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Host an A-List Party at These Hollywood Awards Hot Spots

GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS | Venue: The Beverly Hilton | Photographer: Art Streiber

There are countless guides and websites committed to listing places in Los Angeles to catch a glimpse of the stars, but the most reliable way to get a celeb fix is at one of the town’s infamous awards shows. And while it’s fun to watch Meryl and Leo take the stage to act like they had no idea they were going to win, we think rolling out the red carpet for your own guests is even better. We’ve chosen two hotels that offer star treatment for your events in the very same Hollywood hot spots you’ve seen on television, so that you can party like an A-lister.

Custom couture gowns, innovative fashion statements, intriguing interviews, and endless red carpets — award season is on the horizon. Each year, our favorite film and television stars gather at a place that has a rich history of excellence, class, and luxury: The Beverly Hilton. The spot has hosted the glamorous Golden Globe Awards since 1961 and has been THE place for award-related celeb hi-jinx. It was in the hotel’s International Ballroom that Angelina Jolie vowed to jump into The Beverly Hilton pool if she won for Gia — which she did, then fulfilled her promise, dragging a member of the press into the pool with her. It was the red carpet where Helena Bonham Carter showed up wearing two different shoes and Lara Flynn Boyle dressed like cotton-candy-pink ballerina. The spot is also home to many of the Globes’ after-parties, hosting post-show fêtes for the likes of HBO and FOX.

For years, A-list guests have been pulling up to the hotel’s palm tree-ed entrance for the Globes, but also for Clive Davis’ infamous Pre-GRAMMY Gala, the Gracie Awards presented by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, and for the Academy Awards nominee luncheons — just a few of the major events which routinely take place at the “hotel for the stars.” The iconic venue is both historic and modern, with an experienced staff that handles every situation with aplomb; it’s no surprise that The Beverly Hilton has become the go-to spot for fabulous event hosts looking to plan a celebration fit for the stars. The hotel’s event team works tirelessly to host more than 150 elevated events each year, from intimate weddings to large-scale charity events.

The Beverly Hilton offers in-the-know party hosts an opportunity to wow friends and family with a celebration reminiscent of the decades of star-studded events that have taken place at the spot. We’re imagining the fun and glamour of a movie premiere-themed Bat Mitzvah celebration, complete with a red carpet entrance and large tv-screens featuring multimedia videos and interactive photos for guests to enjoy. Or perhaps a milestone anniversary celebration, highlighting the couple’s personal history alongside that of old Hollywood. Or a wedding with nuptials on a stage built in the center of the pool — like the one the hotel created in honor of their 60th Anniversary for a performance by country singer Gavin DeGraw. In fact, The Beverly Hilton — which has been called the “epicenter of Hollywood” — offers five spaces for luxury events for 100 to 1,200 guests.

Each year, celebs gather at The Hilton Los Angeles-Universal City to recognize the producers, directors, writers and studio executives behind family-friendly movie and television programs at the Movie Guide Awards by the Reelz Channel. The East West Players Visionary Awards and the Golden Mike Awards have made the hotel their home as have large corporate awards events for brands like Kia. Located near Universal Pictures, The Hilton Universal City is the perfect venue to host large-scale annual events fit for A-list stars and their production counterparts, as well as charity galas, corporate events, and weddings looking for a glamorous locale.  

The AAA Four Diamond hotel offers more than six landscaped acres in the Hollywood Hills with stunning views of glittering Los Angeles. We love that the hotel is actively working toward greater sustainability, earning the Gold level certification by Green Seal for environmental lodging — making it a perfect choice for the environmentally-conscious party host. The staff draws raves for their attentiveness, professionalism, and ability to handle even the most complicated and last-minute requests. We think this spot is perfect for large corporate events as it puts attendees in an entertainment epicenter — adding opportunities for additional planned activities or fun downtime. For weddings, we’re imagining a plexiglass platform over the pool or perhaps a clear tent to showcase the cool vibe of the venue. With more than twenty spacious event spaces to accommodate from 20 to 1,400 guests, The Hilton Los Angeles-Universal City offers endless options for planning everything from intimate to large-scale celebrations.

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