by Caroline Costello
Marina del Rey, CA
The Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey hotel gives you access to the Los Angeles metropolitan area in a peaceful, suburban waterfront setting. Positioned next to its own private dock at Marina Del Rey, the hotel lies amid fishing boats, bike trails and palm trees, just minutes away from the busy streets of Los Angeles. Nearby attractions include Universal Studios (24 miles from the hotel), Disneyland (39 miles away from the hotel) and Venice Beach (1.5 miles away from the hotel).
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- Set on five waterfront acres
- Has its own private dock
- Pet-friendly hotel with Doggie Dining program
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Families staying at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey can enjoy amenities like private balconies with full or partial Marina and city views, two-line phones, wireless high-speed Internet access, flat-screen TVs with DVD players and on-demand movies. Cribs are available upon request. Choose from standard rooms, Executive Suites, Ritz Carlton Suites or Junior Suites. Standard rooms come with one king-size or two double-sized beds, Junior and Executive Suites have one king-size bed and one sleeper sofa, and the Ritz-Carlton Suite has one king-size bed plus a connecting room with two double beds. Upgrade to the Club Level and get a personal concierge, complimentary gourmet snacks and other extras.
by Fran R
During recent L.A. area wildfires, we had to leave our home and we were able to grab the last room at the Ritz-Carlton MDR. We showed up in the middle of the night and they were very kind. Our room was comfortable but needed a little updating with the lighting. And there was no refrigerator. Views were good and all staff members were very polite.
I stayed here for 4 days and came away with very mixed feelings.
The property is fantastic -- located on the Marina, new & clean, great pool & gym areas, nice restaurant on-site, basically all the things you'd want from the Ritz in LA. Strictly from a point of view of having nice surroundings and a beautiful home for a stay in MDR, it's definitely 5-star.
But the service was repeatedly lacking, in various little ways that added up to a subpar experience for me. It started with a bumpy check-in: our room wasn't ready yet, and as we waited in the lobby there was apparently a shift change and we were forgotten about. The staff apologized and gave us some lunch credit at the restaurant (nice!), but it also seemed to be understaffed or mismanaged for lunch that day and it took way too long to get a burger and pay.
On our last day, I checked out in the morning then spent the afternoon at the gym + pool before heading to the airport. Unfortunately the gym shower was closed for rennovation and there was nowhere else to wash up -- but none of the staff were aware of this (the front desk having explicitly told me in the morning that I could shower & change in their facilities after checking out), and I got sent from one department to the next until concluding that I'd just have to take my evening flight covered in sweat & chlorine.
Little issues like these aren't a big deal, but they can add up in a way that kills the overall experience, especially when paying a high nightly rate to stay at the Ritz. Overall hotel grounds & facilities were awesome, and all the individuals I interacted with were trying their best to provide great service. They just seemed hamstrung by a lack of information, empowerment, or something like that, originating at the management level.
Families staying at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey will find more to do in the surrounding Los Angeles area than in the actual hotel; like most city hotels, the Marina Del Rey Ritz has no children's program. But this Ritz, which has a private dock on Marina Del Rey, is a good choice for families interested in water sports along the marina in addition to L.A. and Southern California attractions. The Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey offers chartered sailboats and yachts, and families can rent wave runners, kayaks, sailboats and power boats at the Fisherman's Village, which is located one mile from the hotel. Guests with their own boats can make arrangements to dock them at the marina.
There are various bike and hiking paths near the property, and bike rentals are available at the hotel. The Ritz also has tennis courts, a basketball court, a fitness center, a spa, a whirlpool and a waterfront swimming pool. The hotel has previously opened its pool to the public, and past guests have posted complaints on TripAdvisor about an unusually crowded swimming pool. However, the hotel's concierge assures us that the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey has changed its policy and the pool is now available for hotel guests only.
On rainy days, families can pick up a scavenger hunt form from the Guests Relations desk, which lists clues for kids to find around the hotel. There are no childcare programs at this Ritz location, but the concierge will refer guests to local babysitting agencies upon request.
The Jer-Ne Restaurant and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch. Jer-Ne bills itself as a "steakhouse with a conscience," and focuses on serving environmentally friendly, locally-grown foods. The restaurant has just one kids' menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kids' menu lists items like French toast sticks, pancakes, eggs, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with no crust, cheeseburgers, desserts, brownie sundaes, and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches.
There is also a Lobby Lounge, which serves afternoon tea and cocktails, and the Wave Restaurant and Bar, a poolside cafe that serves sandwiches, French fries and other casual lunch foods (the Wave Restaurant and Bar is open seasonally). Neither of these eateries offers a children's menu.
Traveling with Fido? You can order canine room service through the hotel's Doggie Dining program. Splurge on gourmet dog treats like organic doggie sushi and holistic select dry food, which can be ordered off of your in-room dog menu.