Second in population only to New York City, Los Angeles serves as the financial and commercial epicenter of California and the entire West Coast. Hollywood is widely recognized as one of the top cultural and entertainment hotspots in the country, and the City of Angels' economic reach has been global for decades.
It's no surprise that top business leaders and entrepreneurs flock to the city for meetings and conferences every day. With balmy weather, L.A. is the perfect place to seal that business deal before heading out for a night on the town or an afternoon on the beach. Check out these helpful tips for maximizing your next business trip to Los Angeles.
Sleep in Style
The glitz and glamour of Los Angeles certainly extends to its accommodations. You may be in the city for business, but it never hurts to get a taste of living like the rich and famous. Treat yourself to the luxury of staying in one of the top hotels in America to ensure you start every day rested, relaxed, and ready to do a great job.
Loews Hollywood Hotel
If you love the idea of seeing the Hollywood sign from your room, the views and the location are right where you want to be at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Before your big meeting, you can take a dip in the rooftop pool, enjoy Wi-Fi in your room, or use the hotel's yoga studio to put you in an open and relaxed state of mind.
Freehand Downtown L.A.
Housed in the historic Commercial Exchange building, the Freehand Downtown L.A. hotel adds some history to your business trip. The luxuries include Roman & Williams designs, extra-comfortable bedding, valet services, and attentive bellhops to make you feel like a movie star.
Near the lovely Santa Monica pier, the Shore Hotel is in a charming part of L.A. and offers amazing unobstructed views of the ocean from private balconies. Plus, in true Californian style, it's an eco-friendly resort designed to reduce both your carbon footprint and consumption of natural resources.
Driving in L.A. Is the Only Way
Although public transportation is available in the form of buses, taxis, and even a small subway system in the heart of downtown, driving is the way to get around in sprawling L.A. Besides getting you where you need to be, a car gives you the freedom to do some exploring in your downtime on your own schedule. Like any other large city, traffic is heavy at times, but you can minimize the impact by staying near where you need to be for business.
Rent a Car from Hertz
The easiest way to pick up your car from Hertz is at Los Angeles International Airport as soon as you arrive. Live the California lifestyle when you choose a cool convertible or an energy-efficient model. Rentals are also available at Loews Hollywood Hotel, the JW Marriott, the L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown, and many other Hollywood locations.
Power Lunch Bunch
The "power lunch" originated in Los Angeles. For impressing your client while doing business, a savvy power lunch may be just what you need. All around L.A., there are great lunch spots for business meetings. Try one of these local favorites.
Go to Craft, the go-to lunch spot of agents, lawyers, and top thought leaders, to see and be seen. The soundproof room is filled with amazing food and even more fantastic service, making it easy to roll up your sleeves, tuck in your napkin, and get down to business.
Church & State Bistro
Head to the Arts District to celebrate 10 years of low-key French cuisine at Church & State Bistro. Serving seasonal, farm-fresh produce and meats, the restaurant is located in the old loading dock of the Nabisco bakery.
Son of a Gun
Kitschy and laid-back, Son of a Gun is a relaxed but still professional restaurant serving seafood and salads surrounded by a nautical theme. It's absolutely perfect for clients who love sailing.
Glitz and Glamour for Dinner
In Los Angeles, you always want to look your best, even after a long day of meetings and conferences, so be sure to pack some classy attire to wear outside of the boardroom. Take a power nap before dinner if you need it and get ready to enjoy some of the best cuisine you’ll taste on the West Coast.
Spago of Beverly Hills
As the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group's flagship restaurant, Spago of Beverly Hills doesn't disappoint. If the whole table agrees and your party is six people or fewer, order the pre-set California Tastings menu. The lineup is so amazing, and it's hard to highlight a single dish, but the savory parmesan marshmallow certainly has to be mentioned.
As one of the top 40 restaurants in the nation, Melisse lives up to its high expectations. Located in Santa Monica, this French gourmet dining experience is owned and operated by Chef Josiah Citrin. He creates dishes that are gastronomical treats and very memorably plated.
Topping the list of "in the now" restaurants in Los Angeles is Hippo, which offers seasonal California fare under a high ceiling tucked behind Triple Beam Pizza along Figueroa Street. It's not super-stuffy or overly priced, but it is certainly delicious.
Stars Shine at Night
Nighttime is the right time for many things in Los Angeles. After your work is done, don't miss the opportunity to go out and enjoy the bright lights, cutting-edge music, and entertainment that make L.A. shine. It's never unrealistic to expect a celebrity spotting or two.
Walk of Fame
Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame to see the honors given to all your favorite stars. Be sure to stop at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, located on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, to soak in some old-Hollywood style.
Dance the Night Away
If you love to dance, then you may want to save this idea until your last night. An evening of dancing in nightclubs along the Sunset Strip can leave you a little too tired for business the next day. From The Roxy to the Viper Room, the hot spots with potential celebrity encounters are plentiful.
See Real Stars
Celebrities are fun to see, but the real stars are equally dazzling. If you're a fan of stargazing the intergalactic way, head to Griffith Observatory for one of the most beautiful views of the Los Angeles skyline at night. Keep an eye on the time, however; the road up to the parking lot closes at 10 p.m.
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