• Meetings in LA Rise to New Heights

     
    FROM THE Fall 2016 ISSUE
     

    Downtown Los Angeles Offers a Bird's-Eye View on Gatherings

A Los Angeles skyscraper’s just-opened observation terrace and a new elevated restaurant are giving residents and visitors to the City of Angels a glimpse of the heavens.

In June, observation terraces and a glass slide—the Skyslide—opened atop the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building and event space on the West Coast (until the 1,100-foot Wilshire Grand Center opens in 2017). Called OUE Skyspace LA, the multilevel attraction gives visitors a view from nearly 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles.

Two glass-walled, open-air observation terraces provide 360-degree views of the city below and can hold up to 900 people. Interactive exhibits on Level 54 feature an HD time-lapse of Los Angeles, Infinity Mirror, Shadow Wall and more. For an additional thrill (and cost), ride Skyslide, a 45-foot glass chute bolted outside floors 70 to 69.

At Skyspace, groups are entitled to a priority entry, discounted admission and 20 percent off at the gift store, plus a Skyspace drawstring bag. Starting rates for group admission (minimum 15 people) begin at $19 per person; $25 including the Skyslide; $29 for flex group admission; $35 including the Skyslide. Groups also have a dedicated sales associate to help organize purchases and admission, says Brian Jemison, director, sales and marketing.

If the heights make your group hungry, grab-and-go sandwiches and snacks are sold on-site; catering can be arranged, too. Separately, sophisticated seated dining is available at the new 71Above restaurant. The fine dining restaurant on the 71st floor of the tower offers groups of 14 to 30 people sky-high views during lunch or dinners in private and semiprivate rooms, and cocktail receptions for up to 75 guests. 

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!

 

It’s the heart of Aggieland & Texas

College Station is located in the heart of central Texas within a three-hour drive of five of the nation’s 20 largest cities – and more than 87% of the state’s population. It’s an easy drive from all major cities in Texas or quick arrival/departure experience via Easterwood Airport (CLL). 

 

Fellow, a gorgeous new restaurant and private event venue (capacity 650) in West Los Angeles, takes a sustainable and serious approach to its cocktail program. Bar director Adam Fournier, the  2021 U.S. World Class Bartender of the Year, repurposes kitchen and bar produce into cordials and kitchen stocks.