Downtown L.A.’s sparkling oasis

When it opened in 2010, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles pioneered a new era of luxe and innovation in up-and-coming downtown L.A. The sleek reflective tower hovering over L.A. Live’s entertainment campus seemed to clean up the neighborhood’s act, breaking ground for the rush of upscale restaurants and real estate that has evolved into a boom.

Occupying floors 22 to 26, the property shares the 54-story building with JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. At 8,000 square feet, The Ritz-Carlton Spa is the epitome of everything that makes this hotel so great, offering peace, pampering and privacy in ultra-chic surroundings. It’s still the area’s only full service spa, providing customized treatments and a top-notch beauty salon. Even in the heart of the action, the guest accommodations, meeting spaces and club lounge are quiet, light and bright by design — making the L.A. hotel an attractive option for a team meeting or couple’s staycation.

The Rooms

Open and airy defines the design of every room at the Los Angeles hotel; each drenched in natural light and decked in calming hues — white, neutral and pastel hues inspired by the sun, the hills and the sea. The luxury accommodations are a peaceful oasis in the hubbub of the downtown core, the bustling L.A. Live campus and the lively lobby scene. All perched elegantly on the building tower’s upper floors, the rooms treat you to stunning city views and a host of thoughtful creature comforts, from hypo-allergenic bedding and pillows to an in-room shopping program for ordering snacks and drinks. Breathtaking panoramas of the cityscape dominate the 3,000-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite (the hotel’s largest), which includes a formal dining room, high-tech entertainment room and spacious master bedroom.

For business travelers loyal to the Ritz-Carlton brand, The Club Lounge is home away from home, a retreat outfitted with a private boardroom, business amenities and a helpful concierge to facilitate wants and needs. The space is expansive at 3,400 square feet, with a beautiful flow, comfortable furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows. On a clear day, you can even see the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The Food

Chef Wolfgang Puck is a legend in L.A. and beyond, known for fusing together all of the cultural, culinary influences and farm-to-table ethos that make California cuisine. The luxury hotel houses two of his restaurants on the 24th floor. A sleek, Asian concept serving predominantly Chinese cuisine, the glamorous WP24 is arguably the best place in town to appreciate the skyline at night. The fine-dining restaurant focuses on impeccable service and classics cooked to perfection, from a dim sum sampler and Shanghai noodles with slow-cooked oxtail to lobster fried rice and Peking duck for two. The adjacent lounge and more relaxed eatery, Nest by WP24, dishes out inventive cocktails, sushi and snacks like baby pork belly bao buns with Chinese-honey-garlic glaze.

On the lobby level, you have a choice of casual options for light bites and coffee, including another star chef’s culinary outpost, Ford’s Filling Station, an elevated gastropub by Ben Ford. 

The Scene

With a prime in location a fast-evolving cultural hub, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is one of the city’s busiest hotels year-round. Towering over the L.A. Live entertainment complex, there is virtually an activity for every interest — live music, movies, sports, dining and nightlife. Proximity to the world-famous Staples Center, Los Angeles Convention Center, Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and Arts District keeps occupancy high.

Having earned its reputation as one of SoCal’s hot spots, downtown L.A. has scores of buzzworthy restaurants and bars that make it a magnet for locals and visitors alike, keeping the mix of guests eclectic — businessmen to families and celebrities to singles. For work, the downtown L.A. hotel boasts almost 100,000 square feet dedicated to meetings and events. For play, appreciate the advantages of life at the top of the world, ideally from the cabana-flanked rooftop pool and deck on the 26th floor, morning till night.

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