By Anne Dimon
Downtown Los Angeles
With its year-round mild climate and glam appeal, Los Angeles frequently finds itself on a short list for planners considering U.S. cities to host programs.
Here’s an overview of what’s new in L.A.:
Opening this summer, the Tom Bradley International Terminal is the $1.7-billion, 1.2-million-sq.-ft. showpiece of LAX’s multimillion-dollar capital improvement. The new terminal will include new gate and concourse areas plus dining, shopping and other passenger amenities.
The Moment, opening May 1 in Hollywood, is a 40-room boutique property from Newport Beach-based Broughton Hotels. A 2,000-square-foot deck and bar will offer views of the Hollywood Hills plus there’s a 2,500 sq. ft. rooftop space available for events.
The $50 million Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is opening this fall in an historic 1930s Beverly Hills post office. Two theatres will offer seating for 150 and 500.
Marriott International is opening a 174-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 218-room Residence Inn by Marriott in the summer of 2014. The dual hotel development in the heart of downtown L.A. will offer 11,754 sq. ft. of meeting facilities and 5,100 sq. ft. of restaurant space.
V Wine Room, showcasing about 100 California wines from 11 “boutique” wine makers, has opened in an historic building in West Hollywood. Sporting a 1930’s library theme, the V Wine Room caters to private events for up to 80 people.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles has opened up the 24th floor WP24 private dining room for groups up to 36 people for breakfast, lunch and afternoon meetings. The room offers the capacity for AV and teleconferencing plus has great views of the downtown skyline.
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