After a day of flying in 1A from Bucharest to LA via London and New York, I knew that I would want a bed for the night, and this gave me another opportunity to clock up a night towards the status match challenge.
There are loads of Hiltons in the area surrounding LAX – 14 within 5 miles -to suits all preferences and budgets, but one of the newest was the H. It is, conveniently, one of the closest to the airport so with a relatively short layover I was keen to maximise sleep time.
The hotel has a shuttle which was easy enough to flag down at the kerbside of the airport, and it took less than 10 minutes to reach the hotel.
Check in was smooth and I was in my room by 2330 with an upgrade to a dual aspect room with runway views. After a long day I got into bed and slept really well.
I had deliberately pushed my final flight of the ticket to a lunchtime departure so I didn’t have to wake up too early. Of course, with a body clock out of sync, I was up around 7 so decided to make use of the gym.
The hotel is situated between the two main runways at LAX so has some incredible opportunities for plane spotting.
The gym is on the top floor and looks out into the terrace, so any Av-Geek can work up a sweat on the treadmill whilst watching the aircraft landing.
I spent a little time on the terrace after the gym and watched a few planes land; with the right equipment, this must be a great spot to spot…!
There is also a small pool which looked nice but I didn’t see anyone using.
After working up an appetite I headed to the restaurant for breakfast.
There was a decent menu and I went for a vegetarian version of the Waypoint Wrap.
As a Diamond member, I had a $10 credit to put towards my meal. It was never going to cover it completely so it’s not a free breakfast, but it is not bad. I always charge it to the room to maximise the points earned, but I like to give a tip in cash.
After check I got back into the shuttle and was at the American Airlines Flagship check in area in a few minutes.
I had a really comfortable stay, and the location was great, but it is a bit pricey and was the most expensive hotel of the trip. With more time between layovers I might be tempted to venture further afield, but the convenience was welcomed!