The Beverly Hilton Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Built by Conrad Hilton in 1955 in the heart of Beverly Hills, the stately Beverly Hilton is a Los Angeles icon and a top pick for business travelers. In addition to its enormous conference rooms, it also has a slew of amenities -- two business centers (including a special events technology center), blazingly fast Internet in the rooms (for a fee, though), an enormous fitness center, and the largest heated pool in Beverly Hills.
The London West Hollywood Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Understated West Hollywood glamour at its best, the London offers the business set massive rooms with enormous marble-topped workspaces, a Gordon Ramsay restaurant popular for power breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, and first class service without an attitude. Just one example of what they can make happen: During our visit, within 45 minutes, the concierge tracked down the daily rental rates of a Bentley and a Ferrari.
Hotel Casa Del Mar Rating: 4.5 Pearls
One of only two Los Angeles hotels located right on the beach, it's not any specific amenity that draws business travelers, but rather the whole package -- the phenomenal location, the opulent rooms, the discrete service, and especially the second floor Veranda dining room, a favorite spot among filmmakers, advertising execs, and other creative types who cut business deals right there in front of the 20-foot-high oceanfront windows. The bonuses though? Wi-Fi is free, a rarity in LA, and some rooms come with fax machines.
Omni Los Angeles Hotel At California Plaza Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Located near the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center, and Museum of Contemporary Art in the financial district of downtown Los Angeles, this 453-room luxury hotel caters largely to business travelers thanks to its spacious standard rooms, fancy fusion restaurant, heated lap pool, and well-equipped fitness room. The lobby is chock full of fantastic works by blue-chip artists like Frank Stella, Lita Albuquerque, and Norman Sunshine, making this a great place to hobnob with clients. Plus, Wi-Fi comes free if you sign up for Omni's rewards program (free to join).
Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive Rating: 3.5 Pearls
With a plum location on Rodeo Drive and a reasonable room rate, this 86-room boutique attracts traveling execs who'd rather not trek across town for that 9 a.m. breakfast meeting. Rooms are on the small side, but the hotel throws in some impressive freebies and services like nightly turndowns and a 24-hour concierge. Plus, with free in-room Wi-Fi, free HBO, a free daily newspaper, a voucher for a free glass of wine or cappuccino, and free use of the business center, this is an outstanding choice for business travelers with value in mind.
L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Rating: 4.5 Pearls
This secluded, 119-room hotel in Beverly Hills attracts celebs and business execs alike seeking utmost privacy and above-and-beyond service. Highrolling tycoons will find L'Ermitage particularly attuned to their needs, going so far as providing personalized business stationery, in-room fax machines with direct lines, and in-room Wi-Fi and printing all for free. A rare, relaxed check-in/checkout policy allows guests to come or go at any time, and a Mercedes Benz shuttles guests anywhere within a three-mile radius of the hotel for free.
Loews Hollywood Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
It's location and consistency over pomp and circumstance at this 600-plus-room property in the heart of Movieland just a block from Hollywood Boulevard and its many attractions, making this a good, but rather bland mid-range option for the business-minded. Like many L.A. hotels, Wi-Fi comes for a fee and services cost extra in the business center, but there's an impressive array of big-city, big-hotel amenities like meeting rooms, a fitness center, a luxury spa, an inviting rooftop pool, and large rooms equipped with flat-screens and iPod docks.