The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles: superior value at LAX
I needed 4 nights at the end of last year to keep Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite benefits. And I am fortunate to live in a metro area loaded with Marriott hotel options. So, I decided on the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles, a former SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) hotel near LAX. This stay would get me one night closer to Platinum Elite benefits for the next year. I hadn’t stayed at a Starwood hotel in years. Although I did note some small differences compared to Marriott, it ended up being a great choice for a mattress run.
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Check-in and parking
Check in at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles was seamless. Let me start off by saying, I always try my best to be engaging and appreciative of hotel personnel. It’s not always easy to work in the service industry. So a genuine smile and sincere commendation can mean a lot. Being positive and optimistic is my number one tip to getting any trip off to a good start and keeping travel stress free. And kindness usually begets kindness.
Since my check in date fell on Christmas Eve, it thankfully wasn’t very busy. That being said, the front desk agent was the epitome of helpfulness. She kindly granted an upgrade, after I asked if one was available. In addition, she even allowed me to view two suites to compare and choose the one I preferred. Because I’m the kind of person who loves to weigh all my options, this little gesture really got my stay off on the right foot.
The Sheraton has on-site valet parking that is steep at $50 a day. As I found this a little pricey, the front desk agent kindly told me about off-site parking available nearby. This is at the Sky View Center on 98th Street, right behind the hotel. Parking is $17.55 a day there, but with no in and out privileges. However, for an additional $18 a day you can purchase in and out privileges from the Sheraton Los Angeles. This would bring my parking per day total to $37. Better.
LAX hotels parking comparison:
Sheraton’s parking fee is in the same price range of other popular hotels near LAX. Some nearby rates for daily/overnight parking:
- Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport- $48 valet
- Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport- $32
- Westin Los Angeles Airport- $42, $48 valet
- Hilton Los Angeles Airport- $37.40 garage, $47.30 valet
All of these hotels, including the Sheraton Gateway, offer complimentary airport shuttle service to LAX.
I must say, I found the suite I chose perfect for working and relaxing. My other option was a corner suite. Although it had a superior view and a larger bathroom, the living area was not as cozy or separate.
A partition wall that housed the TV, a desk, mini fridge and storage separated the living area of the suite from the sleeping area. Due to the ample lounging space, this would be a great suite for entertaining if you were traveling in a group. An entire wall of windows provided a view of the nearby LAX airport. On the wall opposite the window wall was a long counter with more storage that held the one cup coffee station.
And of no little importance, the relatively small bathroom with shower was right as you walked in the room. As it was only an overnight stay, I could put up with the cramped powder room. However, if I was there longer I may have chosen the corner suite that I viewed upon check-in with the larger bathroom. I found the room pleasingly well appointed with relatively contemporary decor. And most importantly, it was very clean. All in all, it was a terrific and welcome room upgrade!
Eats and location
The Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles has a full room service menu, but I rarely order room service. So apologetically, I can’t comment on that amenity. Having said that, the prices were a little high, as they are with most room service menus. Thankfully, the hotel has 3 restaurants- the Brasserie, Costero Bar and Costero Bistro. They are all on the first floor past the front desk and overlook the outdoor pool and whirlpool.
Be that as it may, since I wanted to check out the area I opted for one of the many restaurants nearby. A tiny but busy Japanese restaurant called Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar and Grill was a pretty good choice. It is only a 5 minute drive from the Sheraton. But don’t count on bringing the ramen back to the hotel. Their popular Spicy Miso Ramen is only available for dine in. And it did not disappoint!
In addition, across the street from this restaurant is a small shopping plaza that has a Trader Joe’s, Ross, and Kohl’s. So anything you forget, from a swimsuit to a cheap bottle wine, is close by!
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Club Lounge
Marriott Bonvoy elite members from Platinum Elite and up have access to this stylish lounge 24/7. In contrast to some hotel lounges, it’s spacious with a generous amount of seating.
If you’re up late working or off on an early flight, an espresso machine, tea, water, and soda are available all day. However, you’re midnight munchies will have to be satisfied with very limited snacks. Chips and pretzels are available for the taking outside of breakfast and hors d’oeuvres. Hors d’oeuvres are served from 5:30-7:30pm seven days a week. Unfortunately, these consisted of mainly a variety of mediocre mystery-filled mini pastries. Thankfully, a huge array of vegetables and some not too shabby turkey sandwiches slightly offset the mediocrity and averageness. Breakfast is 6-9am weekdays and 6-10:30am weekends. On the menu during my stay was eggs, pastries, some fruits (mostly melons), yogurt, oatmeal, and cereal. Shockingly, no meat, that morning anyways (to my husband’s chagrin)!
A fitness center is almost always a must when I travel. Happily, the gym at the Sheraton LAX was small but pretty well equipped. Besides free weights it also had weight training equipment. As well as something I’ve never seen yet in a hotel fitness center. The Power Plate– a whole body vibration machine. Interesting. This together with the typical stationary bikes, treadmills, and ellipticals adequately filled my workout needs.
The fitness center overlooked the outside pool area. For chillin’ there were a few cabanas, a number of lounge chairs, and a whirlpool hot tub. And fire pits surrounded by cushy sitting chairs made the outside area very inviting, day or night.
All things considered, the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles provides fair value for a hotel near LAX. The contemporary rooms and common areas, different dining options, fitness center, and decent amenities make it a solid edition to the Marriott brand. However, the Club Lounge is slightly lacking in quality as compared to a Renaissance or a Marriott. That said, upon check out I was happy to be one night closer to Marriott Platinum Elite benefits for another year.
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