L.A. is a land of promises, claims and come-ons, and like any other big city a few of them are actually true and many others are, well, a bit exaggerated. What follows is our very subjective review of hotels around town that really offer special features for the business traveler.


Best Place to Get Faxes at
4 a.m.

The Peninsula, Beverly Hills

Panic time it's the middle of the night and you're expecting 10 pages of faxes from the Hong Kong office. Except the hotel's business office is shut tight and no one on the late shift has a clue. At the Peninsula, as well as an increasing number of business-friendly hotels, faxes can be picked up at the desk or sent to the room at all hours. Also available at any hour are employees to handle various computer problems, whether it's reformatting files from Microsoft Word to a PDF or clearing a paper jam. "We take every inconvenience of traveling hopefully off their plate when they come to the hotel," said John Rucci, the Peninsula's executive assistant manager. In addition, all the public spaces and nearly 200 rooms are equipped for wireless technology. Laptops can be stored at the hotel and configured just as a guest wants upon arrival in their room.


Best Place to Have a Drink
Standard Hotel, Downtown

A word of advice for drinkers coming to the Rooftop Bar: don't down too much. Blurred vision eliminates the primary reason for coming to this ultra hip downtown watering hole, which is the view. The bar is a visual explosion a splash of prime colors couched in downtown's skyscrapers. Business people can mingle with Angeleno bar hoppers, and the tattooed bartenders are hard to miss in their red and white outfits. Of course, there's a price to be paid: A drink can easily top $10; add on another $6 if you like guacamole and plantain chips with your martini and another $20 if you skip happy hour in favor of the night scene. And don't forget the valet it's $25, plus tip.

Best Extra
Mosaic Hotel, Beverly Hills

A business traveler coming to L.A. is sure to pick up quickly on one crucial fact about Angelenos: they love their cars. And let's face it, for the traveler to really fit in, a rented Chevy Malibu just won't do. The Mosaic, a Beverly Hills boutique hotel with fewer than 50 rooms, will take care of a visitor's automotive needs in L.A. style with a snappy Mini Cooper S. The Mosaic will deposit the Mini at Los Angeles International Airport, so guests can jump in almost as soon as they exit the baggage claim. For those who prefer to cab it, the car can be picked up at the hotel. The best part is that it comes free, as long as you pay full price for a room, about $270. The Mini does have a disadvantage for the manual-transmission challenged it's a stick shift. Not to fear, the Mosaic provides a C-Class Mercedes-Benz as an automatic option.

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