As an event planner, one of the key aspects I help my clients with is venue selection. Over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several different hotels across Los Angeles. Today I share with you my current favorites in each area of town.
We begin in the East with NoMad Los Angeles, Downtown’s latest addition which opened its doors in early 2018. From their website: “Originally built in the 1920s as the headquarters for The Bank of Italy, the building’s gold and blue Italianate lobby ceiling has been fully restored and serves as inspiration throughout. Honoring its rich history, NoMad naturally balances the integrity and character of the Neoclassical landmark with a contemporary California design sensibility.”
The meeting space is limited but the rooftop pool overlooking Downtown LA is the perfect spot to host a small welcome reception or employee appreciation event. If you’re looking for a hotel in this area, I personally think this is an ideal spot to host any of your tech, sales or corporate staff. Oh! And the main restroom is located underground in the old bank vault, how cool is that??
Next up we head west to Dream Hollywood, “a new breed of Los Angeles luxury hotel” according to Ann Abel, Contributor at Forbes.com. This property opened its doors in the summer of 2017 and recently finished its meeting space.
This is a great hotel for guests looking for a relaxed but glamorous vibe in the heart of LA. Again, not very much meeting space, but they too have a great rooftop pool overlooking the city, as well as several eateries run by the popular Tao Group. Another one to get out and see if you haven’t done so already.
Continuing west we stop at Sofitel Beverly Hills, a locale I love for more social type events. From their website: “Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is a stunning hotel in LA, offering elegant luxury accommodations and dramatic décor with an ambiance that combines see-and-be-seen excitement and the calm of an urban resort.”
I can’t wait to plan a bridal shower or birthday brunch on this outdoor garden patio, such a perfect space for those types of functions.
And now to the beach! According to their website: “Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious Santa Monica, California boutique hotel and resort.” And I couldn’t agree more.
Like some of the other properties mentioned, I wouldn’t say this hotel is known for their event space. However, the pool area is a very popular wedding locale and hosts a tech mixer I’ve been attending lately. If you’ve never been here, or it’s been a while, I highly suggest you stop by for a drink in their lobby bar, you won’t regret it.
And finally, to round out the city, we head “over the hill” to the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.
Unlike many of the hotels above, this property is covered in event space, great for both corporate clients and social. We all know the Four Seasons brand is synonymous with luxury, but this particular property also has an affinity for wellness as they house the California Health and Longevity Institute.
While the property is equipped to handle all types of events, from high-end weddings and bar mitzvahs to mid-sized meetings and conferences, I think this is an exceptional venue for corporate retreats, team building activities and incentive trips.
The next time you venture out that way, be sure to stop in, get a cup of their fantastic coffee, and take a look around this pristine hotel.
Hopefully you discovered something new here today. Please comment and let me know what your favorite venues are, no matter what area you’re in. We’re always eager to learn about new, fabulous spaces.