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Last night I stayed at the The Westin Los Angeles Airport for one night.
I arrived at the hotel at 2pm via complimentary, 24-hour hotel shuttle from the Los Angeles Airport (LAX).
The hotel is located 4 blocks from the airport and it takes approximately 15 to travel from the airport to the hotel via the shuttle.
As I arrived on one shuttle, the Emirates flight crew were boarding another shuttle for their trip back to the LAX.
I entered into a large (but empty) lobby through the front revolving door and was greeted by a welcoming staff.
There was a designated line for elite members and I did not have to wait to be seen.
The from desk attendant welcomed me to the property, asked for my credit card for incidentals, and confirmed the details of my stay.
After a few clicks on the computer, she reached into a file folder and retrieved my reservation and keys. She activated the keys, presented me with a ‘welcome amenity kit’ and informed me that I had been upgraded from a Traditional Guest Room with 2 double beds to a Deluxe Corner Suite with a King Bed.
This was a welcomed surprise as I had booked the cheapest room ($86 inclusive of taxes) because I would only be staying one night.
My flight did not leave until the following day at 11PM so I requested late check-out. I wasn’t given as generous a checkout as the Al Bustan Palace, but she accommodated me with a 4PM checkout which was still very generous.
I was given Room 939 which was a long hike from the elevator. It did not bother me as I prefer rooms at the end of the hallway because you hear less commotion from other guests.
Although I saw the hotel staff cleaning various rooms, I did not see (or hear) another person on the floor the entire time I was there (nearly 2 full days).
As I entered my suite, the bedroom was located to my right, a living room directly in front of me, and the bathroom was located to the left.
The vanity included a large, frameless, wall-mounted LED mirror with a single sink.
As you’d expect, toiletries were the standard Westin brand, White Tea Aloe.
It’s also worth noting that 3 wash clothes / towels are present. You are able to make these types of requests within the app after making a reservation. I often requests 3 towels to determine if the hotel actually reads my requests.
The shower was brand standard for a Westin. In other words, it had a rainforest showerhead, as well as a handheld one. The water pressure and temperature control were adequate.
Continuing into the living room, I found a large sleeper sofa, an oversized lounge chair, a work desk, and a larger flat screen TV.
Interestingly, there was also a small refrigerator that was not plugged in but simply sitting on the floor against the wall.
On the corner of the work desk, there was a one-cup Mr. Coffee maker with various Starbucks tea and coffee packets.
Upon entering the bedroom, I found a large closet that included a white robe and safe lockbox.
The Westin Hotel is known for their Heavenly Beds and this bed did not disappoint!
On the night stand beside the bed, there was a complimentary Sleep Well Lavender Balm amenity that is infused with the calming essential oils of lavender and chamomile.
There was also a sliding glass door in the bedroom that led to a small balcony overlooking West Century Boulevard. This is an avgeeks dream and I’ll talk about this below.
After returning into my room, I opened the amenity kit that I was presented with at the front desk.
- Cashew Butter
- MORE morning recovery – reduces the negative effects of alcohol
- Lily’s Extra Dark Chocolate bar
- Organic Protein Bar
- Cucumber and Ginseng Facial Hydration Mist and;
- Yes Peas – which are advertised as “veggie snacks that are never fried, not baked, always real, and have all the flavor of leading fried potato chip and snack brands.”
I found the amenity kit thoughtful but a bit bizarre because I’m not sure of the purpose. Is it to promote being healthy? …but I’m in need of a formula to get over my hangover? And am I supposed to spread the cashew butter on my peas or….perhaps, the protein bar?
AMENITIES / FITNESS CENTER
Anyway, speaking of being healthy, I decided to take a tour of the hotel facilities. I took the elevator down to the 2nd floor where I found the gym and the outdoor pool.
The gym is open 24/7 and had several free weights, weight balls, treadmills, ellipticals, and a Peloton bike.
There were also a plethora of dry and chilled towels for the guests’ convenience.
The heated outdoor pool is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Additionally, travelers that want to keep fit can book the services of a Run Concierge, and workout gear can be rented through a Westin/New Balance program.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
There was an on-site restaurant, the Daily Grill, that was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Thursday and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. And Platinum and Titanium elite members of the Bonvoy program can select free breakfast as a welcome amenity.
The Lunch menu reads as follows:
For lighter fare, Café BLVD offers coffee, tea, baked goods, pastries and grab-and-go items and is open from 6 a.m. to noon. Again, I arrived in the early afternoon so it was no longer open.
WESTIN EXECUTIVE CLUB DINNER
However, I did not spend any time at any of the restaurants because I had access to The Westin Executive Club lounge on the top floor. The lounge was open 24 hours, accessible to Marriott Platinum and Titanium elites, and served breakfast Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Hors d’oeuvres are served Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The first night, the complimentary options included grilled skirt steak skewers, seasoned rice….
…various cheese options, grapes, a plethora of vegetables…
…a buffet of salad options…
…several trays of dessert…
…and several wine, beer and spirit options.
WESTIN EXECUTIVE CLUB BREAKFAST
The following morning, the complimentary options included: scrambled eggs, pork sausage, hard-boiled eggs, cheese, mild salsa and tortillas for making breakfast wraps…
…several cereal options, assorted breads and pastries…
…fresh fruit, yogurt…
…fresh cranberry and orange juice, a coffee machine that prepared coffee, lattes and hot chocolates…
…and finally, a waffle maker with warm syrup.
The lounge also featured a business center should you need to check the web or print boarding passes.
As I alluded to above, the hotel is located in between the four east / west approach paths – 24R/6L, 24L/6R, 25R/7L and 25L/7R – which leads to some interesting and unique plane spotting opportunities. For example, the following pictures were all taken within a 10-15 minute timespan.
On a quick overnight, the Westin did its job competently. The staff were helpful, though I did not see many of them.
The lobby was nice but the furniture in the common areas appeared very cold and outdated. In fact, the entire hotel appeared a bit outdated. It could’ve used a makeover about 2-3 years ago. But aside from the aesthetics, it was a fine airport hotel with few frills.
On the whole I had a perfectly pleasant stay and would consider staying here again if I had an overnight layover at Los Angeles Airport (LAX). The hotel was a typical “no frills” airport Westin, but at ~$86 for the night, a quiet room despite being close to the airport, free food in the lounge, and late checkout…it’s a heck of a deal and I have no complaints at all.
Have you stayed at the Westin Los Angeles Airport? What was your experience?