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The Westin Bonaventure is located on South Figueroa Street and walking distance from businesses and the convention center in the downtown Los Angeles area. I landed in Los Angeles from my 5 hour flight in Delta’s 777 flat-bed Business Elite seat and took a taxi to the Westin for about $45-$50 all in.
The hotel is a Starwood category 5 which requires 12,000 to 16,000 points depending on season. Instead of shelling out that many Starpoints for a one night room, one could pay the going rate, which I’ve found to be as low as $145 for a weeknight. So the points option is a lesser value given my valuation of Starpoints.
I’m a Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum member (and Gold Member for life) thanks in part due earning a few extra elite qualifying nights using my Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express. One of the best benefits of having Starwood Platinum status is complimentary upgrades. Since Starwood rolled out Platinum confirmed upgrades for members who stay more than 50 nights a year, the complimentary upgrades have been a little harder to come by, but not at the Westin Bonaventure in my experience.
Tower Suite Room
The Starwood Preferred Guest check-in line was empty and I was quickly processed for an early check-in into a Tower Suite. The Tower Suites have a half bath off the living room, a sleeper sofa and a nice living room with working space near the window.
The bedroom has the Westin Heavenly bed which is usually a nice bed.
The Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles treats their Platinum members well. They upgraded me to a Tower Suite without prompting. After a great one night stay, I headed back to the LAX airport to catch another Delta 777 back to Atlanta. Unlike, my confirmed upgrade on the outbound Delta 777 flight, an upgrade on the return would be determined at the gate. The upgrade list was showing 3 seats available and I was number 3 with still several hours prior to departure.
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