“The Art of Hospitality” LWH Hotels event at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset

LWH Hotels presents “The Art of Hospitality” at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset

First, I want to say this was an excellent “first class” event.  The LUXE on Sunset is a beautiful property and in addition to the On Sunset restaurant they have great event space!

Traffic was bearable coming from the San Fernando Valley on the 405 freeway.  Massive construction at Sunset Blvd, but with a little patience I arrived early and dropped my car with valet parking.  It was unusually quiet in the reception and lobby area, but it’s a familiar space now. (I toured the property recently and was also here for the Holland America Line seminar last week – see my past blogs for more on both of those).

The Front Desk and Reception Area:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Entrance LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Front Desk at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sitting area at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Bar and Lounge off the Lobby:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Lobby Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Lobby Bar Lounge at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ON SUNSET Restaurant:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel – On Sunset Restaurant Patio Dining (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Exterior Courtyard and Ballroom Patio Area:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Courtyard walkway and patio for the Ballrooms at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Fountain at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LWH HOTELS “THE ART OF HOSPITALITY” EVENT (with American Airlines)

Ballroom patio area pre-party:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Patio Area at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Open Bar!

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Endless Sushi! Also a carving station with turkey and prime rib, pasta salad, green salad, cucumber/tomato/onion salad, artisan bread, and a risotto bar (choose your ingredients) and then a great pastry dessert table with coffee/tea service.

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Endless Sushi at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Carving Station:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Prime rib and turkey, horseradish sauce, cranberry sauce,  and hot gravy:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Risotto Bar (choose your own ingredients, made to order):

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Dessert Table: petit fours, pastries, cake pops, creme brulee, chocolate mousse, etc…

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Trade Show with Vendor Tables from LWH Hotels around the world: http://www.lwhhotels.com Don’t book online, contact me joshuawwilletttravel@gmail.com or another travel professional to book your reservation!

Los Angeles (On Sunset, On Rodeo Dr, and City Center at L.A. Live Downtown), La Jolla, San Diego, New York, Monterey Bay, Sedona, Colorado, London, Paris, Milan, Sorrento, Tokyo, Sydney, Vancouver and Toronto were all represented.

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Presentation and Raffle Prize Drawing!

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

After the last prize drawing, everyone headed for the valet parking, so you had to move fast or you might end up waiting a long time to get your car back.  On exiting onto Church St and then heading north on Sepulveda, there was more construction: lane closures and the 405 freeway entrance was closed at Moraga…

BIG THANKS to LWH Hotels, LUXE on Sunset, and American Airlines for the invitation!

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Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, California

Hard Rock Hotel – San Diego, CA

“If the house is a rockin’ don’t bother knockin’…just come on in!”
Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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The 90th Party at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Party Time Roaring 20’s Style to Celebrate the 90th Birthday of the beautiful and historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel (originally named the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel) is a luxury hotel located on Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles. At its grand opening in 1923, the Los Angeles Biltmore was the largest hotel west of Chicago.  In 1969 the Biltmore Hotel was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument by the City of Los Angeles.  Since 2009, it has operated as the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby and Reception:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Bar:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Fine Detail and Original Restoration:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Grand Corridor:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

The Party Theme was Roaring 20’s and guests were instructed to dress the period or wear black and white.  After checking in we were greeted by a 1927 Automobile (have your picture taken!) and waitstaff with trays of champagne and sparkling water.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

I arrived a little early, the ballroom was beautiful and the Dean Morro Orchestra was the evening’s entertainment.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Artifacts and Biltmore History were displayed for guests:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Let the festivities begin!

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Two costumed couples were hired to dance and provide “atmosphere”.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There was Singing! (and some truly great music!)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There was Dancing! (Everybody Charleston!)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

And there was lots of Great Food, Champagne and an Open Bar!

Tray passed appetizers: California crab cakes on slider buns and Prime rib on sourdough with horseradish. Then buffet stations! Asian food: veggie springrolls, duck pancakes, and seafood lo mein; Seafood: Salmon-sour cream-caviar on potato pancakes and LOBSTER in martini glasses; New England Clam Chowder in a hollowed out bread roll, Beef short rib with polenta, leg of lamb with risotto; And The Dessert Table: chocolate cake, lemon cake, cake pops, petit fours, (tray passed by the executive chef a chocolate cigar filled with ganache), sugared donuts, coffee, champagne and an open bar. I tried a little bit of every food dish, but skipped dessert and only a had half a donut, one bite of the cigar and only two Grey Goose and 7up.

Salmon with sour cream and caviar on a potato pancake:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lobster in a Martini Glass with a slice of lemon

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Asian Food: veggie springrolls and crispy duck (seafood lo mein not pictured)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Beef Short Rib with Polenta and shaved black truffle

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Leg of Lamb with risotto and mint jelly

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Dessert Table

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Root Beer Float!

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Donuts and Coffee

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Rendezvous Court (once it was the original hotel lobby):

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Meanwhile back at the Bar:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Millennium Biltmore506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA

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Breakfast with HAL at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset

Holland America Line breakfast presentation at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset:

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lobby of the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Meeting Room at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Breakfast at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A nice spread of fruit and berries with creme fresh, muffins, danish, juice and coffee.

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ARTA 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner

ARTA (Association of Retail Travel Agents)

50th Anniversary Gala Dinner (and Insurance Seminar and Trade Show)

at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles at LAX

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

ARTA 50th Anniversary Party (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

There are more pictures coming! Check back soon.

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Sushi Dinner at Sushi Hirosuke in Encino, CA

Sushi dinner at Sushi Hirosuke in Encino, California

My local sushi place:

Sushi time! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi time at Sushi Hirosuke! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sunumono and Edamame starters (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Yellowtail, Salmon Sushi and Spicy Tuna on a Crispy Rice Biscuit (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Alabacore Sashimi (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi Assortment – Nigiri Dinner (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Spicy Tuna Handroll (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Spicy Tuna Handroll (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

Sushi (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Baked Scallops on California Roll (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Freshwater Eel sushi and a "Volcano" fish/rice/veggie mix (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Freshwater Eel sushi and a “Volcano” fish/rice/veggie/sauce mix (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi time! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi time! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Sushi Hirosuke17237 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 

NOTE: pay cash and save 10%, also they have a “happy hour” discounted menu, and discount coupons online.

UPDATED 10 Dec 2014: Sad News. Sushi Hirosuke has CLOSED PERMANENTLY and is Out of Business.

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Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Universal Studios and CityWalk in Universal City

I went to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce monthly mixer at the Infusion Lounge at Universal CityWalk.  I haven’t been to CityWalk in a very long time!  Somethings have changed and somethings remain the same.

Jurassic Parking! $10 general parking.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The view from above:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Johnny Rocket’s giant neon hamburger:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

and giant neon strawberry shake:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The downstairs bar at the Infusion Lounge (hosting the mixer upstairs):

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The upstairs bar at the Infusion Lounge (hosting the mixer):

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A view of the mixer upstairs:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

CityWalk at night:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hard Rock Cafe at Universal CityWalk:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

This looks really cool!  Indoor skydiving!

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Cruisin’ CityWalk at night:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hello Kitty!

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Dodgers Clubhouse:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal Globe:

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Universal CityWalk Hollywood (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

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Luxury Travel Exchange (LTX) Trade Show in Las Vegas

The Luxury Travel Exchange (LTX) Trade Show at the Venetian Hotel and Sands Expo in Las Vegas – September 10-12, 2013

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes:

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

King Suite (upgrade)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

View from the 29th floor

View from my suite on the 29th floor

View from my suite on the 29th floor

View from my suite on the 29th floor

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

Expo Floor:

LTX - Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

LTX – Luxury Travel Exchange at the Sands Expo

Outside the hotel:

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Late Night at the Grand Lux Cafe (pizza to go):

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel - Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Venetian Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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