Your son loves playing basketball, has a closet full of Magic and Kobe jerseys, and is just starting his collection of LeBron swag. For the perfect father-son weekend b-ball retreat, you check into the center of the action at Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. Best of all, it’s adjacent to STAPLES Center a.k.a the home sweet home of the Lakers, and with a good view of the slam dunk Shaq statue.
You enter your two-bedroom suite and immediately feel like a VIP. There’s sweeping views of the twinkling Downtown L.A. skyline and a modern living area, a couple of queen-sized beds, and your own kitchen with a full-sized fridge - perfect for his snacks and your IPAs. As you kick back on the plush couch, you're tempted to extend your stay for months.
But, for now, there’s a few hours to kill before tonight’s Lakers game. You head upstairs to the rooftop pool and work on your tan while junior practices his backstroke. A friendly local tells you about the state-of-the-art Lucky Strike bowling alley and the mindblowing 4DX experience at the Regal 14 L.A. LIVE - you set a reminder to book tickets for a matinee.
You're both famished and tempted to order a Hot Link from Blaze Pizza (and support LeBron), but for this staycation you're going upscale, so it's a no-brainer to pregame at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. Seated in the white tablecloth dining room, it's Mac & Cheese from the Children's Menu for him, and the three-course Filet & Lobster for yourself, because you deserve it.
It’s almost game time and by now you're both jumping up and down with excitement. From your killer seats you watch the Lakers beat the hated Celtics. Jack Nicholson is hanging courtside, and your son almost loses it when he sees Vanessa Hudgens in the stands. Full of adrenaline you slap high-fives with fellow Lakers fans, and you decide to grab a celebratory dessert at the lively Yard House for a post-game treat.
In between bites of brownie s’mores and ice cream, you promise that you’ll squeeze in an early workout at the hotel gym before checking out the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster in 4DX. For now, you can’t stop reveling in the city’s bright lights, laughing at all the celeb sightings, and recounting LeBron’s best plays. This weekend you're both winners.
Residence Inn Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
901 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 90015