Living the Pop Life at JW Marriott L.A. LIVE

Stay in the heart of "the most entertaining place on the planet"

Lobby of JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Lobby of JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

Maybe you own every piece of Katy Perry merchandise ever produced. Maybe you love the Lakers so much, you named your firstborn daughter “Kobe”. Maybe you know literally every single line in The Big Lebowski, including the stage directions and camera transitions. Whatever your favorite entertainment niche, a true pop culture obsessive like you simply has to be in the thick of the action—in other words, the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, a glittering, 54-story tower of blue-tinted glass in the heart of “the most entertaining place on the planet.”

Your first morning, you jump out of bed and rip open the curtains, taking in the view of Microsoft Square and the Microsoft Theatre, which has hosted the ESPYs, the AMAs, several American Idol finales, and every Emmy Awards ceremony since 2008. You’re surrounded by pop culture past, present, and future and there’s no better feeling.

Ford's Filling Station L.A. LIVE
Ford's Filling Station L.A. LIVE

You take the elevator downstairs - this 1,001-room skyscraper houses both the Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles and the giant lobby is bustling with wide-eyed tourists, business travelers and entertainment junkies like you. You breakfast at Ford’s Filling Station, and notice the Whole Hog Dinner on the menu, an $80 per person dinner which requires 8-10 days advance for a minimum of 10 people. "Maybe next time," you tell yourself while downloading the L.A. LIVE app so you can navigate your stay more efficiently.

Next up, a matinee at Regal L.A. LIVE—the new Marvel film is out and you expect nothing but the most up-to-date cinematic experience. The Regal’s RealD Premiere screen is literally the biggest movie experience in Los Angeles, featuring stadium seating for 800 guests, a 70 foot screen and “immersive sound”. And because it’s a Tuesday, your ticket is only $9! Score!

Katsuya at L.A. LIVE
Katsuya | Photo courtesy of L.A. LIVE, Facebook

You don’t let yourself OD on popcorn—there’s too much good eatin’ to be had around here. Oh hello Katsuya, Rock'N Fish, Rosa Mexicano, The Farm of Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, and Yard House.

"Katy Perry Frock & Roll: Transforming Music and Fashion" at the GRAMMY Museum
"Katy Perry Frock & Roll: Transforming Music and Fashion" | Photo courtesy of GRAMMY Museum, Facebook

After lunch, you head to the GRAMMY Museum—do you check out the retrospective of L.A. punk pioneers X (Exene Cervenka is your spirit animal), or wait—A SURVEY OF THE FASHION OF KATY PERRY? You swoon over the outfits designed for Perry by Moschino’s Jeremy Scott for the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, but you better run—you have courtside seats to tonight’s Lakers game at STAPLES Center, a full 20-second walk from where you’re standing.

Lucky Strike L.A. LIVE
Photo courtesy of Lucky Strike L.A. LIVE

You head over and take your seats as the whistle blows - OMG OMG OMG, you’re sitting next to Jack Nicholson. A few Miller Lites later, and it feels like a really good idea to invite Jack to some late night bowling at Lucky Strike, so you can get your Lebowski on.

The Mixing Room patio at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
The Mixing Room patio | Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

When Jack politely declines, you retreat back to the glowing blue JW Marriott monolith you call home for a nightcap at The Mixing Room bar.

As the DJ spins sexy lounge music, you sip your White Russian and ponder the awesomeness of your day, noticing that the guy next to you looks an awful lot like The Dude. He turns to you and smiles. You utter the infamous words of Walter Sobchak that will mark this as the most pop-culturally perfect night of your life: “F*ck it, Dude. Let’s go bowling.”

JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90015
213-765-8600

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Caroline Ryder