Hotel Review: Four Points by Sheraton at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport, California)

When it comes to an overnight airport stay, there are only three things that really matter: convenience, comfort and cost. Is it easy to get to from the terminal? Will my well earned (and usually rather brief) sleep be a pleasant one? And will I be keeping things within budget? In this respect, Four Points by Sheraton at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), ticks all the boxes.

With the hotel currently undergoing some renovations, there’s not much to see on entry (though the massive outdoor pool is an enticing sight), and the rooms themselves aren’t on the luxurious side of the coin, but you don’t stay at the airport for luxury: it’s for convenience. It’s so you can make your early morning flight and still get some good sleep. It’s so you can jump on that free shuttle to the airport without worry. It’s so you can save on time, money and everything that comes with it. And this is a fine airport hotel indeed for all these things and more.

The room itself is cosy, though spacious. The Queen size bed, with multiple pillow options, provided for an excellent and comfortable sleep. It’s also quiet, in spite of being right next to the airport (about 5 minutes in their free shuttle service, which runs regularly) – another obvious must for the area. The LCD Flat Screen TV in the room had about 50 channels to choose from, and if you needed anything from the staff, they were quick to act on it.

The bathroom had everything you needed and I’m sure it would be the same for all the rooms in the building. The hotel is usually more affordable than their competition, too, thanks to sheer numbers. The hotel has three towers with over 500 rooms, which is a lot of space to fill. It’s also a rarity for the Four Points brand, which are normally smaller sized hotels, targeted towards business travelers and small conventions. This hotel certainly does just that – with rooms for events and all the usual business amenities in the room (comfortable chair, plenty of desk space as well as coffee/tea facilities) – but it’s just as targeted in this case to the general traveler, too.

And finally we come to food. The hotel features two options for dinner – a bar (Brewster’s – a Beererie) and a restaurant (Comfort) – with Comfort also open for breakfast and Brewster’s for lunch. There’s also a coffee shop which is available throughout the morning (4am to 12pm). I enjoyed a meal at the bar for lunch and alongside an impressive selection of beers (as part of Four Points “Best Brews” program), the meal was tasty and affordable. The bar is open from 11am until 2am. There is also 24 hour room service. Though I opted for a run to In n Out burger down the road for my late night snack. I wouldn’t go past that opportunity…

All in all, the Four Points at LAX delivers everything you need from an airport hotel and more. Rates are affordable, the rooms are quiet and comfortable, and you’ll make your flight the next morning with ease. I couldn’t have had a more pleasant stay!

Hot Travel Tip: Getting to Hollywood or Downtown LA from LAX has never been easier thanks to Uber. LA is currently one of the international cities trialing the UberPool program, which starts rides from US$5. I got all the way to Beverly Hills from my hotel and didn’t pay more than US$5 – and we’re talking a good 45+ minutes of travel here. This deal is for a limited time only, so check if it’s still available at the time you read this article. Even when prices do go up, it will definitely beat car rental if you’re only in town for a day. The LAX Flyaway is also a good option from LAX to Union Station, which is located Downtown, but you’d be wanting to Uber it from there anyway…

For booking options and more details visit the hotel’s official website: http://www.fourpointslax.com/

The writer stayed as a guest of the hotel.

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Larry Heath

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