To stay so close to water is a treat, even when we in Los Angeles can pretty readily drive to the Pacific.
Although I live just about an hour away, my cousin and I decided to stay overnight in Redondo, making it a true vacation for me as well as her when she came for a visit.
Staying overnight at the Crowne Plaza was, indeed, a good idea. Staying over turned this day-trip-distance visit to Redondo Beach into a proper vacation. Once we parked my car in the hotel's self-parking, we didn't take it out again until we left Redondo Beach.
Redondo Beach is, of course, a larger area than just the harbor, but the harbor and its immediate area was all we sought for this two or three day getaway. Staying at the hotel was like staying in a bungalow in a beach colony; we just padded across the street to explore whatever we wanted or do whatever we wanted. Then it was a quick walk back to the hotel, and equally quick to head out again. No cars, no parking hassles, no major planning.
There aren’t many So Cal coastal towns where you can do this. Several are greatly built up. Redondo Beach had the right feel. We easily recommend this trip and idea to others.
So we arrived at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach...
Our first sight was that of impressive native-to-California greenery. We were happy to see that water is respected here. (We later learned there is a lot of sustainability practice in place and being put in place here.)
We were greeted out front by a smiling Bellhop and then... stepping into the marble lobby, we noticed this huge high 1,500 gallon salt water fish tank amid varied, inviting seating areas — and we knew we were in for a great hotel experience.
In fact, we loved sitting in the lobby so much that during our stay, as soon as one of us was ready for our next outting, she'd go down and sit by the fish tank to wait for the other to finish getting ready.
This is a perfect lobby in which to meet business associates, should you be in Redondo Beach for meetings.
It's also easy to have local friends meet you here and sit a while. (In case you're wondering, we had to work a bit to take these photos because there was almost always a cluster of people seated.)
The Front Desk staff were nice to us at check-in, and were always helpful, not just for our hotel stay but for area advice to help with out little getaway, as well.
The Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach is 5 story, 346 rooms hotel. There is also an impressive meeting space. With several fast elevators though, we never found ourselves waiting long to get up to our room or back down.
We stayed in a Double Bedded Room — a room with two double beds, pictured here. We liked the good-sized desk to work at. (We were reviewing photos on our MacBook Pro. No in this photo is an actual lighted closet by the door.
The highlight of our room was our balcony, right behind those sheer curtains. French doors open up to a balcony on which we could actually sit and take in our Redondo Beach King Harbor and Pacific Ocean view. There were comfortable chairs just waiting for us out there. These two photos are just slivers of the view from our room.
Each room in the front has a view similar to ours. Additionally, rooms on each side feature views of the Pacific Ocean. Rooms in the back of the hotel have Palm tree studded views up the hill and into Redondo Beach.
Other room options here are:
We asked for, and were given a full tour of the hotel so we got to see each of the room types. All are impressive and spacious. (The hotel supplied these two photos for me.)
It was unseasonably cool when came to Redondo Beach for our little getaway and we had so much to do at the harbor, so we didn’t get to take advantage of the rooftop pool, hot tub, or tennis courts. Others did though, even though it was somewhat windy up there due to our odd weather.
After all, this is Southern California and no matter how cool we think it is, it’s almost always swim weather. Besides, the pool is heated — and this is a pool with an exceptional view!
To the south you can see the Palos Verdes Peninsula. To the north you can see the beach cities coastline blend into the sky. Looking out into the Pacific ocean, most days you can see Catalina Island out in the ocean.
That's the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the distance. (The hotel's shot was better than ours so we're using theirs. The others are ours.)
The deck furniture is new in 2011 and is a brought in from Spain adding a bit of a European feel to the area.
The pool deck, heated pool and hot tub are open until 10 p.m.
After being busy being tourists and having fun with harbor activities all day, we were happy to relax in the hotel's sauna at night.
We found the woman's sauna indoors, on the 2nd floor, in the hall that leads to the pool. (There's also a men's sauna right nearby.) It's open to all hotel guests at no extra charge and is open until 10 p.m. There are showers and towels in the sauna room as well; we didn't have to bring towels down from our room. The traditional 2-level dry sauna can fit 6 people comfortably but we had it to ourselves.
Every good high-end hotel seems to have a spa these days. The Crowne Plaza is host to Body Etc — European Spa & Salon, located on the 2nd floor. We didn’t have the opportunity to experience the spa so we’ll just let you know it’s there. You can learn about its services at BodyEtcSpa.com.
Le Room, a full-service hair, nails, make-up salon for both men and women is located on the hotel's lobby level. It offers a 10% discount to hotel guests on most services.
All Crowne Plaza guests have access to Gold’s Gym 24 hours a day, every day of the week. This wise arrangement provides hotel guest with more gym tools than a hotel gym typically maintains.
Gold’s Gym is not in the Crowne Plaza building, but it’s pretty much connected, in the building right next door. You can see the gym's building in the hotel photo at the top of this page. (The gym shares the hotel's self-parking lot.)
300 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
South-East corner of North Harbor Drive and Beryl Street.
(Just 7 miles from LAX, Los Angeles International Airport)
To learn more about the hotel or make reservations you can visit these websites, or of course call the number above:
Unfortunately, parking isn’t free for hotel guests. Self-parking is $22/day, about the same as parking in the lots in the area. Valet parking is just $4 more per day.
There are 8 sales and meeting professionals on site to help you with your meeting needs.
The meeting room stats:
To speak with a meeting professional, call the sales office phone 310-318-7724.
It struck us that the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach is a beautiful location to have a wedding — either indoors or on the ocean view rooftop.