Rated 4 out of 5 by sherwithns Thin Walls
While our stay at The Bonaventure overall was OK, we were kept awake at least two nights by noise from adjoining rooms. The walls are VERY thin...we could not only hear their TV's all night, throughout the night, we also heard their conversations as well. It was very disturbing to be kept awake all night.
December 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Thomas88 Funny hotel
Entering to this hotel gives you the feeling being inside a space shuttle. Many elevators, bridges, towers etc... Quite big and 70ies style. Upgrad to tower suite; nice size, clean, but also bit outdated. View was nice, could have been better if windows where less dirty.
Breakfast is nice and stuff there was friendly. Location is in Downtown, a few minutes from the metro station.
December 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Paul98102 It's the little things...
It's the little things that make what could be a good stay merely ok.
In the case of the Bonaventure, when I arrived, there was a room service cart with dirty plates by my door. That same cart was there for over 24 hours until I finally called to complain.
Valet service was very slow to get my car (over 15 minutes).
I also got a random wakeup call the second night, interrupting my sleep - I was told my room must have been mixed up with a flight crew.
December 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by kpkp Good downtown hotel
Good downtown location that met my needs. The rooms aren't that big, but the are comfortable. I could hear the person in the next room though (connecting door). I have stayed at this hotel several times and have not yet received an upgrade with my SPG status.
December 12, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by blueyes Lack of business needs
I was shocked to learn you charge for
WI-FI internet in today's world. I was told I could go to the lobby and use the WI-FI for free. That isn't really conducive to working, most all hotels provide internet for free. The room looked as if it had been remodeled but the hotel shows sign of an older building not updated. Was way over priced for what you received.
December 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by ratboy Didn't Get King-Sized I Reserved
Several weeks ahead of my arrival I reserved a room with a king-sized bed and breakfast to celebrate my wedding night with my new husband. A week before my arrival I called to confirm my reservation. When we arrived to check in, I was told there were no rooms with a king-sized bed, and was offered one with two double beds. It was after 10:30 PM...too late to hunt for new accommodations so I took the room. The check-in clerk offered a free breakfast; later a I received call stating they would comp my parking. Ultimately it was a good stay, but I was disappointed.
December 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by chuck33477 Great downtown hotel
SPG treatment was great, room was great and facilities were great.
December 4, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gregg7 More than just a Hotel - excellent and friendly service
Almost all 5 star hotels are basically the same. The one thing that differenciates the Bonaventure from it's competition is it's excellent customer service. We visit the Bonaventure quite often (6-7 times). Because of his friendly personality and commitmet to excellent service, we have become friends with Ken Lee on the Front Desk. When my wife and I are deciding which hotel to stay in during a visit to downtown LA we litterally say "Let's go to Ken's Hotel"
December 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happytraveller788 Excellent
It is not easy to take two young kids for a holiday. But the hotel is absolutely making our trip easier. Staff there are super friendly. Strong recommended!
November 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ADESQ Wonderful in every way
Good hotel to stay in for downtown LA. Great price, all class.
November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by tdog8 What a view!
From the time it was built (may years ago), I have always wanted to stay at this hotel. But I live in SoCal so there was really no reason. Until last month! A conference was held there and I stayed for two nights.
It was wonderful. The staff was helpful and friendly. The facilities were convenient. And the room was very comfortable!
I think the roundness of the architecture is just fun!
I hope to attend many more conferences at this location...
November 24, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by wdb3154 dirty dishes, scrimp on shampoo
I returned to my room at 6PM last Wednesday, and noticed a room service cart with someone's dinner remnants outside my door. At 8 AM THE NEXT MORNING that same cart, with the SAME FOOD, was still outside my door. Unacceptable. One two occasions, the shampoo bottles were not replaced the following day.
For the so called image of this hotel, I was quite unimpressed.
November 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Paul425 great last minute stay
Very comfortable, nice lunch in the bar and great drinks.
November 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dina23 very cozy, love the room!
I wasn't sure in the beginning about selecting the hotel, after browsing the price and location, we decided to stay here and we loved it. check in was quick, even though there was a super long queue but we were able to get the shortcut.
room was upgraded to a suite, it was spacious, it was wonderful especially having a 3yo daughter who had fever at that time.
lobby is spacious with 3 or 4 towers so make sure you don't get lost.
location was good, in my opinion it was close enough to little tokyo where we had the best ramen, to the grove etc.
we truly felt comfortable staying here even though we thought it was a business not for family vacation, it turned out both sides are easily acceptable.
i would like to note, during check in Dora assisted us with the super fast check in. we are very happy with the service
ps; i noticed previous reviews were not replied by the hotel management, hopefully they will have the time to read the many wonderful reviews.
November 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LO2013 Comfortable and Clean Rooms
My stay was at the Bonaventure in LA was a comfortable one. The staff are always friendly and helpful. Will stay at the Bonaventure on future visits to LA.
November 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by sjd2013 LA stay Nov. '13
Easy check in. Room was comfortable. TV didn't work well. Satellite signal dropped and TV went to a black screen multiple times in just a short time period. That was a bit annoying.
November 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by WestinLA Christine Banda is terrific
I stayed at the Westin during the 2-3 days without hot water that occured int he middle of October 2013. Christine despite all the chaos in the hotel was wonderful at understanding where I was coming from and treating me with such kindness and respect that humanized the whole experience for me. I am a loyal SPG member and always staying in Starwood hotels. After 2 days without hot water on a business conference meeting I might've changed my mind from ever staying with starwood again but thanks to Christine and her excellent customer service I have changed my mind. Thank you.
November 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by enrico78 Excellent location, service to match
Had a wonderful stay at this hotel. The service was excellent, the views, the bed. The rooms are smaller than I expected and the hotel is dated, but not much of an issue. The location is great for business and if you want to stay in the financial center of LA, otherwise there's not much going on at night, kinda dead; you will always need a vehicle to go anywhere after dark especially.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by APfromMN 300 Nights at the Bonaventure
I've been staying at the Westin Bonaventure for the past 2 years most weeks. The fact that I've happily come back for that long should tell you what you need to know about the quality of the hotel - but let's delve in a bit.
The staff here is fantastic. While it is certainly common for hotels to know their most frequent guests, this group goes beyond the norm. Nearly all the staff is friendly and knows my name and the names of my coworkers. In addition, after only 1 prior trip to the hotel, they also knew my fiance (now wife) on sight.
The rooms are also excellent - good sizes for traditional rooms and suites. If you are in a room facing an elevator, I would recommend pulling the heavy shade closed as lit rooms at night with only the thin curtain can be a bit short on privacy. This is an easily overcome "problem" and certainly not proven to be a deal-breaker.
For food, there are aplenty of places to eat in the hotel itself if you look. Basics like Subway and other easy fair, up to the unusual (Angry Chef - affordable and good - try it) and some nice mid-range places (Sushi, Bonaventure Brew Co - though the Brew Co). All work for a variety of tastes and are easy. You also have LA Prime up top and plenty of places near by in downtown (Drago, LeKa, Public School, and 6th St Tavern are all good bets).
The "bad" is uncommon and livable, but of course nothing is perfect. On rare occasions (a handful of times in 2 years) there are some hot water issues at peak times, but nothing that I've felt was really bad. Connections to the business areas of downtown are available and convenient but you may want to ask the hotel staff for directions as the bridges can be a bit tricky if you don't know where you are going. Late nights the front desk can be a bit shallow-staffed as well, but they don't let that stop them from giving you top notch service when you come in.
The Bonaventure is a great hotel with a top notch staff. You'll have a good stay. If you are looking for a place in downtown LA, look no further.
November 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chandrita Quick Trip Stay
From the time of check-in to during my stay and beyond, the staff at this large hotel (I say large for a reason) because at times you don't always get the excellent service they provided, was fantastic! Continuing to always recognize me as a Gold Member and noting my available upgrades, they met all my expectations. Although my trip was quick, this hotel provided all the amentities that were needed.
November 11, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by wpc5669 need staff
The front desk is hopelessly undermanned. Almost every time i visited the front desk there was only ONE person there! I stood in line behind three other guests just to get my SPG number added to my room and leave a credit card for incidentals [my company arranges the rooms]. Even after going to the Bell desk to ask if they could get anyone to help the lone agent, no-one showed up. When I do get to speak with the desk agents, they are very helpful. I just shouldn't have to wait that long!
November 9, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by SanDiego55 This hotel does not have great features
One thing about the Westin Bonaventure is if you ask a question that they don't like, they will not post an answer on facebook. I would not recommend this hotel and I am glad there are other choices in LA. I think this hotel needs a remodel and needs to be cleaner. It would be nice if the employees all spoke English since this hotel is in America. Not quite as nice as the other Westins. I know you won't publish it as this hotel only posts 5 star reviews.
November 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by MORROROCK UNDISCLOSED FEES
PARKING OF $40.00 PER DAY NOT DISCLOSED OR EXPLAINED. BREAKFAST WAS SUPPOSE TO BE PROVIDED EVERYDAY-PAID FOR ALL MEALS. I EAT VERY LITTLE -1 EGG-I-YOGURT- JUICE TOAST??????expect REIMBURSEMENT OF PARKING FOR ALL DAYS EXCEPT ONE. ALSO BREAKFAST CHARGES....
November 4, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by MadTraveler Chaos & Confusion
I was invited by a third party to stay at this property to make an appearance at their event at the Nokia Theatre. There was a mix-up with my reservation and despite my confirmation # and dates from the group who coordinated everything, the front desk agent was confused and frustrated and ultimately retreated to a back room for 15 minutes seeking answers to the issue. The overall check-in process lasted 40 minutes (6:30 pm to 7:10pm PT to be exact.) Then she couldn’t get the credit card swipe to work, so in an effort to not be any later for my appearance just put cash on the room so that I could get checked in. Because of the confusion, she offered to comp my parking for the stay. On Sunday morning when I checked out, the comped parking was not indicated. A manager had to come to the front desk, review the scenario and explained to me a long story about group reservations and how it can be complicated as a way to justify their poor customer service that weekend. As a hotel property that has shot countless movies and are supposed to be accustomed to hosting larger parties and conferences, I was shocked by how bad things turned out. I’d never stay here again based on this complicated experience.
November 4, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by PaleoConferenceAttendee Dated and stingy
This iconic hotel (seen in at least one movie shot over 20 years ago) is a monument to the era when architects were enamored with poured concrete and sweeping open spaces that focus on cold eccentric architecture above any semblance of comfort.
Worse, the management has not updated this decidedly 20th century building with the 21st century service that almost all other comparable hotels offer. Namely, the wifi is slow and cumbersome in the uncomfortable lobby, it is expensive in the rooms (who still charges for internet use?!) and their lobby business center posts a steep charge for use of an outdated computer and an absurdly high fee to print. Nice of them to make it so easy to print a boarding pass for $9.65 - assuming their internet is fast enough to allow you to accomplish your goal in the first ten minutes.
November 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Buh1020 THis hotel has excellent staff
The staff is freindly and professional and very attentive to guests' needs.
October 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by chichi skip Bona Vista Lounge
In the past it was great, but the new menu food was awful! We should have sent it back. A dried-out, over-cooked fried chicken sandwich on a dry oversized bun--solo for 14$. No chips, fries or a sprig of parsley! I had a hambuger-ordered medium-came overdone- no onions, a few soggy fries...16$
October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Betty0809 Great
I was recently at the Bonaventure with CTA. I have always been impressed on the quality of the food, it is hard to find good hotel food.
I will also add that the front desk, bell, valet, and housekeeping has always been helpful and friendly.
October 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by LauraCTA Staff is Incredible
Love, love, love this hotel. Awesome staff. Friendly. Guest orientated. Exceptional service.
Just wish parkng company that contracts with Bonaventure had the same quality. .
October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Brad1000000 Huge hotel, but they make you feel welcome
This is "the" Westin hotel. It's been in a bunch of movies and it's fairly "classic" luxury by today's standards. There's lots of dated concrete, steel, and glass, but the property is well maintained and usually very busy, if not fully occupied. For such a large hotel, it's surprising they do not have a club level/lounge, so platinum amenities are limited. They did provide me a free breakfast buffet at the restaurant, which has great service and selection. My tip: self-park at the library garage in the block just southeast of the hotel; it's $8 overnight (until 8AM). The hotel charges $40+ for valet only.
October 27, 2013