Radisson LAX: This room was under my wife's name who was with me and she status matched to Gold during the last promo. We booked a standard room and received an upgrade to a junior suite, which was basically two rooms, that the connecting door had been removed from. Also, a fruit and cheese plate was left in the room at check in which was nice. The hotel is convenient to the airport as it its right next to LAX and we did have a car due to plans that night in Los Angeles before our flight out the next morning and valet parking at the hotel is $25 night. An ok hotel for an overnight, made better by the upgrade and welcome amenity.
(Moderator Note: Originally posted by vbkamb and spun off from this (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/club-carlson/1352155-reviews-radisson-lax-radisson-phx.html) thread).
Jun 2, 12, 7:22 pm
This is the closet hotel to LAX. We stayed here in November, twice, to earn the original 50k bonus. We had scheduled overnights at LAX, so it was perfect.
The hotel is so close to the terminal that we just walked! I honestly think you could get from Terminal 1 faster walking than you could on the shuttle, even if it came at the same time that you left!
I didn't the rooms were anything special, but the location can't be beat. I'll be sure to stay here again, assuming they are running a 50K promo! :D
Jun 5, 12, 1:25 pm
Upon checkin, gold status was acknowledged and I was upgraded to a Jr Suite. A jr suite is actually two hotel rooms next to each other with the access door between open, one contains the bedroom & the other room contains a couch/tv, etc. (there is a tv in the bedroom portion as well). Internet was free in the room.
Valet was north of $25, glad I didn't have a car.
As I didn't have a car, in the morning I tried the breakfast buffet for $17.95, good not great. The breakfast wait staff could not have been more prompt & friendly, really pleasing to come across non-surly waitstaff.^
Upon checkout I had been charged $2 for making a toll free call from the room (really, do hotels still charge for toll free calls????), said I wasn't pleased and the front desk staff quickly removed the charge.
A couple notes about noise, there were a LOT of young folks around, dressed to kill & party, perhaps I didn't have any on my floor but my room was very noise proof, despite being somewhat close to the elevators as well.
My room was on the North side of the hotel, opposite of Century Blvd, there was zero street traffic noise and only a few rumblings of aircraft taking off both ~10pm & 7am but nothing in between! So I was VERY VERY pleased with the lack of noise!!
A nice plus is that the Radisson uses a 'general' hotel shuttle, in other words a common shuttle that stops at many different airport hotels, because the Radisson is closest to LAX, it is the LAST shuttle stop so while you may not get a seat to sit down, don't worry as the terminals are so close you'll only be standing for a brief moment.
For my AAA rate of $74, I was quite pleased with my stay & would gladly stay again at this property.
Jun 29, 12, 8:11 am
Just finished a stay at this property. Was immediately recognized as Gold when I checked in and given an upgrade to a Jr. Suite. The room was not 2 adjacent rooms like the post above, but a very large single room with a dining room table, desk, and two couches.
When I arrived in my room they had left a welcome note for me along with a very large bottle of water and a plate with cheese, meats, fruits, and crackers. It was much more than expected.
Unfortunately the room was simply "ok." The TV remote was not working properly and one of the lamp lights was burnt out. Other than that it was fine, and I was shocked by how quiet the room was for being right next to the airport. I had a view of the LAX runway from my room.
Overall, I thought it was a pleasant stay, especially with the $100 rate I got using the 30% off coupon they send to email subscribers.
Jul 10, 12, 11:54 am
I've stayed at this hotel twice: once in 2002 and once yesterday. I was disappointed to note that they've closed down the top-floor bar sometime in the last decade, as it had a fantastic view. Not that I'm a plane-spotter by any means, but it's still kinda cool to watch a plane zoom past at eye level as it comes in to land.
Also in the last decade they've acquired those weird electric beds. Maybe there's a skill to operating them, but mine didn't seem to work properly. If Hilton, Sheraton, et cetera can give me a gloriously comfortable bed right out of the box I don't see why I should have to work to make my bed at the Radisson comfortable.
Unimpressed by the restaurant, which seemed to have been taken over by the waitstaff as a place for having LOUD conversations among themselves in Spanish. Maybe it's not so bad when there's more customers to go round. And what's with waiters in America constantly wanting reassurance that "everything is okay here sir"? (Inevitably at the worst possible time like when I've just stuffed my mouth with something...) The same waiter literally asked me twice within a 90-second period.
Alright, now I'm straying off topic. The two best things about this hotel are that it's cheap, has decent rooms, and is a short stroll from the airport. But if for some reason (e.g. too much luggage or flying out of a faraway terminal) I didn't feel like walking I'd probably stay somewhere else.
I'm confused by the people who say they don't feel safe doing the walk at night though... are muggers et cetera really likely to hang out within spitting distance of the airport?
Jul 18, 12, 12:51 pm
Just stayed a couple of weeks ago to get my 50K bonus points.
A few thoughts after staying here for the first time since 2006 (when I spent the night before a trip on a sleep/park combo):
1. Construction is ongoing in the back for a new parking structure. As a result, the parking situation was rather stressed. It was all valet. Self parking was behind the hotel, across the street at a surface lot operated by a third party
2. Rooms seem kinda old/tired. I can tell they've been remodeled in the last decade or so but still seem tired
3. TV remote didn't work (as a prior poster pointed out) and I couldnt' get the volume to change with the remote or on the TV itself
4. WiFi was free and fine
5. Asked for a room on the north side so I could watch planes. Dual glass windows to keep out the noise but they were ridiculously dirty, ruining the view.
Jul 19, 12, 7:45 am
Is there anyone who used to stay here when it was a Hyatt who could compare, overall? Since Hyatt quit it, I've kept hope alive that they'd develop another real airport hotel, but would be glad - I think* - to come back here in light of the new CC program.
In particular, but not the only question, did Radisson keep the lounge? And if so, and if you've stayed over the last decade, did they keep the staff? I stayed here a lot when it was the Hyatt, and remember the (decorated with a lot of Hyatt service pins) staff gamely saying that they'd be kept by Radisson.
Thank you. :)
* It sounds like they may not have done anything to it in the meantime?