The new look is glam in the renovated lobby of the venerable Hyatt Regency Century Plaza (above), a Los Angeles landmark for nearly half a century. The Century City hotel, which is undergoing a $30-million face-lift, has counted presidents, prime ministers and Hollywood celebrities among its guests. Its signature lobby, with high ceilings and an airy 12,500-square-foot space, has been redone in silver and gold, with mirrored walls, mother-of-pearl accents and glass-beaded frescoes.

Other renovations include updated penthouse suites, an infinity-edge pool, a redesigned outdoor patio, the Equinox Fitness Club and Spa and the addition of an executive conference center. Info: (800) 233-1234 or (310) 228-1234, www.centuryplaza.hyatt.com.