Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
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... in the lobby of the Ramada and wanted to do that so we decided not to wait for the Animal Actors show.
We got a taxi straight outside the gate but this time instead of going down the expressways he went down smaller roads including one called 'Laurel Cyn Bl' Which we later found was Laurel Canyon Boulevard. It was very steep and scenic as well as shorter and/or quicker so the fare was only $35 including tip.
The concierge booked us tickets ...
... executive decision to catch a cab. Arrange for the cab to come and it turns out to be a car with a driver. Leanne is going ask him how much it is going to cost and I'm like it's too late for that. We jumped in and hit the road, turn onto the freeway and it is bumper to bumper. 1 hour and 20 minutes later he drops us off in Hollywood where I', thinking this is going to cost us $200+. When we ask him how much he says $55, gave him $60 or whatever and got the hell out of there before he ...
... we headed to Hollywood. It was the first time I had ever been there; Tracy was probably bored with it by now, but I liked seeing the fun cheesiness of the scene. Lots of Disney and shopping and creepers dressed as Elvis trying to get pictures for money. When we had gone all over the mall area and the Chinese theater, we decided to head over to a dessert shop called Milk to try their ice ...
... were expecting.... We actually staying in a house with two rooms converted into dorms and then a kitchen downstairs and then apparently there are other houses the same around the area! Bit random at first but we've got way more space than we had in the hostel in Miami and the street is quiet and there's somewhere to park the car when we pick it up tomorrow (eeeek excitement!) so nothing to complain about! Plus we got to check in early and finally ...
... to the mix. We are each hoping that the other has taken in any bits that we may have missed.
Emma does a big shop at an enormous Malmart whilst the children nap and Rich gets a bit more acquainted with driving the beast. Essentials include sat nav so we know where we are going, food, highchair for Taya, massive boxes of nappies so we don't have to keep buying them every five minutes, football and bubbles, a Lightening Mcqueen toddler toilet seat ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Los Angeles
A Nice Place to Stay...on an Expense Account
This is my second stay ant the Century Plaza, this time for 4 weeks straight. Yes, it is on company business so I get a pretty good rate (not as good as Hotwire though). Also, my business is in the Century Towers so it is very convenient.
The food and drinks here are very overpriced, as noted in other reviews. If you are not rich or on expenses, then eat across the street at the mall. I am told that the Sushi at Breeze (in the hotel) is good. If you want more variety for dining, take a cab or drive to BH, go to the beach (Santa Monica is close and fun)...but do not expect to find much close by. One hint - the outside cafe and bar (Patina Group) in the plaza directly in front of the Century Towers is reasonably priced w/ good food, happy hour drinks. Also, try Harpers at the mall...just reopened after the Entertainment Center closed.
The Westin Heavenly Beds are very nice. The rooms and baths are a comfortable size for one person or a couple...but not for more than a few nights. (Thank goodness I went home on weekends.)
Housekeeping was somewhat inconsistent...only had a "heavenly" robe for one of the 4 weeks, sometimes did not get a bath mat...these sound petty but after awhile the details do matter. The St. Regis does not miss the details! Stayed there in January and it is much nicer overall.
Overall, a very nice hotel, good service, good people, very nice for a pampered weekend for a couple...Just be sure you get a good room rate. Looks like they are available based on other reviews. And the folks at the lobby bar are friendly, just overworked.
Elegant Hotel, good location
I have just returned from a five night stay at the Westin Century Plaza with my 17 and 19 year-old daughters. I agree with other readers about the astronomical charges for eating and drinking in the hotel and charging for the health suite. However we also booked with Hotwire and thought the hotel was absolutely beautiful for the $107 a night we paid. Being on a budget we had morning coffee in Starbucks!. Room was not huge but adequate with quality fittings and the bathroom was the best I have seen in a hotel (especially compared to the Hilton Anaheim that we later stayed at), full of marble, glass and mirrors. The terrraces and pool looked lovely but unfortunately the weather did not allow us to use them. The guidebook implied that Century City was a bleak commercial area but it was actually beautifully landscaped with office towers surrounded by waterfalls. We chose not to rent a car and, much to the amazement of locals, caught the bus right outside to Downtown, and just up on Santa Monica Blvd going either East to the beach or West to Beverly Hills & Hollywood. They were frequent and ran 24 hours. It was as convenient a location as any for most of the sights.
Top of it's class
What a beautiful hotel! I loved the "Heavenly Bed" with all white linens. Having a balcony with quality furniture was a bonus and the bathroom gave me plenty of room for "girl stuff". The location of this hotel is excellent, across the street from shopping and dining and I found the hotel staff to be very friendly and helpful. I was lucky enough to get this hotel for under a hundred dollars on Hotwire, but it's such a lovely hotel, I would try to stay here again, even if it cost me more.
Saw many stars here - great place!
We were at the Grammy Awards Feb 8 and stayed here 5 nites--WHAT A PLACE--very expensive but used the ENTERTAINMENT CARD(nice that they take it)--can't believe that the rack rates are $430--but with the card we got an OFFICE /GUEST ROOM for 230 a night--that gave us a high floor--18--and an extra easy chair and free phone calls...What it didn't get us was the free breakfast that WESTIN SAYS COMES WITH THIS RATE in their literature--the front desk knew nothing of this--but on the WESTIN web site these office guests rooms usually come with breakfast included...The room was lovely and large and the bathroom was big with a double headed shower and great amenities. The HEAVENLY BED was wonderful--and the view from the 18th floor was magnificent--as we were on the side with the skyscrappers of Century City. Great closets and safe--also they give you 2 newspapers...ROOM SERVICE expensive but no more than going out--great sandwiches...breakfast very expensive--continental 14.00 per person--so we went to the lobby bar and ate breakfast there with the great pastries and starbucks coffee--18 dollars for 4 pastries and 2 coffees is better than room service.. Pool lovely and grounds. Wonderful spa..Saw directors guild awards arrivals--saw SOPHIA LOREN, CLINT EASTWOOD, Dir. of Lord of the Rings, Angelica Houston--also saw AL GORE one day...WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL HOTEL--and close to Beverly HIlls--15 min to Santa Monica Beach if traffic is light.
Great location, very attractive
Just returned from an overnight here. We were very pleased since we booked on hotwire for only $107. (look for "4.5 stars, near a golf course") The room was quite nice, bathroom is upscale with clear glass vanity, interesting glass do-dads on the wall, beautiful sea foam green accent tiles, double shower heads, hammered silver accessories, etc.
The room and bath were both smaller than I expected - basic small motel room size & layout, but the tiny but furnished balcony made it seem more spacious. Bed & linens were top notch! The pool area is gorgeous and interestingly laid-out and landscaped, and the lobby lounge seamlessly spills out onto the pool area. (Drinks were indeed expensive, but no one drinks in a hotel to save money!) We were not wow'ed like some people by the friendliness of the staff, including the efficient but perfunctory bar service we rec'd from the black-clad bar waitress. The valets were friendly but neglected to give us a receipt, and left our umbrella in the trunk despite the downpour when we arrived. In all fairness, they were dealing with a stream of limos for an awards ceremony that evening. A week before we arrived, I called John in Reservations to make sure we had a non-smoking room. I mentioned that we coming to LA to celebrate my husband's birthday. Not that we rated a bottle of champagne or anything for the low rate we paid, but I do think a 4.5 star hotel staff member should have noted it on the reservation and the desk clerk might have at least wished him a "Happy Birthday" when we checked in. They were kind enough to let us have a late check out at 1:30pm, though. The hotel is adjacent to a mall with lots of good take-out food, and a Houston's Restaurant where we enjoyed an excellent dinner that cost almost as much as the room.
It's an easy walk to Rodeo Drive, too.
Stayed for two nights in November. Everything is nice int he lobby and common areas. Didn't use the pool or restaurants. Tried to use Gym but it's attachede to the SPA and they want like $20 per person just to use the weights and machines...even for hotel guests! I thought this was excessive but apparently many of the Hotel - Spa places are charging guests these fees. Oh well. the rooms are small but well furnished. the best thing about every room is that they all have a balcony. Ours facd east towards Hollywood. The location is central to most places in LA but that's kind of mis-leading. LA is so large and spread out that there really is no central area.Overall I'd say this place rated 7.5 - 8 out of 10 stars.
I really enjoyed my stay and feel that the hotel is the best stay in LA. Many trendy places come and go, but the classic elegance of this hotel will always be in style.
I made two calls for requests from my room and both were followed up on quickly. Great service.
Valet is $22 day with in/out privileges. Self-parking in $14 per day with NO in/out privileges. No street parking exists near the hotel. So add parking to your necessary expenses.
Perks that I enjoyed are: Sunday paper delivered to my room (nice); Great hot tub and pool; lounging in the lobby bar; and the fantastic bedding.
Beautiful hotel, delicious food
Great service and Excellent Quality
My wife and I had the privilege of staying at the hotel recently for 3 days. The staff was very gracious and attentive, the accommodations were excellent. We enjoyed our large room and contrary to the previous review, we did have a coffee maker...with complimentary Starbucks.
A couple of things they can improve on are the menu selection and pricing for the Breeze restaurant. Portions are small and expensive, and there aren't many choices on the menu. Also, the bathroom and closet areas were a little tight for 2 guests...would been ok if a single guest in a room.
All in all, we had a wonderful time.
One Night a Year
I spend one night a year at this hotel, one of the best known celebrity hotels in LA when I go to a Seminar. It is notoriously expensive, not only for the rooms, which are admittedly above average quality-wise, but especially the food and drink. (No coffee makers in the rooms.) This afternoon, when I stopped at the lobby bar, two ordinary glasses of ordinary house wine cost us $19.48. I am NOT making this UP!! Lunch- a couple of minute salads that looked like grass clippings...$9.00 each. Phone calls- collect or toll-free 800-number calls are nevertheless $1.50 each. Stay at the hotel only if you're on an expense account. Eat there only if you're on an expense account AND you don't care about bankrupting your company. You'll sleep well only if you're NOT paying the bill. Watch for celebrities- they're not paying their own way either. At these room prices, is it necessary to utterly GOUGE us for everything else TOO???