Westin Los Angeles Airport – Hotel Review
Upscale Digs with Great Views for Planespotters
My first-ever mileage run found me in Los Angeles at a midway point and, given the early morning flight to London the next day, it made perfect sense to stay at the Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel. “We have you in a very quiet Club Room on the 11th floor,” the pleasant receptionist said as I checked in. “Does that mean it isn’t facing the runway?” I replied.
Why would anyone stay in this hotel and not want to face the runway, I wondered as she relocated me in a new room with runway views. A bellman escorted me to the room and, seeing my camera as we entered the room, pointed out that the windows were not too clean and asked whether I was planning on taking pictures. “This will never do,” he said, already on the phone to the front desk to switch me to a more appropriate room.
The switch only took a few moments and the views from the new room were indeed much better but it was from the somewhat hidden outdoor fire stairs that he pointed me to that the best views of LAX were to be found.
My Club Room, located on the 11th floor of the hotel, was dominated by the large king-sized Westin Heavenly Bed. Westin, which is a Starwood brand, has made quite a reputation on its bedding and has attracted a loyal clientele based on this alone and earned millions of dollars in selling such beds to hotel guests who desire having one at home. The bed had a pillow-top mattress and wonderfully soft linens that really did make for a great night’s sleep. I stayed at this particular Westin twice within a two-month period and I not only fell asleep quickly but I did wake up feeling very refreshed despite the obscenely early hour of my departure.
The room itself was decorated in nondescript earth tones. A small sofa (or very wide armchair) with a padded ottoman that also served as a coffee table were in front of the window, making for a comfortable perch from which to take photos.
As airport ops slowed down to a crawl, it was time to put the camera away, finish some work, try the restaurant for a light supper, and get some rest before my early morning departure.
Westin pairs the Heavenly Bed with its Heavenly Bath showerhead and White Tea bath products and there’s a Heavenly Dog Bed for travelers bringing Fido along. Club Rooms provide a robe and slippers, which complete the bath experience.
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