Los Angeles is alive and lively in many ways! A recent business trip landed me there for the better part of a week and allowed me to get a taste of the vibrant city center.
Located in the heart of the downtown, the JW Marriott Los Angeles offers convenient access to restaurants, museums, arts, sports and entertainment. The hotel provides luxurious accommodation and amenities for business and leisure travellers. The 54-story tower shares space with The Ritz Carlton for joint use of common facilities (i.e. spa and fitness center).
While my stay was driven by a business conference hosted by JW Marriott, staying on property allowed me comfort and convenience to pop-up to my room to refresh and take business calls as needed. I optimised free time exploring the area on a self-guided walking tour. Within a few hours, I enjoyed exploring the L.A. LIVE District, historic downtown, and Grand Central Market – stopping along the way to snap a photo, enjoy a coffee and some delicious treats. Here are a few highlights…
L.A. LIVE District is an action-packed area as the home to the STAPLES Sports Center, Microsoft Theatre, the GRAMMY Museum and a myriad of restaurants and shops. Within the four nights of my stay, the district hosted two professional basketball games at the STAPLES Center, the 2017 People’s Choice Awards at the GRAMMY Museum and at least three business conferences in addition to the one I attended. This is the place to be if you’d like to be in the center of activity.
Historic Downtown (as the area around Pershing Square is known) dates back to the founding of the city in 1781 and features landmarks such as the Central Library, Angels Flight and Bradbury Building. The architecture reflects this history and downtown has embraced the trend of conversions of vintage office buildings into loft-style residences, giving it a unique and beautiful personality. Given the mix of residential and business here, you’ll find an array of restaurants, corner delis and even an impressive Whole Foods Market.
Grand Central Market was by far the highlight of my exploration and I’d recommend it as a ‘must see’. It gives you a mix of the historic and modern LA. The market itself opened in 1917 and has been operating ever since – featuring an array of family-owned, historic stalls and new, trendy food venues. Be sure to arrive with an appetite and take time to enjoy the delicious goodness. Eggslut, Tacos Tumbras A Tomas, and Ramen Hood are a few examples that entice. Courage & Craft and G&B Coffee can top off your meal with a tasty beverage as well. Makes me wish I could pop back again for a lovely Sunday brunch!
I found the area to be diverse and lively, well-suited for both business and leisure. Details below offer more information for your future travels.
Downtown Los Angeles – Self Guided Tour
About Joy Steinberg: Extremely well-travelled, Joy has volunteered and/or holidayed in Honduras, Brazil, Peru, Morocco, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, and Japan. Her various travels have cultivated a passion to make a positive difference. When not off on a philanthropic adventure, Joy works in Market Research and Digital Insights and has recently launched a boutique consultancy.