Best Place for a Meeting
Viceroy, Santa Monica

Want to snag that highly touted recruit? Skip the stale meeting rooms and impress the upstart by interviewing poolside at the Viceroy Santa Monica's fully decked-out cabanas. For that pasty Harvard University graduate, being outside during a sunny mid-winter day could seal the deal. The cabanas seat up to 25 and can be made private with the tug of a curtain. They are equipped for wireless technology, and feature a 26-inch LCD flat-screen television and Power Point presentation capabilities. Sipping on an Arnold Palmer poolside provides needed relief between interviews (not to mention the considerable body-watching). Food and beverages can be ordered from the hotel's Cameo Bar. Price tag for a cabana rental: $500 for a workday.

Best Place for Room Service
Raffles L'Ermitage

Tough call because many of L.A.'s hotels have pretty much anything you want at any time of the day or night. Our vote, though, goes to the Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills, where it's possible to get Foie Gras in the middle of the night along with cans of both Pepsi and Coke. Special dietary concerns even for dogs can be accommodated, including kosher and Zone Diet meals. And the kids won't go hungry because the hotel will whip up macaroni and cheese or pizza. Room service prices aren't cheap, but they're no different from the prices in the AAA Five Diamond hotel's restaurant. Continental and American breakfasts run between $18 and $27. Non-alcoholic drinks in the mini-bar are complimentary.

Best Place to Schmooze
Beverly Hills Hotel

Since heading west from New York, top studio executives have used this venerable property as their breakfast room, living room and office. Countless Hollywood deals have been made in the hotel's Polo Lounge, where the famed hangout of the Rat Pack has a timeless feel, with its green and white d & #233;cor and oversized booths. For those who prefer to do their dealmaking in the sunlight, the lounge has a patio lined with booths that offer near-total privacy. And the hotel goes out of its way to protect its high-profile guests from snooping reporters and stresses that no paparazzi are allowed on its 12-acre grounds.

Best Place to Stay Ripped
Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa

The 23-acre grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa feature an outdoor Olympic-size pool for business travelers whose pre-meeting ritual is swimming laps. The grounds also have three tennis courts and several nearby private and public golf courses. Visitors can tour the entire area with bikes rented by the hotel's spa. For those who like staying inside, the hotel's fitness center opens at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekend days. Guests can work out on treadmills with attached personal flat-screen televisions, or they can opt for stationary bicycles, elliptical machines and weights. Trainers are on call if guests need instruction on how to flatten their stomachs. Complimentary yoga classes are offered at 6 a.m. for travelers who like to stretch their bodies as well as their minds.


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