The Radisson at LAX airport has recently been rebranded as The Concourse Hotel at Los Angeles Airport and will eventually fall under the Hyatt flag. This property was originally built in the 1960s as a Hyatt and has been rebranded a few times.
Nighttime view from the Concourse Hotel towards LAX
I needed a hotel near LAX before a morning flight recently, so I decided to look into this option. I typically stay at the Sheraton, which is only a few blocks away, but prices were high on this date, so I was booked elsewhere. Changing my reservation to the Concourse worked well since it is very close to the terminals, and will help me get a qualifying stay towards Hyatt Diamond requalification for which I’m a little behind. There is a Hyatt Place in El Segundo, but in my experience, the hotel is often full or nearly so based on the prices I’ve seen, and the longer shuttle ride has made me lean towards the various SPG property which are closer to LAX. More options among the brands I focus on is a good thing.
A few items are update in the rooms…
The hotel is located on the corner of Century and Sepulveda Boulevards, and is the closest hotel to the LAX terminals. If not for a maze of roads and overpasses, it would take mere moments to walk to terminals 1 or 8. Even with waiting time to cross busy streets at crosswalks, it took me less than 10 minutes to get to Terminal 7 for my United departure. There is a shuttle available too, but I enjoyed the walk on the nice sunny California morning.
Some reviews online describe this place as a dump. I wouldn’t go that far, but I do think it will take some time to get this place to current Hyatt brand standards. Decor in the rooms is a bit dated, and although it is quite soundproof being so close the the airport, the windows are quite old and rather dingy.
daylight view from the hotel
King bed room at the Concourse Hotel
The bed was comfortable enough, and although there was a Sleep Number remote (a relic of this being a Radisson), but it was apparently broken so I couldn’t make any adjustments. After a long week, I was tired and as usual could sleep well most anywhere.
remote control for non functional Sleep Number bed
In the room there are old curtains, with old wallpaper with a rather ugly border, but the aviation geek in me enjoyed the airplane themes hanging on the walls.
Artwork includes airplanes and historic photos of LAX
Even the do not disturb cards are travel themed
Wifi is free for all guests, but not password protected. Rooms were clean, which is most important.
Flat screen TV with a variety of channels, many of which were in HD.
refrigerator, with coffee/tea service and a free bottle of water
This hotel is bookable on hyatt.com, and stays counts towards the Gold Passport program. I didn’t have the opportunity to see if free breakfast would be offered. It’s a guaranteed diamond benefit, but this hotel is just an “affiliate” of Hyatt. There is room service available 24 hours a day, and the restaurant (Palmira) and bar is open on the ground floor. I don’t think the penthouse on the top level is open.
My stay was very brief, so I didn’t explore public areas at all, but they seemed modern, and the staff was very friendly. There is a fitness center, but I opted for a run in the morning hours to watch the busy traffic coming in and out of LAX.
I was given a room on the top floor (top left corner in the external hotel photo ), and I received 2 newspapers, but beyond acknowledgement at check in, there didn’t seem to be any special Diamond benefits. Several days after check out, the stay still hasn’t posted to my Hyatt account.
I actually have another morning flight out of LAX this week. Since I’ve already requalified for Starwood Platinum, I’m likely going to return to the Concourse to make more progress towards Hyatt Diamond status. Its nothing fancy, and room upgrades and breakfast benefits would be nice as a Hyatt diamond, but for a quick stay before an early flight, it is hard to beat the convenient location near LAX.