Best Hotel Club Lounges Marina del Rey & Santa Monica


We have already reviewed the best club lounges in Los Angeles, but this is such a spread-out city. What are the best hotels with club lounges in Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey?

Marina del Rey is a seaside community in Los Angeles County, California, with a marina, a major boating and water recreation destination of the greater Los Angeles area. The marina is North America’s largest artificial small-craft harbor.

Santa Monica is a coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica Beach is fringed by Palisades Park, with views over the Pacific Ocean.

If you want club lounge access for free, book a standard room at the InterContinental in New York, Paris, or London, which partner with our luxury travel concierge and you will get a room upgrade and free club lounge access. This free lounge access has got to be one of the best hotel deals in New York, Paris, and London!

We also offer a bunch of fabulous free benefits at InterContinental Los Angeles Century City if you book with our luxury travel concierge. Unfortunately, this hotel doesn’t have a club lounge, but our free benefits here include:

  • Guaranteed upgrade at time of booking (from Superior room to One Bedroom Executive King Suite)
  • Complimentary breakfast for two at the hotel restaurant daily
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests served in our Mari Los Angeles Restaurant only
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-fi

The most luxurious hotels in Los Angeles include the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles At Beverly Hills, The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles, InterContinental Los Angeles Century City, Mr. C Beverly Hills, SLS Beverly Hills, Terranea Resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, Hotel Bel-Air, Dorchester Collection, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, Shutters on the Beach, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.

None of these hotels has a club lounge, except the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, but don’t worry, ‎book via our luxury travel concierge and you will get the following free benefits at all Four Seasons hotels and similar benefits at all the other hotels outlined above, for the same price as their website:

  • Breakfast for two people per bedroom
  • Food and beverage credit or spa credit of $100 USD per stay (where you can spend your credit depends on the hotel but the value is always $100 USD)
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites)
  • Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms
  • Complimentary welcome gift

I have compiled a list below containing the club lounges available across luxury hotels in Los Angeles in the Marina Del Ray and Santa Monica areas.

I list the ones I consider to be the best at the top. I will be reviewing each of these Marina del Rey & Santa Monica hotel club lounges in detail in turn so that you know what you will get if you book a room with club lounge access.

1. Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Probably the best luxury hotel with the best club lounge in Los Angeles is the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, an authentic Southern California retreat located on one of the largest recreational marinas in the world and crucially, just five minutes from LAX.

Immerse yourself in stunning coastal surroundings in one of their 304 waterfront guest rooms and suites, relax at Sisley Spa, farm-to-table, dine at Cast & Plow or exercise on the tennis and basketball courts or in their gorgeous heated saltwater pool. Nearby, the Strand provides a scenic pathway for walking, running, and cycling, while the marina is a top destination for water activities.

Book a Club Level Guest Room and enjoy partial Marina and city views, personal “Juliet” balconies, expansive windows and doors for enhanced vistas and light, luxurious Asprey bath essentials and exclusive Club Lounge access.

Ritz-Carlton Club rooms are a great deal because of the access to the Club Lounge. Amenities including a dedicated team that assist with special requests and vacation plans. More importantly, complimentary small bite food and beverage presentations are offered throughout the day, more than enough to fill you up completely. Premium cocktails and wines are also available for purchase. Extra activities included for free are a cocktail demonstration from a mixologist highlighting local ingredients from the farmers market and a wine lesson from our Sommelier and learn about what pairs well with certain blends.

The decor in the lounge is nautical blue, relaxing, and luxurious, and the location is on the club level floor 11 (club floors are 11 and 12). Club lounges at Ritz-Carlton hotels tend to be some of the best, with some of the best food of any club lounge. The continuous culinary offerings throughout the day include breakfast, light lunch, evening hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and sweets.

Whether you book a club room or not, book via our luxury travel concierge to get the following free benefits at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey:

  • Upgrade on arrival (subject to availability)
  • Continental breakfast to be used either in Cast & Plow Restaurant or through In-Room Dining
  • Choice of a full-day bicycle rental for two people or a 1 hour on-site Tennis lesson ($120 USD value, once per stay
  • Early check-in (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

2. JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot

JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot is in a brilliant location and there are loads of restaurants in that area of Santa Monica as well as the superb beach, boardwalk and pier.

Santa Monica is a great location for driving to both Malibu and Venice Beach. This high-end Marriott has an excellent beachside location and a very good spa.

Rooms have city beach and ocean views, many with private balconies. The problem with this hotel is that, although it is a great choice, the JW does not have a lounge. They do vouchers for Elite Marriott Bonvoy members (platinum, titanium, and ambassador) for breakfast for 2.

3. Marina del Rey Marriott

Your other Marriott Bonvoy option in Marina del Ray is the Marina del Rey Marriott. This hotel is not nearly as good as the Ritz and JW mentioned above, but it is still worth considering if you are in the area.

Located in the heart of one of the most desirable coastal communities, five miles from LAX and minutes from famous Venice Beach, this hotel offers spacious hotel rooms with pampering amenities and a private balcony offering incredible views of the Marina or Santa Monica. The only problem with this hotel is that there’s not much within walking distance.

Stop by their popular restaurant, Sinder, where the locals meet for delicious dining and fun weekly events. Go for a swim in the pool, work out in the gym, or head out to the beach across from our hotel. Host business meetings or weddings in conference rooms or the ballroom with unmatched views of the ocean. Los Angeles is nearby, as are Marina del Rey’s shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

There is a club lounge at Marina del Rey Marriott, which is decent, with wonderful city views, but the lounge is small with limited food and drinks, and it gets very busy, so it should not be a reason to choose this hotel alone.

Parking is expensive here. The website says around $37 USD valet. Directly across the street is MDR Parking Lot #10, which costs $6 USD for a 24-hour period weekdays in the low season and tends to be a much better deal.

Other options in the area include Le Meridien Delfina, but this doesn’t have an executive club lounge.

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