Four Points by Sheraton LAX Master Thread

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  1. eponymous_coward
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    This is my go-to hotel in LA. Rates are typically always reasonable, even on short notice ( $65-70, adding up to ~$80 all-in is not uncommon), and while it isn't as nice as the Westin and Sheraton Gateway nearby, I've always found it more than adequate for my needs... and they will allow a 24 hour checkin if you are paying a $99 or over rate, at any time (which is perfect if you need an LAX layover).

    http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=78669&p=irol-newsArticle_print&ID=1538105&highlight=

    Plus, all the beer you could ever want at the hotel bar: Old Speckled Hen, Rasputin Imperial Stout, Hoegaarden....

    I posted some pictures of the refurbished rooms at the Four Points LAX on FT (the refurbishing is ongoing):

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/15783336-post239.html

    There are other pictures in the thread as well.

    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/15994825-post254.html

    As an SPG Gold who has stayed there regularly, I am sometimes put in a suite, but the last few times, there's been a welcome amenity in the room (shown in my set of pictures).

    There is ample nearby street parking on Airport Boulevard, just past the Renaissance Montoura (another big reason why I use this hotel- I don't want to pay $20-30 a night hotel parking gouge for my rental).
     
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    the management is also very responsive to any negative issues, while rare, I've had a couple of times.

    last time I stayed I was put in a room that had a connecting door to a storeroom, the door did not have a lock on it. I called down to the desk and stated I wanted to be moved to a different room. Within a few minutes a manager was knocking on my door waiting to escort me to a new room. He apologized on our way and asked if he could comp breakfast. I was leaving on a 6am flight but said if he could cover a single night parking charge that my friend was going to incurr, I'd be grateful. No problems he took care of the charge.

    While I certainly like the price of the 4pts LAX, I like the bed more at the Westin LAX[​IMG]
     
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    Another fan of the 4 Pts LAX. We often use the 14 night park and fly rate (which can sometimes be booked online). We also sometimes get upgraded to junior suites as a Gold. Also great for doing a mattress run with the Sheraton Gateway, which is a short walk away. -- Suzanne
     
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    I appreciate that they have corporate rates that include free parking, especially since rental car return for LAX is literally just down the street. Makes for an easy check-out, drop off the car, get on plane.
     
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    Four Points LAX does have its pluses, as several have outlined above. And you can find some great low rates here from time to time - a few times I have gotten emails from them advertising a $69 rate. But, it is a bit tired looking and the Sheraton and Westin are more comfortable and better maintained and if I can get rates there within $20 more (BRG's, promotions), then I'll go to the other two for a nicer stay.
    Also as Platinum we get 500 SPG bonus points for a stay rather than the 250 at 4 Points.
    But I have to agree that 4 Points does have the better parking rates and proximity to car rental locations.
     
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    The bulk of my SPG stays for the past five years have been in this property, needless to say that the recent refurbishments are much needed and well appreciated! Still wish they could do something about the elevators in the west wing though...

    I've also received the welcome amenity back when I was mattress running as a Gold.
     
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    most car rental agencies will have a shuttle van that can pick you up or drop you off at local LAX area hotels, just ask.
     
  8. SST
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    While some like the bar for its beer choices, I'm more of a wine drinker and I have never had anything remotely great at the basically windowless bar. The hotel facilities themselves are overtired, and the rooms aren't particularly quiet. Still, if you're in need of a cheap resting place for 8 hours with a beer before bed, I've used it. I've just never come away with any particular enthusiasm. Also, the wait at the desk to check in has been lengthy on several evenings.

    Typically, I'll try for the Sheraton first (and no, it doesn't have a great bar either, and certainly not the beer choices.) Both feature poor food choices. I'd be interested in someone telling us where they EAT in the neighborhood, if you're without a car..... Except for those occasions when I'm actually late in/early out, just transitioning at LAX, I *always* get a car and go somewhere nice to eat---- and that leads me to a lot of nicer hotels than any of the LAX ones.
     
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    In 'n Out. ;)

    The neighborhood isn't all that great for food choices within walking distance, to be honest- mostly hotel restaurants that are pretty blah. I did notice a Greek place in the Super 8 (!) north of the Four Points that I may try out one of these days. It looks a little greasy spoon, so I wouldn't expect 3 star Michelin cuisine, but it might be OK diner food.

    And yeah, I'd like nicer hotels too. My budget doesn't cover the SLS Beverly Hills, and I've noticed that LAX generally offers the best 3-4 star ooomph for your money in the LA area- places near BUR, for instance, run about $30-50 a night more for comparable properties, which tends to put me at LAX (along with car rentals out of LAX being cheaper and nicer than out of BUR), even though BUR is a much better airport, and I could choose it with no penalty flying AS (nonstops both ways), and I am often spending time in the Valley (and thus LAX == dealing with suicide-inducing 405).

    I've stayed at all three SPG properties near LAX (4P, Sheraton Gateway, LAX Westin), and the differences in room quality don't strike me as worth the money (especially now that the 4P is offering me refurbished rooms)- right now the 4P is $69 a night for advance purchase for dates I am looking at, the Gateway's $89, and the Westin is $116. I'd rather have the $20. Since I'm a Gold, not a Platinum, club lounges/Plat amenities don't enter into it (plus I am typically there on a weekend).
     
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    I've stayed in this hotel about 3 times last year, as well as a few MRs at $69 a night during "stays count double" promo last year. :D

    Since they refurbished it it's really a fairly good hotel for a quick stay. No complaints here!
     
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    I have stayed here a few times and dont think I have been given a refurbished room as yet. I have had the welcome amenity of cookies and fruit though. I think I have only received a suite once out of about 5-6 stays. Oh well. I usually dont bother pushing for Plat upgrades here as I am often just using the room as a day rate (MR), not overnight, so its not a big deal. I am not sure if the suites have been renovated, so you may be better off taking the renovated standard room over a pretty old looking suite.
     
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    My third link in the post that starts the thread shows a refurbished junior suite.
     
  13. Skye1
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    Just had a couple of stays there. Had ended up going w/ Budget for a car-rental, and you can't get more convenient than Budget's driveways being practically across the street from the 4-Points.

    If you don't have a car, the In & Out on Sepulveda is walk-able. That, or you can take the Parking Spot (airport parking lot) shuttle to their Sepulveda lot, and In & Out is right there.

    That, or, from the Marriott nearby (or a few other stops along Century Blvd.), you can grab the Ocean Express shuttle down to Manhattan Beach, where any number of fantastic options are available.
     
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    Walking to Sepulveda is the simplest, IME. If the weather is nice, you get to walk off your double double animal style, too. :) :D
    Dave
     
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    It might be worth a thread to educate out-of-area (used to be out-of-towners before In-N-Out expanded) about In-N-Out and why they rule supreme and some ordering tips. :D
     
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    Just wanted to say I'm available here to answer any questions. The comments are accurate and very appreciated. Before your next stay you can send me a Tweet @FourPointsLAX and I'll make sure you get in an excellent West Tower Room. Regarding Brewster's we are part of SBE and we have had the SBE mixologist over to create 5 or six cocktails for us as well as work on our wine list...for beer there is no other choice.

    First Quarter 2012 - Double Starpoints 10% off BAR Rate plus Free Pint of Beer (in Brewster's SIPS Award winner for Best Regional Beer List in the US) and Breakfast Buffet. This is good for all Consortia and Corporate Accounts. Also, 24 Hour Check-In/Check Out available - tell us when you are coming (48 hours in advance) and we will have a room ready for you that you can keep 24 hours. Hit me up with questions.

    Best for the New Year,

    Phil GM
     
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    Awesome Phil! I love to see hotel GM's getting involved in threads about the hotels we stay at. I haven't stayed there for awhile, but next time I am at LAX, you will see me for sure. Its a great Four Points hotel :)
     
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