Once again I was recently back in Southern California; and on this occasion I opted to stay in bustling Century City. Located to the west of the city of Los Angeles, Century City is moments away from the glamour of Beverly Hills and a few miles north of Santa Monica, a place I love a lot. The area is predominately business-orientated, housing many companies which relate to the entertainment industry; as what would seem is the common theme throughout the city of Angels.
A little bit of history…
I was intrigued to learn than the actual area was built in the 60’s on land that was in part sold off by 20th Century Fox Studios to offset losses made on a number of big budget failures, including “Cleopatra”. One of the main roads in the district is without a doubt named Avenue of the Stars; but it has absolutely nothing to do with nearby Hollywood. As we know, the world was caught up in the space program, and as such Avenue of the Stars found it’s name. There are also streets nearby aptly named Constellation Boulevard and Galaxy Way, not after the chocolate I might add.
Where to stay…
I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza; which is one of the two “well-known” hotels in the area.
It was my very first experience at a Hyatt property, and I was very impressed. You can read a full review here.
The other large hotel in the area is the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City , you'll find it is located right next to the Fox Studios. Alternatively if you are looking for something else; a Courtyard by Marriott and Holiday Inn Express aren't that far away either.
What’s there to do?
Although I said that Century City is mainly a business-district; look how close you are to retail therapy!
Like all shopping malls in the US; Westfield Century City puts most of the major shopping areas here in the UK to shame.
With more than 130 stores and eateries; you’ll find Macy’s and Bloomingdales along with an Armani Exchange, Gap, Subway, and a Panda Express. There’s also an AMC 15 Cinema, so you can enjoy a movie too. I’ll admit it isn’t the best mall I’ve been to in California, but it is pretty decent.
It’s worth mentioning that Westfield are currently in the midst of a multi-million dollar re-development of the site. By the time construction is completed in 2017, there will even more shopping and dining options. Hurrah!
A little farther away…
From Century City, you’re only a short drive or taxi away from Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Center, Hollywood, and the beautiful beaches that lie within Santa Monica. Who couldn't resist a view like this?
So the next time you are visiting Los Angeles for a few days; why not opt to stay in Century City? The hotel rates are lower than other parts of Los Angeles; and you're only moments away.