03 Sep A Change of Scenery at the Marina Del Rey Hotel
After graduating from UCLA, JIll traveled the world looking for unique destinations. She’s been writing about her travels for almost 30 years in various publications.
She writes a weekly restaurant review for the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News. It’s inserted into the Los Angeles Times every Thursday and delivered to subscribers from Hancock Park to Beverly Hills, Hollywood Hills to the Wilshire Corridor.
A Change of Scenery at the Marina Del Rey Hotel
BY JILL WEINLEIN
Situated in a scenic waterfront location on the world’s largest manmade small-craft harbor, is the boutique Marina del Rey Hotel. Sitting on the balcony of a marina view room, one can watch boats unfurl their sails while leaving the main channel to heel in the wind. Seagulls cry overhead as fishing boats return from a day at sea. Guests gain a sense of renewal and peace, as if the world’s health pandemic doesn’t exist.
The three-story, 164 seaside guest rooms and 9 suites welcomes guests seeking a change of scenery. The management and staff follow rigorous cleanliness standards, as well as CDC and local health mandates.
As part of Pacifica Hotels, the Marina Del Rey Hotel follows the “Pacifica Pure Stay” principles to take significant measures to safeguard the health and safety of guests and the staff.
Guests and staff must wear a face covering when entering the lobby, upon check-in at the temporary plexiglass barrier and throughout the hotel. A pre-wrapped mask will be given if necessary, along with a guest room key card, a small welcome hand sanitizer gift, and a COVID-19 fact sheet with hotel policies regarding distancing and personal protective equipment.
Hand sanitizing stations are located at entrances, elevators, near the SALT Restaurant and Bar, and at the pool deck. Increased frequency of sanitizing high touch areas include elevator button panels, handrails, door handles, and the entry doors.
Electrostatic sprayers are utilized during guest room cleaning and public/common areas. A clean seal notification sticker indicates the cleaned room has not been accessed. Increased disinfection efforts include television remote controls, door, furniture and water faucet handles, nightstands, telephones, in-room control panels, and light switches.
Guest rooms no longer have coffee service, minibar offerings, iron, ironing board, collateral, pen, paper, magazines and directories. Coffee makers, irons and ironing boards are available upon request to allow enhanced cleaning of items.
Small bath amenities are wrapped after sanitization. Guests are encouraged to bring the products home after their stay.
The outdoor dining SALT Restaurant and Bar also follows a new health and well-being protocol for team members and guests with guidance of the CDC and local health departments.
Guests must wear a face covering when entering the restaurant and while walking to the restroom or back to their guest room. Servers wear masks and face shields when taking diners orders, entering the kitchen, and delivering food to guests.
For those not ready to dine outside among others at socially distanced 6+ feet apart tables, guests can order off the SALT menu and have their meal delivered in takeaway containers to their room door. Dining on the ground floor guest patio or balcony area while watching a watercolor sunset is spectacular in the evening.
Lounge chairs, daybeds and swimming at the outdoor heated infinity swimming pool and deck is by reservation only to protect guests and staff from overcrowding. Pool reservations can be made upon check-in for 90 minute increments.
Other outdoor activities include bicycles with a basket and lock for $5 an hour or $25 for the day. Marina Del Rey offers miles of paved bike paths for visitors to explore. The staff at the front desk can arrange paddle board, boat and kayak rentals upon request.
With travel uncertainty, guests can have peace of mind with the hotel’s flexible cancellation until 6 p.m. the day prior to arrival for select stays through December 31, 2020.
To make a reservation, call (310) 301-1000 or go to https://www.marinadelreyhotel.com.