Readers of this site know that I have go-to hotels in the cities I travel to most. I’m thrilled to say that I just found my downtown Los Angeles luxury hotel of choice. The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown is located in the tallest building west of Chicago. I review what it’s like to stay there and provide advice for how to best book in.
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WHAT I LOVE
- Views for miles
- Outstanding Club Level food, service, and drinks
- Le Labo bath amenities
- Pool deck with cabanas and bar
- Insulation from street noise
GOOD TO KNOW
- You have to drive to the ocean beach
- It’s formerly the Hilton San Diego Resort, now a Noble House property
- The water on the Mission Bay shoreline can be a little stagnant with mushy sand
This leads me to one of the three things I’d like you to know. The views are epic. From our room on the 69th floor, we could see planes approaching LAX (located on the coast) for landing in addition to miles of Los Angeles and beyond. The sunsets and sunrises aren’t too shabby.
Secondly, view aside, the hotel’s decor is vibrant, contemporary, luxurious and overall really well-done. Finally, the pricing (at least during our stay) is excellent for what you receive. I booked a very nice one-bedroom suite on Club Level for what a standard room might cost in nearby Beverly Hills.
We checked in only for a night to see family and take an overdue spin around Little Tokyo. I am positive that we’ll be back.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Rooms and Suites
One-bedroom suites with living rooms totally closed off from the bedroom suit our various sleep patterns best. If this is what you’re looking for, make sure it is a one-bedroom suite and not a Junior suite or Deluxe suite.
Long story short, we checked in with my daughter’s life-sized panda.
We had one-and-a-half bathrooms both with Le Labo amenities (love) and some toiletries that you may have forgotten to pack. A Nespresso coffee maker and gourmet tea were on offer and bottled water provided at turndown service. (We grabbed plenty of bottled water from Club InterContinental.)
The bed and furnishings were super comfortable and the three of us found it a very easy place to relax in.
You do hear a low hum of activity in the room from the nearby freeway and airplanes. It didn’t bother us at all, but sensitive sleepers might want to bring earplugs.
My one small criticism, as someone who stays in a lot of hotels, is that there were three of us on the reservation and the room was better equipped for two people (two coffee cups, two bottled waters left, etc.). It’s a very small and fixable detail, relatively speaking.
Definitely Go with Club Level
Guest of InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown who book Club Level rooms or suites on the eight top hotel floors have access to their absolutely stunning Club InterContinental. I would highly recommend booking Club Level, especially if you will have a meal in the hotel.
Throughout the day, Club Level guests can come in to relax and grab an assortment of soft drinks, coffee drinks, waters, and whole fruit. In the evening, a cocktail hour with appetizers and serve-yourself cocktails and wine is a truly epic way to watch the sunset over the city. We could see the Hollywood sign from our table.
The food here exceeded our expectations. It was very, very good with some Asian dishes mixed in even at breakfast. In addition, all staff members were incredibly helpful and nice. The value of Club InterContinental exceeds the incremental cost.
Fantastic Restaurants and Bars
How is this for a lobby bar?
Next time, I’ll plan time to try the conveyor belt sushi bar with a view. Yes, they have this at Sora restaurant on the 69th floor. And other restaurants include an elegant steakhouse with a French twist (La Boucherie on 71) and international fare at Dekkadance.
Spire 73 is also the tallest open air bar in the Western Hemisphere.
A Cool Pool
Our chance to hit the pool came at around 9:00 a.m. Morning is quite a pretty time to lounge in a cabana as the sun rises above the skyscrapers. It’s on the 7th floor, along with the fitness center.
This is a gorgeous pool deck with fabulous furnishings.
The pool itself is a good size, though not huge. What did impress us, as it was just opening, is the super cool pool bar. I bet this is a fun place to hang out in good weather, which is pretty much year-round in downtown Los Angeles.
If you have any interest in photography, this is a great hotel for it with the ability to catch skyscraper reflections, planes landing at the airport and so much more.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to luxury hotels in Los Angeles, this is by far my favorite in downtown. It’s not too far from Union Station (just over two miles) so can be a nice carless weekend getaway from San Diego. You can get to Hollywood, Universal Studios, major museums and more easily from here.
It’s also possible to show up and let the concierge plan your itinerary.
This hotel is valet parking only which is pretty common. Rest assured even the parking garage is cool looking.
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Reservations
IHG Rewards Club members (it is free to join) receive a discount when booking direct on IHG which, in my opinion, is the best place to book this Los Angeles luxury hotel. Frequent guests of InterContinental hotels should consider joining the InterContinental Ambassador recognition program for enhanced benefits during your stay.
We will definitely return.
Have you stayed at InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown?
Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).
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