by Alex Palmer | June 05, 2017

Beyond the Bay
San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, continues to see plenty of development itself. The 210-room AC Marriott Hotel has recently opened, offering groups three meeting rooms. It provides appealing details such as complimentary Wi-Fi, Netflix on each room's Smart TV, and close proximity to the San Jose Convention Center. The courtyards in the City National Civic and Montgomery Theater have recently been reimagined into an outdoor venue of more than 5,400 square feet. It includes custom-built benches, gas heaters, and a fire pit. At the beginning of May, the 505-room DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose completed a multimillion-dollar enhancement of its event space.

Half Moon Bay, set on the coastline of the state, should also not be overlooked by groups. It boasts a wealth of meeting-friendly venues, from The Ritz-Carlton to the beachside Sam's Chowder House and rustic Miramar Farms -- all just a little over half an hour south of San Francisco. The Oceano Hotel & Spa, in Half Moon Bay, added a new 3,000-square-foot meeting space.

Golfing groups looking for a coastal experience farther south can look forward to the exclusive new 38-room Fairway One at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. It includes two four-bedroom golf cottages fronting the first fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, as well as a brand-new meeting room.

Santa Barbara's waterfront will soon be seeing the opening of the 121-room Hotel Californian in the center of the city's vibrant Funk Zone. It's composed of three buildings, including the Californian building, which preserves the façade of the original 1925 Hotel Californian, with a 1,300-square-foot rooftop pool and event deck; the Mason building, with five meeting and executive boardrooms; and the State building, with a 3,500-square-foot rooftop event deck.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles continues to buzz with a wealth of new development. Among the properties that opened or are slated to open this spring and summer: the 152-room Cambria El Segundo LAX, the 179-room Dream Hollywood Hotel (which includes an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge area), the 350-room Hotel Indigo Downtown Los Angeles, and the 889-room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (with 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space).

The Hotel Palomar Los Angeles -- Beverly Hills has just wrapped up a $12 million property-wide renovation. The Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport recently opened, offering a 14,000-square-foot ballroom, and additional breakout rooms.

The city known for its dazzle continues to expand its non-hotel attractions. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is in the midst of building a new movie museum in the heart of the city. The newly opened 14th Factory has transformed an empty industrial warehouse near Chinatown into a multisensory art experience. For those looking for a more elevated outing, the OUE Skyspace LA, which opened last summer, has just announced private yoga classes that are bookable for meetings and groups -- 1,000 feet above Los Angeles.