I actually can’t fault this hotel. It’s clearly a business hotel, opposed to a family or holiday type place. It’s functional and a little faded around the edges. But that appealed to me. It used be a Marriot (I think) so much of the fittings have been inherited. There are scuff marks and tired furnishings. But these made me feel more relaxed for some reason. The location is an odd one. Neither good nor bad really, it’s central for Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, The Beach, Culver and LAX too. From the airport it was 30mins in a cab. Perfect after a long flight. The mall, which is not 20mins walk away…more like 10. Is pretty good if you need to stock up on the usual things. It has Bloomingdales and Macys…which is a slight overkill. The supermarket under the AMC cinema is great. And there are several places to eat including the trashy Pink Taco.
Beyond that you need a car or cab to get to Beverly Hills, which is really only 1 mile away…but too far to walk. There is nothing else around. And this is the other great thing about this hotel; it’s so quiet. I mean really peaceful. Just perfect. The pool was heated, but a little cool. But it’s quiet and barely used. It was kept clean, tidy with loads of loungers and towels. The gym was smart too. The rest of the amenities including the restaurant were very good. Slightly over priced but the food and service were actually exceptional. The one time I had room service, for the first time ever, the fries that arrived were too hot to eat! Amazing.
So, the room. I was offered a king or 2 doubles. Took the king…it had an amazing open balcony with fabulous views up to the Hollywood sign (a long way away) and across the city. The loungers and table were a little tired …but as you barely ever get balconies in good hotel rooms…who cares. In the room the bed was comfy, the bathroom was huge and clean. The free coffee machine worked wonders at 6am…and it was all cleaned without problem everyday.
I would stay here again. And if you are comparing to the Hyatt, these are too different types of hotel. The Hyatt has a famous bar and pool scene; so attracts a lot more noise and fuss. That’s just not what I wanted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City is a taste of true Hollywood style. Our convenient Westside address is within walking distance of 20th Century Fox Studios, MGM Tower, Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive and upscale shopping at Westfield Century City. A quick drive will take you to the Getty Center, Los Angeles city centre, UCLA or the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Intercontinental