I have stayed at dozens of Los Angeles hotels and they all have a little of the classic LA attitude of “who are you and look at me”, so I was really pleasantly surprised to re-discover the elegant and classy Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel. It’s on the edge of iconic Beverley Hills, it exudes classic service and features newly renovated rooms and great food. This is what a great hotel should offer.
The lobby looks more like a modern Asian hotel which is crisp and clean. The style is understated but very elegant. At the deak I found the staffs to be very friendly and helpful. As a nice touch rather than just being assigned a suite I was escorted to a newly renovated junior suite which had 2 rooms.
This Intercontinental has done a great jobs in updating the guest suites. The one I stayed in had modern chestnut leather couches, views across Hollywood and downtown and the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.
It was the kind of room that makes you want to just stay in your room and chill. I like that. Also IHG (Intercontinental Hotel Group) now lets you surfs the web for free which is obvious, about time and yet also very much appreciated. As well I was treated to a beautiful tray of fresh cut fruit. Also a little touch I quite enjoy.
The pool on property is simplistic and small but t does the Job well . Likewise the gym is also small but it has what you need.
The Park Grill has raised the bar for breakfast since I last was at the property and that maybe the flair of Executive Chef Jonathan Wood. He brings a Japanese twist even to breakfast with miso soup and assorted Japanese pickles with rice.
Dinner was exceptional. Carpaccio of octopus with marinated fruit, a wagyu beef canapé and a tuna that was cooked to perfection. This is not what we normally expect in hotel dining in the USA. Jonathan Wood and team did a brilliant job and so I hope LA locals will sample his cuisine. Trust me you won’t be disappointed.
The Bottom Line
I really liked my stay at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City. The location is great as it’s just 10 minutes walk to the Westfield Century City shopping mall which features Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s as flagship stores. Plus on the second level in the mall I made an amazing find, Meizhou Dongpo Restaurant a famous chain of 80 stores from Beijing has debuted here. They’re famous for tofu and real Chinese food that is usually pretty tough to find in the USA. That made my day.
Daniel Green, the Model Cook is a Celebrity Chef known for his healthy approach to food and living well. With TV, books, magazines and live appearances, Daniel spends his time helping fans to cook better, feel better and live better. He’s also an avid traveler and a self-confessed Foodie.