After traveling from South Carolina to California with two active toddlers, we were exhausted. My sister, Jen, met up with us in Atlanta and flew with us the rest of the way to California. The three of us decided to book a hotel room near LAX for the first night since we flew in so late. Once the plane touched down and we got an Uber from the airport, we headed to the Renaissance Hotel by LAX. We walked into the lobby of the hotel and were absolutely blown away at how beautiful it was.
While we got checked in, Nolan loved playing on this white bench that turned colors when he pressed on it. We headed upstairs and took turns in the shower to wash the long flight off us. Once we were all comfy in our pj’s, we called for room service. (I got the shrimp and spinach flatbread and shared it with Nolan.) Nolan fell asleep with food in his hand, and we all shortly followed him! It was 11p.m. PST and 2a.m. EST (our time), and we were all beat!
After getting breakfast at this amazing local restaurant (more details about that later), we headed to downtown LA in a taxi van.
The commute was about 30 minutes, so we played the part of tourist and took lots of photos of things we passed.
When we arrived at our new hotel, the Omni, we were greeted by attentive bellmen. They scooped our bags upstairs at a lightning fast quickness while we got checked in at the front desk.
When the hotel doors opened, we were entranced by the smell of fresh flowers coming from this gorgeous arrangement on the center table. Any time we entered the lobby, the smell would engulf us! Nolan even commented on how “pretty the flowers smell!”
They also had fresh fruit infused iced water available at all times. I would fill my water jug up with either of the two flavors of berries or citrus before we left the hotel.
We made our way to the front desk and were greeted by the smiling, friendly face of Toi.
She took extra special time with us and gave Nolan and Harper backpacks from the hotel filled with coloring books and stickers for them to play with. Nolan thanked her by giving her hugs and blowing her kisses. She even sent us up a bottle of champagne for the adults and a warm brownie with ice cream for Nolan. She is such a light in the Omni; we were really impressed.
When we opened the door to our hotel room, we were amazed. A large marble bathroom caught my eye to the right, and I had to step in and investigate. Hotel bathrooms are normally not my favorite thing when we stay away from home, but this one impressed me so much I couldn’t quit gawking. The room had a walk-in glass shower, large vanity with room for primping, and a spa tub for soaking. The kids enjoyed taking baths while I had a spa-like experience in the hot, steamy shower.
The room we booked had two queen beds, and they were so soft and fluffy. I am really picky about what hotels I stay at, and these hotel beds passed my test. I have seen and heard way too many horror stories of bed bugs to try my luck in subpar hotels.
The kids loved playing on the beds and looking at the scenery out of our window.
The room had a view of the skyscrapers and a courtyard with a water fountain.
The day of the Oscars gifting suite, the kids ordered room service for breakfast. The Omni didn’t disappoint in that area either. Nolan got “cake cakes” (pancakes), Harper got oatmeal, and they both ate fruit. They gobbled down their breakfast without a fight, and Nolan begged for more pancakes. The bellman laughed when he brought the second tray upstairs.
Overall, when planning a trip, choosing a good hotel is really important. The room you pick serves as your home away from home while you are there, so it should fit your needs. I have found in the past that picking a hotel that was just a good deal can turn into a nightmare and make you homesick during your trip! I take the time to research hotels and make sure the rating is 4.5 or higher for my preference. I would suggest the Renaissance or Omni hotel chains at any location. We plan on returning to both when we visit California in August this year.