Words by Carlie Tucker
If there's one thing California's most famous city does well, it's luxury. It's a city obsessed with the latest in style and trends, which bodes well for the business traveller looking for a comfortable hotel. Many of LA's top business stays reflect the city's penchant for the finer things with modern interiors that tend to make life on the road just a little bit easier. Even better, there's accommodation in or around the city to suit all budget sizes.
The LA Hotel Downtown
Sleek LA style that doesn't cost a fortune defines this downtown hotel. And while the rooms are spacious and modern with everything the professional could possibly need to ensure a quality stay, it's the location that makes this one so attractive. It's situated in the heart of city centre with easy access to both corporate and leisure facilities. The key financial district and many major corporate headquarters are within walking distance as are the World Trade Center, LA Convention Center and Pacific Exchange.
Each room comes complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, a stone bathroom with Bath and Bodyworks amenities and a large workspace that features conveniently place power outlets. There is also onsite dining options available in Ziran & Bar9, while a heated outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre and 24-hour state-of-the-art business centre allow you to stay on top of everything from your health regime to any last minute work commitments.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel LA Downtown
Another fantastically located hotel, this 4-star stay is somewhat of a departure from the typical hustle and bustle with its serene Kyoto garden. Though many of the city's key locations are within close proximity, making it ideal for busy corporate travellers, you'd never guess thanks to lush, landscaped gardens surrounding the hotel.
Choose between a standard guest room and a garden view room, each offering a spacious and comfortable layout that features Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree beds, private bathrooms and a spacious work desk with high-speed Internet access. This top hotel also offers well equipped meeting spaces, including the Executive War Room, featuring an eight-seat executive conference table with data ports and outlets, work stations for support staff and secured wireless Internet Hub.
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The Westin Los Angeles Airport
If your stay in LA is limited, a room close to LAX is a convenient choice. Luckily, the Westin offers cushy accommodations near the airport. It is just four blocks from LAX with a complimentary shuttle service available to guests. Laidback California style is felt throughout the hotel, from the outdoor pool to the Executive Club Lounge, which features beautiful views over the surrounding area. There is also a FedEx Office Business Centre, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio (with a gear lending program) and onsite spa to help you unwind after a particularly challenging day at the office.
There are 710 rooms available, with traditional rooms and suites to choose from. This includes the Executive Club Suites, which cater specifically to corporate travellers. No matter what room you choose, you'll be treated to such signature features as the 10-layer Heavenly Bed, Heavenly Bath, a spacious layout and dedicated workspace.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
If you're a high flyer looking for a hotel that meets your exacting standards with little consideration for the bottom line, this iconic Beverly Hills hotel has you covered. Known for its luxurious accommodations, it includes 194 rooms, 38 suites and 17 private villas surrounded by tropical gardens. You'd almost forget it's located right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The city's finest amenities are at your fingertips, providing easy access to Century City and Rodeo Drive.
The rooms are designed to offer a 'home away from home' feel with classic Renaissance style. This includes custom furnishings, marble bathrooms, seating areas and an ergonomic work area with a good-sized desk. Upgrade to a suite and you'll be treated to such extras as walk-in closets, private terraces, sitting rooms and incredible views. Outside the rooms, there is a unique rooftop al fresco dining spot to impress clients or co-workers over dinner, and a spa and wellness centre to help you rebalance while you're on the road.
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica
This swanky Los Angeles hotel is another one for business travellers seeking a 5-star stay. It's also a top spot if you can afford to swap the hustle of the city for the sandy shores of Santa Monica located approximately 45 minutes from LA's centre. Luckily the hotel's concierge is able to take care of any transportation needs while you stay, including private limousines and rental cars.
There are 302 guest rooms and suites on offer, with guest comfort at the forefront of all interiors. Typical rooms are spacious and light filled with oversized windows providing plenty of filtered sunlight. Queen and king bed layouts are available, with quality linens, a private bathroom and in-room desk.
There is also an on-site spa, fitness centre with Mind Body classes available, Lloyd's Barbershop and an extensive range of business services available upon request. What's better, this SmartSTAY hotel provides FCBT clients with complimentary WiFi access, a complimentary breakfast and a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) when booked through your dedicated Travel Manager.