What a great town, sort of Mayberry sleepy; a great town for relaxing and sleeping, and no other Redondo Beach hotel matches the Crowne Plaza Beach & Marina Hotel because the U-shaped resort provides every guest with a Crowne Sound sleeping CD. No other hotel I have ever visited offers such a needed service.
The Sleep Advantage CD was developed by renowned sleep expert Michael Breus, Ph.D., of SoundSleep Solutions, and the audio track has everything you need to get a great night’s rest, including sleep tips and advice and sounds conducive to sleep.
The guaranteed wake-up call eliminates anxiety about oversleeping. The
About 85% of the AAA Four Diamond
The Crowne Plaza has its own in-house Certified Meeting Professional (called a CMP) who will handle all your meeting needs, with a guaranteed two hour quote response proposal or you get 5% off your total master account. The CMP also provides your company with a daily meeting debrief, with itemized accounting of the day’s expenditures to help manage the business budget. With the Crowne Sound CD you will be in tip top mental shape for the next big negotiation!
The Executive Boardroom at 550 square feet of space offers privacy with a lounge and special food and beverage and secretarial services.
The hotel's largest ballroom is the Coral Ballroom with just over 7,500 square feet of space, complete with a 3,500 square foot foyer for pre event receptions. The Coral Ballroom accommodates 600 seated guests and breaks down into five conference rooms.
The smaller Seascape Ballroom has no foyer and is at just under 3,500 square feet, and it seats 250 banquet guests.
The Mezzanine Room is at 1,900 square feet, and the Redondo Salon I is at 1,200 square feet, and the Peninsula, Pacific, and Redondo Rooms are each at 2,480 square feet.
There is an expansive 1,500 gallon saltwater aquarium in the pre event area just off the lobby with couches on a raised platform.
For more info call 800-MEETING or logon to www.crowneplaza.com/meetings, or contact the hotel at:
email@example.com (for business services) or log on to www.redondobeach.crowneplaza.com
The European Day Spa and Salon
The European Day Spa Salon offers special monthly packages such as the Stress-Partake. Get a Day at the Spa Gift Certificate or ask for special corporate and senior citizen rates or get a birthday discount with your ID. Throw your own spa party for friends and relatives for your special occasions, bridal showers, or corporate getaways.
Spa services include aromatherapy, massages, skin care guidance from trained technicians, and poolside lunches in the gazebo/cabanas. The spa has Jacuzzis, showers, saunas, lockers, steam rooms, and the cool two couple’s rooms where two therapists work out the kinks side by side on two massage tables.
Get a new look at the Designer Hair Studio with makeup artists that can include airbrushing.
To contact the spa log on to www.bodyetcspa.com or call 310/798-2639 or fax 310/318-1314. If you are staying in the hotel, the spa extension is 681. Advance appointments are needed for the Hair Salon on Sundays and Mondays.
The King Harbor Marina offers boat slips, offices, yacht clubs, and a SportCenter Fitness center; call 310/376-6926. The fitness center features racquet ball courts, Fitlinxx equipment, heated outdoor pool, yoga, tennis, basketball, golf driving range, a Pilates studio, a cardiovascular room, steam and sauna rooms, Jacuzzi, and massages. Open to the public.
The Portofino Marina offers boats slips, a fuel facility, the Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club that will complete renovations in August, 2006, and the Breakwater Restaurant. Call 310/379-8481.
Port Royal Marina offers boat slips and the Port Royal Yacht Club which allows visitors on the weekends. Call 310/376-0431.
The Redondo Beach Marina offers boat slips, boat hoist, five restaurants, a fish market, water sports, harbor cruises, speed boat rides, sport rides, charter party boats, semi-submersible sub ride, and pedal boats. Call 310/374-3481.
The International Boardwalk at Basin III offers shops and restaurants overlooking the fishing boats.
S.E.A. Lab offers public tours of the marine research center. Call 310/318-7430.
The Redondo Beach Pier offers shops, restaurants, diners, benches, tables for picnics.
The Redondo Fun Factory is next to the Fun Fish Market Restaurant on the Boardwalk, offering kiddie rides, a Tilt A Whirl, and a giant arcade with games. Open Monday thru Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., and from Friday noon to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Seaside Lagoon is essentially a private beach that is gated with a shallow water lagoon for swimming, featuring slide and swings. Snack at the nearby Ruby’s Restaurant. Open seasonally. Home of the popular Lobster Festival. Small fee. Call 310/318-0682.
Shark Attack. See a real great white shark. Great souvenirs.
Strand Bike Path offers 27 miles of oceanfront walking, skating, and hiking, from
Sunshine Kite Company has an array of wind toys and kites. 310/372-0308.
Gondola Amore (right) is a romantic cruise in King Harbor, with departures from Redondo Beach Marina. Reservation required. Call 310/376-6977.
Voyager is a classic smooth riding 65-foot passenger vessel that departs the Sports Fishing Pier hourly for a 40 minute coastal cruise that is fully narrated about the marine life and history of the area. Call 310/372-2111.
Ocean Racer is a high speed boat ride above the surf line. Located at the entrance of the pier below Kincaid’s. Call 310/374-3481.
S-44 Submarine. This is the S-UU, a WWII submarine replica that offers a look at the undersea life. Not a true sub, but a semi-submersible, with windows below the waterline. The company also rents pedal boats. Call 310/374-3481. Boat rides are weekends and holidays from noon to dusk, season and weather permitting.
Marina Sailing offers a 100 vessel fleet in six locations that includes sailing, power boating, instructions, and yacht rentals. Call 310/318-2772.
Pacific Star Dive Boat is a luxury live aboard dive vessel serving the Channel Islands and
Redondo Beach Yacht Club, 210 Yacht Club Way . Call 310/374-4838.
The Redondo Sport Fishing Pier is the place for deep sea fishing, with the half day boats named “City of Redondo” and "Redondo Special”. The ¾ day boat is called the “Seaspray”, and the
Rocky Point Kayak and Skiff Rentals offers private or group rentals and tours; call 310/374-9858.
Winter Whale Watching and Nature Cruises are offered from January through March by Redondo Sportfishing. Tours go out twice daily in season from the sportsfishing pier. Reservations required. Call 310/372-2111.
In my circular, or should I say, Redondo world travels, I certainly hope to make it back to this beautiful seaside village.
By Kriss Hammond, Editor, Jetsetters Magazine.