“When you’re alone and life is making you lonely …You can always go – downtown…..Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city…Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty….You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares”
Those lyrics to Petula Clark’s “Downtown” kept going through my head during a delightful overnight stay at the Ritz Carlton (www.ritzcarlton.com)—downtown’s Los Angeles ‘cornerstone of L.A. LIVE, the sports, residential and entertainment center that has revitalized this once foundering section of the city.
Energetic vibes, a positive forward staff, contemporary stylized accommodations, and an uptown ambiance define the six month old property. So young, yet mature enough to fit right in with neighbors like STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, The GRAMMY® Museum and smart restaurants, venues and nightspots
Our visit here began on a positive note by the accommodating front desk staff and continued through the service in the Club Lounge—the second largest of luxury’s chains signature amenities at 3,400 sq. ft. (which are well worth an added fee)—the lavish 8,000 square foot spa with impossibly friendly employees right on up to the inviting roof top pool and deck.
Your LA Travel Diva Examiner scrutinized the place for flaws and well, couldn’t find a single one. Our suite on the Club Floor proved exceptional. Large, handsomely designed with a separate office area with a desk, TV, WiFi and phone; gorgeous bathroom with twin sinks, a soaking tub, separate shower, terry robes and slippers, TV embedded in the mirror (yep, it’s right in front of you), two clocks on both sides of the bed (love that) and a Diva favorite: espresso maker! Which we used first thing in the morning, before heading up to the 26th floor for a swim in the pool.
We arrived early and had a snack and Chardonnay in the Club Lounge which sets out four food and drink presentations daily beginning with breakfast and ending with cordials and desserts. The hostesses couldn’t do enough for their guests, fetching drinks, clearing plates offering assistance. There’s even two computers, with wireless hookups, for you to use. And we did.
We worked out in the fitness center, which has everything a workout buff needs, then hit the spa for a steam and for me an 80 minute massage by Jennifer that, even this jaundiced spa snob rates a 10 plus. She is that good, with adept hands that maneuver magically in and around sore muscles, feet, scalp, neck and shoulders.
Nothing like a great rub to activate the appetite
After my treatment I dressed and met Richard up on the 24th floor for dinner in the lounge at Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 (named because that’s how many restaurants have his moniker) 213-743-8824, www.wolfgangpuck.com). Our waitress was the best and so was Richard’s martini. We sat on a cushy sofa, ate sushi, sipped wine and dreamily watched the lights of the city lights flicker outside the huge picture windows.
The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles is perfect for locals looking to make a night of it when going downtown to Staples, Nokia Live, the Music Center or other entertainment venue and don’t want to the hassle of driving back home; or for out of town visitors who like to walk to places from a hotel. And they can stroll over to Trader Vic’s, which is furnished with authentic appointments that are kept in a warehouse in northern California, according to the co-owner of the franchise. It’s also an easy stroll to the Original Pantry—one of LA’s oldest eateries and a great spot for a man sized breakfast—and lots of other fun spots such as The Farm, Flemings, Lawry’s and more.
The Ritz Carlton at Live Live is located at 900 West Olympic Blvd., unless included in your rate, parking’s a whopping $40 a night, phone: 213-742-6855 and once again, web: www.ritzcarlton.com.
So maybe I’ll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares
So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re
Downtown – don’t wait a minute for
Downtown – everything’s waiting for you