Review: Residence Inn at L.A. Live (Near Staples Center)

The Residence Inn and the Courtyard by Marriott at L.A. Live are a great free night redemption if you’re planning on staying in Downtown L.A.

We booked a stay at the Residence Inn at L.A. Live using the free anniversary certificate from the Amex SPG card.

A few reasons why we chose the Residence Inn:

  1. You can use your free night certificates here

  2. SUPER convenient (4 min walk to STAPLES Center)

  3. Tons of value!

The following cards give you a ”Free night certificate” for properties up to 35,000 points:

  •  Amex SPG

  • Amex SPG Business

  • Chase Marriott

  • Chase Marriott Business

For example, if you signed up for one of the cards in Oct 2018, then you’ll receive a free certificate in Oct 2019, Oct 2020, etc.

The free night certificate is valid for 12 months from issuance (i.e., Oct 2019 to Sep 2020).

Redeeming the free night certificate provides a ton of value because the rack rate can range from $206-636 + taxes/fees.

  • Cost = $95 (annual fee for SPG/Marriott basic cards)

  • Worst case = $206 value - $95 annual fee = $111 “value gain”

  • Best case = $509 value - $95 annual fee = $414 “value gain”

Residence Inn at L.A. Live Location

The Residence Inn and Courtyard Marriott at L.A. Live are located in the same building. The two properties share the same lobby, check-in desk, and elevators.

The properties are split down the middle of the building, and the only way to tell them apart is by color. Residence Inn rooms and amenities are purple, and the Courtyard is red/orange themed.

I’m a fan of the location since it’s less than a 4-minute walk to the Staples Center (right across the street), and 15 minutes walk to Downtown L.A.

 JW Marriott/Ritz on the left, and Residence Inn/Courtyard marriott on the Right

JW Marriott/Ritz on the left, and Residence Inn/Courtyard marriott on the Right

 courtyard marriott and residence inn building

courtyard marriott and residence inn building

The Room: 1 Bedroom Larger Suite

Since we have Platinum Elite status at Marriott, we booked the lowest tier room. We were given a complimentary upgrade to the 1 bedroom larger suite.

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living room

 kitchen

kitchen

The 1 bedroom larger suite comes with a kitchen area and a spacious living room.

 living room

living room

Sliding doors separate the bedroom and the living room area.

 sliding door to bedroom

sliding door to bedroom

 bedroom side view

bedroom side view

 bedroom view 2

bedroom view 2

 bedroom view 3

bedroom view 3

The bathroom toiletries are from Paul Mitchell. Another sliding door also separates the bathroom from the living room.

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Amenities

The Residence Inn has an outdoor pool with a few cabanas which are available on a first come, first serve basis.

 swimming pool

swimming pool

If you’re staying at the Courtyard Marriott, you don’t have pool access. There’s literally a courtyard area to enjoy instead.

 courtyard

courtyard

Laundry machines are available to use. Each machine costs $2.50.

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The fitness center is also on the same level as the pool and laundry.

 fitness center

fitness center

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fitness center 1

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fitness center 2



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