Two weeks ago I made the decision to fly down to Los Angeles (Marina del Rey to be specific) for 36 hours for an influencer brunch. My boss called me a jet setter, other people called me crazy. In my opinion, it’s such a quick and easy (and cheap) flight from San Francisco it would have been crazy not to go. Plus, FOMO.
My ocean-loving heart was aching for some Southern California time.
The brunch was at SALT Restaurant & Bar at the Marina del Rey Hotel. Inside the restaurant is a modern coastal chic vibe, and outside there are breathtaking views of the marina. It had already won me over solely by the aesthetic— I love a good aesthetic, especially if it involves the ocean and a patio. There were 12 other girls (influencers) that attended the brunch, and we got a sneak taste of the restaurant’s new brunch menu. My favorite thing about these events is that I get to meet and connect with so many likeminded girls. People are always shocked that I go to these PR events by myself, but I feel like I leave with at least 5 new friends every time, so I never feel like I’m truly there alone. This brunch was no different. The food, the cocktails, the views, the girls— all amazing.
I went for the brunch, but stayed for the hotel.
After the brunch I got into my hotel room which had a gorgeous balcony with views of the whole marina. Everything is updated and super modern, without compromising that coastal charm. The pool and spa are located on the marina side of the property so you can enjoy the views while you soak in the jacuzzi. Did I mention how accommodating the hotel staff is? Overall, 10 out of 10 recommend.
I had never been to Marina del Rey before, but the hotel is just a 15 minute drive from LAX and a few miles from Venice Beach and the wildly popular Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which is super convenient if you’re into cute restaurants and Instagram-worthy bars. The property offers beach cruiser rentals, which I didn’t have a chance to take advantage of, but I think is so cute (and very California). Can you imagine cruising around Marina del Rey after a boozy brunch? I wish I had time.
I ended up having a good girlfriend from college meet up with me that night and we opted to grab a drink at SALT (the hotel restaurant & bar) and watch the sunset because it was that good. Some girls from the brunch had recommended I go back to SALT for happy hour because the views are incredible and they weren’t wrong. Is there anything better than watching the sunset with fire pits and a margarita? No, the answer is no.
The Marina del Rey Hotel was a vibe, and I’ll definitely be back. Check it out for yourself here and use code JORDAN20 for 20% off your booking.