We have friends from far and near who won’t stay anywhere but the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City when visiting Los Angeles. When a family event required our presence in Los Angeles, we thought the Intercontinental would be the perfect place and it was. Our two lovely days there were so spectacular that, we are now part of the group recommending the Intercontinental to anyone visiting Los Angeles.
Entering the lobby and seeing breathtaking displays of exquisite flowers in all directions was a lovely greeting. The lobby, aside from the registration area, is a comfortable place to sit and leads to many sections for eating, and it boasts a bar.
The dining room is lovely, warm and inviting and is the place to find a wonderful breakfast buffet.
We were shown to our junior suite, which was especially comfortable. The hotel has 364 guestrooms and 150 spacious suites. We found the angled placement of the door to the bedroom particularly pleasing. There was a pleasant place to relax and visit, a desk for working, a great coffee maker, a balcony that overlooked the Fox Studio lot, and a bathroom where there was a tub and a stall shower. We were impressed with the safety features there.
Wanting to learn more about the hotel, we went exploring. The second floor is a great place. There is complimentary access to the 24-hour-state-of-the-art-health club which looks out onto the infinity heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi outdoors. I found this juxtaposition very pleasant.
And then there is the spa, beautiful, calming and unusual. The sauna and steam room inside the changing rooms are accessible to guests and to anyone having a treatment at the spa. But there is much more. Spa InterContinental features spa villas, private tranquility gardens, couples’ villas, a manicure bar and pedicure thrones. This area was irresistible. And just to be a bit different, it was my husband, who decided to try out the spa and had a pedicure. It was a wonderful treat for him. After walking on cobblestone for several weeks, his feet were hurting and the pedicure was healing and renewing as well as just enjoyable.
Exploring further, we found the business center and the concierge. We were not exploring Los Angeles as most of the Intercontinental guests are but the concierge was helpful in any way we requested. One especially helpful amenity is the complimentary luxury car within 1.5mile radius. We really enjoyed being dropped off at a restaurant on Rodeo Drive, having brunch and then walking back. We could have been picked up but really enjoyed the walk.
It was helpful to be within easy walking distance of the Westfield Shopping Center at Century City and still be slightly off the busy area of Century City. It is helpful to be near the mall which offers great shopping, movies and restaurants but slightly removed.
The Park Grill restaurant in the hotel offers cuisine with French and Asian influence. Leon, Barbara and Lawrence had a memorable dinner there one night. We were greeted by the manager, Diane (It sounds more like "Donny") Toure. He is an outgoing and friendly person who can immediately make a dining experience delightful. He made us comfortable in a lovely table by the window overlooking the garden. This section was smaller and more intimate than the restaurant itself and conversation was easy and it was very pleasant listening to the live jazz group in the bar area.
The food was wonderful. The menu is extensive and varied but each choice is special and it was not overwhelming. We skipped the onion soup and the sushi and sashimi section. Leon ordered one of the three salads, Caesar. He commented on the parmesian which was generous and delicious as was the salad.
His next order was crab cakes which he found succulent with an unusual blend of unusual flavors.
From the 10 standard entrees which included seafood, chicken, salmon, shortribs, linguine, prime new york strip steak, ravioli and pizza, Barbara chose poached loup de mer. This specially bred fish was mild flavored, the sause was unusual and a perfect enhancement for the fish. Surprisingly, the lentil salad was the best of the flavors and textures and tasted great with the mushrooms and asparagus.
Lawrence delighted in the special of the day which was grilled albacore. He also enjoyed the accompanying potato puree with the cilantro cream sauce roasted beet and green bean salad.
And then, we had to have dessert. Sharing might not have seemed enough but the special dessert, walnut creme brulee and berries with vanilla sabeyon were so rich and delicious that we all left sated and happy having been offered great service by
I had a short tour that included a visit to the newly renovated (3,300 sq ft) Royal Suite. It was huge but just beautiful with a gorgeous grand piano, several bedrooms, a great kitchen area and a bathroom fit for the spa. This has been used for royalty, dignitaries but also for meetings and for movies. With Fox Studio next door, there is mutual support. The (1,575 sq ft) Presidential Suite was also lovely.
Our relatives that live in the Los Angeles area were very familiar with the hotel and when I asked about the role of the Intercontinental in the community, I learned that local outreach includes some of the following offerings:
Yoga on the rooftop helipad (Tuesday mornings 6.30am - 7.30am) and Yoga by the pool (Thursday mornings 6.30am - 7.30am) - Seasonal only.
Spa Open House - on the second Tuesday of every month. You can enjoy a complimentary 15 minute hand, neck and shoulder massage or a 15 minute luminous hand treatment. You can also make use of the swimming pool, fitness center, sauna and steam room. Please call the Spa on 310.552.0425 to book your treatment.
Live Entertainment - every Wednesday evening we have live flamenco music in the Lobby Lounge and every Thursday evening we have live jazz. The bands change from week to week. We update our facebook and twitter pages with the upcoming artists so guests can check who is playing.
Happy Hour - there is a fabulous Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm with some great discounts on cocktails, drinks and appetizers Monday to Friday.
Special discounted hotel rates were offered for locals in the area.
INTERCONTINENTAL LOS ANGELES CENTURY CITY
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, California 90067
Tel. 310.284.6500, Fax 310. 284.6501
Photos: Leon Keer, Food-Lawrence Davis, helipad, royal suite, spa tub-Intercontinental PR