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JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
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“comparing JW Marriott with Westin Bonaventure down the street”
Reviewed 26 January 2013

I stayed at the Westin Bonaventure and the JW Marriott within the same 11 day time period (half at the westin, half the days at the marriott) so I wanted to compare both for those deciding between the two hotels.

The bed/mattress at the Westin was significantly better than the Marriott's bed. It truly lived up to its "Heavenly Bed" name. I think the mattress at the Marriott needed to be flipped and rotated.

I liked the robe that was provided in my room at the Westin.

The shower/water pressure at the JW Marriott was wonderful!!! The shower/water pressure at the Westin needed much improvement. The shower seemed outdated and the water pressure was weak.

One thing to keep in mind at the JW Marriott: King rooms don't have bath tubs, only showers. I believe the double bed rooms have tubs, but I didn't stay in one of those rooms to try them out. So if you need a king bed AND a tub, stay at the Westin. If you don't care about a tub and need a really great shower, stay at the JW Marriott.

The king room at the JW Marriott was much bigger than the king room at the Westin. If you are traveling with a baby or child, the Westin king room will be too small for 3 people. It’s maybe even too small for 2 people. But the JW Marriott king room was a good, generous size for a portable crib, etc.

The JW Marriott requires you to insert your room key to access room floors in the elevator. The Westin does not.

I HIGHLY recommend the spa at the Westin, it is actually very reasonably priced for a hotel spa. The esthetician is AMAZING! Even if you live in LA, you should go see her! I’m sure the spa at the JW is good, too, but the prices were three or four times the prices at the Westin.

The lobby at the JW Marriott is very nice and modern. The lobby at the Westin is dated.

Each hotel has different food options, both which are wonderful, it just depends on what you want. The Westin has more of quick food; if you just want something quick and inexpensive, then the Westin has plenty of good options. I particularly liked the smoothie place; the workers were very nice and the food was good and reasonably priced. The Westin also has higher-end, more upscale restaurants. At one of the restaurants, I order a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup and (with tax and tip) it was $20! So you have lots of options at the Westin. The JW Marriott has just a couple restaurant options. The main lobby restaurant is excellent; although it is pricey.

The JW Marriott is within walking distance to the convention center and the Staples center. I also enjoyed the desk in the room at the JW Marriott.

I highly recommend both hotels and would stay at both again. It just depends on what you are looking for in a hotel (and price) that is the determining factor.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Stayed here during a conference and loved it. Check in was a breeze and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Room service was incredible. The decor was updated and modern and the grounds were very clean. Lots of common areas to meet with friends and talk and the bar area was also great. I loved the location which is next to everything including the Staples Center. I loved my stay here and hope we go back.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Loved everything except the double beds. The rooms are spacious, service excellent, location top-notch right next to the Staples Center and the LA Convention Center. The staff was extremely courteous and helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

I've stayed here twice for sporting events and both times they decorated the entire lobby. Top notch place. The food is great. The pool area is very nice and loos over the staples center arena and shops.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

I stayed here for 3 nights during the holidays. It was great. The atmosphere and holiday decor was perfect. My room was nicely appointed and clean. Shower was awesome...great water pressure. Free bottled water too :-) The staff was friendly and check in was a breeze. The pool was decent for a downtown hotel, but it was too cold to take advantage of it.
The best part about this hotel is the close proximity to restaurants and activities. You literally walk outside the hotel, and across the street is Staples Center. Nokia Theater is right there too.
I would recommend and stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Stayed at this hotel during a trade show. The room was very nice. Loved the restaurants within walking distance. They also have a movie plex right next door. They had a movie premier. Missed seeing Bradley Copper as I was working!!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 21 January 2013

Surprisingly a 5 Star experience, truly top shelf from check-in to check-out. Beautiful property, great restaurants and bars, connected to tons of other restaurants and things to do. The pool was very pretty and accommodates lots of sun worshippers so no worries with getting a chair. Not in the best area for nightlife and clubs within walking distance if that’s what you are looking for.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Property: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Address: 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1338
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #21 of 350 Hotels in Los Angeles
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE 4.5*
Number of rooms: 877
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