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A photo of Phillip Barnes outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

The Who’s Who of the Luxury Hotel Industry

May 1, 2021
Regional Vice President of Southern California, and the General Manager of the Fairmont Century Plaza, Phillip Barnes speaks on his long illustrious career and being a luxury hotel “fix it man”, as well as what makes him tick.
A massage table in a wooden room with soft lighting.

Soothing Sounds

February 1, 2021
Adding sound therapy to your offerings will help you better improve clients' well-being.
A profile view of the Laura sculpture outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

Rambling Reporter

February 1, 2021
After a $2.5 billion redevelopment project, the Fairmont Century Plaza reopens this summer, as does its private tunnel to and from the offices of CAA.
A shot of a large table with a row of empty black chairs.

Producers Guild of America Sets 2020 Awards Show Date

August 27, 2018
The Producers Guild of America has set Jan. 18, 2020, as the date for its 31st Annual Producers Guild Awards, to be presented at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
The courtyard and lush grounds outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

Fairmont will take over Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza

January 20, 2017
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will take over Los Angeles's Century Plaza Hotel when the iconic property reopens after its planned redevelopment is completed next year.
A couple enjoy lunch and drinks at The Bar at Century Plaza.

What’s New in LA for 2019: Here’s Your Guide

January 18, 2019
New restaurants, hotels, shopping experiences and more are on tap for 2019 in Los Angeles.
The curving exterior of Fairmont Century Plaza as seen from the ground.

Century Plaza project developer says it has $200M in luxury condo pre-sales

October 25, 2019
Woodridge Capital Partners, which had stalled for years in the marketing of twin condominium buildings and luxury hotel residences at its Century Plaza redevelopment project, says it has closed on more than $200 million in luxury condo pre-sales.
A Fairmont Century Plaza living room with modernist furniture and access to a large private balcony.

LA’s New A-List Hotel Residences

August 4, 2018
Hotel residences from Century City to Staples Center are luring a new tribe of would-be Eloises with amenity-rich vertical living, with the buyer's insurance of a "five-star luxury brand" springing up across the city.
A wide view of the Los Angeles Ballroom at Fairmont Century Plaza.

Make Way for West L.A.’s Biggest Ballroom: Exclusive First Look at Century Plaza’s $2.5B Renovation

March 2, 2018
It’s been exactly two years since The Century Plaza closed for construction, temporarily shuttering one of Hollywood’s most historic event spaces (The Rat Pack, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama have all partied there) and removing a stalwart venue from the awards circuit. But this time next year, the finishing touches will be put on L.A.’s most modernized ballroom, which will reshape awards season and just might make hotel venues cool again.
A aerial view of the Fairmont Century Plaza

Fairmont Hotels will operate the revamped Century Plaza hotel

January 19, 2017
Luxury hotelier Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will operate the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City when it reopens in 2018 after a major makeover that includes the addition of two condominium towers.
An aerial view of Third Street in LA

Los Angeles

November 6, 2019
Los Angeles' major export might be its lineup of silver-screen movies and star-studded celebrities, yet America's second-largest city regularly sets the bar as a major destination for conducting any-size meetings and conventions. Boasting an idyllic year-round climate, transformative public transit, a beachcombing coastline, big-league attractions and so much more, L.A. has a lot to offer.
The façade of Century Plaza and the rows of white balconies.

Fairmont Hotels will operate the revamped Century Plaza hotel

January 19, 2017
Luxury hotelier Fairmont Hotels & Resorts will operate the landmark Century Plaza hotel in Century City when it reopens in 2018 after a major makeover that includes the addition of two condominium towers.
A profile view of the outdoor sculpture Laura, byJuame Plensa.

Century City’s revamped Century Plaza moves ahead

October 25, 2019
The ambitious $2.5-billion Century Plaza project, centered on the landmark crescent-shaped hotel that has hosted presidents and rock stars over more than five decades, has taken a major step forward.
A spacious living area in a Fairmont Century Plaza suite, complete with a large sectional.

Montage Hotels rolls out luxury residences with its new Pendry hotel on the Sunset Strip

November 6, 2019
The founders of the Montage luxury hotel chain intend to crack the high-end residential market in West Hollywood with the company’s hipper Pendry brand condominiums under construction on the famed Sunset Strip.
A two floor hotel residence room at Fairmont Century Plaza.

Find out what it’s like to live in a luxury hotel

November 15, 2019
Demand is rising worldwide for hotel-connected condos, according to a recent report from Savills, a London real estate services company.
The façade of Fairmont Century Plaza as seen from the ground in front of the entrance.

A Historic Hotel Is the Centerpiece of a Major Makeover in Century City

December 21, 2017
Closed for nearly two years, one of the city’s most iconic hotels is the centerpiece of a $2.5 billion plan to bring condominiums, high-end shopping, and two acres of open space and gardens to Century City. When it opens in 2018, the New Formalist-style Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel—the arcing 1966 landmark that Minoru Yamasaki designed on the former 20th Century Fox back lot—will be operated by Fairmont Hotels and feature 394 guest rooms along with 63 condominiums.
A ground level view of the balconies at Fairmont Century Plaza.

Redefining Urban Planning In Los Angeles: How An Iconic Hotel And Two New Towers Will Tilt The Trend

October 24, 2019
“Nobody walks in L.A.” This has been the city’s mantra for decades, but a $2.5 billion large scale development is on track to bring nearly six acres of pedestrian-friendly mixed-use space to a neighborhood largely known for its skyscrapers, office buildings and the filming lots of Fox Studios.
An aerial shot of the Fairmont Century Plaza exterior with the Pacific ocean in the background.

The Most Exciting Hotels Opening In Los Angeles In 2019

December 20, 2018
The end of the year is fast approaching, and it has been a busy one on the Los Angeles hotel scene. The city welcomed landmark new properties including the NoMad Los Angeles and the Hotel Figueroa downtown, the Kimpton La Peer in West Hollywood and the westdrift Manhattan Beach. The year to come looks no less busy, with over a dozen new hotels set to debut throughout 2019. Here are seven of the most exciting.
The Fairmont Century Plaza hotel lounge and dining area

The 40 Most Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings For 2020

September 5, 2019
From a stunning beach resort built on stilts in a Mangrove forest in Mexico, to a contemporary tower in Tokyo, I have assembled a long list of highly anticipated hotel openings for 2020 around the world. This year I have listed all new properties and residences by hotel brand so that luxury travelers can visit their favorites.
A pencil drawing of Lumière's entranceway

New High-End French Brasserie Anchors Big Redevelopment in Century City

December 16, 2019
The years-long remodel of Century City’s Fairmont Century Plaza is starting to wrap up, with plans to open the Fairmont hotel and some of the hotel residences and retail areas in the coming year. Among the new additions to the neighborhood will be Lumière, a French brasserie from chef Jason Franey, who previously spent time as executive sous chef at Eleven Madison Park, and executive chef at Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, CA.
Tables and chandeliers of the Constellation Ballroom

2019 Preview: 10 Most Anticipated Los Angeles Venues for Meetings and Events

January 3, 2019
Looking for a new venue for your next event? Here are the most anticipated Los Angeles restaurants, corporate event venues, hotels, conference centers, and party rooms slated to open in 2019. These new and renovated Los Angeles venues will accommodate groups large or small for private and corporate events, conferences, meetings, weddings, business dinners, teambuilding activities, cocktail parties, and more.
The Fairmont hotel exterior

Why Architect Minoru Yamasaki’s Legacy Is of Growing Importance

November 25, 2019
Minoru Yamasaki may be best known for designing the original World Trade Center and for being a leading practitioner of the new formalist style seen in so many civic and institutional projects of the postwar era. However, his works are richly varied by location and type, and, with most now exceeding the half-century mark in age, they are increasingly becoming the focus of exciting renovations and redesigns.
A man driving a Lincoln Continental with the top off.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announces new executive appointment

August 18, 2020
Philip Barnes has been appointed Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager, Fairmont Century Plaza.
The courtyard and lush grounds outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

Iconic LA hotel receives US$2.5bn makeover including brand new 14,000sq ft spa

March 15, 2021
Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza Hotel has been transformed into a new luxury Fairmont property after a US$2.5bn (€2.1bn, £1.8bn) investment.
A close up view of a cocktail served on a marble countertop at The Bar at Century Plaza in Century City.

Build Your Best Whiskey Sour

April 20, 2021
Bright and buoyant, the Whiskey Sour is whiskey dressed for a summer day. The drink may have originated with 18th-century sailors combining ingredients they had at hand, but the unbeatable balance of spirit, sugar, and citrus makes this drink transcend the whims of cocktail fashion.
A group enjoy wine and food at the Fairmont Century Plaza.

Food and Lifestyle News for March 2021 by Shaena Engle

March 5, 2021
Spring dineL.A. is here and features hundreds of LA restaurants to choose from.
Rows of palm trees line Rodeo Drive as shoppers walk by.

Los Angeles Tourism Comes Roaring Back

April 16, 2021
The word is out that California is reopening, welcoming back iconic attractions such as Disneyland and Universal Studio and giving the green light to the meetings industry that they can once again convene.
An aerial view of Third Street in LA

The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021

December 18, 2020
With the first vaccines now rolling out, it seems the end of our long international nightmare is finally (finally!) in sight. In anticipation of that moment, we’ve once again compiled our annual list of the best places to travel in the coming year — with one twist. In honor of our revived appreciation for the discoveries to be made in our own backyards, this year’s list features 50 dynamic, of-the-moment destinations — all right here in the United States.
A shot of a palm tree and a plane passing overhead .

Best Places to Travel in January

December 3, 2020
The new year and fresh start we’re all anticipating make January a good time to take a much-needed vacation (or at least plan one). Whether you’re a fan of cold weather and winter sports or prefer warm weather and beaches, we have a few suggestions for you. We also have a couple that fall right in the middle weather-wise, just right for being outdoors at this time of year.
Street view of a Prada storefront on Rodeo Drive in LA

Los Angeles Travel Guide

March 1, 2021
Los Angeles, at around 500 square miles, is the largest city within Los Angeles County which includes more than 100 cities and communities. Known for its entertainment industry, miles of coastline, mountains, shopping, sports, ethnic diversity, and culture of creativity, L.A.'s vibe ranges from upscale to hip to surf-casual and everything between, defying a label for the city as a whole.
Interior view of Lumière restaurant.

The 20 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings Of 2020 In The US

January 30, 2020
Wherever it may be, from California to New York and Arizona to Maine, there are plenty of hotels opening across the United States in 2020. Here are 20 of the most anticipated!
Interior view of a Century City hotel room with balcony access.

TPG’S 21 most anticipated hotel openings of 2021

January 31, 2021
For the first time in a while, now that viable vaccines are being distributed, many travelers who have been sidelined for nearly a year are starting to feel optimistic. Some people are already booking trips for the summer and fall of 2021. We can’t discuss all of the terrific new properties that will open across the globe this year (check back throughout the year for details on many more new-builds), but here are 22 of the most anticipated hotels to watch.
The courtyard and lush grounds outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

14 new hotels — from South Beach to Century City — we can’t wait to visit.

July 30, 2020
One of the most reassuring things for the travel industry is that, throughout the pandemic, hotel chains and individual properties across the globe have continued to open new hotels. So, even though many of us are staying home right now, you’re probably going to want to put these properties on your “must visit” list for when it’s safer to travel.
A man holding a whisky bottle and reading the label.

The Best Spirits for Spiked Hot Cocoa, According to Bartenders

January 2, 2021
When seeking comfort, hot cocoa is always a top pick. The rich, sweet flavor can send us all back to fond childhood memories of winter. Plus, with a little dash of some tasty adult spirits, your inner child and jaded adult self can become better acquainted. We polled bartenders from across the country on their favorite spirits to add to hot cocoa and got some interesting suggestions. So, grab a mug, the hot chocolate, and one of these spirits to make a great spiked hot cocoa.
A cocktail being served with a spritz of fruit.

Celebrate National Absinthe Day With This Classic Cocktail

March 5, 2021
Oscar Wilde famously declared, "A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?" In that spirit, why not celebrate National Absinthe Day today with a classic cocktail incorporating the spirit nicknamed "the green fairy"?
Lumière entranceway.

Underground Tunnel to CAA Reopens With Century City Hotel

April 23, 2021
The tunnel will allow A-list talent private and direct access to Lumiere restaurant and Beverly Hills' largest spa at Fairmont Century Plaza when the hotel opens later this year.
A couple lounge with drinks at the Fairmont Century Plaza rooftop pool.

Staycations Help Prop Up L.A.’s Devastated Hotel Industry

October 28, 2020
After the COVID-19 pandemic caused occupancy rates to plummet in the spring, business is rising again thanks to locals eager to get a break from being at home.
The façade of Fairmont Century Plaza.

Los Angeles’ Century Plaza Is Arriving Soon

January 22, 2020
The Century Plaza Hotel will be operated by Fairmont and will include 63 branded residences. Marmol Radziner retained the 400-room hotel’s glorious New Formalism through grand gestures, restoring the canopy above the porte cochere and replacing the 700 sliding glass doors to look nearly identical to the originals, while meeting the highest of environmental standards. The Fairmont Century Plaza lobby is welcoming to all with an open breezeway that allows the flow of air and light into its interior lounges, gardens, and rooftop pool and bar.
A view of a water basin and the wooden lattice found in Fairmont Century Plaza.

How to take a mindful bath

March 21, 2021
Mindful bathing seems like a straightforward exercise: Fill the bath with water, get in, meditate, get out. Including a mindfulness or meditation practice in almost any ritual, including your self-care soak, can yield significant psychological gains, helping you relax, appreciate the present, and act with considered intention.
The Thermal Spa at Fairmont Century Plaza.

Iconic LA hotel receives US$2.5bn makeover including brand new 14,000sq ft spa

March 15, 2021
Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza Hotel has been transformed into a new luxury Fairmont property after a US$2.5bn (€2.1bn, £1.8bn) investment. The iconic, crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and multiple US Presidents, since opening in 1966. International design firm Yabu Pushelberg has reimagined the destination, which is set to open in Q2 2021.
A massage table in a private room at Fairmont Century Plaza's luxury spa in Century City.

Iconic LA hotel receives US$2.5bn makeover including brand new 14,000sq ft spa

March 15, 2021
Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza Hotel has been transformed into a new luxury Fairmont property after a US$2.5bn (€2.1bn, £1.8bn) investment. The iconic, crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and multiple US Presidents, since opening in 1966. International design firm Yabu Pushelberg has reimagined the destination, which is set to open in Q2 2021.
The Century Plaza fountain and outdoor lounge area.

FAIRMONT CENTURY PLAZA TO OPEN THIS FALL IN LOS ANGELES WITH SHOWPIECE 14,000 SQUARE FOOT SPA AND MORE

August 31, 2020
This fall, iconic mid-century modern Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California will be reborn as the Fairmont Century Plaza. The fully reimagined Los Angeles landmark is the centerpiece of a $2.5B mixed-use development project on 6.14 acres.
A lady uses a type of skin roller while looking in the mirror.

INTERVIEW: MAGDALEENA NIKOLOV, DIRECTOR OF SPA AT FAIRMONT CENTURY PLAZA, SHARES TOP WELLNESS TRENDS AND TIPS

January 21, 2021
This year, Fairmont Century Plaza has been a much anticipated Los Angeles hotel opening—the iconic hotel received a transformation by international design firm Yabu Pushelberg, featuring 400 luxury guest rooms. The hotel’s opening will also usher in a new era of holistic wellness with a 14,000-square-foot luxury spa. The spa will offer state-of-the-art facilities and innovative guest experiences under the wellness leadership of Magdaleena Nikolov, who has over 12 years of spa experience and has worked at several iconic luxury resorts and spas. We caught up with Nikolov to chat about the latest in wellness and the new destination.
The rooftop pool at Century Plaza in LA

The Most Anticipated Hotel & Resort Openings in 2021

February 10, 2021
While 2020 might have been a less-than-ideal year for travel, we’re hoping for the best for 2021 and have loads new properties to share with you. From the highly-anticipated opening of the LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND New York Resort to a new Great Wolf Lodge in California to dreamy tropical destinations, this list of new hotels and all-inclusive resorts set to open in 2021 has it all. Get ready to plan your next family vacation!
An aerial shot of the Fairmont Century Plaza exterior with the Pacific ocean in the background.

Fairmont Century Plaza to Reopen This Fall

July 31, 2020
This fall, Century City’s iconic, mid-century modern hotel, formerly the Century Plaza Hotel, will emerge as the Fairmont Century Plaza, a fully reimagined landmark for the city of Los Angeles.
A cocktail being served with a spritz of fruit.

In Search of the Perfect Valentine’s Day Drink? You’ll Love This Chocolate Raspberry Cocktail

February 8, 2021
For those feeling frustrated by the fact that they can't celebrate Valentine's Day at their favorite cocktail bar, this festive drink is here to save the day.
A Bartender at The Bar at Century Plaza in Century City shakes a cocktail while smiling.

Mastering the Whiskey Sour With Dan Sabo

November 4, 2020
In the cocktail world, it’s common wisdom that orange juice can be a fast track to ruining a drink (see the Blood & Sand). But for Dan Sabo, a half-ounce of fresh OJ is the unexpected secret to his bright and frothy Whiskey Sour.
An outdoor view of Fairmont Century Plaza's façade.

10 New Hotel Openings

September 1, 2020
While COVID-19 is front of mind for planners, there’s a roster of new hotel openings that have been happening during the pandemic or are soon to come.
The façade of Century Plaza and the rows of white balconies.

50 New Hotels for 2021

February 24, 2021
Despite COVID, many new hotels and renovations have made their debut in the last quarter of 2020 and in early 2021. Check them out.
Top down view of a table with bowls of food such as olives, prosciutto and cheese.

March Food & Lifestyle News

March 2, 2021
Spring dineL.A. is here and features hundreds of LA restaurants to choose from.
Rows of palm trees line Rodeo Drive as shoppers walk by.

Los Angeles

December 19, 2019
Why Los Angeles for Your Next Meeting or Event? Los Angeles' major export might be its lineup of silver-screen movies and star-studded celebrities, yet America’s second-largest city regularly sets the bar as a major destination for conducting any-size meetings and conventions. Boasting an idyllic year-round climate, transformative public transit, a beachcombing coastline, big-league attractions and so much more, L.A. has a lot to offer.
The Century Plaza fountain and outdoor lounge area.

5 New Standout Hotels in Los Angeles

February 27, 2020
From chic bed-and-breakfasts to sprawling modern luxuries, these hotels are notable bright spots in a city filled with stars.
A small plate of surf and turf served with a red sauce.

6 best Dutch ovens in 2021, according to cookware experts

May 20, 2021
Though there are many kitchen tools a good chef needs to complete their collection, a Dutch oven is arguably one of the most important due to its versatility.
A shot of a palm tree and a plane passing overhead .

Best Places to Travel in January

March 12, 2020
The new year and fresh start we’re all anticipating make January a good time to take a much-needed vacation (or at least plan one). Whether you’re a fan of cold weather and winter sports or prefer warm weather and beaches, we have a few suggestions for you.
A profile view of the Laura sculpture outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

TPG’S 21 most anticipated hotel openings of 2021

January 31, 2021
For the first time in a while, now that viable vaccines are being distributed, many travelers who have been sidelined for nearly a year are starting to feel optimistic. Some people are already booking trips for the summer and fall of 2021. We can’t discuss all of the terrific new properties that will open across the globe this year (check back throughout the year for details on many more new-builds), but here are 22 of the most anticipated hotels to watch.
The large lobby entrance of Fairmont Century Plaza.

With 7 New Design-Centric Hotels, Los Angeles Is Officially Back in Action

April 2, 2021
After a year of sheltering in place, the idea of sleeping on crisp white sheets, slipping into a plush terrycloth robe, and enjoying room service in bed is finally not such a distant dream. In fact, hotels are coming back better than ever—especially in Los Angeles, where the sweeping views are as beautiful as the year-round weather. Plus, the City of Angels is making up for lost time with a bevy of new haute hotels from which even born-and-bred Angelenos won’t be able to keep away.
A aerial view of the Fairmont Century Plaza

Seven Strikingly Designed Buildings With Top-Notch Residences Inside

March 23, 2021
Quality architecture and quality residences have always gone hand in hand. But a new crop of farsighted developments is pushing the aesthetic envelope further than ever. From futuristic projects in the Persian Gulf to an updated London icon to innovative constructions in Holland and Harlem, there has never been a more exciting time for premium property with a decidedly architectural edge.
The Century Plaza fountain and outdoor lounge area.

14 new hotels — from South Beach to Century City — we can’t wait to visit.

July 30, 2020
One of the most reassuring things for the travel industry is that, throughout the pandemic, hotel chains and individual properties across the globe have continued to open new hotels. So, even though many of us are staying home right now, you’re probably going to want to put these properties on your “must visit” list for when it’s safer to travel.
An interior view of the Constellation Ballroom with high ceilings, chandeliers and large tables.

Taking Center Stage in Century City

July 1, 2020
Originally opened in 1966, the Fairmont Century Plaza will debut a massive redevelopment this September and is now accepting renovations for fall.
A close up on a package of soap made by Le Labo

How to take a mindful bath

March 21, 2021
Mindful bathing seems like a straightforward exercise: Fill the bath with water, get in, meditate, get out. Including a mindfulness or meditation practice in almost any ritual, including your self-care soak, can yield significant psychological gains, helping you relax, appreciate the present, and act with considered intention.
A ground level view of the balconies at Fairmont Century Plaza.

Those massive Century Plaza Towers are fully leased for first time since the 1970s

February 18, 2020
Century City’s signature twin office skyscrapers, which were designed in the 1970s by the architect of New York’s World Trade Center, are fully occupied for the first time in their existence.
A profile view of the Laura sculpture outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

This Week’s Comings and Goings

August 20, 2020
Fairmont Century Plaza has named Philip Barnes regional vice president, southern California, and general manager. During his career, Barnes has worked at hotels on a global scale, most recently serving as managing director and regional vice president for The Savoy in London, a Fairmont managed hotel.
A view of the rooftop pool at Fairmont Century Plaza.

7 new construction LA condo and apartment buildings with scenic rooftop pools

January 8, 2020
If you’re shopping for a new construction condo or apartment in the City of Angels, an outdoor pool is likely high on your list of desired amenities. Whether you prefer lounging poolside with a cocktail in hand or swimming laps for your morning workout, these seven luxury residences have just what you need in a rooftop oasis.
An aerial shot of the Fairmont Century Plaza exterior with the Pacific ocean in the background.

Iconic LA hotel receives US$2.5bn makeover including brand new 14,000sq ft spa

March 15, 2021
Los Angeles’ iconic Century Plaza Hotel has been transformed into a new luxury property after a US$2.5bn (€2.1bn, £1.8bn) investment. The iconic, crescent shaped hotel has hosted generations of Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and multiple US Presidents, since opening in 1966. International design firm Yabu Pushelberg has reimagined the destination, which is set to open in Q2 2021.
Hotel room with two beds and balcony access.

Socially distance your out-of-town holiday guests at these six new L.A.-area hotels

November 7, 2020
Travel’s new normal? Staying home. Well, not exactly at home. Staying somewhere near home so you don’t have to hassle with airports, unknown cities and — hopefully — the COVID-19 pandemic.
Historic photo of hotel lounge area

When the Century Plaza Hotel Reopens, Will Anything Original Remain?

December 4, 2020
The 16-story, 54-year-old landmark in Century City is set to return with fewer (but larger) super-luxury rooms and 331 condos.
A group cheers glasses of red wine together.

March Food & Lifestyle News

March 20, 2021
Spring dineL.A. is here and features hundreds of LA restaurants to choose from. The Fairmont Century Plaza is celebrating National Absinthe Day, March 5, with a few specialty cocktails. Drinkers can enjoy a Corpse Reviver No 2 with gin, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice and absinthe or their Absinthe Frappe with Absinthe Verte, Crème de Menthe, mint demerara and soda.
Close up of two ladies holding up colorful drinks.

The Best Alternatives to Champagne for New Year’s Eve

December 29, 2020
Champagne isn’t just a drink for celebrating. It’s good for cocktails or on its own year-round. But since you are hopefully being safe and doing NYE as a small, stay-at-home affair this year, you should also get to drink what you want.
A lady massages her skin while looking in a large mirror.

How to take a mindful bath

March 21, 2021
Mindful bathing seems like a straightforward exercise: Fill the bath with water, get in, meditate, get out. Including a mindfulness or meditation practice in almost any ritual, including your self-care soak, can yield significant psychological gains, helping you relax, appreciate the present, and act with considered intention.
Close up of a bartender mixing a drink.

Blackberry-Lavender French Soda – Alcohol Free

April 23, 2021
A heavenly combo of fruity, floral flavors.
A Bartender at The Bar at Century Plaza in Century City shakes a cocktail while smiling.

Blackberry-Lavender French Soda

April 23, 2021
Bartender Dan Sabo strikes the perfect balance of fruit and floral flavors in his blackberry-lavender soda recipe.
The Century Plaza fountain and outdoor lounge area.

Companies, properties announce HR moves

August 24, 2020
Hotels added a number of employees at all levels during the past month. Here are some highlights.
Cleaning staff at The Fairmont Century Plaza prepare a bed.

20 COVID-19 approaches for 2021

January 11, 2021
Hotels worldwide have adjusted their operations to keep guests and team members alike as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some measures properties have found effective in maintaining a hospitable spirit while maintaining safety standards.
An aerial view of Third Street in LA

COVID-19’s Impact on the Los Angeles Hotel Market

April 27, 2021
The Los Angeles hotel market, along with the rest of the world, experienced an unprecedented drop in demand in 2020 following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two men converse under the Century Plaza façade.

Philip Barnes – Appointed Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager At Fairmont Century Plaza in los Angeles

August 19, 2020
Philip Barnes has been appointed Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager, Fairmont Century Plaza. Barnes brings more than four decades of international hospitality experience to his role, effective September 1, 2020.
The Fairmont Century Plaza hotel lounge and dining area

Fairmont to Revamp LA’s Century Plaza Hotel

August 6, 2020
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts is revamping and rebranding the former Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles’ Century City district. Originally designed by late architect Minoru Yamasaki, the midcentury modern landmark will reopen as the Fairmont Century Plaza with a new design by Yabu Pushelberg this fall.
The Fairmont Century Plaza thermal spa with wooden paneling.

How Sound Baths Can Gently Ease Stress and Anxiety, According to Experts

May 6, 2021
Sound baths have nothing to do with a relaxing soak in the tub, and yet more psychiatrists, therapists and other wellness experts are acknowledging the practice as ultra restorative and cleansing.
The façade of Century Plaza and the rows of white balconies.

9 L.A. Hotels To Visit This Summer

April 12, 2021
The soon-to-debut Fairmont Century Plaza impresses with its design. After a $2.5 billion refresh, architect Minoru Yamasaki’s 1966 midcentury-modern icon remains intact, but it’s been given new life through modern touches, like sophisticated Yabu Pushelberg-designed interiors; an inviting 17th-floor rooftop pool; a 14,000-square-foot spa (one of L.A.’s largest) with a Himalayan salt room, an aromatherapy steam room and a hammam; American brasserie Lumière and Laura, a 23-foot-tall sculpture of a floating head by Jaume Plensa that greets you outside the building.
An aerial shot of the Fairmont Century Plaza exterior with the Pacific ocean in the background.

35 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings Of 2021

January 28, 2021
After a year filled with quarantines, lockdowns and sheltering in place, we can’t wait to check into a luxury hotel. Here are the hot new places to put at the top of your list when you travel next.
The rooftop pool at Century Plaza and lounge seating.

The Most Exciting U.S. Hotels Opening In 2021

December 22, 2020
Here are 12 of the most exciting U.S. hotels opening in 2021 (in order of opening date), and what guests can expect to experience at each.
A guest room with a double bed and balcony access.

New Year, New Hotels: 60 Exciting Hotel Openings Around The World This Winter

December 6, 2020
The hospitality industry has been through its ups and downs this year, but that’s not stopping dozens of new hotels and resorts that are preparing to open this winter.
Rows of palm trees line Rodeo Drive as shoppers walk by.

Six Glamorous Hotels And Resorts Opening Soon In California

September 28, 2020
While the first three quarters of 2020 may not have played out the way we expected, there are some great new developments to look forward to on the horizon - namely, a sizable collection of luxurious hotels and resorts opening all throughout the state of California.
A profile view of the outdoor sculpture Laura, byJuame Plensa.

9 L.A. Hotels To Visit This Summer

April 12, 2021
Things are looking brighter in Los Angeles after a year of pandemic restrictions. In anticipation of Los Angeles’ reopening, we highlight nine hotels you should visit this summer.
A couple cheers drinks and relax under a patio umbrella.

9 Luxury Hotels Opening in the U.S. in 2021

Hotels across the country are breaking new ground in the world of luxury. Here are the ones to check out - and check into - in 2021.
The Fairmont Century Plaza hotel lounge and dining area

35 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings Of 2021

January 28, 2021
After a year filled with quarantines, lockdowns and sheltering in place, we can’t wait to check into a luxury hotel. Here is Forbes Travel Guide's definitive list of the hot new places to visit when you travel next.
The courtyard and lush grounds outside the Fairmont Century Plaza.

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announces new executive appointment

August 17, 2020
Philip Barnes has been appointed Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager, Fairmont Century Plaza. Barnes brings more than four decades of international hospitality experience to his role, effective September 1, 2020.
Dining at an outdoor patio

The 10 Most Anticipated Los Angeles Restaurant Openings, Spring 2020

March 10, 2020
2020 is gearing up to be another big year for dining in Los Angeles, with huge international and star local names all vying for dining dollars in the City of Angels.
The large lobby entrance of Fairmont Century Plaza.

The Future of Meetings in Los Angeles

May 4, 2021
Los Angeles has always been a dynamic city, constantly evolving to offer the most cutting-edge experiences. That has never been more true than in the past year. While many places came to a standstill during the pandemic, Los Angeles continued to innovate, advance and prepare for a future that looks brighter than ever, particularly now that the City is reopen for meetings. The transformation that began a decade ago is in full swing as the city prepares to host some of the most high-profile events in the world.
A aerial view of the Fairmont Century Plaza

Check Out Where to Check in Next at These New Los Angeles Hotels

April 7, 2021
As travel-starved consumers resume exploring Los Angeles, some of the world’s most renowned traditional and boutique hotel brands will continue to expand their local footprint. Los Angeles will regain its place as one of the most visited U.S. cities by both domestic and international travelers, and hotels in areas such as Downtown, Hollywood, Century City and the South Bay will be eager to show off their new properties.
Lotus Statue - Blue Ribbon Garden

Why Clients Are Loving Sound Therapy

February 16, 2021
Sound therapy is a treatment that is peaking a lot of clients interest. See what all the buzz (or hum) is about.
The rooftop pool at Century Plaza in LA

16 Glamorous Escapes for 2021

December 20, 2020
Frequent-flyer miles getting dusty? When the time is right to travel again, schedule a trip to these stunning new hotels and resorts around the globe—or just sit back and get a glimpse of how places from Solvang to Saudi Arabia are booming.
A straight on look at the gold and white façade of the Century Plaza

Philip Barnes Appointed to Leadership Role at Fairmont Century Plaza

August 17, 2020
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts named Philip Barnes Regional Vice President, Southern California and General Manager of the Fairmont Century Plaza. Barnes brings more than four decades of international hospitality experience to his role at the revitalized property set to debut next month.
Interior view of a bathroom with a marble vanity, tub and stand in shower.

8 Bath Towels That Are as Plush as the Ones at Your Favorite Hotel

May 7, 2021
When it comes to bath towels, it’s only the truly spectacular (or horrible) that stand out. All the rest simply exist. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Bath towels can give us an—albeit temporary—feeling of escape and luxury, bringing a little piece of the travel experience into our own homes—something we're still searching for after a year in and out of lockdowns.
Close up of a bartender mixing a drink.

March Food & Lifestyle News

March 2, 2021
Spring dineL.A. is here and features hundreds of LA restaurants to choose from.
The Fairmont Century Plaza hotel lounge and dining area

FOUR NEW L.A. HOTELS TO BOOK RIGHT NOW

November 10, 2020
Despite being in the midst of a pandemic, the Los Angeles hotel scene continues to grow apace. Right in time for the holidays, four historic properties have been revived, and are opening softly with limited occupancy in line with the city’s COVID-19 guidelines. From a 400-room midcentury behemoth in Century City to a made-over motel in Los Feliz and a home-away-from-home in Hollywood, here are the ones to book next time you are in town.
The culinary team at Fairmont Century Plaza pose for a picture on the street.

People/Events/Accounts: News About InterContinental Hotels Group, Miami Beach Pride, CSM North America, and More

January 24, 2020
The Fairmont Century Plaza—a new $2.5 billion mixed-use development slated to open this spring—has a new food and beverage team led by Daniel Sabo. Other new appointments include executive chef Atticus Garant, executive chef of Lumière Jason Franey, executive pastry chef Michael Aguilar, and beverage manager CJ Catalano.
A Bartender at The Bar at Century Plaza in Century City shakes a cocktail while smiling.

This Week in Los Angeles: Mac Miller’s Immersive Listening Party, Goop Lab’s Suggestive Floral Display, a Cirque du Soleil-Inspired Photo Op

January 24, 2020
The Fairmount Century Plaza —a new $2.5 billion mixed-use development slated to open this spring—has a new food and beverage team led by Daniel Sabo.
Two men converse under the Century Plaza façade.

US: Details on the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, The Mirage Plans Reopening, and More

August 18, 2020
Philip Barnes has been named general manager for the highly anticipated Fairmont Century Plaza and as regional vice president of Southern California for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
The large Century Plaza boardroom equipped with a long black table.

This Week in Event Venues: An Increase in Small Meetings, New Technology Solutions, and More

July 30, 2020
As hotels and event spaces begin to cautiously reopen after coronavirus-related shutdowns, we're here to round up the biggest news of the week - in one convenient place. Here are six things you need to know this week.
The rooftop pool at Fairmont Century Plaza, Century City, LA.

With 7 New Design-Centric Hotels, Los Angeles Is Officially Back in Action

April 2, 2021
After a year of sheltering in place, the idea of sleeping on crisp white sheets, slipping into a plush terrycloth robe, and enjoying room service in bed is finally not such a distant dream. In fact, hotels are coming back better than ever—especially in Los Angeles, where the sweeping views are as beautiful as the year-round weather.
The curving exterior of Fairmont Century Plaza as seen from the ground.

Seven Strikingly Designed Buildings With Top-Notch Residences Inside

March 23, 2021
Quality architecture and quality residences have always gone hand in hand. But a new crop of farsighted developments is pushing the aesthetic envelope further than ever. From futuristic projects in the Persian Gulf to an updated London icon to innovative constructions in Holland and Harlem, there has never been a more exciting time for premium property with a decidedly architectural edge.
Top down view of a plate with a poached egg and vegetables.

March Food & Lifestyle News

March 2, 2021
Spring Dinner is right here and it has a whole lot of Los Angeles eating places to select from.
Interior view of Lumière restaurant.

Fairmont Century Plaza Announces Appointment of Food & Beverage Team

January 16, 2020
Fairmont Century Plaza is pleased to announce the appointment of a new culinary team at the new $2.5 billion mixed-use redevelopment project.
A ground level view of the balconies at Fairmont Century Plaza.

New Year, New Hotels

December 9, 2020
In Los Angeles, Fairmont Century Plaza is ready to reveal a new design in February when it reopens following significant updates; it is new to the Accor family. With 400 rooms and 63 private residences, this hotel is part of a $2.5 billion mixed-use development in the Century City area.
An aerial shot of the Fairmont Century Plaza exterior with the Pacific ocean in the background.

The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021

December 18, 2020
When the time comes to travel again, these destinations — all right in your own backyard — are the ones to visit next. In Century City, the expansive Fairmont Century Plaza will have 400 rooms and 63 luxury residences.
A Fairmont Century Plaza living room with modernist furniture and access to a large private balcony.

The Point Guy’s 21 Most Anticipated Hotel Openings of 2021

December 18, 2019
The Century Plaza Hotel will have a new identity this fall with the opening of the Fairmont Century Plaza Los Angeles. Architect Minoru Yamasaki’s mid-century modern building will be transformed by international design firm Yabu Pushelberg into a 400-room hotel that will open in 2021.
A ground level view of the balconies at Fairmont Century Plaza.

The Most Exciting U.S. Hotels Opening in 2021

January 4, 2021
Dynamic design firm Yabu Pushelberg has reimagined architect Minoru Yamasaki’s mid-century masterpiece for a new era. The landmark Century Plaza Hotel will reopen as a Fairmont in the coming months, with a roster of 351 rooms and 49 suites.