Just southwest of the Los Angeles lies the coastal town of Manhattan Beach. The posh city bordering the Pacific Ocean is famous as one of the three cities that make up LA’s South Bay. With its famous beach volleyball courts and surfing, it is the perfect place to take the family for a weekend in the sun. As we discovered during our latest visit the Manhattan Beach Marriott Hotel is the ideal location for family friendly service and outdoor fun.
What Makes it Family Worthy?
The Marriott Manhattan Beach Hotel at 1400 Parkview Avenue in Manhattan Beach, California is a good choice for families looking for a reasonably priced hotel in the LA area. The property offers connecting rooms and is close to many famous beaches as well as the Manhattan Beach Golf course, Pier and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Moreover, the immediate area around the property offers guests numerous dining and entertainment options which makes it a good choice for most families.
The check-in was fast and efficient with excellent service. We had requested a king-sized bed and informed them of our feather allergies and the need for a quiet room due to our son’s autism. Though they had initially forgotten to accommodate these needs, upon our arrival housekeeping was prompt in replacing the bedding and pillows with hypoallergenic ones. The staff also brought the rollaway bed we had requested for our son.
The hotel decor like many others in the chain was modern yet stylish. The public areas featured marble flooring and prominent sienna colored pillars. The lobby seating area boasted fresh colors of brown, yellow, orange and terracotta, drawn together by fairy lights in ornamental branches. As we walked in, we passed by the outdoor fountain which was pretty when it was lit up at night.
The room reserved for us on the fifth floor, 522, was a classic, standard, no frills comfortable room. The room had dark green carpeting and light beige walls accompanied by medium brown furnishings. There was a big 42” flat-screen TV positioned so it could be viewed from both the king sized bed and the orange velour chair/ottoman combo in the sitting area. The two small nightstands along with the standing lamps, alarm clock, and phone completed the space making quite functional.
Across from the beds stood a large desk with a pull out shelf for extra working space. As we soon discovered, there were plenty of outlets in the room for guests to power up their electronic devices including an outlet splitter that was located on the desk itself. The closet had an ample hanging area for clothing along with shelves and ultra-deep drawers, so storage was not an issue. There was also an ironing board and iron for guest convenience.
We had a clean, well laid out bathroom with marble flooring and a glass-enclosed shower, commode, and large counter top vanity. The hotel provided a small amenity kit with Thann products that we liked.
The shower had a standard, not handheld, shower head with decent water pressure. We liked that the bathroom had a place to hang towels and that housekeeping came to replenish towels once a day or more frequently if guests requested it.
The hotel offered several breakfast choices that varied in price with The Continental being the cheapest and most affordable at $15, a slightly more expensive Full American breakfast, and The Hot Breakfast and Buffet option which was the priciest at $25 per person. Families wishing to explore alternate options could check out the restaurants that were within walking distance, including Jackson’s, Brickworks, P.F Chang’s and Houston’s.
The hotel featured a whirlpool and sauna as well as a heated outdoor pool which in a place like Southern California could be used year around.
The locale had a small fitness center with equipment like weights, elliptical machines, and cardiovascular equipment for guests who wished to exercise during their stay.
However, the venue’s highlight is its own nine-hole golf course. Managed by Marriott Golf it boasts the Executive par 3 course that is fun for all skill levels as well as a specialized program for juniors.
Autism Travel Tips:
- For anyone who is temperature sensitive, there is guest-operated A/C control in the room.
- Our room on the fifth floor had a sliding door to the balcony which could be a safety hazard for kids with autism who wander off.
- We brought a non-slip mat with us for the shower as the hotel does not provide one.
- The bathroom door has a lock so make sure your child does not get stuck in there on their own.
- The hotel offers free bike rentals so make sure you pack your kids’ helmet.