Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

This is: Planes, Trains & Automobiles (2011/12)

Hotel 3

Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles

The Westin Bonaventure in Downtown Los Angeles is one of the most remarkable hotels I have stayed in. Consisting of a cluster of five cylindrical glass towers joined together at the base by a six-storey atrium with enormous water features, it is considered to be a masterpiece of 1970s architecture and has featured in numerous movies and TV programmes. The many shops and restaurants in the atrium are designed to appeal beyond the hotel's own customer base, and they appeared to have a predominantly Asian theme. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the main sights of Downtown Los Angeles. Yes, you read that correctly: it is perfectly feasible to walk in this part of LA!

In complete contrast to the stunning public areas, the hotel has received much online criticism alleging unimaginative decor and tired furnishings in the rooms. While our suite was a nice enough place to spend a night, it was probably not fully up to the high standards of comfort expected at a Westin and did tend to demonstrate that the criticism has some foundation. On the other hand, our particular deal certainly represented excellent value for money.

Overall, I would recommend a stay at this property if you can find the right rate, simply on the grounds that it is a unique and unforgettable building.

In: Fri 30 Dec 2011
Out: Sat 31 Dec 2011
Nights: 1
Room: 2912 (One Bedroom Tower Suite)

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