Smartly uniformed doormen greet you and cart your luggage away ready for you to check in or perhaps enjoy a beverage at the only hotel lobby bar in Los Angeles.
Adjacent to Beverly Hills and perfectly situated within easy walking distance of shopping mecca, Westfield Century City and Rodeo Drive, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza has been a historic landmark in Century City for more than 45 years.
Hyatt assumed management of the hotel in October 2005 and, since then, invested US$30 million in a significant refurbishment including all guest rooms and suites.
Dubbed “The World’s Most Beautiful Hotel” when it opened in 1966, the Century Plaza attracted a buzz throughout Hollywood with a dazzling array of celebrities choosing to stay and many film studios using the impressive lobby to feature in their movies. You may have seen the hotel featured in ‘Lethal Weapon 2’, The Ugly Truth’, ‘Get Shorty’ or ‘The Bucket List’.
Built on the site of the 20th Century Fox Movie ranch, the hotel has attracted numerous royalties and dignitaries over the years including every U.S president from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush causing it to be dubbed “The Western White House” during the Reagan years. Hyatt assumed management of the hotel in October 2005 and, since then, invested US$30 million in a significant refurbishment including all guest rooms and suites.
Perhaps it’s because of this that my breath is taken away when I enter my Regency Club King room. The plush carpet underfoot, the marble bathroom, large flat-screen LCD HD TV, “Grand Bed” and extensive balcony overlooking the city of Los Angeles all packaged together to provide a picture perfect accommodation experience.
The balcony was beyond words. I could envisage enjoying my room service midnight snack overlooking the impressive twinkling vista whilst having my favourite tunes playing from the iHome stereo in the background. It’s something so rare for a hotel nowadays to offer a balcony and I didn’t realize how much I missed the offering.
Having complimentary access to the Regency Club was the perfect solution as a business traveller, with a dedicated concierge service and reception desk, complimentary wifi, continental breakfast and hor’s d’oevres throughout the day. I found it hard to tear myself away from the beautiful antique desk in my room however, with it serving as the perfect mobile office with an even more perfect view.
Service exceeded all expectations with “going above and beyond” the name of the game it seems. This iconic hotel did not receive the long list of accolades it has over the years based on the building itself, no matter how magnificent it may be!
With summer dawning in Los Angeles, the sparkling infinity edge pool complete with private cabanas available for hire was very tempting and I look forward to the opportunity to enjoy the area when I have a bit more time to spare. Positioned adjacent to the pool area is the famed Equinox Fitness Club & Spa where guests are privy to a myriad of treatments and the ability to ‘star spot’ with the Club a favourite amongst many A-list celebrities. Whilst I didn’t see anyone famous during my time there, that fact alone would certainly entice me to work out more than usual during my stay. Of course the state-of-the-art equipment and infamous personal service would play a part in that decision as well!
Whilst the 24-hour room service menu was impressive, I jumped at the chance to dine at the award-winning signature restaurant, ‘Breeze’. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as a varied selection of local fare in addition to the ‘Breeze Sushi Bar’.
Choosing ‘Breeze’ for breakfast, I decided on the vibrantly funky ‘X-bar’ for dinner. With an eclectic range of organic cocktails and tapas style plates, my favourite dish was the Ahi Tuna Wonton Stacks which I ordered several times over. The Southern California weather dropped a few degrees that evening, but that wasn’t a problem with ‘X Bar’ featuring beach party style fire pits to gather around and keep warm.
One thing is for certain, there is no real need to leave this impressive hotel at all! From the immaculately appointed rooms to superior service, award-winning restaurants to vibey bars serving delectable cocktails, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza was the ideal place to enjoy my time in LA’s stylish west side.
Words: Natalie Aroyan