Hilton Garden Inn - Los Angeles Marina del Rey Review

At the end of our recent mega road trip on Route 66, the historic road from Chicago to Los Angeles California we ended it in with a stay in the Marina del Rey area of LA. The Marina del Rey area is a 10-minute drive from LAX airport and a 20-minute drive from Santa Monica Pier. Perfectly situated to see all that LA has to offer.

Our base for this stay would be the Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey, Thanks to the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau who gave us a media rate on the hotel. All opinions are as ever my own.

The Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles Marina del Rey, is located just a block from the marina area but still supremely well located. A modern stylish hotel, it's location and facilities make it ideal for business or pleasure whilst visiting LA.

As I entered the hotel, I was immediately impressed with the lobby area which was large and consisted of two different seating areas. We were hot and tired after our journey from Las Vegas and I spied complimentary iced water which was very welcome after our journey. I also noticed a business area with a handful of computers and facilities to print out information.

Check in was quick and efficient, and before long we were in our room. The male check-in attendant was very cheerful and welcoming.

The Room

Before long we were in our room. The room was decorated in tones of creams, browns and greys - modern, contemporary and fresh looking. Everything seemed in great condition and the walls had no scuffs or marks, which is so nice to see.

We had two double beds in our room and a set of drawers with a clock radio and a phone between them.

A flat panel TV, fridge, microwave and Keurig coffee machine were on one unit along with some drawers for your clothes. Complimentary water was available if you were a member of Hilton Honours membership scheme which is free to sign up to.

Nice to see a Keurig pod coffee machine which had English breakfast tea pods too. 

Next to the unit, there was a table with another phone, information about the hotel and surrounding area and a room service menu with a selection of dishes. The menu sounded excellent and had a variety of dishes from a delectable sounding blackened Mahi Mahi to hamburgers, club sandwiches and steak.

The room had efficient air conditioning and was relatively quiet. We've stayed in some hotels in the US where there air conditioning was super noisy so this was a refreshing change.

The bathroom had a bath with an over-the-bath shower, sink and toilet. I don't know about you but I like my baths to relax in, so it was great to have a bath as well as a shower. Toiletries were from the excellent Neutrogena brand and as well as shampoo, conditioner and soap and body lotion, included a shower cap makeup remover wipes and a vanity kit.

The room also had a cupboard with decent hanging space, an in-room safe, iron and ironing board. The room was very spacious but there were also suites available if you wanted more space again and also a number of accessible rooms.

Other facilities

As well as the aforementioned business area, there was also the Marina Bar and Grill which was open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a 'happy hour' every day with beer at 5 dollars and wine at 6 dollars - very reasonable for LA.  A patio area next to the restaurant was a great area to sit outside and socialise. A 24-hour fitness centre and swimming pool was also included within the hotel facilities. 

The dining area looked smart, yet the dress code was relaxed.

The patio area was perfect for sitting with friends over a drink and picking up some of the California sun, or maybe playing a game or two.

The fitness area although not large, had decent equipment from cross trainers to weights. Complimentary ear-buds were provided and were a great touch, so you could listen to your music whilst working out.

The business area had a couple of computers, a printer and a shredder. 

The pool was close to our room. We could see it from our balcony and consisted of a main swimming pool area and a small hot tub. It wasn't a large pool but it still was a reasonable size and had sun loungers and towels available to use complimentary.

All so far so good. 

That day we wandered around the area checking out what Marina del Rey had to offer, more of that later. That night we had a great night sleep. The Garden Sleep System® bed was very comfortable,  as the mattress conforms to your body in the night, providing excellent support.


We ate breakfast in the hotel the next morning. I was pleased to see that breakfast on the weekend is served until 12 midday. Most hotels serve breakfast until 10 or 11 on weekends, so this was a refreshing change. If you like to sleep in at the weekend then this is the place for you! The breakfast consisted of a hot and cold buffet, with a selection of fresh pastries, cereals, fresh fruit, bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs and fried potatoes. I noticed that they also had omelettes made to order included in the breakfast rate so I ordered a ham and mushroom omelette. It was really very good, I was really impressed with how tasty it was and not over seasoned.

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey is an area of Los Angeles, with a marina waterfront, full of upmarket hotels and great restaurants. It also has an interesting farmer's market on a Saturday morning which we enjoyed visiting.

A short drive away is Santa Monica and it's famous pier, and you can walk to the eccentric Venice Beach and the trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard full of cool restaurants and shops. 

We really enjoyed our stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey. Would we stay again? Most definitely. It's a well-located hotel with great facilities and is perfectly situated close to Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier and Los Angeles LAX airport. If you come, it's worth paying for the breakfast in your room rate as it was very good and tasty too. Recommended.

Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles Marina Del Rey
4200 Admiralty Way, 

Marina del Rey, 
California, 90292, 
USA TEL: +1-310-301-2000


  1. I love Hilton hotels in the UK, but in America they are even better in my opinion! We stayed in one in New York and it was incredible - made our holiday so special :)

  2. This looks great and I do love a hotel that gives you not only lots of toiletries, but good quality ones too! Stevie x

    1. I do think quality is very important to the Hilton brand.

  3. The pool and breakfast look amazing - those are basically the only two things I really look out for! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is exactly the type of room I like. Nearby to things I want to do/see, spacious room, and coffee maker and fridge in the room.

    1. The room was a very good size and those amenities are great

  5. What a fantastic hotel. I've stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn too in Holland and it was also fabulous. I think it must be a chain thats consistently really good xxx

  6. That looks like a fantastic hotel to stay in! That looks like a decent fitness area.

  7. This looks great, really modern and functional. I love the pool and am ready for one of those omlettes right now! Mich x

    1. I always love it when the breakfast has a made to order section included in the price

  8. Wow this hotel looks amazing and has all the facilities you could need. Looks like the perfect place to be based in LA

  9. The hotel looks incredible! Might hunt for Scott for a cheeky getaway without the kiddies :)

  10. It looks amazing. I would love to visit.

  11. That sounds like a great location and good places to be close by. I want to go to Los Angeles again and take my boyfriend as California is somewhere he's never been x

    1. Los Angeles is fabulous isn't it? I still haven't been to Disneyland there yet so hoping to go next year again.

  12. Ooooh, we're off to LA soon so I will definitely check this hotel out. Looks great!

    1. It's a great base to explore the area for sure.

  13. That hotel looks fantastic - I have a thing for toiletries and those look really good. Wish I could afford to stay at Hiltons all the time.