Terranea-Rancho Palos Verdes

Terranea-Rancho Palos Verdes

What: Terranea

Where: Rancho Palos Verdes

For: All Ages

I’ve been to the luxury resort Terranea in Palos Verdes twice so far.  The great thing is that it’s only a 20-minute drive from our home in Torrance.  Once, Ethan sent me for a spa day where I spent my time at one of the outdoor pools overlooking the ocean and an hour with a masseuse in an oceanfront room.  The other time, we went for a round of golf on the 9-hold par three then ate at Nelson’s restaurant at the resort and walked around the tide pools.

The Hotel

Terranea is located on a peninsula and surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean.  If you come on a clear day, you can see Catalina Island on the horizon.   Every time I’ve been here, there have been lavish weddings with gorgeous themes (one even had a baby African Elephant!).  This is truly paradise in our backyard.  For rooms, reservations are around $360 a night depending on what time of year you book (reservations can go up to $600 per night).  We never stayed here because of the price, but the other offerings of the resort will keep us coming back.  The rooms offered include guestrooms, suites, bungalows (only for ages 18+), casitas and villas.  Many guests come here to spend their honeymoon.  Check in is at 11:00am with check out at 4:00pm.

The Spa

There is a spa in the middle of the hotel.  A large pool overlooks the crashing waves of the ocean.  The spa is the epitome of luxury.  Patrons can utilize fluffy robes and slippers and drink fruit-infused water while they await their spa treatment.  My massage was amazing and made me feel like a noodle when I was finished.  If you book a spa treatment, you are able to utilize all the amenities the hotel has to offer for that day.

The Golf Course

Ethan and I used a Groupon ($59) for both of us to play on the Par-3 Nine-Hole course that Terranea offers.  When you walk up, caddies take your information and give you a cart for your bag with their five-star treatment.  We didn’t rent a golf cart which ended up being fine since there was such a short distance to walk on the course.  Everyone was very friendly, and we will definitely be coming back for another round.  Every hole on the course has amazing views of the ocean and city below (good for Instagram pictures!).

Dining

Dining areas include Mar’sel, Catalina Kitchen, Nelson’s, Lobby Bar & Lounge, Bashi, the Spa Café, Sea Beans and Cielo Point.  At the spa, I ate at the Lobby Bar & Lounge.  Live music is offered Thursday-Saturday starting at 7:00pm.  Ethan and I ate at Nelsons following golf, and there is an indoor and outdoor area that has a picnic-bench set up and firepits at night.  We sat at the picnic-like benches in the outdoor area and ate American food (burgers) that were pretty good but not something to write home about.  The ocean front views are what makes the location worth the price.

The Tide Pools

There are trails that lead from the resort down to the ocean and tide pools.  We walked for about an hour out and around the peninsula where we were able to see a variety of small ocean life and take some pictures.  With the amazing Southern-California weather, it allowed us to really enjoy our time exploring the area.  Please keep in mind the tides, since if you go during high tide you might get stranded on one of the cliffs.

The Crowd             

Everyone that came here was dressed up in classy beach attire.  As I said before, there were many lavish and extravagant weddings taking place.  You truly feel as if you’re stepping into a beachfront paradise with people waiting on you at every corner.  The lavish décor of the hotel makes everything feel more glamorous.

Cost

Along with the varying prices for rooms, there is a $35.00 resort fee per room per night.  Deposits for the casitas and villas are 50% of the total room cost plus tax due at booking.  Valet parking is offered at $38.00 per night, with non-resort guest parking coming in at $20 for weekends and $10 for weekdays.  Additional adults per room are charged $50 per night.  I spent $14 per drink at the Lobby Bar & Lounge.  We spent $60 total for food and drinks at Nelson’s.

Terranea Information

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90075

(866) 802-8000

terranea.com

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The Millennium Biltmore-DTLA

The Millennium Biltmore-DTLA

What: The Millennium Biltmore

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: All Ages/Nightlife for Adults

The Millennium Biltmore is a historic hotel built in 1923 that is a landmark of Downtown Los Angeles and home of Hollywood glamour.  It’s located in the center of the hustle and bustle of DTLA, and Ethan and I spent our most recent staycation at this opulent hotel.

The Hotel

When you walk into the lobby of the hotel, you’re greeted with white and gold carved floor-to-wall décor.  There was a wedding going on when we were checking in, and it was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever seen.  Despite the opulence of the entryway, the elevators and hallways to the rooms were outdated.  There was also a historic spiral stairway that led all the way down from the top floor.  When we looked down from the top of the staircase it gave is vertigo.  The ice machines and vending machines alternate floor-by-floor.  It was confusing at first, but signs led us in the right direction.

The Room

The room was decorated nicely, but it was not as nice as I imagined.  There was an old window that actually opened up (only part way because of liability).  The closet was the biggest walk-in closet I’ve ever seen in a hotel room.  It could have been another room!  A safe was in the closet along with a refrigerator and television in the room.  The shower was completely separate from the bathtub and had a drip that was very loud at night.  Since our room was in the corner of the hotel, we had to swipe our key card twice through two doors to get in.  This means that if someone gets locked out, there is no way someone in the room could hear any knocking to get in.  Additionally, maid service knocked on our door at 8:45am…which was way too early for a Sunday morning after spending all of Saturday night out and when check out is at noon.  Overall, for the price, it’s definitely a hotel that I would stay at again.

The Restaurants

Smeraldi’s Restaurant is a Medditerranean/Italian restaurant under the hotel.  With glamorous décor and elegant table settings, it is also family friendly and offers family style dining (think pizza and the like).  Bugis Street Brasserie is a Singaporean restaurant that I ate at with my coworkers during lunch.  We asked the waitress to suggest a dish to order and went with her recommendations, and the food was above par.  I tried to take Ethan here one night but it was closed.  It’s definitely a restaurant that I would come back to and try other Singaporean dishes. Gallery Bar and Cognac Room were equally as opulent as the hotel.  Although we didn’t go into this area, we walked past it when we were checking in, and the décor of gold and white definitely makes the bar a classy destination.  Afternoon Tea is also offered on a reservation-only basis.

The Crowd

Everyone at the hotel was dressed up.  At check-in, I wore leggings and a tank top and felt under dressed (this could be because the wedding was going on and I was standing among guests in black-tie attire).   It’s a family-friendly hotel with family-friendly restaurants.  The only area that required guests to be 21+ was at the bar.

Cost

Valet parking is offered at the hotel for $45 each night.  If you go directly across the street to Pershing Square, it allows you to self-park overnight for $16.  The hotel required a $100 deposit for incidentals and was $145 (including taxes) for one night.  I only booked the hotel two days before our actual stay.  Water in the vending machines were $3 each.

The Millennium Biltmore Information

506 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 624-1011

millenniumhotels.com/en/los-angeles/millennium-biltmore-hotel-los-angeles

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The Westin Bonaventure-DTLA

The Westin Bonaventure-DTLA

What: The Westin Bonaventure

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: All Ages/Nightlife for Adults

Our stay at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites was a great part of our March staycation.  It’s right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, and this swanky hotel offers everything you need for a night out without even stepping foot outside.

The Hotel

The Westin Bonaventure is a recognizable hotel directly off the freeway sporting three tall towers interconnected by bridges.  After parking in valet of this extravagant hotel, you are led down a hall with movie posters of films that were filmed in and around the hotel. The three towers of hotel rooms with corresponding colors and glass elevators.  Amenities include a fitness room, business center, pool deck, and pet friendly hotel.  There is a full-service bar in the center of the lobby along with a lobby bistro that transforms into a bar/club at night by the entrance and LA Prime Steakhouse on the 35th floor.

The Room

Rooms are beautiful, with floor to ceiling windows and great views of the cities.  We had trouble finding an ice machine because of the layout of the hotel.  Room service options are available albeit pricey.  The beds, pillows and bedding are like sleeping on a cloud. Décor is modern, and you’re provided with an in room safe and mini fridge.

The Revolving Bonavista Lounge

I was so excited to try this lounge on the 34th floor before our night out.  We had two cocktails and sat at a two-person table with floor-to-ceiling windows.  The lounge offers a small variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts.  Rotations are about five degrees per minute, with a full rotation taking a little over an hour.

The Crowd

I only saw adults the entire time we were here.  The vibe of the hotel is expensive, elegant and classy.  Patrons take care to dress up when they are at the different bars and hotels here.

Cost

This was one of the more expensive hotels we stayed at.  A one-night stay was $207 with parking at $49/night and no self-park options.  The Bonavista Lounge food options range from $16 to $25 per person, with cocktails averaging $18.  We ended up leaving the Westin Bonaventure about $300 out of pocket.

The Westin Bonaventure Information

404 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 624-1000

thebonaventure.com

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The Standard-DTLA

The Standard-DTLA

What: The Standard

Where: Downtown Los Angeles

For: All Ages/Nightlife for Adults

During one of our staycations, we decided to stay at The Standard in Los Angeles.  This is a quirky boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.  We had a really fun night here and ended up exploring both the hotel and the city.

The Hotel

The hotel itself is filled with interesting things to look at despite its bland grey exterior.  There is a 24/7 restaurant where you can order food and drinks in the lobby.  They have a ping pong room that’s open daily, and there’s an outdoor firepit to relax by in the lobby.  The hotel itself is filled with bright and bold colors.  The signs are upside-down, and the common areas are not over-decorated.

The Room

We had a standard guest room that was near the top floor of the 207-room hotel.  The room had scarce furniture, with a large bed in the middle.  There was a desk spanning the length of the bedroom wall with George Orwell’s 1984 on it instead of the standard Holy Bible.  One chair stood in the corner, and an open shower separated the room from the bathroom.  Keep in mind that when I say open shower I mean a shower with no doors or curtains, so your significant other will be able to watch you wash yourself.  One thing that I don’t normally like is that the toilet was separate from the double sinks and there was a little door to separate the toilet from everything in a small closet-like room.

The views from the room were breathtaking.  You could see a panoramic view of Los Angeles from the floor-to-ceiling windows that spanned the length of an entire bedroom wall.

The Rooftop

The roof of the standard contains a large heated pool with water-bed-like cabanas surrounding it.  There is ample lounge seating with a DJ spinning later in the night.  We had to go on our phones and buy tickets for the Rooftop because it was considered a ‘special event’.  I didn’t realize that you were required to walk outside along the entire perimeter of the hotel prior to entering from an outer door to access an elevator that brings you to the pool.  Although it made the trip longer, it didn’t slow us down for the night.  Make sure to check the hours the Rooftop is open on the hotel’s website.

The Crowd

This was one of the hotels that I most felt like they were targeting the millennial crowd. From the atmosphere to the quirkiness of the hotel, the common areas were filled with 20- and 30-somethings.  I didn’t see any kids or families my entire stay at the hotel.  Everyone that worked there was friendly and dressed sharply.  I found out that there is a sister Standard Hotel in Hollywood which I would like to try out soon.

Cost

We booked our hotel through booking.com and had to place a credit card on hold for a $150 deposit for incidentals.  Parking is valet for $45 overnight (there is no self-parking option).  Entry into the Poolside Lounge was $20/person, and drinks took us to $17/drink.

The Standard Information

550 S. Flower, Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 892-8080

standardhotels.com/la/properties/downtown-la

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