Because my sister was graduating college a few weeks ago, we had to be in Downtown Los Angeles. The family decided that the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles would do the trick! As a newly renovated hotel, I was anxious to see how they had turned out.
A Review of the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles: Downtown
We paid cash for our two-night stay, but the Sheraton Grand Los Angeles: Downtown is a Category 5 property. That means that you’ll pay 12,000 or 16,000 points a night, depending on the season. At my valuation of a Starpoint, that means you’ll want to see paid rates go above $240 or $320 after taxes before using points, for 12,000 and 16,000 point levels respectively.
I arrived in the afternoon from our previous night’s hotel, the Georgian in Santa Monica. I took the new Expo Line train from Santa Monica direct to downtown, which only took 45 minutes and cost $1.75. The end of the line is one half block from the entrance to the Sheraton Grand.
I entered the lobby, which was a major focus of the top-down renovation. You can tell that the theme of the renovation was art deco inspired.
I walked over to the check-in counter, armed with my SPG app, which showed suites being available for sale still for my dates. This is something I always recommend when having top-tier status in Hyatt or SPG- you are guaranteed a standard suite if one is available at check-in.
After some brief prodding, a suite was made available for me immediately on the 8th floor. I met Laura and we walked over to the elevators, where we discovered that they are one of the newfangled fancy-type ones where you must input your floor before going to the elevator the computer selects.
Upon arrival at our room, next to the elevator (it appears that all suites are, four per floor), I was impressed. While not the largest room we’ve ever had (that’s reserved for the Marriott Gold Coast in Australia), it’s certainly new feeling and well-appointed, continuing the art deco theme from the lobby. You enter into the living room, where there’s a large tv and desk, as well as a couch.
The bathroom for the room is there too, which was very small for a suite, or any hotel room for that matter. There was a sink, shower, and toilet, with the normal Sheraton toiletries.
The living room flowed into the bedroom, which was small but big enough for us.
I did notice how dark the room was, as there are no overhead lights anywhere. You’ll have to survive on lamplight for your stay here.
Another TV and reading chair rounded out the bedroom.
This being a downtown hotel, there aren’t any outdoor spaces, but the property makes due. On the basement level is the hotel’s bar and restaurant, which seems odd but once you get down there, you realize that the restaurant can open one wall with garage doors to be outside in the newly-redone “Bloc LA.” This being LA, the bar was expensive, but happy hour took prices a bit.
The lobby featured some sitting areas and a coffee bar open in the mornings. Upstairs, on the top floor, was the gym and Sheraton Club. We used this for breakfast, but never made it up there for evening hors d’oeuvres.
While I get access as a Platinum member (25 stays/50 nights per year), you can also receive access just by having the American Express SPG Business Card (not the personal version).
The club had a great view.
The gym was large and had impressive views as well. Interestingly, this space used to be a revolving restaurant in the days of yore.
Overall, we had a nice stay at the property. It’s certainly a nice renovation, and receiving a suite upgrade (around $150 per night in value) is a nice win as well. With no Hyatts in downtown Los Angeles currently, I was happy to find a hotel that was centrally located, with convenient access to public transportation.