Radisson LAX – an unexpected jewel in an airport hotel

Some of you may recall that I can easily bought as a hotel guest – offer me a suite and I’m there!

So, after arriving on NZ1 from London I followed the suggestion of the hotels web site and decided to walk from Terminal 2 at LAX to hotel. Described as ‘Three block away’ the walk is a good 10-15 minutes once you allow for having to cross large roads.


There were two agents working check-in and no queue. The agent asked for photo ID to go with the credit card (something I hate, but I was not up for an argument). A quick swipe of my credit card and the agent uttered my favourite phrase – ‘We’ve upgraded you to a suite tonight for your Gold Status’. Stunned, as nothing like this had happened in my European Radisson stays, I muttered ‘Thank You’ and went off to find the lifts.

Suite – more like three standard rooms

Huge – that’s the word. I knew there was something I could use to describe how big the suite was. So I shall try to say it with pictures:

a bed in a hotel room


a living room with a couch and a table

Living Room and Desk

a room with a table and chairs

Dining Table and Sofas


A large flatscreen TV in the bedroom and another in the Living Room, a dining table for 4, two huge sofas and a desk made up the seating area which seemed as large as two standard rooms. There were two full bathrooms:


a toilet and tub in a bathroom

Bathtub and toilet

 Welcome Amenity

When I got settled I noticed that the hotel had put in a fruit and cheese plate with a large bottle of water. As there was a fridge behind the desk I stashed these away for the morning.

a plate of food and a bottle of water

Welcome Amenity


When checking in with Foursquare it claims there is a 1,000 point bonus for Club Carlson members. No one knew about this at check-out and the points have not posted yet.


Again, a simple and quick process.

Shuttle to the Airport

The shuttle runs from the hotel to the airport at xx:00 and xx:30 from the rear entrance. It was very full when I caught it with people standing and quite a lot of luggage inside the bus as well as outside so get down to the lobby area early if you want a seat:


a hall with tables and chairs



a parking garage with palm trees

Rear Motor Lobby


  1. Living near LAX and having stayed here many, many times on mattress runs, this is the first I’m seeing a suite at this property. Not bad. Nice to hear it offers two full bathrooms. Perhaps if I book a rate higher than the advance purchase low-ball room, I might see this room one day. The walk can be long if you’re schlepping luggage for sure. Not a bad stroll from T1, though.

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