“This year’s winners exceeded expectations and exemplified positive, professional standards that reflect a true commitment to the meetings industry,” said Marin Bright, founder and publisher. “We want to reward industry leaders, innovators and top service providers that make a real difference for planners and attendees.”
Out of thousands of qualified properties and organizations, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City was among a select few honored with this award. Winners earn this recognition by setting exemplary standards in a range of categories, including ambience, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space, meeting packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining facilities, staff attitude and technical support. They’re chosen by the magazine’s readers, who vote for their favorites over a two-month period, with additional input from editors and industry experts.
“Meeting, conferences, and events remain our passion,” states Mark Davis, General Manager. “Our team takes a special pride in seeing their efforts noticed on a large scale. We endeavor to make the planning process as easy as possible, with a team of event experts available to focus on the details while planners focus on objectives. We know the day to day impact we can make is what means the most.”
And the planners agree, voting Hilton Universal City into the 2012 group of award winners. However, the hotel is not new to the spotlight. For over 20 years, meeting experts and industry leaders have kindly recognized Hilton Universal City with awards for excellence in service and facilities. Considering the 482 guest rooms of comfort and convenience, over 35,000 square feet of flexible space options, and dedicated staff, it is easy to see why.
A favorite for general session at 16,000 square feet, the Sierra ballroom is the star of most events. An executive boardroom, break-outs, and captivating open-air venues are also available to round out any conference. The culinary team nourishes each guest with an eclectic blend of delights for enjoyment, including California, Continental, and Mandarin cuisine. Planners looking for a unique experience may design a signature menu for their group and let Executive Chef George Sit take them on a dining adventure.
When it is time to break, guests can unwind in a serene poolside setting under a palm tree or in a private cabana. For entertainment, Universal Studios Hollywood theme park and CityWalk, with over 70 shops, restaurants and entertainment venues is just moments away. The hotel team is also pleased to assist with planning back lot tours and destination trips for groups, so meeting attendees and planners can make the most of the dynamic local treasures.
Smart Meetings Magazine
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Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
A Southern California icon, the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is located in the heart of the “Entertainment District” at the main entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City Walk, and the Gibson Amphitheater. Celebrating over 20 years of excellence, this AAA Four Diamond hotel and its 473 guestrooms and 9 suites of comfortably elegant Hollywood accommodations is the ideal choice for business or pleasure. Spectacular views of the Hollywood hills, award-winning restaurant, relaxed lounge, coffee bar and complimentary shuttle to Universal City attractions only enhance the years of service-focused hospitality experienced by its guests.
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is located at 555 Universal City Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the hotel by calling 818-506-2500, or online at www.hiltonuniversal.com.