This member of another high-end Marriott brand occupies the first 21 floors of a tower shared with the Ritz-Carlton. The two hotels up the ante for Downtown, which had been saddled with a skimpy selection of virtually indistinguishable business-oriented chain hotels while rapidly revitalizing on the residential, cultural, retail and restaurant fronts. Then came L.A. LIVE; the Ritz and JW Marriott followed. The JW doesn’t match the Ritz’s fine-tuned, all-out luxury, but its sleek, spacious rooms—strong chocolate and orange accents spice up a predominantly white color scheme—solid contemporary furniture, and above-average amenities certainly feel luxurious. JW guests have access to the Ritz’s spa and WP4 restaurant. It has its own, large pool deck on the fourth floor. Among the shared restaurants and lounges located within the JW are the casual LA Market restaurant and the Mixing Room, serving intriguing specialty cocktails and new spins on classic favorites (cucumber gin martini, anyone?) along with small plates.
- Frommer's Staff