Accor is gearing up to open the Fairmont Century Plaza later this month, following the completion of a five-year, $2.5 billion development.
The original Century Plaza hotel opened in 1966 in the Century City district of Los Angeles, and was the first hotel to have colour TVs in all of its rooms.
It was originally managed by Western International Hotels (which subsequently became Westin Hotels), and more recently was marketed as the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, before closing in 2016 for redevelopment.
It will now reopen as the Fairmont Century Plaza on September 27, with the hotel occupying 16 floors and featuring 400 rooms and 63 Fairmont residential units. Two adjacent 44-storey towers will offer 94,000 square feet of boutique shopping outlets, and 268 privately-owned luxury residences.
Accor said that design firm Yabu Pushelberg had delivered “a modern update to the 1960s nostalgia whilst celebrating Fairmont’s defining quality of grandeur with a Californian twist”. The number of guest rooms at the hotel has been nearly halved to allow for marble bathrooms and balconies for every room and suite.
Facilities include a rooftop pool and bar, French inspired all day dining brasserie Lumiere, and The Bar at Century Plaza in the lobby area, which also features a living green wall, floating fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows which retract into the floor.
The Fairmont Spa Century Plaza will offer 14,000 square foot of wellness space including nine treatments rooms, experiential rain showers, sanariums, aromatherapy steam rooms, a hammam, and a Himalayan salt room, while the Fairmont Gold concept feature 70 rooms and suites with private check-in and access to the Gold Lounge.
Finally the hotel will offer around 24,000 square feet of indoor events space and another 4,000 square feet of outdoor rooftop space, and will feature the 13,000 square foot Los Angeles Ballroom.
Accor also said that the hotel would be home to a collection of art from around the world, including the 23-feet tall Laura mesh sculpture on the front drive, created by Spanish artist Juame Plensa.
Commenting on the news Heather McCrory, CEO of Accor North and Central America, said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Fairmont Century Plaza to Accor’s growing luxury portfolio in North and Central America. The reopening of this Los Angeles luxury landmark is a milestone for both the brand and the city, as Fairmont is trusted to reimagine this storied icon following a $2.5 billion renovation and development project.
“The newest Fairmont is a flagship for the brand, offering a one-of-a-kind experience at the centre of it all in the famed Century City and setting the standard for future development projects in the region.”
Accor opened its first Fairmont property in Ireland this summer, with the renovation and rebranding of Carton House, situated around 25 minutes west of Dublin.