Putting on the Ritz at the Marina
Like a matching set, the downtown Ritz-Carlton is paired with its ever-so-classy sister resort located about 14 miles away on the water in Marina del Rey. Near both Los Angeles International Airport and the Santa Monica airport (where we can land our helicopters for private luxury tours of the airborne variety), the resort is also walking distance to the Venice Boardwalk and a lovely bicycle or skate ride (maybe even a Segway for the adventurous) along the beach to Santa Monica. You can also just stay in the resort for gourmet dining, a quality fitness center, pool, spa and all the luxury amenities you expect from the Ritz-Carlton. It’s no wonder professional sports teams stay here while they are competing in Los Angeles. And we do not want to forget to acknowledge our great friends on the concierge staff who know everything we do about Los Angeles (OK, maybe a bit more in some regards). We enjoy every opportunity we get to talk with them when we are at the hotel to pick up their guests for grand sightseeing tours around Los Angeles — studios, celebrity homes, historic and not so historic local destinations in Hollywood and Beverly Hills and up the coast to Malibu. Perfect weather year round on the largest man-made marina in the nation, yes, this is where we would stay when visiting Los Angeles and southern California.