The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, in the Culver City neighborhood is opening its doors.

This marks the Los Angeles debut of the Destination by Hyatt brand, a diverse collection of independent hotels and resorts, with each property embodying the spirit of its location. For the 148-room Shay that means pop-up shops in the lobby, a lobby fire pit, rooftop socials on a pool deck that offers views of downtown.

Heading up sales and marketing for The Shay is Lisa Arias. A 28-year Hyatt veteran, Arias is a former regional vice president and has been recognized with various professional awards including Hyatt’s prestigious Director of Sales of the Year award for large convention hotels. In her new role, Arias will assist a diverse set of travelers in experiencing the property’s sprawling campus and develop creative programming and strategy that drives leisure and group business. 

The property has 8,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space, including a ballroom attached to an outdoor courtyard. “Corporate groups can assemble ambitious guest lists in our 5,000 square-foot courtyard for an outdoor gathering with a deep sense of place under the SoCal sun,” Arias says, “and wedding planners can offer clients a stylish ballroom to exchange vows that doubles as a dance floor come nightfall.” 

Michelin-starred Chef Danny Grant’s What If Syndicate group will helm two immersive onsite culinary concepts. “The Shay’s approach to catering will be as creative as its art and entertainment influences. Inspired by travel, our tailored menus will bring together unanticipated flavors that delight the palate,” Arias says. “From savory morsels to decadent multi-course meals, each artfully crafted bite will reflect Chef Grant’s renowned dedication to his craft and his passion for pushing boundaries.” 

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After many delays and budget overruns, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has finally opened. It’s a blockbuster, with enough dazzle, beauty and innovation to, arguably, justify its $484 million cost. And, in good news for meeting planners, the event space here is gorgeous!

 

Enoteca 5, an intimate new wine bar in LA’a Pacific Palisades neighborhood, is perfectly aligned with a comfortable return to gathering. The wine bar itself seats 8, with additional indoor tables for a dozen more and an outdoor patio that can accommodate 10 at a long narrow table, making for a very festive party for 30.  If you’re planning a larger gathering, you can take over the adjoining Cinque Terra WEST restaurant and patio, a longtime beloved community spot, for a total capacity of 90.

 

Make no mistake: Group business is returning to Anaheim. In a marketing campaign dubbed “Calling All Characters,” Visit Anaheim, the official destination marketing organization for the city, is spreading the news that the home of Disneyland is open and welcoming both leisure and business visitors back.