The Century Plaza Hotel Preps for Another 100

How times change: Color TVs and individual balconies made L.A.’s Century Plaza Hotel state-of-the-art in 1966. But even the cutting edge loses its edge at some point, so the 724-room Westside landmark shelled out $45 million to recapture its cool. The new Century Plaza models itself as an “urban business resort,” combining convenient big-city location and sophisticated dining in the new Breeze restaurant. The deal is sealed with the sensual pleasures of seven newly landscaped acres and a 30,000-square-foot Spa Mystique (with both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms). Rates from $290. (310) 277-2000,