Beverly Hills | Four Seasons Los Angeles
L.A. is huge but despite its reputation it's not that hard to get around. You have to be patient because of the traffic but besides that it's not bad. That said, this particular hotel is in a great location, with easy access to Rodeo Drive (e.g. Van Cleef and Arpels or Nate n Al's -- a 4 minute drive by complimentary Rolls Royce or 20 minute walk), West Hollywood (minutes), Beverly Center (minutes or walk), the Valley or Downtown (30 minutes).
- Unique location in a residential area allows for a quiet stay. Walking and jogging are easy. If you want privacy, it's easy in and out. There is no walk-by traffic.
- With 16 stories you can get awesome views of LA, with either a Pacific sunset or Downtown sunrise over the Hollywood sign.
- The lobby is like the neighborhood. Quiet and discreet. The feel of the hotel is old-fashioned 20th century Beverly Hills. It, like the rooms, is very comfortable but not going to win any design awards. But the flowers and holiday decorations were worth the price of admission.
- Power brokering goes on in the nearby bar and restaurant which are very contemporary in a departure from the rest of the place. I liked the healthy breakfast options too.
- Good size pool for fun and laps. 6-8 person hot tub.
- Adjacent indoor/outdoor fitness area. Gets a bit nippy in the winter and a bit on the small size. Nearby spa is also small but how much space do you need for a massage.
- And service. Four Seasons knows how to knock it to you. Everywhere the staff is stellar. The doormen, the bell guys, Front Desk. The housekeepers. Almost everybody we came into contact with really shined. There was one lapse, but I suppose even a Four Seasons employee can have a bad hair day.
- If booked through our agency, you'll receive a fabulous free breakfast, upgrade if available and likely another very nice amenity. Preferred Partner program.
- Personally inspected by Josh Friedman, December 2010.
In addition to my reviews on the top hotels in the Los Angeles/Beverly Hills area, I'm pleased to recommend a good solid 4 star one, so if your needs on a particular trip don't call for the best luxury property you'll have a good alternative.
Los Angeles | Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Century City is a little business/entertainment area in the smack middle of L.A. The hotel is adjacent to a very good upscale shopping center and 1.5 miles from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. You can easily walk it in 30 minutes on a nice day -- and LA has a lot of those. Of course, finding a sidewalk in L.A. is a challenge!
The hotel is a 60s classic, inside and out, and all rooms have a balcony. The upper floors facing west offer a view of most of L.A. and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. It's very sweet. Almost the entire hotel was renovated in 2009/2010 so the public facilities and rooms look great. If you like a very spacious and airy lobby, this one is great. The designers kept the best of the 60s crystal elegance and mashed it up with 21st century modern living. The lobby light fixtures are awesome. And each floor has a mini 60s modernized crystal chandelier in the elevator lobby. Pretend you're JFK and Jackie.
The pool area is big and very contemporary. You can even rent a hip cabana (this is L.A. after all) and work out at the adjacent Equinox club for a fee.
Service levels are good and perfectly adequate. Just remember it's not the Four Seasons or the Beverly Hills Hotel. The beds were pretty comfy and the Hyatt branded bathroom amenities good enough.
The Regency Club (if you book this extra level) offers lounge access for a good continental breakfast and evening snacks. The caveat is that you have to go downstairs and through the lobby to get to it.
Personally inspected by Josh Friedman in November, 2010.
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