Below is an email I received from a friend of mine last night. Seems like a non-hotel resident has spoiled it for the rest of us!
I just returned form a trip to the LAX Radisson with
my son and a couple of friends. Spotting as always
was great but I have some bad news to share regarding
access to the Penthouse Bar.
The Hotel now has a new Manager and he is conerned
that when the bar is left open with no staff present
the general public have unrestricted access to the
Hotel roof. He is concerned about sombody falling
from the roof.
We managed to convince the staff to open the bar on
Saturday but a photographer / spotter arrived shortly
after it was opened and proceeded to cross the roof to
the North side and started photographing the
departures on 25L. We asked him to return to the bar
area which he did but the damage had been done
Security caught him on Camera. Security arrived 5
minutes later said nothing and left. I don't believe
that the photog was a resident at the Radisson as we
never saw the two of them again.
On Sunday morning the Manager refused to open the
Penthouse bar and advised that from now on it would be
kept closed until 1700 everyday when it is staffed.
He did however allow us to use the function room next
door which is fully enclosed and gives airport views
rather than 24 / 25 approach. There are no seats and
getting all traffic on four runways is something of a
rush around all day.
I can understand the Managers concern about open
access to the roof especially in the US where
litigation can be almost uncontrolled. I expressed my
disappointment but having no aces to play I was
There was also some discussion about drunks going
upstairs and causing damage but the Manager didn't
really push this issue.
So if you are planning a trip to LAX Radisson in the
next few weeks you are going to have to speak nice to
the staff and request access to the function room if
the br is locked.
Being one of my more accessible fields over here in
California this is something of a blow. It will
certainly reduce my weekends down in LAX, having done
So if you do get in the Bar or function room please
enjoy it and respect the Managers wishes. Sorry if
this causes you any concerns with future holiday
bookings/plans etc., but thought I had better pass on
the information and keep the spotting community
advised on the situation at what is a popular