Diamond in the Rough A review of Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Yes, this property is right off the freeway and across the street from an office park, but once you enter the hotel, you are transported to a veritable English country manor. The design is overall traditional, yet with touches of contemporary elements so you are aware you are not in an 1980's era Ritz-Carlton. Treat this stay as a quick local "getaway". DO take advantage of the spa treaments, eucalyptus steam room, and hydro-therapy jacuzzi. Luxuriate in the Relaxation room and quiet pool with cabanas. Meander through the beatiful meditation gardens with Chinese pagoda. On the hotel grounds, utilize the indoor pool looking out onto the impressive waterfall feature (a mini-Las Vegas Wynn construction), play billiards on old fashion tables in the Scottish-lite bar, and dine on an excellent breakfast buffet with the best prepared omelette I have eaten in a long time.
Book a premium room or better with extremely generous space and sumptous bathroom with a mini flat screen tv and extra large tubs (longer than most Four Seasons tubs). The rooms veer toward traditional, but with Venetian style chandelier, rich fabrics and textures, lustrous woods, vibrant colors, large plasma tv with DVD player, and digital clock radio with IPOD docker - you'll know you are in the most up to date accommodations.
And as in ALL Four Seasons, service is gracious and expedient. While in the Men's locker room jacuzzi, an attendent brought us fresh papaya juice to drink and ice cold washcloths for our face. At 11PM I requested fresh bathtowels for the next morning, and they were brought to our room post haste. Everyone was cheerful and dedicated to making our stay most enjoyable.
We never left the property and are looking forward to our next local getaway. It's VERY easy to forget you are near a drab office park and freeway once you're actually at the hotel and imagine you're at some idyllic retreat.