Relax, Sit Back and Let Your Travel Woes Fly Away
Written By: Lindsay DeLong Hyatt Regency LAX
We’ve all been there. You’re running just a bit too late, you’re hitting just the wrong amount of traffic on the 405 and the parking lot shuttle is taking forever. The security line is too long, and then, sweat dripping down your face, luggage halfway opened and your belt still not quite fastened, the gate agent shuts the door to your flight the second you run up. You beg and plead, but no—you’ve officially missed your flight. You’ll have to wait for the next one—tomorrow. So, now what?
Well, lucky for you, the Hyatt Regency and LAX have made some big changes that are going to make those pending missed flights and connections much less stressful. Come 2020, a $1.6 billion dollar expansion of the Tom Bradley International Terminal is set to be completed, which will feature 12 new gates that will help immensely with airplane traffic (because yes, LA has that kind of traffic, too). This much-needed upgrade will improve LAX as a whole, with more tunnels between terminals, moving walkways and a planned “people mover,” which will make navigating between terminals a lot easier.
For the high rollers, LAX has recently introduced The Private Suite, which redefines every part of the airport experience. Currently offered in such cities as London, Munich and Dubai, this VIP service is perfect for LA’s celebrities trying to avoid those pesky paparazzi. With its own secluded entrance away from all the congestion, The Private Suite members are provided personal TSA screening and on-site Customs and Immigration processing, individual suites with views of aircraft taking off and landing, and direct-to-aircraft transportation across the tarmac in a BMW 7-series, Head-of-State style. A dedicated team of eight people are assigned to each member, making sure the experience goes above and beyond. A typical passenger takes about 2,000 steps from car to plane at LAX, whereas The Private Suite members take just 70. It’s LAX made easy, which is a definite perk—a perk that will cost you a pretty penny. You’ll spend $3,500 if you’re a member flying domestic and $4,000 for international flights.
Sometimes it’s inevitable that you’re still going to miss that flight. When that happens, the newly renovated Hyatt Regency LAX is there (literally right next door) to save the day. With complimentary, 24-hour direct shuttle escorts to/from all terminals, Hyatt Regency LAX is perfect for a comfortable night’s sleep or simply to come kill a couple of hours in between connections.
The modern hotel features 580 spacious rooms with state-of-the-art technology, unparalleled views of the runways, a heated outdoor swimming pool and spa complete with cabanas and fire pits and more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, making the hotel a popular venue for events.
Just a short jaunt from nearby beach cities like Redondo, Manhattan and Venice Beach, it’s a perfect location to also squeeze in a bit of that coveted SoCal sightseeing during a layover.
In addition to 24-hour room service, Hyatt Regency LAX’s food offerings are on point. Their full-service restaurant, Unity LA, offers breakfast and dinner options focusing on the variety of the LA food scene. Unity Open Market is open around the clock and features an upscale grab-and-go station as well as freshly prepared salad/sandwich and soup/noodle stations.
Unity Bar is stocked with spirits and California wines and beers; the perfect place to meet fellow travelers. Hot tip: if you’re having someone pick you up from a flight, simply shuttle on over for a handcrafted cocktail while you wait. It’ll save your ride some time not having to navigate the dreaded ‘Arrivals’ zone, and it’ll offer you some time to reflect on that love-hate relationship you have with LAX. Because admit it, you do kinda need it.
Hyatt Regency LAX
6225 W Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Your Love Hate Relationship With LAX is About to Become All Love
When Sendak’s Wild Things dream, they voyage to Lindsay’s life. Since earning her degree in San Diego, Lindsay has become a regular fixture in far-away places, whether at the world’s largest Redhead Festival in the Netherlands or at a sheikh’s palace in Abu Dhabi, eating pheasants. Holding it down physically in Long Beach and digitally via well-trafficked blogs, she is first and foremost a journalist—always watching with a keen eye. www.iLikeLindsay.com