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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I had a great experience from arrival to departure. The front desk employee surprised me during check-in with an upgraded to a beautiful room with a marina view as part of my Mariott Bonvoy Titanium membership. I had a spacious room with a sliding door to a small balcony. It's not very noisy in the night so you can sleep with the sliding door open to breathe some fresh air. The bed is more than comfortable. I had a drink at the bar in the evening followed by a nice dinner in the restaurant. Quality of food is okay, excellent wines by the glass and the staff is enthusiastic and friendly. The next morning I had my breakfast on the terrace with a beautiful view of the Marina. I will come back!
We stayed at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey for 3 nights while visiting friends and family in LA. We enjoyed the location of the hotel as well as its amenities. We enjoyed breakfast at Cast and Plow and my husband had a nice massage at the spa. Our room was spacious and had a small balcony and a pretty view (see pics).
OVERALL: Waterfront location, less than 15mins from LAX, welcoming staff, smaller facility, and high traffic public areas.
STAFF: Very accommodating and polite. As the conference area is integrated into the hotel’s main body, the staff can get very busy servicing many hotel stayers and day time guests.
@ OUTSIDE - Tennis court, pool/hot tub, outdoor tent for corporate dining, doors to Admiralty way (walking/running strip against the water/boat slips).
@INSIDE - upstairs bar/lounge and restaurant, upstairs hotel lodgings, downstairs conference areas, downstairs gym and spa.
- water front access (great for runs!)
- proximity to LAX even during traffic hour
- staff (above comment)
- harbor views
- conference area leather chairs
- separating the conference atmosphere from the lodging component (call it work/life balance)
My son booked me into the hotel during my visit to Los Angeles. I can't be grateful enough. I am spoiled for life. The location of the facility overlooking the marina, the pools, restaurant overlooking the pool and marina, the very well equipped gym and spa.
The room was so comfortable I hardly wanted to come out with Nespresso machine and the Sunday paper I pretty much stayed in all morning.
I don't know how they do it - but the restaurant when I walked in the first time - greeted me by name. That made my Sunday Eggs Benedict taste even better.
Absolutely perfect stay made so by the attentive staff and perfect facility.
We were really looking forward to our return to the Ritz at Marina del Rey. We arrived late and ran into a problem. We had booked a double bed and that last room type was removed from inventory for maintenance.
Anthony Trotter, our front desk agent, worked tirelessly for an hour to resolve the situation which was favorable to all. Asaf worked with Anthony and my family to create a relaxed and soothing check-in process as well.
We were excited to make it up to the club level as it is truly an amazing experience. Unfortunately, the evening presentation had been put away. We started the day in Orange County and went to a function in LA in the late afternoon. We were tired and in need of nourishment. Adam from the club level and Anthony suggested Cast & Plow located in the hotel. It was a amazing dining experience!
We stayed the weekend and relaxed in the club and around the pool. Berry, Adam, Edgar and Lilly each went above expectations to make us feel special. They are truly a platinum star team.
On Sunday morning, Scott was up in the club making omelletes to order. My wife has an allergy to mushrooms and can have a reaction if anything is compromised. Scott made sure to sanitize all services before making the breakfast. It was one of the best omelletes she has ever had.
When we checked out of the hotel, Asaf, bid us farewell and wanted to know if everything was a great experience. I was running late and not sure if I answered his question. Yes it was more than a great experience.
Thanky You Marina del Rey