Whether visiting California for business, pleasure or planning a meeting, we have found some great LA area hotels where you can host business lunches easily, enjoy your time off or bring people together. All of these Luxury Hotels have unique qualities that make them great for business or the traveling businessperson.
Casa Del Mar
Right on the water, overlooking the colorful Santa Monica Pier is Casa Del Mar. Known for it’s the large floor to ceiling windows in the guest rooms that let you look out into the watery horizon, this hotel also boasts some great features for the working traveler. It has many meeting locations available including the Colonna de Ballroom, The Boardroom and the Private Dining Room. The meeting spaces are beautiful as well as functional, decorated in a beach-y style that is clean and elegant. Plus the experience does not feel stuffy because you can quickly escape to the beach or an in-house restaurant. The Casa Del Mar has some creative ideas for groups as well, including an “Iron Chef” competition between co-workers! If you don’t like to cook try Catch Restaurant which is always serving up locally grown and caught food brought together by Chef Jason Bowlin. We also like The Bow for cocktail hour, which offers fresh air, a great atmosphere and a view of the California Coastline.
Another Santa Monica hotel that is synonymous with luxury is the Viceroy. Along with the gorgeous ocean views, the Viceroy also has two outdoor plunge pools with cabanas sponsored by Moet Ice and pool side seating. Known for it’s social scene, the Viceroy is frequently having cocktail hours and hosting social times by the pool, in the bar, or at restaurant Whist. If any of you are Top Chef fans, then this should ultimately seal the deal. Chris Cray, who was nick-named “Malibu” on Top Chef season nine is one of the gourmet chefs at Whist. Why is this a great business hotel, you ask? Because it’s a great hotel to network! After hosting a meeting in the intimate Dorset Room, or having dinner, jump down to the Cameo or the Patio where you can get to know your co-workers. The bars are stylish and always full so bring lots of business cards because you will meet a lot of great people at this hotel bar!
London West Hollywood
For sophistication and style the London West Hollywood hotel is the place to be. Just off Sunset Blvd. the London West Hollywood works perfectly for LA Business conferences, and lunches. Their meeting spaces can accommodate a 300 person banquet to a 55 person circular conference room and everything in-between including a theater and U-shaped receptions. We choose the, London West Hollywood as a great meeting space because of its exquisite fine dining options, which offer quite spaces (and private rooms) to enjoy the food or get that extra hour of work in. Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey has just opened two new restaurants, The Rooftop, which overlooks downtown LA, features seasonal dishes with dining al fresco. The other Michelin rated Gordon Ramsey restaurant brings high end and inspiring cuisine to diners. With a la carte tasting options, seasonal specialties, and a Prix fixed menu you can be assured you will have a fresh produce and a subtle Asian inspired night. A highlight is definitely the signature cocktail list that is definitely inspired by the has the balance of Hollywood and London. We suggest you try the Gordon’s Fury!
Terranea Resort is a wonderful business location because it feels far away from city life, but just happens to be right nextdoor! Only 40 minutes from downtown LA, Santa Monica and their respective airports, California business life can easily access this resort without budgeting in airfare! Terranea is a beautiful site for any gathering, small to large, baby showers to business mergers. But the reason Terranea is a great location is because it has a plethora of group spaces. Terranea team tries to plan events that allow you to meet comfortably inside and share meals outside giving groups ample time to enjoy the 260 degree view of the ocean! During your free time, get to know your co-workers on a hike around the grounds, hanging by the pool, or sipping a cocktail from one of the many hotel bars. The isolated feel of this resort makes it feel like an escape, but it is wonderfully close to all the essentials, making Terranea a truly nice choice for meeting that may just turn into a vacation!
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