• New Venue Spotlight: The Beverly Hilton Unveils The Gardens

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    The iconic hotel adds lush new outdoor space to its event portfolio. 

Drive past the Beverly Hilton on any evening and you’ll likely find a red carpet rolled out. The iconic Beverly Hills property is the setting for hundreds of high-profile gatherings every year, including the Golden Globes, the Oscar nominee luncheon, the pre-Grammy gala and the Carousel of Hope Ball, to cite just a few. Now, the 569-room hotel has enhanced its impressive event offerings with the opening of The Gardens, a multimillion-dollar addition created to provide a seamless indoor-outdoor experience. “For us it’s like a dream come true,” says Sandy Murphy, the Beverly Hilton’s general manager of the 569-room property. “We had some outdoor space before but nothing as lovely and versatile as The Gardens.” 

The Gardens consist of two distinct settings. The Wilshire Garden is the larger of the spaces, spanning 6,650 square feet with a lush lawn and a living wall of more than 5,000 succulents (capacity: 350 guests in rounds, 600 in ceremony-style seating). The connecting Secret Garden has swaying palm tress, cozy nooks, waterfall features and loungestyle furnishings (1,760 square feet; capacity 100). 

The space that was once known as “airline alley,” because it was home to airline offices and car rental agencies, is now being used for cocktail receptions, formal luncheons and dinners, a lounge setting for meeting breaks, yoga classes, car launches and weddings. “You come off the lobby and the space is so light and bright and welcoming,” says Murphy. “I’ve walked The Gardens with meeting planners several times and they’re so excited about the possibilities. It was designed to be a neutral palette that can be transformed in endless different ways. Planners can tent the space, they can brand it with gobo lighting or with screens, and, of course, it can be used year-round. There’s going to be so much creativity in how planners utilize these settings and because the gardens are living the space will grow and change through the seasons and the years. I can’t wait to see how it all evolves.”  

Located in San Jose, California, Santana Row is the place to meet, play and connect in Silicon Valley. The pedestrian-friendly destination is only 10 minutes to the San Jose Convention Center and San Jose International Airport. The neighborhood is filled with condominiums, shops, restaurants, spas, and a movie theater. And at the core of it all is Hotel Valencia Santana Row—the only hotel in this unique entertainment district and the top hotel in San Jose according to Conde Nast Traveler.   

 

If you want to boost attendance at a meeting or conference, try these four letters: N.A.P.A. And while the Northern California wine region has more than enough activities to keep attendees busy when they’re not in meetings—475 wineries, to begin with—the downtown heart of the region is introducing new experiences this fall. Here’s a sampling:

 

More than 112 million viewers tuned into Super Bowl LVI, getting a first look at the new SoFi Stadium as they watched the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals. But fans don’t need to be satisfied with an armchair glimpse of SoFi or of the city’s other great sporting venues.