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
Recently had a two night stay for a conference. Check in was quick and staff was welcoming. Public spaces are inviting and modern - really like the open design where you see out through the restaurant to the marina. Room was spacious, well equipped and in excellent condition with an elegant feel. Very nice pool area and being able to take early morning walks along the huge marina was a nice treat. The meeting space was very good as well with french doors opening onto the marina. The location is like an oasis - just a few miles from LAX and adjacent to Venice and close to Santa Monica but feels like you're in a small ocean side community. I would return for a leisure trip any time.
I booked 4 nights at this hotel with Air Miles I had been saving. It was between this Ritz Carlton & the one in downtown LA. I LOVE this hotel & it's location!! So glad I didn't stay in downtown LA.
The service is beyond exceptional from every single employee. Clean, comfortable room. Beautiful views of the mountains, pool & Marina. Food at Cast & Plow was incredible. Pool area was very clean & nice size pool to do laps in. Pool side restaurant is convenient.
My trip was 9 nights in total (5 at another wonderful hotel) but I was happy that I left the Ritz Carlton to the end of trip. What a great way to end my first solo vacation.
Walking distance to Venice Beach and several good restaurants. 10-15 minutes to LAX.
I consider this a luxury hotel but not everyone might see it that way. Regardless, it is a fabulous place to stay when in Marina Del Rey.
I did have to pay $25/night for an 'upgrade'. I was OK with that as I didn't expect Air Miles to offer a 'deluxe suite'. I was 3+ hours early for check in and the upgrade room was ready so I took it. The views were worth it.
Arrived at the hotel and had to ask for a Marriott Platinum upgrade - to a marina-facing "suite", which is really a double-size room. The room was nice - what a great thing to open the windows and get a fresh breeze. The updated room still had some old fixtures, and some new - especially appreciated was the Nespresso machine. Toiletries by Asprey are very floral, not my personal taste but had them in other top-notch hotels.
What I didn't expect - and should have researched better - is that a Marriott Platinum (and Starwood Lifetime Platinum) status, is not enough to get upgraded to the club level, nor there is any allowance for food, like breakfast. I could have made the reservation via AMEX and would have had a $100 credit for food. Since I spent that amount there, it seems contradictory but it is better to get the AMEX amenities than Marriott's own status.
The bed is nothing but excellent. Used the fitness room, and it was nice. Also appreciated the artwork in the property. Overall, the impression is of very nice hotel, pushing for luxury.
I always stay here when I'm in LA for business as my meetings are usually nearby (or I host them at the hotel itself). Over what must be 15-18 visits in the last 10 years, the team here has never disappointed me.
On a recent visit I was just in town for one night, but I was still able to be pleased on a number of fronts:
-the rooms were updated a couple of years ago and they still look great. spacious and comfortable.
-the gym is still in great shape. it's not massive, but it gets the job done with views out to the marina.
-Cast & Plow, the lobby restaurant, is great for a variety of uses. On this visit I hosted two separate breakfast meetings there and a coffee meeting. Different servers each time, all wonderful. In the past I've also done drinks on the terrace and dinner in the private room and it's all lovely.
Then for the location, it's SUPER easy to/from LAX, and it's exactly one mile to see the ocean at Venice Beach, so I usually make time for a run over that way (the mile to the beach, while unexciting, is all safe with sidewalks and traffc lights). Then when you get back there's fruited ice water on hand to cool off. Lovely!
I love this place. I'll definitely be back.
Great option near Venice, Santa Monica and LAX. Really friendly staff and excellent room service. I was only in and out so was not able to take advantage of too much the the hotel had to offer. Ask for a view and you can see the marina.