Wanted a getaway night without driving four hours in Friday traffic, so we decided to try this hotel based on the website billing it as a "luxury boutique" hotel. Check-in was efficient if not entirely informative. I had booked a Junior Suite with courtyard access. I didn't get courtyard access, and wasn't informed that they wouldn't be able to accommodate that request. I believe we did get upgraded to a one bedroom suite, which was spacious and clean, but again, no communication from the front desk if that is what happened.
As I said, the room was spacious, but that made it very noticeable that it was sparsely furnished and decorated. There was no place in the bedroom to hang your clothes, the closet was in the living room. The floors were high grade linoleum that looks like wood. There were no bathrobes, and the bath amenities were not what one expects in a luxury boutique hotel. Climate control was via two somewhat noisy units that are located under the windows, not central via ducting, and you can't set the temperature you want.
We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant "Matisse." You pay for buffet or ala carte off a menu. That's fine with me, I would rather pay for a decent breakfast than have a poor "free" breakfast room with a couple of cereals and old fruit included in the room charge. It would be nice if you could get breakfast past 10AM though. Or at least when you come in at 9:50 and pay for the buffet you should be informed that it will be closed down in ten minutes.
You are within walking distance of other restaurants, and easy driving distance of some really great ones. I didn't use the shuttle service, but if it works as billed, you would be able to get to some really nice places using it.
All in all, I would rate this hotel a step up from Comfort Inn and Suites, but not what I expect of a hotel that bills itself as a "Luxury boutique hotel" on its web site. It would be a convenient hotel to stay at if you were catching an early flight out of LAX. Just know what you are getting ahead of time and you probably won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The charm and elegance of a European-inspired boutique hotel await you at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/LAX. Whether you’re here for a short business visit or a long, relaxing retreat, you’ll find all of the luxurious guest rooms at Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach/LAX are impeccably appointed with a full suite of complimentary amenities including our signature, triple sheeted Ayres Dream Sleeper beds, flat screen TVs, refrigerators, coffeemakers,microwaves, well lit work desks and Wifi, iHomes, microwaves, and hairdryers. Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach welcomes travelers to all of the exciting business, recreational, and entertainment attractions Manhattan Beach, CA has to offer. Dine at the acclaimed Matisse Restaurant, located in the hotel, which offers American cuisine infused with rich European flavors while taking in the luxurious ambiance of the hotel, including an incredible split staircase. Go out and experience the beach life while riding the South Bay Bicycle Trail starting nearby at Manhattan Beach, trailing all along the coast to beach cities like Venice Beach and Santa Monica. And you'll be glad to know that Los Angeles International Airport is just a short drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ayres Hotel Hawthorne Manhattan Beach