Omni Hotel Los Angeles: The Bottom Line:
It's well located and provides an excellent base to explore downtown Los Angeles.
Pros of the Omni Hotel Los Angeles:
- Excellent downtown location
- Exceptional value for money on weekends. Weekend specials can save a lot off weekday rates, and may include free valet parking, meal vouchers or other extras.
Cons of the Omni Hotel Los Angeles:
- Clock radios have a plug on the side for an iPod or MP3, but it's so well-hidden that we didn't realize it was there
Facilities at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles:
- High-speed wireless Internet access for a fee, free if you're a Select Guest member
- Fitness center
- Outdoor, heated lap pool
- Pets under 25 lbs. allowed (with a non-refundable fee)
- Parking $30 per day (free on weekends with some packages)
- Complimentary town car service within 3-mile radius of the hotel
- Restaurants on premises, 24-hour room service
Our Review of the Omni Los Angeles:
Ratings organization J. D. Power rates Omni Hotels among the best in guest satisfaction among upscale hotel chains and once you stay with them, it's easy to understand why. The Omni's rooms are top-notch, clean and very quiet. Their comfortable beds, with pillow-topped mattresses, nice linens and lots of pillows make for a good nights' sleep, even for this travel writer who usually sleeps poorly away from home.
The bathroom has a shower and a bathtub suitable for a relaxing bubble bath and the bath towels are large, soft and absorbent. Toiletries are the kind you can't resist taking home because they smell so nice.
Views from the hotel's upper floors are are good, but can be obstructed by other tall buildings. Those facing the Watercourt Performance Plaza get a view of a lovely urban space with waterfalls and ponds. During outdoor summer concerts held here, all you'd have to do is open your window to listen.
Because it's located in a business area, the Omni significantly lowers its rates on weekends, making it one of the best values for money for a Los Angeles weekend getaway. With a Metro station just a block away, it's easy to explore other parts of the city without losing your good mood in traffic.
If you choose a room on the Club level, you'll not only get better views, but also a surprisingly nice breakfast that includes cooked items and afternoon appetizers with wine, enough to justify the price difference.
After a couple of rounds of upgrades, the most recent completed in 2011, the Omni's rooms provide all the features you'd expect in a high-end hotel. An extremely critical eye might find a few unimproved details and surprisingly, they've chosen not to equip guest rooms with docks for mobile music players - but these little things are as the accountants might say "immaterial" to the overall experience.
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