FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Dec 1, 2011
2011 / December 2011

Arrival/Check-in: I arrived at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles on a picturesque SoCal day — a heavenly break from the muggy temperatures I left on the East Coast. I was instantly helped from my car and assisted with my luggage. The front lobby was small but elegant. Members of the staff greeted me and quickly checked me into my room.

Guest Quarters: In my room, I was instantly taken by the view. Though the hotel resides in the heart of downtown, from the 22nd floor I could see the city skyline and beyond. The bellman pointed out the Hollywood sign — a treat for a first-timer to L.A.

The room was perfectly suited for a business traveler. The glass-topped desk and comfortable leather chair faced the window. The three telephones by the desk with a speaker feature. A comfortable sofa in front of the window was a perfect spot for reading or watching the large, flat-screen TV. The bed was a plush hypoallergenic feather bed with plenty of pillows. The only non-intuitive feature was the coffeemaker, which required assistance from the front desk after several failed attempts.

My other favorite feature of the room was the bathroom, separated into three sections. The vanity, consisting of two sinks, had a small television in the middle of the mirror (it became a part of the mirror when not in use). The shower had an option for a removable or fixed rain-style showerhead. A deep, luxurious bath sat next to a tranquil blue-glass window, separating the living area and bathroom.

Services/Amenities: The hotel features a 3,400-square-foot Club Lounge with a stunning city view. I was delighted to find “mini” breakfast treats, including pastries, muffins, bagels and croissants. The hotel also features an 8,000-square-foot spa with glam Hollywood décor, white walls and chrome accents — a dramatic contrast to the classic elegance of the rest of the hotel. On the top floor a 24-hour fitness center and outdoor swimming pool offer more breathtaking views, cabanas and a bar area. One floor below is WP24 Restaurant & Lounge, the latest restaurant from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. I wasn’t able to sample the restaurant, but I did take a peek at the stylish space.

The Experience: What a wonderful welcome to Los Angeles. The
Ritz-Carlton is in a newly revitalized area of the city and just over a year
old. Its staff exudes enthusiasm, and the friendliness and excitement were infectious.
Guests find themselves in the midst of some top events with the L.A. Live entertainment
and sports complex just outside the hotel. With only 123 guestrooms, the hotel
is almost boutique in size, with customized service to match.

GT Checklist

  • Doorman/valet
  • Less than 10 minutes for check-in
  • Separate tub/shower
  • Large vanity
  • High-quality towels
  • Large, flat-screen TV
  • Large desk with convenient outlets
  • Complimentary in-room WiFi
  • Ample lighting
  • High-quality bed linens
  • Choice of pillows
  • Powerful, unattached hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Easy-to-set alarm clock
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • 24-hour room service
  • In-room coffeemaker
  • Large, complimentary laptop safe

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

900 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
tel 213 743 8800
www.ritzcarlton.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
May 6, 2021

WalletHub’s 2021 Best Airlines

Now that more vaccines are being distributed, travel is starting to pick up and travelers feel more comfortable flying again. WalletHub conducted a survey to help people pick the best airline for them.

Sports Industry Awards returns to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah for 8th Edition

The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.

eFlyer Reviews
May 5, 2021

Crane’s Beach House Review

After driving through the arts and entertainment district of Delray Beach, I was expecting the lively and vibrant energy to follow me to my doorstep at Crane’s Beach House that evening. I was pleasantly surprised when the spirited rumble of a night downtown halted right at the front gate. As I walked the pathway to the front office for check-in, I was welcomed by a quiet rustle of the greenery and flowers that guided my walk, strung with lights and colorful, tropical décor. At check-in I was provided with a complimentary parking pass; although I would only be there for one night, I much appreciated this unexpected perk. I received my room information, including a pass code that would open my door. Keyless entry was a nice touch.

eFlyer News
May 5, 2021

Introductory Benefit for Frontier Airlines World Mastercard

Barclays and Frontier Airlines announced a first-ever introductory offer for the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard: no annual fee for the first year, then $79 every year after. New cardmembers also earn 50,000 bonus miles after qualifying purchases.

eFlyer News
May 5, 2021

Kontiki Expeditions Reveals Cabin Design of New Yacht

Kontiki Expeditions shared a look at one of the nine luxury staterooms on its new boutique yacht M/Y Kontiki Wayra. Launching in August, each stateroom creates an inviting space of comfort and beauty. The yacht follows a biophilic design, mirroring the ambiance and look of the landscapes visited and connecting people to the environment.

Daily
May 4, 2021

6 Reasons to Say #WelcomeBacktoTravel in Cleveland, Ohio

As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Cleveland, Ohio, with us.

Daily
May 4, 2021

Four Seasons New Orleans Introduces Chandelier Bar

Cocktail culture is an integral part of the history of New Orleans. Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans pays homage to classic cocktails with its Chandelier Bar. Opening in summer 2021, the lobby bar serves traditional and new cocktails under a stunning 15,000-crystal custom chandelier.

April/May 2021
May 3, 2021

European Sophistication Meets Latin Passion in Buenos Aires

Until you visit, you may never know the extent of Buenos Aires’ cosmopolitanism. From design and architecture to technology and banking — and across all the arts — Buenos Aires truly has a global feel that rivals Paris, New York and Tokyo. While it’s on the water, Buenos Aires is not a beach destination like Rio but rather a port city — hence locals are called Porteños and have a zest for life and want to share it with all who visit.