The Marina del Rey Marriott provides all the classic hotel chain’s familiar comforts, along with unexpected perks like stunning sunset views in one of L.A.’s most underrated neighborhoods.
While many Marriotts offer pleasant, if predictable, accommodations, the Marina del Rey location of the chain hotel has a hidden weapon: its location. While it’s long existed in the shadow of flashier adjacent neighborhoods like Venice and Culver City, Marina del Rey is an unexpected trove of cafes, beaches and bars. The hotel is a three-block walk to the beach, just south of the famed Boardwalk. A sunny stroll lands you in the heart of Venice’s nightlife for upscale dining, drinking and dancing. Equally hip Culver City is a short drive east, and travelers with early flights will be delighted to find they’re a mere four miles north of Los Angeles International Airport. As for the hotel itself, the aesthetic is airy and unfussy; simple furnishings are elevated by floor-to- ceiling windows that offer views of both the city and the bay. The Marina del Rey Marriott is also equipped with a business center, fitness suite, pool and hot tub, as well as convenient amenities like same-day laundry service and free wifi in all public spaces.
Location: If you aren’t familiar with Marina del Rey, trust us, it’s a hidden gem: while the beach-adjacent neighborhood is fairly quiet, the bustle of Venice is within walking distance, and a recent influx of young creatives guarantees a burgeoning nightlife of its own. Plus, it’s as close as you can get to LAX without sacrificing local culture.
Venice Canals: Venice is named for the famed aquatic Italian city, and visitors may be surprised to discover that the neighborhood has its own set of canals. On an afternoon stroll, you’ll take in rows of ducklings, lush foliage and well-appointed beach cottages.
Sirnian Massage: Don’t judge this diamond-in- the-rough massage parlor by its no-frills exterior. If your travels have left you weary, we highly recommend you indulge in a budget-friendly, totally blissful Thai massage in this clean, professional setting.
The Del Monte Speakeasy: This historic Main Street watering hole was established in 1915 and operated as a speakeasy throughout the prohibition era. While it’s updated its cocktail menu, the Del Monte’s events calendar is a nod to its past: with jazz, vaudeville and crooners nightly.
Venice Beach Boardwalk: Head to the beach for prime people-watching among Venice’s famously bohemian crowd. Rent skates, grab a corndog or pick up souvenirs in this kitschy beachside marketplace that seems delightfully stuck in the early ‘90s.
Good for: For tourists looking to experience West L.A. without breaking the bank in Venice or Santa Monica, a stay at the Marina del Rey Marriott is a solid under-the- radar (and under budget) option. Additionally, Marina del Rey offers a one-two punch of hipness and airport proximity; book to secure your beachside respite without straying too far from LAX.
Amenities: Pool, hot tub, room service, restaurant, bar, gym, laundry service, concierge
Time Out tip: When booking, ask for a room on the top floor; whether you’re facing the city or the sea, you’re guaranteed epic views of L.A.
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4100 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey
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