Iconic Los Angeles hotel just underwent a major overhaul
Iit was Cleopatra‘s baby — the 1963 film being such a gargantuan flop that 20th Century Fox had to sell land to developers, a deal that would give birth to Century City. At the center of the brand new district was a giant hotel designed by one of the world’s foremost architects, Minoru Yamasaki, who would design the original towers of the World Trade Center. This hotel, the Fairmont Century Plaza, recently underwent a massive multi-million dollar overhaul and is our latest pick for The New Room with a View, our series on exciting new hotels.
In the decades since it opened in 1966, Century Plaza was an iconic pillar of the entertainment world. Awards ceremonies like the Grammys and Emmys were broadcast from his ballroom. It was also a major political draw – Nixon hosted the first-ever state dinner outside the White House, Reagan used his ballroom to celebrate his re-election, and police clashed with Vietnamese protesters outside its doors. while LBJ was talking inside. But by the turn of the century, the hotel was no longer considered one of the grandest hotels in LA. But in 2015, it was taken over by Fairmont and as part of a larger redevelopment project in the area, the hotel received a major refresh.
While the mid-century exterior with its curved facade of spectacular balconies has been preserved, the interior of the lobby has been redesigned in a sort of Far East and High North fusion of Scandinavian aesthetics and is -Asian by Yabu Pushelberg. It is almost cold in the world in its ambiance with all the white and light woods, but it remains comfortable. It’s an aesthetic familiar to any high-end business traveler, which makes sense since Yabu Pushelberg has been the originator of the interior design of many large luxury hotels. But a hotel for those who like eccentricity or eccentricity, this is not the case. The floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby also retract into the floor, meaning the entire space can become an open-air space. In the center of the hotel lobby is its new signature bar, which was fully booked every night.
There are 400 rooms, each with a balcony that overlooks Avenue des Stars all the way to CAA headquarters. The renovation has significantly reduced the number of rooms, expanding the remaining ones. The bathrooms are particularly noteworthy, with every square inch adorned with sexy dark gray and white marble (and they come with Aesop products).
One of the main attractions of the hotel will undoubtedly be its facilities. A knowledgeable source in the Los Angeles wellness world had told The Daily Beast that the spa that Fairmont created here was one of the most spectacular in the area – they were not wrong. The sauna and shower areas are alluring modern marble caves, and services will include biohacking, which is all the rage these days.
The hotel also has a gym that will satisfy even the most needy guests and a rooftop swimming pool from which one can see the hills and mountains in the distance between the neighborhood office towers.
The hotel is located in Century City, the area just below Beverly Hills which in recent years has become a particularly strong draw due to the ever popular Westfield Century City. (Which, as far as shopping power centers go, is about as nice as it gets.)
To complete the hotel’s offer, Lumiere, its signature restaurant named after the French brothers who were two of the first filmmakers. It’s a French brasserie that, in classic Hollywood fashion, spared no expense in trying to transport you far from where you actually are, so it even has steeple hats from a church. French disaffected decorating its patio and its desks and tables out of Parisian stores and Restaurants.
Rooms at the hotel, located about 30 minutes from LAX, start around $ 700.