JW Marriott Hotel Downtown LA
The 878-room hotel is located in the L.A. Live center, also home to the smaller, 123-room Ritz-Carlton, many restaurants, a bowling alley, nightclub, Grammy museum, the Staples Center, and the Nokia Theatre.
Just three blocks from the Los Angeles Convention Center, it stands to reason that the hotel attracts lots of business travelers. And while there’s enough for families to do, the hotel’s surrounding area is generally pretty desolate (except for during sports games or concerts at the neighboring Staples Center or Nokia Theater), and a car is needed to get pretty much anywhere in the city.
That said, the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live is sleek and tastefully decorated, with splashes of color to spice up the predominantly white rooms. The huge atrium-style lobby is inviting and looks modern, though not as modern and trendy as the nearby W Hollywood. And while it’s certainly a step up from a regular Marriott, as you would expect from the nicer J.W. chain, it falls short of being truly luxurious (like its neighbor the Ritz-Carlton, for example).
Being in downtown Los Angeles is great if you’re going to a sports game at the Staples Center, a concert at the Nokia Theatre, or a business meeting at the Convention Center. In fact, the J.W. Marriott is the closest hotel (besides neighbor Ritz-Carlton) to all of these attractions. But otherwise, you won’t find much to do in the way of entertainment. The area is pretty desolate when no events are going on, and you will have to rent a car to get just about anywhere. There are nearby bars and restaurants, but they are mainly large chains.
- In the L.A. Live center, along with the Nokia Theatre, Regal Cinema, Staples Center, and many restaurants and cafes
- Right off Harbor Freeway
- 11-minute walk to Los Angeles Convention Center
- 4-minute drive or 30-minute walk to the Museum of Contemporary Art
- 8-minute drive to Dodger Stadium
- 15-minute drive to Universal Studios Hollywood
- 20-minute drive to Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive
- 21-drive to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- 21-minute drive to Santa Monica Beach
Rooms are clean and nice, though nothing out of the ordinary
Rooms start at 375 square feet and most come with an option for two double beds or one king. But be warned, having double beds makes the room feel smaller than it actually is, as you’re giving up floor space to fit two beds. But business travelers will appreciate the rooms’ thoughtful touches: well-placed electrical outlets and very comfortable desk chairs.