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Had a wander around the Marina before going to Tonys for shrimp and scallops. Beginning to wain though as it felt that 0500 in the morning!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCrowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina
Just the one night stay before heading up HWY1 to Monteray.
Very welcome sleep in very comfy bed. Great views over Marina when we finally got up!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach & Marina
Loved the Crowne Plaza
I couldn't have been more pleased. It was wonderful in every way. My girlfriends and I planned a ladies weekend to LA and I wanted to make it special by staying on the beach and going to relaxing, shopping and just eating our way through LA.
We stayed in a fairy tale room, the beds were simply wonderful. We had a view that was great, since we came from the cold weather of OH we loved everything about this place. The service was friendly, and good. We ate the breakfast buffet........loved it. Oh, and the location, was great, very up scale. You always have doubts when you pick a area and your from out of state but this was perfect. Oh, the down side is DO NOT EAT at TONYS on the pier it was terrible........there were 6 of us and only two could eat their meal with the rest sitting there looking at the unappealing food on their plate, basically eating out of the garbage would be better.,,,,,,,,,,the veggie were old and tasted like freezer burn. The fish, was more like Gordons frozen food..............the prices were out of this world for terrible food.
Back to the hotel, you couldn't be more pleased, stay here it was GREAT.
Sojourned here three days with the wife in late february 2005.
Nicely decorated lobby. Marble abound. comfortable sitting areas for your guests. We had an Ocean view room with balcony. Clean, sizable, and decently appointed room. Small balcony has two chairs and a cocktail table.
Parking lot, Lagoon, and part of the Marina somewhat encumber the view of the Ocean, but this is not a Beachfront property, so we weren't outraged.
Cable TV can also be used as a computer monitor with available keyboard, but we didn't use it. No time. I think there is a fee. Very clean bathroom with generous supply of towels and other bathroom supplies.
Room was always cleaned with fresh linen when we returned to the hotel in the late afternoon. Bathroom door does resemble a closet door as mentionned by others here, but it does close completely, and had absolutely no impact on how we felt about the room. Room a little pricey at 229 bucks a night, but there were cheaper rooms available. We chose to go for the higher end accomodations. Parking is $13/day. The parking garage is attached to the hotel, but I don't think Crowne Plaza owns it. I lived in Southern California as a student, so I wasn't shocked about the parking fee. Local taxes and tourism taxes apply, but nothing overwhelming. The room came to about 250 bucks a night with parking and taxes. The staff is courteous. They essentially leave you alone, but they do respond to your inquiries with a friendly tone. Room service is available all day until 11:00PM. What worked for us at the Crowne Plaza, is what we got for $250/night : Complimentary breakfast at the attached Splash Restaurant/Bar. It's a breakfast buffet, and it's comprehensive enough that we ate in the late morning, and saved on lunch. Make sure you get breakfast vouchers from the front desk, because I don't think Splash belongs to the Crowne Plaza. There was a little confusion about that, but it was quickly resolved with a phone call to the front desk. Avoid the confusion, and get your vouchers before going to the restaurant.
It's a very nice area at King Harbor, in the Redondo Beach marina. There is an impressive line up of restaurants straight accross the hotel, right on the marina. We ate at Splash, Blue Water Grill, Cheesecake factory, and Joe's Crab shack.
We took some sunset walks on the beach, and that was rather nice.
I'm a health nut, so in the early morning I exercised at world renown Gold's Gym located within the hotel compound at the end of the parking garage. This was complimentary with my hotel key. I also rented a bike and went north all the way to Venice Beach. The next day I headed south and I think I was able to catch a glimpse of what appeared to be Catalina Island. The bike trail is more than 15 miles on the pacific coast, right by the sea. Very impressive, if you're so inclined. The hotel staff will help you book tours to attraction themes around the Los-Angeles area. We almost booked a mini cruise to Catalina Island, but opted to drive along Pacific Coast Highway instead.
Someone here mentionned a factory that appeared to have disturbed their view. I didn't see that factory, which looks like a water processing plant, until our last day, on the way back to the airport, so this was not an issue.
I guess it depends on where your room is located. We definetely couldn't see that factory from our room.
All in all we enjoyed our stay. Somewhat expensive, but you're paying to sojourn in King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach. The only disappointing aspect of our stay at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach is that it was too short. Hope to return for a longer sojourn.
Great hotel, great location
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Redondo Beach during a business trip. The room was decently sized--a nice desk for working at night, a comfortable chair, and a very good bed. The balcony provided a great viewing spot for looking at the ocean, King Harbor marina, and the line of taxis along the street below waiting for a fare. The bathroom door was fine in my room unlike other reviewers reported, but the bathroom tissue seemed inappropriately placed for those not of statuesque height or arm length. The room was clean, quiet, and comfortable--what I need when traveling.
Comfortable seating and table groupings of varying heights fill the large beautiful lobby. A perfect spot to wait for business associates! There is a small gift shop with the usual basics, postcards, and some souvenirs. The ATM is handily located in the lobby in a well lit location. The pool is warm, clean, and secluded--very nice.
I did not try any of the hotel restaurant offerings, opting instead to walk across the street to the pier and marina businesses. The bountiful restaurants, shops, and businesses along this area give you many, many choices for food, souvenirs, and so forth, all the while enjoying the beautiful ocean, looking at the boats at dock or coming in and out of the marina, and enjoying the fresh air.
As commented by one reviewer, a lot of airline crews stay at the Crowne Plaza. Some of them were very polite--some, being very familiar with the place, tended to just go in front of other guests in queue. The hotel staff handled them appropriately when this happened.
I would recommend the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach for business or pleasure travel. It certainly made my business travel much more pleasurable with the fantastic location and the comfortable room.
Great location for a stopover
To break our trip from Sydney to New York we decided to stopover at Redondo Beach for two nights as recommended by friends. Great location not too far from LA airport. Lots of restaurants across the road at the Pier. Our room was spacious, very comfortable and quiet. The buffet breakfast comes highly recommended.
Looking forward to my next stay
This was my second stay at this hotel. My room was on the executive floor and had an excellent view across the pool and over the bay. The beds had been recently replaced and were extremely comfortable. The room also had access to the Club Lounge which provided complimentary drinks early evening and continental breakfast.
Given Redondo Beach is only about 5 miles from LAX, I will definitely stay here again to recover from the long flight from England.
Pretty good but to expensive
Stayed at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach for a week in October 2003. It is nice located near the Redondo Beach Pier and several restaurants. The room was pretty big and had comfortable beds, a big TV, complimentary Coffée/Tea, a nice bathroom and a balcony overlooking the pool. One negative thing about the room was that it was a lot of noise from a generator or something that seemed to be located just beside my room. The staff was not unfriendly but not friendly either. Parking was a little bit expensive and breakfast was not included in the USD 140 price. The Hotel is not bad but a little bit to expensive.
Not a good stay!
To expensive $149. Staff not helpful at all.Stay at the Best Western next door. They will charge $75 for a nice room. They also have a great pool and free parking.
Stayed there my last trip for 5 nights. Got a great deal on Hotwire. Didn't tell me that I needed to pay for parking which I believe was about $10 /day. The hallways smelled musty and I agrees with the bathroom doors from the previous comments. The view we had from our small balcony was OK . Alot of airline staff stay at the hotel.
Lagoon was great
We stayed 4 nites in two bedroom suite. Three grandchildren with us.
Hotel messed up the reservations even tho i called twice to double check and once two days before we arrived. The pool is very disappointing. But across the street is a salt water lagoon park. The water is recyled. The kids loved it. The hotel brochure implies the lagoon is part of the hotel- it is not- you pay at the park to enter but the price is reasonable. I agree with the other writer that the bathroom doors do not close and appear to be very cheap. We also had a rolling cot brought in which i thought was more comfortable than the bed. I asked for rooms with ocean view-you can barely see the water so don't bother getting ocean view.
Good experience. Parking rates are reasonable and attached to the hotel (for the area). Within walking distance to restaurants and beach. Pleasant, courteous staff. Large room. Only complaint: the doors to the bathroom were circa 1962 and didn't stay open (they're almost like closet doors). But, that doesn't overshadow a pleasurable experience.