My hotel when I’m in LA. Great price point for accommodations especially when using my Amex platinum card, fine hotels program. They ALWAYS treat me respectfully, rooms are clean and well cared for and the bed is very comfortable. It’s great taking a walk around the marina and the walking path across the street is fun
They do a nice job on breakfast but I’m not crazy about the other food offerings. But it is fun hanging outside looking at the boats having a bite to eat.
Now the bad.... parking sucks, either buck up and valet park or park across street and pay the vending machine, which I usually get a parking ticket for forgetting to pay every 24 hrs.
It feels like you’ve been warped out of LA and taken somewhere else like Miami. The rooms have picture perfect views and are so spacious. There’s a tennis court, pool, and spa available to you. I stayed here for a night for my friend’s wedding and seriously forgot I was in LA. Amazing service and staff as well. I left my jewelry in the room when I checked, housekeeping found it for me and kept it until I could go back to pick it up. 5 star hotel no questions.
We stayed here las December and it was a very relaxed getaway!
Checked in dec 9th and we were received with a nice amenity (thanks concierge team)
The room had a nice view, in room dining was on point and bread was still warm.
Great spa service !!!!
Pulling up at hotel, we were greeted by a friendly team who quickly took our cases and issued a valet ticket for the car. We were checked in by Noelle, who was absolutely delightful and very helpful, giving us a higher grade room with a stunning partial marina view, even though we were an hour early checking in (check in is 4pm in most US hotels)
The room was bright, cool and very clean. The bathroom, with white and grey marble tiles and floor, had a bath with shower over. The shower head was one of the nicest I’ve used, with a great flow of hot water and very easy to control. The bathroom mirror was huge and very well lit. One of the large towels had a couple of small spot stains but this was quickly changed by housekeeping.
The public areas of the hotel are beautifully decorated with stunning carpeting and artworks. Original Watercolours and water themed prints adorn the walls.
For art lovers, there is a corridor full of art to purchase including Picasso and Pop Art prints.
Dinner was in the ‘Cast & Plow’ restaurant, just off the lobby. My burger was juicy and flavourful and you must try the crispy, salty fries. They were delicious and very addictive. We chose an outdoor table with a table top fire and gorgeous view of the marina. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere very relaxing.
Breakfast was also served here. A buffet at $28 seemed a little pricey. I had the Avocado bruschetta, $18 with a side of maple cured bacon, which was a little over cooked on the first day but perfect on the second. The fresh orange juice was delicious, as was the free flowing pot of hot coffee at $6.
The gardens with pool, large hot tub, sports courts and Wave Bar and Grill are very well manicured and a must during your stay, despite the little bit of traffic noise.
Check out was simple and quick. Our bill was slipped under the room door during the night.
I would stay here again without any hesitation and It was great to be so close to every part of Los Angeles that we wanted to see, both within walking distance and via bus or taxi and the easy drive in from LAX, took all the stress out of our trip.
My biggest tip would be to join the SPG, Starwood/Marriott reward programme before your visit, as this will give you free WiFi, late checkout and possible room upgrades.