For formal meetings and work events, typically the right setting is a classroom, boardroom or breakout space. But when the goal is a more casual meet and greet, a celebration or just a relaxed team-bonding session, these Los Angeles luxury business suites provide an ideal venue to host after-work cocktails or tray-passed hors d’oeuvres.
The W Hollywood caters to a savvy crowd of business travelers; many are likely to take advantage of being in the middle of the Hollywood Entertainment District, whether it’s onsite or away from the hotel. The Fantastic Suite allows the best of both worlds. The capacity for the regular indoor/outdoor setup is about 20, but with the addition of the terrace this can be increased substantially, depending on the requirements. When rented for a larger event, the suite includes access to the long terrace overlooking Hollywood Boulevard (even for smaller parties, there’s still a patio—just not THE patio). Inside, there’s a round table for eight, a small couch, a wet bar, wraparound windows, high tech toys and a guest bathroom.
General business amenities: WiFi; 24-hour business center; in-room laptop safes; concierge; meeting facilities.
6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1300
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, surrounded by the charming restaurants and shops of Third Street, the Orlando courts industry players, as well as many other business travelers. Opened in May 2012, the Entertainer’s Suite is one of the newest features of the boutique property. Located on the top floor of the small hotel, the suite's biggest draw is the private, open-air balcony, with sofas, chaise lounges and room for a bar setup. It faces the Hollywood Hills, and on clear days, the Hollywood sign is visible in the distance. The patio comfortably holds about 15 to 20 people for a reception, but combined with the indoor living room, the maximum suggested capacity is 50 people. The suite functions primarily as a one-bedroom unit, but with enough notice, can be expanded to two or even three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a sliding door for privacy during events. In the living room, a Murphy desk folds up and out of the way, and there’s plenty of indoor seating areas, as well as a small half-bath for use by attendees.
General business amenities: Free WiFi throughout the hotel; 24-hour business center; 24-hour concierge; meeting facilities; in-room laptop safes.
8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 323.658.6600
Like the brand itself, the first words that come to mind when describing the Ritz-Carlton Suite are elegance and luxury. Decorated with French windows, thick drapery, polished woods and marble, the atmosphere sets a stately tone for private events, further enhanced by a grand piano in the living room. The private Juliet balcony can fit about 15 people; it runs along the one side of the suite, and because it’s situated on the 12th floor of the hotel—its highest—offers views of the Marina and the vast Pacific beyond. Inside, there’s room for about another 20, with entertainment including flat-screen HD TVs and a Wii console upon request. A small half-bath is ideal for guests.
General business amenities: WiFi; 24-hour business center with two PC computers, printer, fax and color copier; in-room laptop safes; concierge; meeting facilities.
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.1700
Tucked away near tony Toluca Lake, this Burbank boutique hotel is among the most unique in the Valley for business travel. Opened in May 2012, the Chairman’s Suite took the place of the former communal sundeck area on the roof of the hotel. The outdoor space alone totals almost 1,000 square feet, and includes its own hot tub and fitness center. Inside, there’s a wraparound couch in the living room, desk space and a 65-inch LCD TV. Separate from the master bedroom is a half-bath available for event attendees, and the entire space will comfortably hold anywhere from 20 to approximately 50 people, depending on the setup. To accommodate the maximum, the loungers on the deck can be temporarily replaced with high-top tables, and a bar can be installed under the green awning.
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
One of two Premier Suites at this upscale Pasadena business hotel, at just over 1,000 square feet, the Governor Suite is only slightly smaller than the Presidential Suite, which sits on the opposite end of the property, but the difference in size is negligible. Located on the 10th floor of the hotel, its majestic mountain views are breathtaking, particularly from the long terrace running the length of the suite. Separate living room areas and a full guest bathroom provide comfort; the dining room table fits six. A sizable six-foot work desk includes data ports, a two-line speakerphone and ergonomic seating for maximum daytime productivity. With the option of connecting to an additional king guest room, the inside/outside space nicely accommodates functions of about 30 to 40 people.
General business amenities: Wired and WiFi Internet access; 24-hour business center with two PC computers, printing, fax and copy service; concierge; meeting facilities.
191 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.2727