When I told some friends in Northern California that I was headed to visit Conejo Valley for a few days, only one person new the area. However, if I said I was going to visit Agoura Hills, Simi Valley or Thousand Oaks by the Santa Monica Mountains, everyone knew where I was headed. I confess that I haven’t spent a lot of time in this area, but after my first trip, I plan to return to the Conejo Valley to go horseback riding.
I flew into the small and efficient Burbank Airport and was pleasantly surprised with the many things to see and do in Conejo Valley. After driving forty five minutes, depending on traffic, I was able to put Los Angeles behind me and relax. My home base for the next few days would be Hyatt Westlake Plaza in Thousand Oaks, California.
Forty five minutes from Santa Barbara, 30 minutes from Universal Studios and a quick 20 minute drive to the beaches of Malibu, Westlake Plaza, in the Conejo Valley, is ideally situated for business or pleasure travelers.
The 263 room property is family and pet-friendly, and with its beautiful grounds and gazebo, it’s also the belle of the ball for many weddings and business planners. Kids will love the heated swimming pool and those wishing to keep their waistline in check during business travel will appreciate the fitness center, open 24/7.
My balcony king room, rented for $159-$249, depending on the time of year and occupancy rates. There is an additional $20 -$25 charge for a balcony room. The rooms vary from standard, to balcony rooms, to 14 California suites.
Westlake Plaza dining
There are several dining options at the Hyatt Westlake, from the grab and go station (I had an excellent and healthy yogurt parfait) to room service or the dependable Starbucks or the Harvest Kitchen & Bar, you won’t walk away hungry. Believe me when I see that this is the place to come for Sunday Brunch! Don’t even get me started on the stuffed french toast.
The swimming pool is open from 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and WiFi is complimentary. The pet-fee is $100 per stay, not per day, up to a seven day stay. There is no charge for self parking. If you opt for valet service, you’ll be dinged $6 for a day rate and $9 to park overnight.
In keeping with the family-friendly atmosphere of the hotel, make sure to pick up a s’more kit at the Grab n’ Go counter to enjoy around the outside fire pit. For additional insider tips follow @Nancydbrown on Twitter and @HyattWestlake.
If You Go:
Hyatt Westlake Plaza (844) 322-0730
880 S Westlake Blvd.
Westlake Village, California 91361
Article, photography and video by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Hyatt Westlake Plaza, however all opinions are my own.