In all honesty, this post should have been posted earlier, but thanks to my birthday, you get to read it now!
As soon as I landed back in Charlotte, I've constantly been asked "How was LA?". Well just like Toronto lets do a review! So this is what happens when you drop 4 Carolina boys in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles!
WELCOME TO THE WEST
THE GOOD: LA WAS GREAT!! Nice weather, average high about 75, average low about 65. It's so much to do in the city and you don't have to go far to do a lot. The only issue is, you sometimes feel like you may be missing out on something. Shopping is so much better on the west, but that may be due to the fact that I don't live in a bigger city. Liquor is cheaper and everywhere! At your local Liquor store you can find a bottle of liquor about $4-$5 cheaper than on the East coast....Target even run sales.
THE BAD: LAX is dirty & huge...smh We spent about 2 hours in the airport and I couldn't wait to get on the plane. Half of the airport look like it was under construction. Matter of fact...LA is dirty and honestly has a homelessness issue. Living in Charlotte my entire life, I've seen homeless people a lot but in LA it's different.
BOTTOM LINE: Great City! ITS TOO MUCH TO DO! I'm pretty sure we wasted Sunday night because we could settle on the RIGHT club! (On this particular Sunday Greystone were sold out...actually sold out until June for Sundays.) LA is huge btw. We only stayed in downtown and we traveled to Hollywood one night. The Nightlife was great and the people are beautiful.
Where I Rested:
I was originally scheduled to stay at the DoubleTree downtown, but as soon as I landed at LAX, I opened my Marriott App and search for a better room! (The DoubleTree was about $215/ a night plus tax). One the plane I found a better deal at the JW Marriott LA LIVE not necessarily in price but more of convenience, location and well....I knew I would get great service. On Sunday we decided to stay at The Ritz-Carlton, LA!
Checking in The Ritz-Carlton, LA I welcomed by the staff and learned that my room was upgraded to the Junior Suite! (Great Birthday present!) After checking out my room, which included a seating/lounge area, a study and 3 TVs- Side note: The shower was the best shower I've been in in my entire life! Seriously. But after checking in my room I headed up to the Pool. Please note, I’m not a pool guy, I don’t do the sun, I don’t like the outdoors that much and I burn easily...charge it to the game....but this pool was amazing. It overlooked downtown LA (on 27th floor) and the cabanas were open to guest, unless they were reserved.
QUICK TAKEAWAYS: As you probably know by pictures, The Ritz and JW are connected. This is great because on Sunday while at The Ritz we made our way back to the Lobby at the JW. (The Ritz doesn't have a Lobby, which sucks but is understandable since the JW Lobby is huge) The Pool at The Ritz was much better, which is mainly due to the fact that it's on the 28th floor vs the 4th floor. The drinks in the Lobby…were cheaper than any drinks I had while in LA, beside one bar in Hollywood.
BOTTOM LINE If I had to do it all over again...I would stay at The JW. The Rates are cheaper, the deluxe rooms are somewhat similar and you get the same great service...If your staying in downtown LA...Staying in LA LIVE is a must! I mean seriously The Staples Center is in your backyard!