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Marriott Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles

The Marriott Hotel is on the northwestern edge of downtown Los Angeles. It is a little more than 25 years old.


The hotel is a mid-rise glass building in a rhomboid shape. It is the home to downtown L.A.'s only first-run movie theater, Laemmle Grand, in its basement.


One of the biggest flaws of this hotel is its location in downtown L.A.'s most pedestrian-unfriendly location.


Figueroa Street is a broad one-way street with no street activity. On the hotel's west side is the I-110 (Harbor) Freeway, which divides downtown from the adjacent City West neighborhood. A large viaduct on Fourth Street prevents direct access to Bunker Hill and the Civic Center. Because of the street configuration, the busier bus services and DASH shuttles avoid this stretch of Figueroa. The one-way street also makes driving to and from the hotel an unpleasant challenge.


The Marriott is right on the southern edge of this downtown no-man's-land. Things are more pleasant right across the street, where the Bonaventure is.

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Taken on February 18, 2008