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Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

CALIFORNIA, HOTELS, LUXURY TRAVEL, RESORTS & SPAS

This past year my teenage daughter met a boy through a friend who had taken a cruise. The boy lived in LA.  After countless hours and months on Skype, she came to us one day and asked if she could fly to California to meet the boy face-to-face.  As a mother, my first reaction was “Are you crazy? No!”   After giving it more thought, my biggest concern was that she would get on a plane without our consent and go without us.  So my husband and I agreed to take her to California on Labor Day weekend.

I searched for a luxury hotel near “Thousands Oaks” where the boy lived.  The closest hotel in the area was the Four Season Hotel Westlake Village.    So I got on my computer to see if we could stay at the hotel using points.  Luckily for us, we had a lot of points on American Express.  I cashed some in, made some flight reservations and we were off to the Golden State of California.

 

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Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village, California

 

The drive from LAX to the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is around 40 minutes.  The hotel is located conveniently close to the 101 freeway but you cannot tell because of how the property is situated.

Once we arrived at the property, we were struck by the array of luxury cars parked out front.  The valet service raced up to our car and assisted us with getting our luggage out.

 

Entrance to Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Entrance to Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

 

The moment we stepped foot inside, we were greeted with a glass of champagne and a truffle pop. They had truffle pops sitting next to the reception deck and since we were starving, we might have had more than our share.   Each of us must of eaten at least three as we waited to be checked in.  I was little embarrassed.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Lobby Area (Image Source: Four Seasons Hotel)
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Lobby Area (Image Source: Four Seasons Hotel)

 

As we walked through the walkways to our room, I was admiring some of the artwork on the walls and painted murals.  The hallways are lined with plush oriental rugs.

 

Murals on the walls at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Murals on the walls at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Artwork at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Artwork at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

We had reserved the Deluxe One-Bedroom Suite with a connecting double room.   The living room had a nice layout with a soda and chairs by the window facing the TV.  On the other side of the room, there was a round table with four chairs.   The curtains throughout the room were controlled by switches that allowed you to open/close them remotely.  Next to the dining area was a door which lead to another room.   To the far left was a walk in closet, followed by a very large bathroom with a shower on one end and a bath on the other.  In the center was a vanity equipped with a makeup mirror and a small TV which would have been convenient in case I wanted to watch the news or my favorite program while in the bathroom.  Down the walkway was the bedroom with a king size bed, and small deck, and chair.

My daughter’s bedroom door was located on the other side of the room near the TV.  Her room had two double beds and a lavish bathroom similar to ours.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Living Room
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Living Room
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Living Room
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Living Room
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Living Room
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Living Room
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village  - Deluxe Room with Double Beds
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village  – Deluxe Room with Double Beds
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Bathroom
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Deluxe One Bedroom Suite Bathroom
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Deluxe Bedroom Bathroom
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Deluxe Bedroom Bathroom
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Deluxe Room Suite Window View
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Deluxe Room Suite Window View

 

After settling in our rooms, we went back downstairs for a bite to eat.   The hotel has several restaurants on the premises.   We decided on having a late lunch at the Lobby Bar Lounge.  It had a comfortable and casual setting to it with views of the hotel waterfall and gardens.   It was the perfect place for a quick bite.  I ordered the sliders which were actually an appetizer.  They were the best sliders I have ever had.

 

Lobby Bar Lounge - Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Lobby Bar Lounge – Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

 

After lunch we walked around the grounds which are very well maintained.   One of the main focal points is the huge waterfall.   It’s one of the most popular backdrops for wedding pictures.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Waterfall
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Waterfall
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Grounds
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Grounds
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Grounds
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Grounds

 

On the lower level of the main hotel is a pool area, spa and fitness center.  The hotel has a world class spa but we didn’t get a chance to use it.  Maybe, next time.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Pool Area
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Pool Area
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village - Indoor Pool Area
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Indoor Pool Area
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village -  Fitness Center
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village –  Fitness Center 

 

After our walk we went back to our room to relax and freshen up.   That evening we decided to go back to Lobby Lounge which was transformed into Mercato Italiano.  An Italian marketplace, featuring a selection of bruschetta, antipasti, sliced-to-order meats and a chef-attended pasta station.

I went to hang my Louis Vuitton bag on the back of my chair, and they showed up with a little floor stool to put my purse on.   We ate Italian food, and tried some of the ice creme from the dessert station while we waiting for the big moment.

 

Mercato Italiano - Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Mercato Italiano – Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Louis Vuitton Bag on Stool at Mercato Italiano Restaurant - Four Seasons Hotel
Louis Vuitton Bag on Stool at Mercato Italiano Restaurant – Four Seasons Hotel 

 

This boy that my daughter considered to be her boyfriend, although she had never met him face-to-face, was about to walk through the lobby doors.   The emotion and anticipation got to all of us.       He showed up with his dad and a small bouquet of roses.  It was cute and romantic and surprisingly, not so awkward after all.

We went outside to “The Lookout” an outdoor lounge patio and sat on outdoor lounge furniture around a firepit.  The kids went for a walk in the gardens to be alone and the adults sat around getting to know each other and laughing about the whole situation.  The Lookout was a great place to order a glass of wine and have some little bites.   It was a chilly evening so being around the fire pit was very welcoming to me.

The meeting was a huge success and we enjoyed the rest of our stay in the CA area.  One of the nice things about the Four Seasons Hotel is that is really close to the beach and Malibu.

 

Malibu, California
Malibu, California

 

We love the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and will return again some day. It offers a great location from which to enjoy all that this area has to offer. This place has so much to offer that it may take you a few stays to discover it all.  Most importantly to us, the hotel’s beautiful setting served as the backdrop for the beginning of my daughter’s first great love affair. I’d highly recommend it for your own romantic get-aways and weddings.

 

 

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

15 Comments

  1. Lisa Goodmurphy
    October 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm
    Reply

    What a gorgeous looking hotel – I would never have guessed from the photos that it was close to a freeway! My older daughter turns 18 today so I completely understand both your initial reaction and why you decided to take yours to California. Glad the weekend went so well for all of you!!

    • Carmen
      October 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Lisa, Happy Birthday to your daughter! Our oldest turns 21 today too. All my friends thought we were crazy taking our 17 year old daughter to CA. She was very set on wanting to meet him. I’m glad we went. We had a great weekend and really enjoyed the company of his parents.

  2. Laura
    October 10, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    Reply

    The hotel looks gorgeous! I would have loved to see a photo of those Truffle pops. I bet i would have eaten more than one myself 🙂

    • Carmen
      October 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Laura, I was trying to be discrete, so I didn’t think of taking any pictures of the Truffles.

    • Laura
      October 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      That’s exactly how I felt when I walked through the Hall of Temptations in the Hotel Ritz Paris. I wanted to snap a few pics so badly but I was afraid I’d get tossed out on the street if I did 🙂

  3. Mary {The World Is A Book}
    October 11, 2014 at 5:30 am
    Reply

    I have probably passed by Westlake countless times and this hotel but have never stopped while living in LA. I knew there was a Four Seasons there but I may need to get down next time. I didn’t know it was close to the freeway. It’s beautiful and I love the details of the room. Though, the outside is just stunning. What a great story behind your visit. I hope their young love blossoms beautifully.

    • Carmen
      October 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Hi Mary, The hotel is hidden away but has easy access to the 101 Highway. You can’t ask for a better location. We’ll definitely stay there again next time we visit LA.

  4. samiya selim
    October 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    Reply

    Hotel looks amazing! Wish my parents had been as cool as you guys! What a great way to fulfil daughters wishes and get to enjoy such a lovely hotel! Hope I am that cool when my 6 year old grows up 🙂

    • Carmen
      October 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Samiya, My parents would of never agreed to take me across the country to meet a boyfriend. That was unheard of back then. My daughter really appreciated the gesture we made for her.

  5. Lauren
    October 12, 2014 at 2:04 am
    Reply

    I have to just say, what an awesome Mom you are! Who else would consider taking their daughter all the way to California to meet a boy from the Internet! I’m glad that you got to take a little holiday, they got to meet, and it was a very safe situation as you got to meet his father as well. I’m glad it was such a success! Oh, and the hotel looks AMAZING.

    • Carmen
      October 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Lauren, All my friends thought it was a crazy idea, but I’m glad we did it. He’s a good kid and we really like his parents. They are still very young and have a lot to learn. Long distance relationships are very hard to maintain.

  6. Michelle Dunner
    October 12, 2014 at 2:13 am
    Reply

    Truffle pops! Who could stop at one? Lovely post.

    • Carmen
      October 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Michelle, We sure couldn’t stop eating them. They taste delicious with a glass of champagne. 🙂

  7. Rachel
    October 12, 2014 at 5:56 am
    Reply

    What a luxurious place! And what a great reason for visiting – I’m glad the meet-up went well, what a romantic first proper date 🙂

    • Carmen
      October 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Rachel, It was my daughter’s first love and one that she will never forget. It’s one of the nicest Four Seasons Hotels that we have been too. The property itself is amazing.

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