A Business Traveler’s Guide to Los Angeles
If you’re heading to this sunny West Coast city for business, you might be looking forward to nice weather, impeccable shopping and classic sights. However, Los Angeles has a lot more to offer business travelers than these typical tourist draws.
Road warriors who are heading to the City of Angels for the first time can experience all the area has to offer without breaking the bank – as long as you know where to look. Use this guide to corporate travel to make the most of your West Coast sojourn.
“Try to pick a hotel near your destination to avoid traffic.”
Where to Stay
When you first look for accommodations in LA, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with the choices. There are a large number of hotel chains, as well as luxury establishments, historic buildings and even eco-friendly options to choose from. In addition to your budget, the other essential consideration is where you’re doing business. After all, you’ll want to pick a hotel that’s close to your destination, otherwise you may end up battling LA traffic.
One good option for business travelers is the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City hotel. Part of the IHG chain, this establishment is conveniently located right on Avenue of the Stars. If your business is in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills or West Hollywood, this is a prime location with reasonable pricing.
Headed to downtown LA? Check out the Omni Los Angeles Hotel At California Plaza as an option for your stay. It’s a luxury hotel known for its business-friendly prices. If you’re hoping to catch a Dodgers game while you’re in town, this hotel is a short walk from the ballpark for added convenience.
Road warriors hoping to stay close to LAX can’t go wrong with The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. The hotel is located just minutes north of LA’s major transportation hub, but your room is sure to boast gorgeous views of the harbor or city skyline.
What to Eat
LA can provide the culinary experience of a lifetime if you know where to eat. The folks at LA Weekly said if they could only have one meal on a trip to the city, they’d choose to visit Baco Mercat, a Spanish-fusion restaurant located downtown. Chef Josef Centeno is heralded for his delicious flatbread sandwiches, which are appropriately called Bacos!
Another quintessential LA meal is Mexican food from Kogi BBQ food trucks. Check out the truck’s schedule to see when it will be near you, then be sure to grab some delicious and reasonably priced tacos, burritos or quesadillas.
“Hoping to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrity?”
Hoping to catch a glimpse of your favorite Hollywood star? You can kill two birds with one stone when you dine at Cecconi’s West Hollywood. The Italian restaurant serves great food on its patio, while celebrities are known to frequent the members-only section upstairs.
How to Get Around
Traveling from point A to point B in LA poses a unique problem for business travelers. After all, many people believe the city has the worst traffic in the country, so renting a car is futile. However, the public transportation doesn’t get rave reviews either.
Luckily, there’s an easy solution to the transportation issue: Book car service with GroundLink.
“When you schedule a ride with GroundLink’s car service mobile app, you can square away your airport pickup and dropoff from LAX,” explained GroundLink CEO Liz Carisone. “Our black car service will ensure that you get to your destination safely and efficiently, so you can go about your business without stressing over transportation.”