InterContinental Los Angeles Century City
With our near perfect weather, the first thing I like to do in the morning is prove the cynics wrong and get out and go for a walk. Destination: Clementine's for a local, neighborly breakfast. Take something to read, or good company to chat with, it's that kind of place. With great coffees and teas, healthy choices for breakfast and sweets to indluge in...after all we are going to walk it off! After some nourishment, I am ready for the mile hike north to one of my favorite green spaces in the city, Holmby Park. Surrounded by multi-million dollar estates, and home to some of Hollywood's most celebrated players, it's the green way to star sight in Los Angeles. I make a loop around the park and head back south to the hotel, with refreshment stop at Westfield Century City along the way.
Good weather afternoon: Zuma beach in Malibu. Postcard perfect Southern California beach, and the drive out in a convertible is half the fun. Either bring a picinic lunch or stop at Paradise Cove or Geoffrey's for an additional taste of the local area. Not nice enough for the beach: Off to the Getty Center! Compare Van Gogh's Irises to Richard Meier's billion dollar architectural wonder and still be most impressed by the views.
Catch the latest Hollywood release at either the Chinese Theater or the Arclight on Sunset - movie going as it was meant to be. Then head west to the Sunset Strip, with it's offerings of live music, comedy clubs, hip and delicious restaurants and bars under (and with) the stars.
Century City History
Century City was once the back lot of 20th Century Fox Film Studios. Due to the overwhelming budget of "Cleopatra" in 1963, and star Elizabeth Taylor's unheard of salary of one million dollars, the studio was forced to sell this very valuable land to developers interested in building a new city on the Westside of Los Angeles.
The "Flower Tower"
The "flower tower", visible from Olympic Boulevard, is located on the athletic fields of Beverly Hills High School and houses an active oil well drill. In fact, this entire area sits atop a very rich and active oil field, but all the equipment is housed in disguised buildings.
The Fox Plaza Tower, immediately to the left of the hotel is often recognizable as Nakatomi Plaza in the original "Die Hard" film. A scaled down model of the building was used to destroy it in the movie, as you see, it still stands today.