Legions of well-heeled travelers who stay in Ritz-Carlton properties stay only at Ritz-Carlton, simply because they know they will get nothing but the best every time. This one, built next to the L.A. LIVE entertainment complex in 2010, fits the mold. Luxury reaches its high-tech extreme with such gew-gaws as a mini TV built into the bathroom mirror. (Is this necessary? No. Is it cool? Very.) Guest rooms are sophisticated and supremely comfortable, while service is attentive and seemingly effortless. The rooftop pool has astounding city views, and the sparkly, 8,000-square-foot full-service spa, Downtown’s first, harks back to Hollywood’s glamour days. The Ritz occupies floors 22 through 26 of a hotel tower shared with sister property JW Marriott. They have separate entrances and lobbies but share access to restaurants, bars, and the spa. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, serving Chinese fusion in its formal dining room on the Ritz’s 24th floor, includes a large lounge and Nest at WP24, a restaurant within a restaurant offering Asian-inspired snacks, appetizers and entrees in a more casual atmosphere.
- Frommer's Staff