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Business Travel in LA? Your Go-To List

If you're planning to travel to Los Angeles for business, you're in for a treat. The city is gorgeous and exciting, and it's one of the world's economic powerhouses thanks to its strategic proximity to two booming mega-regions: Latin America and Asia.

However, despite all the great stuff LA has to offer, it also requires a little preparation to ensure your trip goes smoothly. Most importantly, traffic can be an issue in LA, unless you want to end up sitting in five hours of traffic each day, you'll need to decide what you're going to do and see -- and then plan accordingly.

One travel tip to keep in mind when navigating LA is that it's essential to allow yourself 30 to 45 minutes of drive time no matter where you're going, and also that sometimes it's quicker to take surface streets than the freeway. Here are more helpful tidbits you can keep in mind when you're planning your next business trip to LA.

Where to Stay

If you're planning to travel to LA for business, the following hotels offer luxurious accommodations and great amenities for business travelers.

The Viceroy Beverly Hills The Viceroy Beverly Hill is conveniently located just minutes from attractions like Rodeo Drive and the Paley Center. The hotel offers free WiFi, free local phone calls and in-room business centers with multiline phones. It also has private in-room dining services 24 hours per day, and it has a rooftop pool with cabanas that offer stunning 360-degree views of the city. One of the best perks for the business traveler is that the hotel has complimentary local car service.

The Beverly Hilton The Beverly Hilton is also a great choice of hotels for business travel in Los Angeles. The hotel is located in the heart of Beverly Hills, and it has tons of amenities for people on business trips, like high-speed internet, two business centers and a pool where you can unwind.

The London West Hollywood The London West Hollywood offers business travelers free WiFi, a full-service concierge and marble-topped desks in the rooms.

Where to Explore

If you have time between meetings in Los Angeles, there's tons to do to fill your time. Here are a couple of places to check out that offer top-notch culture and entertainment.

The Getty Center The Getty Center is one of the world's largest art organizations. Opened in 1997, the museum at the Getty Center features European and American art, as well as beautifully manicured gardens and stunning architecture. The Getty Center is located in Brentwood and it attracts more than 1.3 million visitors each year.

LA Music Los Angeles is all about music. There are always exciting concerts and shows going on, no matter what time of year you visit. To see what's going on during your business trip, check out this LA Music Blog. It contains a calendar of events, as well as stories about music artists, reviews of concerts and more.

Where to Meet

If you're planning to meet with clients or coworkers over lunch in LA, there are plenty of excellent bars, restaurants and cafes where you can hold a meeting. The following restaurants offer great environments for conversations, as well as delicious food.

71Above For a restaurant that will impress a client or investor, have lunch at 71Above -- a restaurant located high above the cityscape. Reserve a window table for the best views of the city, or take it up a notch and dine at the Chef's table. You'll eat food cooked by Vartan Abgarvan, and you and your client will have an experience that you'll never forget.

Craft If you want a lunch meeting that won't break the bank (or your expense report), check out Craft. Craft offers a staggering $40 three-course lunch-option, which not only will allow you to get in and out fast, but also gives you a glimpse at what the dinner menu is capable of.

The Palm We would be remiss to not include The Palm in our Business Travel Guide to LA. A classic that never gets tired, The Palm on Canon Drive remains one of the best business meeting spots in the city.

Be an LA Insider

If you want to be an expert at Los Angeles before you travel there for business, you can follow these Twitter handles. They'll give you insight into what's going on in the city when you're there so you can experience the city like a real local.

Follow @NWSLosAngeles LA is dry most of the time, but don't risk it -- follow The National Weather Service for the latest weather.

Follow @LANOW You can also follow @LATimes if you're a true news junkie.

Follow @timeoutla If this city guide for business travel in LA isn't enough for you, Time Out Los Angeles has it all!

Follow @Cinefamily Need a break from your team and/or client? Follow the Cinefamily, which gets people together to watch cool movies and meet a local or two.

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Traveled to LA on business recently? Share your best tips in the comments below!