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20 Hour Staycation: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Century City

It all began with an invite to a press luncheon featuring Chef Manfred Lassahn’s new vegan menu offerings at Breeze, a restaurant on the first floor of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The event was scheduled for a Monday afternoon, which meant that it would be impossible for worker bees stationed on the east side of town to attend. I replied to the invitation thanking them for thinking of me and letting them know that I wouldn’t be able to make it.

A few beats later, I received a follow-up email from the hotel’s director of public relations. She was sorry that I wouldn’t be able to attend the event, but invited me to swing by for a meal anytime and to make it a staycation if I so fancied. Needless to say, I very much fancied a vegan staycation and took her up on the offer. Sometimes, I just can’t believe my good fortune.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Century City

The Astronomer and I pulled up to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza late one Saturday afternoon and checked into the most spacious suite ever. We’ve stayed in dozens of hotel rooms over the years, but this was the first one large enough to accommodate multiple cartwheels and a legitimate dance party. We did lots of the former, but left the latter for rowdier guests.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Century City

The bedroom was minimally furnished and tastefully appointed. The bed was a dream, of course.

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18 Hour Staycation: Omni Hotel Los Angeles

Omni Hotel Los Angeles - Downtown

Last Friday night, I was spoiled rotten by the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Renovations are currently underway at the hotel, and I was invited to preview the spruced up rooms and restaurants with a handful of media hounds.

Noe at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles - Downtown

My 18-hour staycation began with fireside drinks on the outdoor terrace of Noe Restaurant & Bar, followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairings orchestrated by Executive Chef Glen Ishii. Chef Ishii, who has cooked at Noe for the past six years, draws inspiration for his menus from the seasons and from traditional Japanese cuisine. Hotel restaurants usually don’t have a great reputation for interesting fare, but the Omni is an exception.

Noe at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles - Downtown

To start, the chef sent out an amuse bouche of raw Santa Barbara spot prawns draped by sea urchin with a cucumber wasabi dressing. Both the uni and the prawns were impeccably fresh. The dish’s simple and clean flavors provided a great start to the meal.

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