by Chris Duthie | March 01, 2016
Why here?
Along with a countywide total of 97,800 hotel rooms, this vibrant metropolis offers a distinguished array of venues -- from intimate meeting rooms to expansive event spaces, not to mention myriad "only in L.A." experiences -- all customizable to host any size gathering.

 The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza will close this month to undergo a two-year, $2.5 billion transformation. When it reopens in early 2018 with an as-yet unannounced flag, the development will feature two new 46-story towers with 290 luxury residences. The original crescent-shaped Minoru Yamasaki-designed hotel, regarded as a city icon, will be restored with 394 guest rooms and 63 residences, as well as a 26,250-square-foot ballroom.

The California Science Center is the new permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavor and its group-friendly Endeavor Pavilion, well suited for receptions of up to 800 guests.
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Local Update
 The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has redesigned its website, which offers information and tools to effectively navigate and target the city's meeting and event amenities. Accessible by mobile devices, the website presents constantly updated content such as details on new and refreshed hotels, group dining, green meetings, airport options and interactive mapping. From the site, planners can contact L.A. Tourism sales staff directly.

 The stylish and intimate Hotel Covell opened in February 2015 in Central L.A.'s hilly Los Feliz neighborhood. Located above Bar Covell, the independent "sip and stay" boutique property has five suites themed after the life of worldly sophisticate George Covell, the hotel's own fictional creation, plus a 1,500-square-foot rooftop reception venue that can host up to 75 guests.

 August will mark the debut of the 25,000-square-foot UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center on the UCLA campus. The facility will offer three main conference wings with space to accommodate 750, 750 and 600 attendees, respectively, plus an outdoor patio and 25 meeting rooms.

 The Aloft El Segundo is scheduled to open two miles south of Los Angeles International Airport with 246 rooms, a snack bar, a cocktail bar, a pool, a fitness center and approximately 1,000 square feet of indoor meeting space. The dog-friendly hotel is L.A.'s first under Starwood Hotels & Resorts' boutique lifestyle brand.

 A new 94-room Hampton Inn & Suites is set to debut on Brand Boulevard in Glendale, near the Los Angeles Zoo and Universal Studios. The five-story hotel will offer an outdoor pool and a fitness room.