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 The shower seemed outdated and the water pressure was weak.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.
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