Words by Carlie Tucker
A business trip to LA may be packed with back-to-back meetings, but a stay in one of these top hotels will have you so conveniently positioned that you may just have some spare time to get out and explore the city.
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The Beverly Hilton
Ideally positioned on the iconic crossroads of Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, the Beverley Hilton is a top quality stay that offers convenience for both business and leisure travellers. It features 569 rooms, ranging from standard guest rooms to studio suites, to ensure quality and comfort to suit all travel budgets. There is also an onsite pool, spa and gym to ensure you're not sacrificing your health and wellbeing while on the road.
Where this hotel really scores points with the business traveller, though, is the range of business friendly amenities and services on hand. Ranging from a dedicated business centre to printers and copying services, any last minute business emergencies can easily be handled with maximum efficiency.
The Concourse Hotel at LAX
If your stay in LA is short and a position near the airport is high on your priority list, you can't look past The Concourse Hotel at LAX. As part of the Hyatt Group, it was designed with the business traveller in mind. Spacious guest rooms incorporate everything needed for a comfortable stay, including pillow-top mattresses and ergonomic work stations. Double-pained windows and black-out shades are also standard across all rooms.
There are 25 different meeting spaces and a dedicated business centre available on-site, catering to everything from smaller business get-togethers to professional events. Though, what really sets this hotel apart is the exceptional position. It is the closest hotel to LAX with a complimentary shuttle running to the airport every 10 minutes.
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Standing proud in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, the Standard is a funky and fresh take on business travel hotels. Stock standard rooms have been replaced with vibrant oversized guest rooms decked out with colourful linens and artwork, while providing free WiFi and extra long work desks.
Beyond the rooms, the hotel continues to impress with exciting communal spaces that encourage networking opportunities. This includes a rooftop pool with dazzling city views and The Restaurant at The Standard, which specialises in organic, locally sourced comfort food. Further assuring your convenience is a location at the heart of LA's central business district and many of its best sights close at hand.
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L'Ermitage Beverly Hills
If money is no object, the luxury of L'Ermitage can't be beat. It is one of LA's finest hotels, cultivating a reputation for refined style over the course of its long history. It's positioned on a tree-lined residential street in sophisticated Beverly Hills, assuring tranquillity without sacrificing on convenience. The spoils of Rodeo Drive and nearby Hollywood are at your fingertips, while the beaches of Santa Monica are only minutes away.
Guest rooms and suites are available with a choice selection of views across the city and surrounding hills from the balconies. Designed with a hint of Asian-inspired flair, each room incorporates Sferra imported linens, marble bathrooms, walk-through closets, complimentary WiFi and a daily newspaper. Known for a high attention to detail, the hotel also offers such luxury touches as a complimentary car service, in-room business centres with multi-line phones and a daily 'to-go' coffee provided in the Lobby.
The London West Hollywood
Another one for the luxury business traveller, the London West Hollywood is defined by its timeless glamour and premium touches. Situated close to the iconic Sunset Strip and LA's most affluent suburbs (Beverly Hills and Melrose), work and pleasure is at your doorstep.
Room choices vary between suites and specialty suites, ensuring a lavish stay no matter what. Rich tones are complimented by lavish materials to create a private space that oozes comfort. Each room also comes complete with oversized custom work desks with AC power access and docking for laptops and mobile phones. Should you have the time, a rooftop pool with amazing views is also available along with a fully equipped fitness centre.