One of Los Angeles’ most iconic hotels has received a complete overhaul and the welcome mat has been rolled out for guests. Following a dazzling $2.5 billion renovation, Fairmont Century Plaza now stands as a mixed-use development, including accommodation, luxury shopping and 268 privately-owned residences spread across two, 44-storey towers in the heart of the city.
“Fairmont Century Plaza will once again be the Los Angeles hotel – just as it was when it opened to worldwide acclaim in 1966,” noted Philip Barnes, the hotel's regional vice president and general manager.
The Century Plaza Hotel, once revered as the crown jewel of Los Angeles, served as the home and haven for visionaries across art, film, music, politics and business. The property has hosted countless star-studded affairs, including the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the presidential celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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International firm Yabu Pushelberg was responsible for the design transformation, delivering a modern update whilst celebrating the Fairmont grandeur that Canadian travellers know and love – with a Californian twist. And now, guests are able to check into mid-century glamour and can look forward to attending buzz-worthy events once again; the property has bold plans to reclaim its place as the epicentre of annual award shows, industry events, fashion and film shoots, as well as monumental art installations.
Here’s what guests can expect of a stay at Fairmont Century Plaza, from check-in to turn-down.
A show-stopping lobby bar
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What’s a nostalgic glamour hotel without a statement-making lobby bar? The Bar at Century Plaza is considered the hotel's pièce de résistance, featuring a living green wall that completes the California-cool look. The lobby boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that retract into the floor allowing for true indoor-outdoor living, with ample natural light and air flow. The bar menu serves up the classics, but doesn’t lack technique-driven libations, either. For food, think globally-inspired dishes which can be selected from a menu booklet that offers recommendations based on musical tastes.
Exclusive Fairmont Gold floors
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Keeping in-line with the brand’s hotel-within-a-hotel experience, guests of Fairmont Gold have access to 70 guest rooms and suites boasting private check-in and checkout. The exclusive Gold lounge offers complimentary breakfast service, as well as a canapé cocktail hour. Even turndown service gets an upgrade with The Fairmont Gold Bar Cart, an on-demand martini cart which delivers customized cocktails straight to guests’ doors. Can you say old-fashioned with a twist?
A panoramic rooftop pool
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On the roof top, the patio-lounge offers sweeping views of Los Angeles, straight out to the Pacific Ocean. Grab a cocktail from the Pool Bar, then cozy up in a private cabana to watch the sunset cast a golden spell over the Getty Museum and Hollywood Hills. In true 1966 Hollywood fashion, the Fairmont Century Plaza rooftop pool is the place to see and be seen – even in 2022.
A 1920s, French-inspired brasserie
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Step back in time and enjoy a tipple or two at the French-inspired, Lumière, a brasserie that evokes 1920s Paris années folles reverie. Open for all-day service, Lumière is the go-to hotspot for celebrations of all sizes – but certainly best enjoyed with magnums of Champagne. Under the stewardship of Executive Chef Ramon Bojorquez, the menu is chock full of local, seasonal ingredients and brasserie favourites like French onion soup, steak frites and seafood towers.
A state of “Om” at the wellness spa
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For a moment of bliss, head straight to the Fairmont Spa Century Plaza. Designed to elevate beyond the limits of traditional spas, this state-of-the-art facility offers everything ranging from experiential rain showers, "sanariums," aromatherapy steam rooms, a hammam and a Himalayan salt room. But don’t just take our word for it. Trust the industry leading, world-renowned wellness experts on staff, including Dr. Oz Garcia, a biohacker and leading authority on healthy aging, and Dr. Rita Rakus, a London-based anti-aging aesthetic treatment pioneer.
Fairmont Century Gold fast facts
Address: 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Telephone: 1 310-424-3030
$$$: Rates start at $859
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