Excellent Ritz-Carlton experience A review of Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey
We stayed at this property June 2004 and it is my new favorite US hotel. Everything was outstanding; and the club level upgrade is worth every penny. The club food presentations and conceirge staff are truly outstanding and you won't want to leave the property. It is on the harbor side of the marina and you can access the marina walkway and walk to the Cheesecake Factory and other restaurants. There is a lovely sand playground area for little kids and sailing lessons further up the marina. Only 10 mins from LAX- I go to LA several times a year and never knew about this hotel, I guess it is easy to overlook this 5 star hotel when Beverly Hill is about 10 miles away. Since Santa Monica is also only 10 minutes away too, it is really is well situated and a peaceful retreat. Only drawback I can see is it is not on the beach in a conventional sense, and there are no mega resort activities/spa. The pool and jacuzzi spa are accessible to guests 24/7 and both are terrific.