This is the Southern California you imagine – yachts, water, and city views. Situated on a recreational marina, close enough to the Los Angeles International Airport that I could see planes taking off and landing from my room, the 304 room Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey sits on quiet Admiralty Way. Though I visited during a major holiday, business travellers were plenty as were families using the hotel as a hub for visiting the surrounding area. A pool and fitness centre ensures both demographics have lots to do. At the time of my visit the hotel was in the midst of a facelift – updating the common areas to more modern decor. ach room features its own private balcony, and my Club level room provided sun drenched views of the marina and beyond. One day I take a stroll (bikes are also available to rent) to nearby Venice Beach walking along the meandering paths near the sandy beach observing surfers in the water and hundreds of water birds. Most days, though I spend relaxing in my room and at the Club Lounge.
Executive Sous Chef Umit Kaygusuz’s deftly executes a menu of California regional cuisine, at jerne restaurant + bar punctuated by rich dark wood and deep red decor. I had an exceptional California farmers market experience menu and began with a glass of Moet and Chandon nectar imperial. From a rich celeriac and apple brandy soup influenced by the flavours of Normandy to a grilled heirloom carrot and marcona almond salad hinting at Spain my meal was worldly but rooted in the cuisine unique to California. My sommelier Mitch, was affable and informative and made the dining experience a pleasure.
Ritz Carlton Club Level
Want to take your experience to the next level of luxury? The private access Ritz-Carlton Club level on the 11th and 12th floors offer five food presentations daily, a designated concierge, lounge area, computer access and cocktails. I absolutely loved sauntering in at all hours of the day and night and reading quietly, eating and enjoying the ambiance of what feels like a secret hideaway.
Read more in the Summer 2012 issue of City Style and Living Magazine