Hotel hotspots: LA hotel features food and hospitality

An afternoon at Westin Bonaventure entails fragrant food and savvy souvenirs


Alysa Suleiman

Head chef of Korean fusion joint K’grill Kyung Yoon points at the menu board. K’grill is located on the fourth floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Take a stroll down South Figueroa Street and you will find a towering 367-foot conference hotel boasting 35 stories and 40 meeting rooms: Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites. The largest hotel in Los Angeles, Westin Bonaventure features architecture that encompasses the metropolitan city’s spirit. Four glass cylindrical towers encircle the main tower, in which a revolving restaurant sits at the top. Yet, behind its more well-known locations hides homely hotspots that hotel guests delight in. From scrumptious family-style Korean barbeque to miscellaneous trinkets, immerse yourself in the people and places that inhabit Westin Bonaventure. 

Family restaurants: On the fourth floor of the hotel, a family of three runs K’grill, a Korean fusion restaurant, since 2017. One of the only Korean restaurants accessible in Downtown Los Angeles outside of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, K’grill sells a variety of dishes, from beef “bulgogi” short ribs to vegetable-based “japchae,” a Korean appetizer featuring stir-fried glass noodles.

Sally Zhu, Alysa Suleiman

Gift-shopping for memories: To the right of the escalator on the ground floor, the gift shop sells items ranging from medicine to souvenirs. Bounding back from a hiatus due to the pandemic, the gift shop now bustles with activity, especially during convention weeks such as the JEA/NSPA National High School Journalism Convention held the latter half of this week from Thursday to Saturday. 

Erica Cai, Irene Yuan