When the Staples Center opened in downtown Los Angeles in 1999, ticket holders for the venue’s sporting and entertainment extravaganzas had to venture far afield for a good pre- or post-event meal. Just over a decade later, the area near the arena abounds with eateries, movie theaters, and more as the home of L.A. Live, a massive entertainment complex that finally reached completion this May with the opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles.
The Ritz-Carlton occupies floors 22 to 26 of a translucent-blue 54-story skyscraper (residences and an 805-room JW Marriott hotel occupy the other floors) just across the street from Staples. Guests need not exit the Ritz-Carlton to enjoy L.A. Live’s premier eatery: Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 restaurant. The 24th-floor venue serves Chinese delicacies, while appetizers and sushi are available in the adjacent lounge.
Set on the 23rd floor, the Ritz-Carlton’s Club Lounge looks out toward the beaches of Santa Monica, located 15 miles west. Telescopes placed near the windows allow for up-close exploration of the ocean, Beverly Hills, and the Hollywood sign, without the headache of venturing out in L.A. traffic. The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 213.743.8800, www.ritzcarlton.com