If you’re forced to stay in a commuter hotel because of a layover, canceled flight (they cancel them for hot weather now), or any other act of god, you’d be hard pressed to find nicer accommodations by the airport then at the Sheraton Gateway. Strategically located in a spot with limited flyovers, this 15-floor property has sweeping views of the city, decent sound proofing, and a resort pool that is surprisingly large and welcoming.
Standard rooms here are fairly cookie cutter but the in-room coffee machines come with free Starbucks, which is nice.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no balconies, but that might be a good thing with airplane noise and all. You be the judge.
Le Grand Bain products are used in the bathrooms and depending on who you ask, they’re either the best or the absolute worst. We were more in the middle. Bathrooms also come with raised sinks, nice vanity mirrors, and either shower/tub combos or standing showers with no tub depending on room classification.
The impressively large lobby is bathed in natural light and spreads out to include an actual Starbucks, as well as the large hotel bar and adjoining restaurants.
While you’re waiting for your flight, make good use of the spacious pool and pool deck. Here you’ll find enough room to swim laps, enclosed cabanas, fire pits, and a whirlpool that’s good for getting out those long flight kinks.
A sizable gym features Life Fitness equipment and free weights. The views aren’t bad either as it looks out over the pool.
For breakfast, the hotel offers a daily buffet in their Brasserie--which also has a nice patio. For lunch and dinner, there’s Costero California Bar & Bistro that’s chock-full of sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and more.
Sheraton Club members have access to the Club Lounge that includes a full daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi, unlimited snacks and drinks, and impressive views.
Costero California Bar & Bistro is also home to the massive circular bar off the lobby. Here, guests can imbibe on regular and late-night happy hour specials to pass the time between flights and flirt over the inconvenience of LAX.
The Ocean Express shuttle can take you to Manhattan Beach and back for only $5. There you’ll find countless bars and restaurants. Ask the concierge for details.
There’s little worth walking to in this area, but you can always catch an Uber or Lyft to take you to the beach, which can relax you a bit before dealing with 2-hour security lines.
If you haven’t experienced the majesty of animal style fries at In-N-Out Burger (5-minute drive), now’s your chance! If you want to sample LA’s famous sushi scene, head over to SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa (11-minute drive) over in Marina del Rey.
You might be better off staying at the hotel, but if you feel really cooped up, hop over to Prince O’Whales (13-minute drive) for some ice-cold brews and greasy burgers.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you have an early morning flight, an overnight layover, or any other excuse related to the nightmare that is the Los Angeles International Airport, the Sheraton is really a great option to help you unwind before rejoining the cattle call that is LAX security lines. The hotel provides its guests with decent food and drink options, stellar views, a complimentary airport shuttle, free Starbucks!, and a pool that’s worth unpacking your suit for.