Haute Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA LIVE

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The Ritz-Carlton brand is synonymous with luxury overnight stays, but it’s also, as it happens, a wonderful place to live, as well.

The words that comes to mind upon seeing its residences, which occupy the 27th – 51st floors of the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, are opulent, spacious and sleek, in that order.

Who wouldn’t like to live at the Ritz? It’s like living at your own home, but better. The residences offer private,  amenities that are available only to residents, as well as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s signature amenities including a dedicated concierge, a sky lobby, private lounge and boardroom (which offers a gourmet buffet spread each morning), a screening room, fitness center, “blue” rooftop swimming pool and spa with a landscaped terrace, 24-hour valet parking and hotel services such as housekeeping and in-home dining.

Not bad. We haven’t even mentioned the 224 apartments, however, which range in size from a one-bedroom at 960 – 1,640 square feet to a single story penthouse on the Ritz’s 51st floor at 3,880 – 5,860 square feet.

The residences, which offer amazing views of LA from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Hollywood Hills, are all unique in style but feature top-of-the-line amenities like Snaidero Italian cabinets, granite or Ceasarstone counter tops, Gaggenau appliances and a Bosch clothes washer/dryer.

The pot is even sweeter, given that homeowners receive special pricing at many of LA LIVE’s establishments, including The Ritz-Carlton Spa®,  WP24, The Mixing Room, ION, LA Market, TraderVic’s, and the Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill.

Also included is access to the Staples Center’s luxury suite with VIP entry, access to the San Manuel Club and a one-year membership to the Grammy Museum.

The Residences, which were developed by AEG and designed by Gensler, are also beloved by LA sports fans, who more than enjoy the new $1 million private champions lounge. The redesign was introduced this year, as was a specially commissioned Swarovski crystal championship ring sculpture to fete Stanley Cup winners the LA Kings.

Bottom line: if you’re one of the few privileged enough to stay at the Residences, count yourself lucky.

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