Ritz Carl­ton L.A

Lo­cated at the epi­cen­tre of Los An­ge­les, the Ritz-Carl­ton is a lux­ury ho­tel at L.A. LIVE fea­tur­ing world-class ser­vice, ex­cep­tional dining and dis­tinc­tive ameni­ties. This op­u­lant prop­erty is the per­fect desti­na­tion for a never-to-be-for­got­ton Cal­i­for­nia g

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The Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel name is syn­ony­mous with in­com­pa­ra­ble ser­vice, so­phis­ti­cated style and their down­town prop­erty fits that cat­e­gory per­fectly. The Ritz-Carl­ton, Los An­ge­les at L.A. LIVE is lit­er­aly only steps away from the STA­PLES Cen­ter, home of the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers bas­ket­ball team, then there is nearby Mi­crosoft Theatre, The GRAMMY® Mu­seum and an amaz­ing ar­ray of dining op­tions, as well as six live en­ter­tain­ment venues. As I was soon to find out, the Ritz-Carl­ton is a con­tem­po­rary glass ar­chi­tec­tural struc­ture that soars above the city, a sen­sa­tional ur­ban oa­sis pro­vid­ing guests with plenty of en­ter­tain­ment of­fer­ings and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences from food to fash­ion, art to opera, cinema to sports, a place you can be sure is at the core of all that epit­o­mises down­town Los An­ge­les.

This bou­tique ho­tel fea­tures lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions, dra­matic, panoramic sky­line views, re­lax­ing spa ser­vices, stim­u­lat­ing nightlife, ex­clu­sive ac­cess to sports, en­ter­tain­ment, award-win­ning shows, and world-class cui­sine set amidst the spec­tac­u­lar re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of down­town L.A. With con­ve­nient ac­cess to busi­ness, fi­nan­cial, law, cul­tural and fash­ion districts, this state-of-the art vi­sion also caters to the dis­cern­ing busi­ness as well as leisure trav­eller – a truly shim­mer­ing, cork-pop­ping cham­pagne ex­pe­ri­ence and place to stay.

Los An­ge­les Tourism’s catch phrase refers to the down­town district as a ‘City of Cities’, of­fer­ing dis­tinct and un­ex­pected ex­pe­ri­ences across a range of di­verse neigh­bour­hoods. It had been five years since I last vis­ited and I had been made aware how much things had changed in that short amount of time.

I was booked into a room at the Ritz-Carl­ton on the 23rd floor, where at one end of a long cor­ri­dor was the slightly for­mal Ritz-Carl­ton ‘Club Lounge’ which of­fered 180 de­gree views of the city and be­yond to the Hol­ly­wood Hills in the dis­tance – this is one very im­pres­sive lounge to re­lax in over a wine and canapés.

The Ritz-Carl­ton, Los An­ge­les not sur­pris­ingly of­fers a range of won­der­ful dining ex­pe­ri­ences to suit ev­ery oc­ca­sion, with cui­sine crafted to in­spire even the most dis­cern­ing palate—from a ca­sual bite pool­side to a lux­ury in­spired dining en­counter at the award-win­ning WP24 Res­tau­rant & Lounge.

There are a num­ber of Ritz-Carl­ton in-house dining op­tions with the most ex­clu­sive dining space po­si­tioned 24 floors above the Los An­ge­les sky­line – here sits WP24 by Wolf­gang Puck. Sur­rounded by spec­tac­u­lar panoramic views of the city, din­ers can whole­heart­edly en­joy Wolf­gang’s award-win­ning mod­ern Chi­nese cui­sine that re­flects his time spent in the Far East, in­clud­ing his pas­sion for Asian in­gre­di­ents and cook­ing tech­niques. Wine afi­ciona­dos will also ap­pre­ci­ate an ex­ten­sive list that com­ple­ments the flavours of the menu. In ad­di­tion, the bev­er­age menu of­fers a se­lec­tion of Asian beers and sakes by the bot­tle and glass.

Nest at WP24 is a mod­ern take on a lounge ex­pe­ri­ence serv­ing a ded­i­cated menu of Asian-in­spired snacks, ap­pe­tiz­ers and sushi. Culi­nary of­fer­ings in­clude items ex­clu­sive to Nest, as well as sig­na­ture favourites from the WP24 res­tau­rant’s mod­ern Chi­nese menu, ac­com­pa­nied by a re­fined wine list and ex­tended menu of craft cock­tails.

Ford’s Fill­ing Sta­tion from Chef Ben Ford is a nod to sus­tain­able, fresh sea­sonal cui­sine in a set­ting that cel­e­brates good qual­ity food in a com­fort­able, invit­ing way. This el­e­vated gas­tropub in the Ritz-Carl­ton serves break­fast, lunch and din­ner daily. So fill up on all the good things in life.

Es­pres­sa­mente Illy is a very au­then­tic Ital­ian-style café fo­cused on cof­fee and light gas­tron­omy. De­signed with a mod­ern and in­no­va­tive look, of­fer­ing cus­tomers a unique ex­pe­ri­ence de­signed by Luca Trazzi.

Illy’s trade­mark colours of sil­ver, red and white, ex­press a sleek, fresh and con­tem­po­rary at­mos­phere. Illy food em­bod­ies the ex­cel­lence of Ital­ian cui­sine, com­bin­ing fresh, high-qual­ity in­gre­di­ents with the cre­ative flare of the all the many ex­cel­lent chefs who cre­ate each recipe.

The Ritz-Carl­ton is also a Los An­ge­les ho­tel to make one­self, shall we say, ‘red car­pet ready’ by in­dulging in a lux­ury spa ex­pe­ri­ence. In this ur­ban oa­sis, their spa fea­tures the ul­ti­mate in pam­per­ing, from a sig­na­ture Cham­pagne wel­come to un­par­al­lelled per­son­alised ser­vice.

With nine treat­ment rooms that evoke clas­sic Hol­ly­wood glam­our, the 8,000-square-foot Los An­ge­les Spa of­fers care­fully cho­sen ser­vices in­spired by lead­ing prod­uct lines and the abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources of this South­ern Cal­i­for­nia lo­cale. Un­wind in the co-ed Sanc­tu­ary, pri­vate men’s and women’s re­lax­ation rooms or in the eu­ca­lyp­tus steam rooms and cold plunge show­ers. The Spa also fea­tures a sig­na­ture Cou­ples Suite, a full-ser­vice hair sa­lon and Spa Bou­tique.

For an ur­ban twist on the tra­di­tional farm-to-spa ex­pe­ri­ence, The Ritz-Carl­ton of­fers the unique ‘Gar­den to Glam­orous’ spa pro­gram, fea­tur­ing treat­ment in­gre­di­ents har­vested from their own own rooftop gar­den.

So in fu­ture don’t be put off vis­it­ing or stay­ing in Los An­ge­les as this gate­way city has great depth of char­ac­ter, su­perb ar­chi­tec­ture, some stun­ning ho­tels like the Ritz-Carl­ton, an out­stand­ing en­ter­tain­ment district, sports are­nas, mu­se­ums and cut­ting edge restau­rants and nightlife that are not that far away from Hol­ly­wood’s glitz and glam­our or Santa Mon­ica’s golden beaches.

Club Lounge

Dining Room

Blue Bar

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