California Dreaming: Four Seasons Westlake Village

by Chris on February 26, 2012

The final piece of my Four Seasons LA stay: The Four Seasons at Westlake Village.

Four Seasons Westlake Villlage

For my final Four Seasons LA stay, my husband and I got in our car and started driving west out of the city, all the way to Westlake Village which straddles Los Angeles and Ventura county.

While I’ve driven up the Pacific coast to Malibu and Brentwood, I had never been as far inland as Westlake Village. It seemed like a slightly strange place to have a Four Seasons, and it felt even more so when we drove up to the property, located in a cul-de-sac not far off the Ventura Freeway.

Four Seasons Westlake Village

But after we checked in and walked around the property, it made sense why the Four Seasons is there. The California Health & Longevity Institute is right next door, and the Four Seasons spa connects the properties. Staying at the hotel is a perfect accompaniment for the medical, dental and lifestyle services that the center provides (there’s a five-day Extreme Makeover weight loss package, for example). The hotel’s restaurants also have lower calorie CHLI items available on their menus.

Four Seasons Westlake Village

The Four Seasons Westlake also seemed to be a wedding favorite in the area, with a room set up for prospective brides and curious guests to tour. I also noticed more conference attendees than you would see at other Four Seasons, which probably has to do with the price ($220 per night on Expedia, much less expensive than other properties under the brand).

 Even high end hotel brands usually drop their prices for suburban locations. While the Four Seasons brand doesn’t use blind sites such as Priceline or Hotwire, they do have special rates listed on Expedia.

Four Seasons Westlake Village

After the hipness of Four Seasons LA at Beverly Hills and the grandeur of the Beverly Wilshire, I was a bit disappointed by rooms at the Four Seasons Westlake. Unlike the others, which capitalize on either their location or their architecture, I felt like we could be anywhere. The property is nicely landscaped, however, and we did have a nice view of the grounds from our room.

My faith in the Four Seasons was restored, however, when I went to the hotel’s spa. It’s a sprawling masterpiece, with 41,000 square feet, 28 treatment rooms, 30 face and body treatments and 12 types of massages. The breadth of their program is no doubt due to the affiliation with CHLI mentioned above, and it also offers club memberships to locals. Yet despite the size, I still felt like I had personalized attention during my facial. And I loved the Japanese inspired Tranquility Room where I waited for my services.

Relaxed and glowing, I was ready for dinner. We had reservations at Mercado Italiano, the hotel’s new upscale buffet concept. When I had first read about the service, I was confused. A buffet? For dinner? At the Four Seasons? We didn’t know what to expect.

When we were ushered to our seats – low slung comfy armchairs and a small table – I looked around in surprise. The place was full and buzzing, mostly with locals who have embraced the concept. One table held three couples, clearly out on a date night (all of the women had identical Chanel handbags and all were wearing Christian Louboutin heels). Another group had parents at one table, their teenage children on sofas nearby. The city’s mayor – the real one, not a Foursquare equivalent – was also in the house.

Four Seasons Westlake Village

Our waiter explained that we could grab a plate for the center buffet, which had several hot dishes, an olive bar, a bruschetta bar, made-to-order pasta with sauces and salads. Servers would come by our table with pizza slices and wine. Even though it was a buffet, the food reminded us of the best upscale Italian delis, like Philadelphia’s DiBruno Brothers or Dean & Deluca.

I came away from dinner more impressed with Four Seasons Westlake Village. It’s a difficult location, but it seems like the hotel has done a good job at marketing its services, such as the restaurant and spa, to locals. It’s not particularly convenient to people visiting Los Angeles (luckily, we were leaving on a Sunday so we didn’t have to face traffic back to LAX), but I’m not sure that’s their audience.  If I was going back, I’d definitely want to take advantage of the CLHI partnership – and book lots of spa time.

My lodging during my Los Angeles trip was provided by Four Seasons, but my opinions remain my own.  

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Don Nadeau February 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Nice article!

Actually, the many corporations headquartered in Westlake Village probably provide the main raison d’être for this Four Seasons location, companies like Dole, J.D. Power & Associates, ValueClick (Commission Junction, etc.). The hotel benefits too from those visiting friends or relatives in this very wealthy community, including quite a few celebrities like Wayne Gretzky, who I believe still lives there.

I love Westlake Village’s position at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains. Hope you saw some of the more isolated areas of these.

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Alexa Meisler February 27, 2012 at 11:15 am

It’s nice that there’s a place not too far from the city to just relax and unwind. This place looks magical and just the perfect spot to relax. Thank you for sharing.

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Rose Marie Smith February 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

My best friend and I just spent a Girls Spa Weekend there and I agree with you. We had the best time at the SPA top notch service. The Bar had live music on Friday and ONXY’s food was absolutely superb. We did not leave the hotel unt Sunday at 3pm. It’s my new home away from home.

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