This post is sponsored by IHG and Shopstyle. All opinions are my own.
A Short Getaway
Le Monsieur and I like to take a “staycation” once a year or so. We check into a nice local hotel for a couple of days to relax and have a change of scenery, without having to make big travel plans.
When the folks at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts asked if I’d like to stay at one of their Los Angeles area hotels in early December, the timing couldn’t have been better. After a few days of demolition on our kitchen and bathroom, we were ready to get away from the dust and mess for a couple of days. We debated about whether to stay at the Intercontinental in Downtown LA, or the one in Century City. It was a tough choice, but because the construction crew would be working while we were gone, we decided to stay closer to home. We chose Century City.
I’d driven by the hotel hundreds of times but had never been inside. The lobby area is bright and spacious, and was festively decorated for the holiday season.
Our room was an Executive Suite, and was roomy and comfortable. The space is bright, clean and modern. I was happy to find a coffee maker in the room with a selection of coffees and teas. I’m one those people who has to have a cup of coffee within a few minutes of waking up.
The bed was really comfortable. The room had lots of drawer and closet space, and plenty of hangers! (One of my pet peeves is hotels that are stingy with hangers.)
Once we were checked into our room, the first order of business was getting something to eat. We’d been rushing around all morning dealing with construction questions, and hadn’t had time for breakfast. We managed to hit the tail end of weekend brunch at Mari Los Angeles, and it was fantastic. Fresh ingredients, well prepared.
I ordered the Huevos Rancheros, and ate every bite! Le Monsieur had a chicken breast sandwich and also cleaned his plate.
The breakfast buffet which is available daily is AWESOME. Lots of choices including all of the hot and cold breakfast items you’d want, a custom omelet station, a Vegetarian station, and a Japanese breakfast station.
Our rooms faced west, and we enjoyed the nice (if hazy) sunsets. Both the sitting area and the bedroom had full balconies.
Location, location, location
The InterContinental Hotel in Century City is a short walk away from the Westfield Century City mall which has recently undergone a major renovation. We took a stroll over there after lunch to do some holiday shopping and check out the new stores that had recently opened. The mall is also the newest location for Eataly, the very popular Italian market and upscale food court.
It’s also close to downtown Beverly Hills, and we took advantage of the house car service to get a ride over to Rodeo Drive. They go all out with the holiday decorating…even the street lights become chandeliers!
And the hotel is next door to the Fox Studios. That mural I’m posing in front of in the top photo is painted on the side of one of the sound stages.
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Thanks again to IHG for a relaxing and enjoyable staycation!