There are plenty of great hotels in Los Angeles that cater to conventions and large-scale meetings and events. For business travelers planning a smaller get together or an off-site, these five LA hotels are well suited to productive meetings for more intimate groups.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club is a historic property located in the heart of Downtown LA. Although it contains extensive fitness facilities and does have an active membership, it’s also a hotel, and guests are granted full access. This includes the meeting facilities, the most popular of which is the President’s Lounge. Located on the fourth floor, the particular layout allows for pre- or post-event networking in the lounge area, which is outfitted with sofas, as well as after-work mingling at the built in bar. The main space features sizable windows with spectacular views of Seventh Street. For schoolroom and U-shaped setups, it holds 25, while the capacity for receptions is 75. As an added bonus, it has one of the fastest WiFi connections in the hotel.
General business amenities: Free WiFi throughout the hotel; business center, with free printing; front desk staff can assist with faxing, scanning and photocopying; concierge; in-room laptop safe, plus desk space that doubles as a dining area. Free breakfast buffet for hotel guests; discounted self-parking for day use.
431 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 213.625.2211
Optimally located at the iconic intersection of Hollywood & Vine, the Redbury is a boutique property that attracts entertainment industry execs. Owned by lifestyle powerhouse SBE, with only 57 rooms—all laid out more like spacious apartments than traditional hotel rooms, it’s a unique spot for business travelers. Naturally, the onsite event space follows suit. The Library, which resembles a gentleman’s study, has a capacity of 1,428 square feet, and can be composed in a variety of configurations, from U-shaped or classroom-style, with room for 20, to receptions of up to 75. Catering options include onsite Mediterranean eatery Cleo—or any SBE restaurant in LA, such as the Bazaar or Katsuya.
General business amenities: WiFi throughout the hotel; concierge; business kiosk with printer; loaner HP laptops, printers, iPads and fax machines; shipping and messenger services; laundry and dry cleaning; washer/dryer in every room; two Series 7 BMW house cars, which are available for transportation within a three-mile radius of the hotel.
1717 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.962.1717
The Hotel Wilshire sits on prime real estate in the popular business hub between the mid-Wilshire Corridor and the Miracle Mile. Opened in 2011, the hotel has 74 guestrooms and suites, and is already attracting a steady stream of repeat business from frequent corporate travelers. Located on the second floor of the hotel, the stunning glass-walled Conference Room seats 10, and is outfitted with A/V equipment and a laptop-compatible HD LCD TV for presentations. In an open area adjacent to it, the Etage lounge accommodates up to 30 for breakout sessions or receptions, and can be used in conjunction with the boardroom or separate.
General business amenities: Free WiFi throughout the hotel, including meeting spaces; in-room HDMI cable hook up for computers and iPads allows guests to use the high-def, flat-screen TVs as computer monitors; 24-hour business center with complimentary computer and printing; front desk staff can assist with scanning, faxing and photocopying services; 24-hour concierge; same-day laundry and dry cleaning on weekdays.
6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 323.852.6000
Santa Monica’s oceanfront Shore Hotel debuted in 2011, and is notable for being both certified LEED Gold and the city’s first ground-up property in a decade. The hotel has a total of 164 rooms, including 20 suites. The Green Room is a multipurpose space, ideally suited for small events. Located next to the pool, it consists of 800 square feet of indoor space, which holds from 30 to 60 people, depending on whether it’s set up as a classroom or a reception space. Additionally, a retractable door opens onto an optional, larger 1,100-square-foot patio. In keeping with the environmental consciousness of the venue, a Green Concierge can assist small groups in designing a team-bonding session that focuses on eco-volunteer work in the community.
General business amenities: Free WiFi throughout the hotel, including the Green Room; 24-hour business center with Mac computer access, plus printing, faxing, scanning and photocopying services; notary available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.1515
A tranquil boutique business hotel in Burbank, the Amarano has been around since 2002, known then as the Graciela. It expanded in 2012, from 100 rooms to 132, to include a brand new wing, as well as other upgrades. The Garden Room is situated on the lobby level, for ease of access, and functions as a versatile event space for classroom training sessions to cocktail receptions, with a capacity of 36 to 60 guests. There’s a small foliage-filled patio off to the side of it, as well as the option to break out into the adjacent Library Lounge. Requests for equipment like projectors, HD plasma TVs, DVD players and other A/V technology can be accommodated. Valet parking for daytime events is comped.
General business amenities: Free WiFi throughout the hotel; 24-hour business center; in-room safes with interior laptop charger; free fax and printing services; oversized work desks; town car service within three miles.
322 N. Pass Ave., Burbank, 818.842.8887