Airport hotels have a reputation for not being the most desirable destinations. The Hyatt Regency LAX (formerly The Concourse) is trying hard to change that. From the street, the digs are admittedly rather drab. However, it is an entirely different story inside. The hotel’s redesigned lobby is sleek, clean and modern, as are all 580 well-equipped guest rooms and suites. We’re talking a 55-inch LED flat-screen television with HDMI streaming capabilities, quadruple-pane soundproof windows and a rainfall shower—all to provide visitors with some much-needed relaxation. There is also a large pool and a substantial gym that overlook the lively LAX runways. Not sure one cares about views of the airport, but there are views nonetheless. As for cuisine, this is not your typical airport hotel fare. Executive Chef Charles Fusco (a vet of the Hyatt hotel chain) serves up Asian and Latin American dishes in two lobby restaurants: grab-and-go style at Open Market and all-day sit-down dining at Unity LA. While not the most lavish oasis, the Hyatt Regency LAX is definitely upping the ante in the airport hotel game.
Location: Situated less than one block from the Los Angeles International Airport, the Hyatt Regency LAX is an easy stroll from any terminal in the airport. The hotel provides a complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to its guests that is quick and easy. There also happens to be plenty of great food and drink options nearby. Best to catch a taxi, Uber or Lyft to one of those though, as this is not the most walkable part of Los Angeles.
Three Weavers Brewing Company: This local brew pub, about an 8-minute drive, pours some fantastic beer, from IPAs and stouts to tripels and pale ales. Drink at the bar or fill up a growler to bring back to your hotel room.
Front Page Jamaican Grill: Another 8-minute drive, this lesser known eatery is hailed as having some of the best Jamaican food in town. Hope you can tolerate spice.
Lei Aloha: This quintessential dive bar, about 10 minutes from the hotel, prides itself on cheap drinks and a chill vibe; a rare find in these parts.
Randy’s Donuts: No matter when you check in, this historic donut shop will likely be open. That apple fritter alone is worth the short drive.
In-N-Out Burger: Southern California’s most visited burger joint is only a 15-minute walk away. It’s just too close to not swing by for some animal fries (the best secret menu item – just trust us).
Chalet Edelweiss: Craving a Bavarian pretzel? Check out this hidden gem for Swiss fare located a few blocks down Sepulveda Boulevard.
Good for: Boasting 22 meeting rooms, a 13,395-square-foot ballroom and a penthouse, this hotel clearly caters to business travelers. Nonetheless, the hip digs and attractive amenities (pool, gym, plenty of dining options) attract a wide variety of frequent flyers—from young couples to families. There’s something for everyone.
Amenities: Pool, free Wi-Fi, restaurant, shop, gym, room service, concierge, airport shuttle
Time Out tip: Opt for self-park to save shelling out $44 for valet. It also might be worthwhile to check out the Hyatt credit card for potential perks and discounts on the room rate. And don’t miss the complimentary welcome drink and sweet treat.