The Westin LAX Festive Sleigh Ride

Tis the season to be jolly and not have to worry about parking at one of the busiest airports this time of the year. The Westin Los Angeles Airport has launched a festive shuttle throughout the month of December to spread a little cheer to passengers leaving and arriving to LAX.

Guests parking or staying The Westin near the airport, will enjoy the exclusive opportunity to ride in a festively wrapped shuttle that is decked out with thousands of lights. The shuttle will have a Christmas wreath and the drivers will be wearing Santa hats. Passengers are greeted with candy canes, and can sit back and listen to holiday music before arriving at their airport terminal or the hotel.

This special shuttle will run at random in rotation with the hotel’s regular complimentary shuttle service which runs every 20 minutes 24/7.


Right now through December 25, The Westin at LAX is offering a “That’s a Wrap!” package. Guests staying at the hotel will receive festive wrapping paper, bows and anything else one needs to wrap holiday gifts with ease — including a complimentary cocktail! To book, visit www.marriott.com/laxwi and use promo code HO9.

Luxury at The Hyatt Regency LAX

After a recent renovation, LAX now has a new luxury hotel for locals and visitors to enjoy before or after a flight to extend their vacation. Just steps from LAX Terminal 1, the Hyatt Regency has a BIG Heart. At the reception area are bowls of apples. When guests who take an apple and donate $1, the Hyatt Regency will give 100% of the money directly to JDRF, a charitable organization dedicated to funding Type 1 Diabetes research.

 

Also in the lobby is Sir Hyatt of Regency – an adorable rescue dog that is now the welcome ambassador at this hotel. As a certified therapy dog, Sir Hyatt’s tail wags with everyone he greets, especially to travelers who need a little pick-me-up after a long flight or are nervous about an upcoming flight.

 

Taking a tour of the property by a friendly Hyatt Regency staff member to see a guest room and suite. She explained that The Hyatt Regency LAX is part of a growing trend of airport hotels becoming more upscale to appeal to travelers who want to stay close to an airport and not miss their flight due to traffic, long lines at security or delays.

There are 580 guest rooms decorated in soothing hues with a pop of color for excitement. There are 20 ADA accessible rooms and 23 beautifully appointed suites. All guest rooms have double paned sound reducing windows, free premium Wifi, Hyatt Grand Beds, turndown service, 55” HD flat-screen television, full bath amenities with bathrobes on request, Rainfall shower with hand wands, coffeemaker and refrigerator.

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Taking an elevator up to the penthouse to the hotel’s The StayFit Gym, I noticed there were treadmills, cycles, StairMasters, weight machines, free weights, and yoga mats. Guests were working out while overlooking the LAX runways all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

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We visited The Hyatt Regency Club private club setting (nominal fee per night applies) with concierge service, and daily Continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and desserts to members. It’s quiet, relaxed and offers great airport views.

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Walking outside we walked around the largest outdoor heated pool of any hotel in the area. There are comfortable lounge chairs, cabanas, pool toys and fire pits.

 

My tour finished at the International sit down restaurant unity LA. Chef Martine welcomed me and showed off his melting pot of International flavors menu. The dishes are inspired by the Latin and Asian communities in Los Angeles. I selected the Drunken Noodles that are similar to the dishes in Thai Town; Sticky Pork Ribs that taste just like the savory ribs served in Koreatown; and Carne Asada from Boyle Heights.

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For those wanting something quick, The Open Market offers fresh hot soups, ramen and Pho.It’s available for guests and visitors who arrive late or early in the morning and want a little something before getting their car or spending the night. They also provide LA-based products like Randy’s Doughnuts, and Deluscious cookies for travelers to enjoy before or take on their flight for later. 

The property offers 24-hour complimentary shuttle that runs every 15 minutes to every airport terminal. Guests can park $45 per night for valet and $17.50 for self parking in a covered garage.

HYATT REGENCY –  6225 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA, 90045 (424)702-1234

Rockin’ at the Renovated Terminal 1 at LAX

Photo by Jill Weinlein
(New Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 at LAX – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

I celebrated March 1 at LAX today inside the newly renovated Terminal 1 with travelers about to board their Southwest flight. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Gene Simmon and Paul Stanley of the mega rock band KISS were one hand, with their Rock & Brews co-founding partners Michael Zislis and Dave and Dell Furano, along with airport restaurant & retail giants Crews and Westfield.

South Bay Restauranteur Michael Zislis with Zislis Restaurant Group (Shade Hotel, Rock N’Fish, The Strand House and Rock & Brews) is an expert at luxury hospitality and inspirational restaurants. The grand opening of this new restaurant, marks the completion of phase 1 improvements at the terminal, which is undergoing a $508 million renovation.

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

I had the opportunity to get a photo oportunity with the legendary rock stars at the hosted official ribbon cutting and reception at Rock & Brews. Travelers can now “rock” about the Terminal 1 while exploring new stores that include Be Relax; Brookstone; I Love LA; SOL Surf; and Treat Me Sweet.

(Wearing our sunglasses - KISS Rockers with writer)
(Wearing our sunglasses – KISS Rockers with writer)

“We are excited and proud to introduce Rock & Brews to Terminal 1 travelers,” said Keith Kaplan V.P. Development for Westfield. “Through our partnership with Crews, Southwest Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports, we are thrilled to bring long overdue new energy to this terminal.”

(Rock & Brews fare - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Rock & Brews fare – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Rock & Brews debuted in 2012 with its first restaurant in El Segundo, California. Today, the brand has 15 locations in the United States and Mexico and is poised for thoughtful expansion worldwide with freestanding restaurants, sports and entertainment venues, and airport concepts.

(Creative cocktails - Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Creative cocktails – Photo by Jill Weinlein)

Travelers on the run can pick up a rockin’ meal to go from the Rock & Brews’ “Grab and Go” section or grab a table and dine-in. Southwest fliers can now enjoy a meal, cocktail or craft beer before or after a flight. Menu items include – breakfast items with a variety of frittatas served with a choice of toast; Benedicts; croissant breakfast sandwiches, Greek yogurt bowl and more. Before your flight sip a Creole Bloody Mary or Guava bellini, while enjoying in the rock-inspired environment.

Lunch items range from a multitude of Craft burgers, VIP salads, Headliner sandwiches, Front row pizza, Opening Act appetizers and RB Specialties with tacos, grilled tri tip and hot dogs.

Rock & Brews at Terminal 1 is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.