Puddles over uneven surfaces were evaporating across Los Angeles after the heavy rain of a late April night.
InterContinental Los Angeles helipad doubles as rooftop yoga space.
The writer Dorothy Parker once described Los Angeles as “72 suburbs in search of a city.”
I toured at least six of the suburbs during my week in Los Angeles. The past few days I had stayed in Koreatown in downtown Los Angeles near the Los Angeles Convention Center.
JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton near L.A. Live entertainment and sports center and one block from Los Angeles Convention Center.
Welcome to the Avenue of the Stars
In my travels across the urban sprawl of the Los Angeles basin I found myself this day in a suburb nearer the foothills and closer to the sea.
About 12 miles and a million souls away from the Avenue of the Stars, the skyscrapers of downtown LA were still within sight in the distance as landmarks guided my eyes from the luxury of Beverly Hills to the city’s major skid row a few blocks from the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Looking east from the InterContinental Los Angeles to Beverly Hills and Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles skycrapers at upper right.
Paradise is there
You’ll have all that you can eat
Of milk & honey over there
Natalie Merchant – ‘San Andreas Fault’
Century City is a district of Los Angeles in the midst of major movie and TV studio land. Officially the address is Los Angeles. It is not Beverly Hills, but damn near.
InterContinental Los Angeles, Century City on Avenue of the Stars.
The InterContinental Los Angelesis an older build hotel originally branded a Park Hyatt and then a JW Marriott hotel.
The Los Angeles Country Club and the real Beverly Hills are a couple of blocks away.
I’ve walked these streets
in a spectacle of wealth & poverty
in the diamond market
the scarlet welcome carpet
that they just rolled out for me
InterContinental Los Angeles has 361 rooms including 148 suites. The rooms here have balconies providing views of the hills, valley vistas and the Pacific Ocean is visible in the distance.
Studio warehouse behind InterContinental Los Angeles and a glimpse of the sea about 10 miles west in the distance.
Looking east to the Hollywood Hills seen from InterContinental Los Angeles roof.
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City lobby.
My first impression of the InterContinental was the quietness of the lobby. There were people dining in the bar restaurant space and there were businessmen filing through briefcases, yet the lobby felt like an oasis of calm.
A very small lounge in the lobby provides space for Ambassador elites to sit with magazines, computers, TV.
The pool and spa tub are on an outside deck.
Fitness center is on 2nd floor, same floor as pool.
Standard rooms at the hotel, called Superior Room on the website, are 425 square feet which is about 30% larger than an average hotel room.
InterContinental Los Angeles Superior Room bed and desk.
The photo of the Superior hotel room does not look very large at 425 sq. ft., but there is enough room to move around the bed without hitting furniture and the balcony extends the living space. The bathrooms are large.
The bathrooms have separate shower and tub in all rooms, except accessible rooms offer roll-in shower. The IC Los Angeles website has good photography for the room selections.
One bedroom suite shower and tub.
One bedroom Deluxe Suites are 575 sq. ft. and Executive Suites are 700 sq. ft.
Rooms have flat screen tv and a safe that allows you to plug in your laptop while it is stored in the safe.
The hotel has 17 floors and a rooftop helipad offering yoga and zumba classes. These classes are complimentary for hotel guests and $15 for non-hotel guests in April and May 2012 and include 2 hour valet parking and access to Spa InterContinental sauna and steam rooms.
Rooftop view from InterContinental Los Angeles.
The Lobby Lounge offers a full bar and dining with live music several nights of the week. The space was too crowded for non-intrusive photos.
Seating in front of the hotel while waiting for valet car service or hotel transportation.
The hotel has a complimentary town car to take guests to Beverly Hills locations within a couple of miles of the property. It was kind of nice getting shuttled over to the Beverly Hilton. Then I got myself lost walking in Beverly Hills and ended up being late for my next appointment later that day.
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City.
I guess there are worse places than Beverly Hills to be lost.
Have I been blind
have I been lost
inside myself and
my own mind
by what my eyes have seen?
InterContinental Los Angeles Century City = 40,000 Priority Club points per reward night.
Room rates on June 12, 2012:
- $350 for a Standard room
- $399 Deluxe Suite
- $599 Executive Suite
- $699 Luxury Suite
Loyalty Traveler note: There is no specific reason for Natalie Merchant lyrics to be interspersed and associated with this post on the IC Los Angeles other than her songs were playing in my head as I wrote this piece.
Ric Garrido, owner and writer of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests. You can follow Loyalty Traveler on Twitter and Facebook and RSS feed.