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Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, CA

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The Legendary Park Plaza can provide the perfect backdrop for any size function. It will truly leave your guests in awe & will afford the bride & groom an event to remember. For years, many have flocked to its wonderful and historic venues for a chic and intimate city wedding, large galas, and corporate events. The friendly, experienced and well-trained staff can satisfy even the most discriminating clients and will ensure that every event is presented with the upmost attention to detail, assuring you, as the host, will be a guest at your own event. The attention to detail is what makes the Park Plaza Legendary. One of Los Angeles' best kept secrets, the Park Plaza has become THE place for amazing weddings, extravagant galas, film shoots, and over the top bashes.

History

Established in 1925.

the Park Plaza Hotel has played host to some of the most Hollywood elite and has been used in a variety of motion pictures, television series and commercials.  Park Plaza was built in 1925 by the Elks to be used as lodge number 99. The building, done in the Neo-Gothic style, was created by renowned art deco architect Claud Beelman.   The pool area hosted many indoor swimming events during the 1932 Summer Olympics. Eventually, the Elks sold the building, and the building ended up being transformed into a luxury hotel, set perfectly then on the shores of what was a very glamorous MacArthur Park. The City of Los Angeles thought the architecture significantly important enough to warrant a City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Historic-Cultural Monument No. 267. This is significant in that many other Wilshire Boulevard area landmarks have fallen prey to the wrecking ball over the years. Luckily, despite the demolition of important landmarks all around it, the grand

 

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Rating: 4.04

Address: 607 S Park View St, Los Angeles, CA, 90057

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    Comments (46):

    1. Patricia S.
    Known for its grand entry way and staircase, this was the perfect venue for my aunt and uncle's 25th wedding anniversary party. I docked one star due to the fact that the catering was not ready when guests started to arrive, and there were no chairs for guests to sit down.I could tell that everyone was hungry and tired of standing.Once the champaigne came out and horsd'oeuvre were served the mood lifted.After the picture taking on the grand staircase, we were instructed to go to the Grand Ballroom.We walked up the huge staircase to the second floor,a martini bar was set up straight ahead.I was expecting to see tables and chairs once we entered the Grand Ballroom,but it was empty except for the huge bar to the side and a harpist playing on the stage.Once again horsd'oeuvre's were served once again but there wasn't a chair in sight.Good thing for the windows in the room that served as make shift benches.

    Next we were told to enter another ballroom and that's were all the magic began.Waiters offered us a choice of white or red wine, and i munched on the different types of rolls that were on the table.One thing that stood out,was the water that was on the table.It looked cloudy, not clear and it tasted disgusting.The meal began with a arugula walnut salad,it was tasty but my little sister thought it tasted wierd.The second course consisted of a cooked fish with slices of zucchini and a tomato,very good.Our main course was seard steak, cooked medium,served with a yucca mash,green beans and carrots on the side.The yucca tasted weird,tasted kinda like sweet potato but it was white.The food was great,but the service was slow.Even though there were alot of servers it seemed there was too much time between the four courses.When dessert was served, I asked for some coffee,when it finally came it was cold.

    We were entertained by the Three Waiters, a trio of actors/singers.I actually thought they were part of the catering crew,but the emcee and two waiters were classically trained singers.Their act was very funny.Our night ended back in the Grand Ballroom,this time tables and chairs were set up near the windows.Dancing and music lasted until the early morning.

    22/10/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. kevin k.
    I haven't actually stayed in this hotel just been there for an event.  The entrance is really nice with the hugh stair case as you can see in the pictures.  There are several big rooms for whatever purpose they use them for but if definitely has that big ballroom feel to all of them. The main ballroom is upstairs which is pretty big.  There is also a downstairs outside patio which is pretty big as well

    02/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. B D.
    This was #4 in my list of venues I'm considering for my wedding.  I'm rating it two stars because, to be honest, I was very let down after the site visit.  Don't get me wrong -- this is in fact a very beautiful place -- but for some reason, I couldn't shake the feeling of it being too dark and old school.  The lobby was impressive but when you made your way to the different rooms, I just couldn't get past the strange layout of the bar, the odd stage placement, and the lack of sunlight other than the two rooms on the ground floor.  It also did not help that I parked at the meter by the park that smelled with every breeze.

    08/06/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    4. Kate E.
    As evidenced by a Talk thread I started last week, I COULD NOT REMEMBER THE NAME OF THIS PLACE.  It was soul-depleting, it would wake me in the middle of the night, and I would close my eyes and squeeeeeeeeeze them shut and TRY to remember, but NOPE, not so.

    This might be (completely is) due to the fact that I was incredibly wasted when I was here.

    A couple of years ago, a friend of a friend was having a ludicrious "hey, I'm going on study abroad for a semester, let's party!!!" party.  As she was charging for drinks (what sort of party is this??), the invite was pretty open (oh, that kind of party), so my entire crew tagged along.  This was right after the majority of us had graduated, so this party pretty much stands, engraved in stone, as the last great LMU party my crew attended that we did not a) throw ourselves or b) have an explicit invite to, from an actual friend.  The kicker?  We knew it.  This would be our last chance to run into true randoms, spit game at that hottie from class, make some legends that people beyond our immediate circle would hear.

    That's why we all got really, really trashed.

    The Park Plaza Hotel is no longer a true hotel, they just rent out space for parties and such (another reason I was hard-pressed to dig up the name).  I did not know this when we were all there.  I just thought it was really, really late and no one else was around and no one was just wandering into the lounge.  But the lounge was BIG and had lots of comfy seats, and the bartenders were JERKS, but poured STRONG drinks, and I think there was a DJ and the sound was pretty decent and there was enough floor space to dance.  And there was a BIG outdoor patio that many, many people ended up splayed across at points throughout the night.  I know that I personally made many obscene phone calls out there, smoked many BAD BAD cigarettes, and think at one point tried to play a game of tattoo "you show me yours, I'll show you mine" with a very inappropriate boy.

    The lobby was gorgeous and large and grand and bedecked with marble and just looked like the epitome of faded glamour.  Yummy.

    By the end of the night, I was sobering up, as one of my favorite people in the world was hurting BAD, and I think I was the only person he knew there that was not puking blood behind a couch or dancing to 69 Boyz on top of a speaker and so, thus, I had to take care of him.  In a moment of horrific drunk lucidity, he professed a long-standing crush on me and asked me to go home with him.  I was halfway out the door hailing a cab and dragging him outside by his pants when I realized this might be a bad idea and, OH YEAH, my accompanying guy friends would not be pleased.

    In short, the Park Plaza is a great place for a party.

    But it's also a place filled with a lot of regrets.  I should have gone home with him.  Even if just for sleep.

    18/06/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Jon F.
    cool place for a wedding

    07/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Bonnie K.
    I went here for a KoreAm Magazine awards gala. The night was amazing, and I thank KoreAm for allowing me to participate in the event!
    This is NOT A REVIEW FOR THE HOTEL SERVICE! It is a review for the venue.

    PROS: The place has an older historic feel. What does this mean? Roman columns, never-ending stairs to large rooms, high art decorated ceilings, weathered down outer appearance...The outside was turned into a cocktail reception area, and the Bronze room, an after party site. It was well-suited for the event.

    CONS: The lack of parking (unless you were valeting). The restrooms seemed to lack an upgrade. It reminded me of luxury of the 90's. (gasp).
    The carpet. I didn't like the design.

    TIPS: None for now.

    24/11/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    7. Richard M.
    Celebrity Florist, Kevin Lee's opulent and lavishing floral arrangements at the Legendary Park Plaza are ready for viewing. Check it out~

    26/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Todd P.
    Back in it's hay day I can imagine coming to dinner at this place in a Rolls Royce and  seeing the all the ladies wearing their fur coats and draped in diamonds.  Truely something right out of the Gilded Age in American history.  This place is beautiful !!

    06/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Kim l.
    My bf's frat bro had his wedding at Park Plaza. We were fortunate to find semi-close parking on the street. The ceremony took place outside. It was tastefully decorated with roses. We enjoyed the open bar and Korean appetizers before we headed upstairs to the reception. When we arrived upstairs I took one look inside the banquet hall and was in awe. I had never been to a wedding that had long rectangular dining tables. The lighting reflected nice patterns upon the wall and the floor. The whole room had a Victorian Era feel to it. It was very beautifully decorated. The food on the other hand could have been improved. We were served undercooked rice with tiny cubes of meat. But who cares right, as long as the happy couple enjoyed their day that's all that matters.

    17/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Caroline P.
    The beauty of this place was tainted by the drunk people splattered all over the red-carpeted stairs. Okay, that might be a bit of an overdramatized scenario, but there really were a lot of drunk people. I helped to organize an event here last year, and it was a good time. For event planning, I felt like the staff here was a bit difficult, and I've seen firsthand how flaky some coordinators were. I don't know how the experience was with the other Yelpers who have gotten married there, but it was not pleasant for us.

    Nonetheless, the event itself was fantastic and the place really is beautiful. The whole "once-a-hotel-not-anymore-though" feel is slightly eerie, and I like eerie. The old hallways and the extremely high ceilings are fairytale-like, and I can see why people would like to get married here. I would too if I even had a thought of marriage in my head right now. F'reals.

    The outdoor patio was gorgeous when decorated with our rented furniture, and from the pictures I see here, it looks even more beautiful than I remember it! There's an area for dancing, lounging, picture-taking, show-staging, etc. There are a lot of options everywhere for the party planner. Go check it out!

    10/08/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. Adrienne D.
    Majestic old hotel in an overlooked and somewhat sketchy part of town...Beautiful grand staircase and chandeliers in the lobby...We went here for a fashion show last night and I was impressed with the interior and exterior, I never knew this place existed before the event. Each room held a different designer, and there were several bars set up for the event. It definitely seems like a place that would be perfect for a film location.

    08/03/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Courtney C.
    All I can say is, ladies, if you have a chance to have your wedding here, do it! The hotel is stunningly beautiful!

    24/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. ReBecki P.
    Breath taking as soon as you walk into the lobby! I came here for a social/music event, the chit chat club. There are various rooms, but this one was in the left room, with a dance area, plenty of tables and chairs inside and outside, and romantic, low lighting. I found street parking close by. I would love to come back for more music events.

    26/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Char L.
    Amazing, beautiful venue! Makes me think of Gotham City when we were touring the place as a possible wedding venue. There are multiple ballrooms that can accommodate different party sizes, I think they said up to 400 ppl in the largest ballroom. Chivari chairs are included! You have to bring in your own vendors for everything since it's really just a space that you're renting. I would have loved to have my wedding here, but I didn't really like the neighborhood surrounding PP. I hope one of my friends gets married here in the future so I can return as a guest.

    26/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Liz L.
    OK first off, the Park Plaza isn't actually a hotel, at least, not anymore.  It's an event space and filming location only these days.  Now that we're clear on that, on to my review:

    I had my wedding at the PP a couple of months ago.  After looking at many, many LA-area venues, I started to get frustrated.  Everything seemed really generic and while there were plenty of gorgeous spaces, they lacked real personality.  Then, I found the PP- bingo!  A venue with old-LA glamour, history, and yes, personality.  They happened to be running a special package deal that was too good to pass up, so I booked a tour.  

    In person, the PP did not disappoint.  There are four ballrooms of varying sizes, each with its own distinct style, as well as an outdoor terrace, and that gorgeous entryway and staircase.  It looked great in person, and it cleans up even better- when decorated for your event, the effect is truly magical.  Many of my wedding guests commented on how much they loved the space.  

    The PP's event staff, Jackie and Trisha, were also great.  They were friendly, professional and knowledgeable and really helped keep the process smooth.  Plus, they seem to really love the PP and they're genuinely excited to be working there and sharing it with other people, which comes through in how they treat their brides.  They were also very nice about working with my DIY-heavy wedding- I did all my own flowers, to give you an idea. The neighborhood/location didn't pose any real problems, there is a lot nearby which you can rent, and the PP can also provide valet service for your guests' convenience.

    That being said there are a few FYIs that I would offer to brides thinking about using the PP for their event.  One is that since the PP is a landmarked building, you need a fire permit (from the fire marshall's office) to use candles, which is a slightly obnoxious process.  If you're using a pro florist, they'll probably handle it, but if you're DIY like me, it's a pain.  I sidestepped it by using LED candles which worked well.  Also, since the PP isn't a working hotel, there is not always staff on site.  This means you may have to pay extra if you want more setup time than is "standard," and of course you have to pay extra if you want your event to run later.  These things weren't really negatives for me.  On the whole I didn't feel nickled-and-dimed and again, found the PP staff pleasant to work with, and the space is so freakin' gorgeous, I felt truly lucky to get married there.

    17/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Min T.
    Beautiful.

    I was here last night for a concert and the old hotel was magnificent. I love architecture and there were so many details to look at.

    Originally built as an Elks lodge in the 1920s, it was turned into a hotel but now is just used as event space. I can definitely imagine many weddings here.

    The concert was in the Grand Ballroom which turned out to be rather small but perhaps that's because there were so many chairs in it. The stage was nice, providing an intimate concert.

    Located right next to MacArthur Park, there are metered spots all around the space but there's also a somewhat sketchy $6 parking structure a block away.

    04/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Natural N.
    This place is the most amazing venue for a masquerade ball ever! great location. Super huge building. Out of this world decor. I love it!

    04/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Cheryl N.
    Came here for a wedding and reception. Both were very well decorated and pretty. I could see myself having my wedding and reception here too haha didn't have a chance to check out the hotel itself but I just loved the old school feel of the establishment.

    12/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Lucy L.
    Went here for the Gatsby 1920s party held by drink.eat .play  Had an amazing time and the place is beautiful.  Kind of a far trek for a west-sider, but glad to have made it.  The architecture was perfect for the event as it seems older in the most classy way.  Hope I get another reason to visit!

    02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Al C.
    So yeah, weird. I was at an asian wedding. Beautiful wedding, especially whenthey had some dancing by children which was amazing. I was totally sucked in.

    As for the Hotel which used to be a lodge built back in 1925, it was a very historically nostalgic The Shining feel to it. I didn't even know it was a hotel but I like the place for some strange reason even though it sits right across the street from McArther park.

    Not in the best of neighborhoods but if you want to have an even it is kinda kewl.

    14/02/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Kislev A.
    Beautiful venue! Several different ways to have y rwedding at one venue. The event managers here are nice and helpful. Didn't end up choosing them but they were VERY helpful and prompt in answering questions.

    No parking though. Might be a problem for some brides.

    11/07/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Quinlan F.
    Meet me at the alter in your white dress
    We aint gettin no younger so we might as well do it
    Been feeling you all the while girl I must confess
    Girl let's just get married!!!
    I just wanna get married!!!
    - Jagged Edge

    I's married now, and this is the place we did it.  

    Being the groom and all I had no interest in a wedding.  Being funny about my money, I also had no interest in spending an arm and leg on a wedding.  However, me and the fee came up with a reasonable budget, and decided to do it.....BUT OUR WAY.  If you're going to have a do it yourself wedding, but you want it to look glamourous, Park Plaza is the place to do it.  

    Because it is the wedding business, the staff here thinks business first, as the should, so be prepared to do the same because you will not be their top priority.  Because it's an historic buildiong there are permits needed for certain things like candles, and proof of business insurance from your vendors, however, you still have freedom to make many decisions that personalize the wedding for you.  

    The Park plaza offers many packages which are often updated, so check with them continously prior to booking to see if they will offer something you like.  We elected to just rent out two very vintage and elegant ball rooms on the second floor and brought in our own vendors for everything else or we do it ourselves.  

    I had a great experience on the wedding day, and I recommend the Park Plaza for those special people who are looking for for something unique

    27/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Anhtuan T.
    Awesome venue! Just went here for the KCRW Masquerade Ball and experienced a random act of kindness from a few awesome party people.  As they were leaving they got us in to the event which was hard to get into apparently.  Much love to whoever you are!!  As for the venue itself its AMAZING! As you walk in you pan up to a magnificent set of carpeted stairs and then all the way up to super high ceilings in the main lobby.  This is a historic hotel and you certainly feel all that grandness hit you in the face when you enter.  Every subsequent room or hall I entered afterwards continued that architectural awe-inspiring feeling!  It's truly a gorgeous hotel!

    28/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Jin Y.
    When my (now) husband and I were looking around for a venue for our wedding, we searched far and wide. His family lives far south of LA and my family lives far north of LA so we looked at places in Orange County (a few country clubs and golf courses - too impersonal), Cerritos (performing arts center - too expensive), Walt Disney Concert Hall (too small for our 250 guest list), and the list goes on. We thought we were being too picky but wondered if we will ever find a place where we thought, "THIS IS IT."

    Since we are both in the entertainment industry, we wanted something that reflected our style - dramatic and unique. When a family member told us to go and check out the Legendary Park Plaza, we thought it was just a hotel but decided to check it out anyway since we had no other option at that point. When we parked across from MacArthur Park, the infamous park where people go to get fake id's, drugs, etc., we were like, no....

    But the building beckoned at us. Though tall and beige, we saw that there were a few angels or gargoyles on the side. Knowing this was an old building, we were curious how it would look inside. The glass and metal arched door opened and we stepped inside. We both gasped as we took in the majesty of the place. From floor to ceiling, there was not one detail of the lobby entrance that didn't take away our breath. The huge staircase in front of us is a perfect place for a smaller wedding and for pictures, the ceiling was painted in gold tones reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel, and a large vintage chandelier hung from it. We felt small and modern in this old giant building and we knew from that point on that we had entered a special and very well-kept historic building. We walked through all the rooms.

    The Gold room is probably the smallest room at PP and perfect for a small gathering. It has a bar, it leads out to the courtyard, and is the closest to the women's bathroom. Next to that room is the Bronze room, which has an Art Deco bar and is perfect for a larger group of people and right now, it has a large dance floor covering the floor so it's perfect for a dance.

    Up the stairs or up the vintage elevators, there is my personal favorite room, the Grand Ballroom. As soon as we stepped into this room and saw the rows of arched windows, streaming the sunlight from all sides, the stage, the rows of columns and chandeliers, and the bar, we knew we were going to get married in this room. Here is a good picture of it from their website: parkplazala.com/sites/im…

    We decided to get married facing away from the stage, towards one of the windows for a more ethereal and intimate feel. Then, we went to see the Terrace Room, which is the biggest room in PP. This was the only room that could accommodate 250 seated guests for dining so we had no choice but to have our reception in this room. However, this room was my husband's favorite room because the ceilings are even higher than any of the other rooms, there is a main stage, an organ, a huge bar, and multi tiered levels for seating and viewing. I was honestly a bit scared to have to shell out the money to decorate such a large space but we ended up embracing the grand architecture of the entire building and not spending that much on flowers or decorations at all.

    We were nervous about talking to Trisha Harako, our point person for PP, about the possibilities of having a budget friendly wedding at such a grand space. We didn't think it was a possibility. However, after our initial meeting and pricing presentation, we slowly realized having our dream wedding at this location was a possibility! There are many packages and Trisha was very flexible in accommodating all of our requests, from the general to the most minute details. For example, on the day of our wedding, we asked to use PP's red carpet and ropes inside (usually it is used outside) in order to help us create our Old Classic Hollywood theme. We were able to create signature drinks for our bar menu, coming up with personal names for each cocktail. We were allowed to add a dish to the appetizer menu that wasn't initially offered by Summit Catering (one of the preferred catering companies PP offered that we went with). I was able to talk to Greg from Summit Catering to customize the vegetarian option (will review Summit Catering separately). We brought in whatever element we desired to make our big day spectacular and we truly felt that this venue was like our second home in how many times we had visited it prior to the wedding and after.

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful planning experience, the flexibility, the pricing options, and for the great follow up, Trisha!

    If you are looking to have a vintage or classic Hollywood or Retro Glam, roaring 20's, historical or grand event, this venue is the best option by far and the people who work here are amazing to work with.

    12/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Bryan W.
    Attended KCRW Masquerade Ball 2012 for Halloween party. 'twas an awesome space for such a party. Not sure if one can book a room here or not.

    28/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Eugi H.
    This location is optimal if you have a very high guest count (200+) and enjoy the idea of having a blank canvas to decorate to your heart's content. The location is large and spacious, and the architectural details of the building are very nice. Their catering packages are decent, and the pricing is average. There is a lot of space that you can rent and utilize. It was a bit too large for me, with the high ceilings and columns, this place is suited for very formal events. We were looking for a cozier, more intimate reception, so it did not suit our tastes. All the walls are quite bare and the overall color is beige/tan. We would have had to bring all the color and life ourselves, and with so much space to cover, that would have gotten very expensive, very quickly. I will say though, that their event coordinator Trisha was very welcoming and very efficient, answering all our questions. They can provide references for any type of vendor you may need.

    What bothered me most about this venue though, was not the venue itself, but the location that it is at. It's right next to MacArthur park, which provides a pretty nice view, but the nearby buildings are shabby and the streets reek of urine. It just wasn't the right environment for our wedding.

    07/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    27. Cheryl B.
    GORGEOUS hotel. It's old, worn and beautiful. We came here for an event and I was caught up in the details from the ceiling to the walls. While the color palette is lacking, this place is a blank canvas for those with some imagination. Done right and it is beautiful.

    There was a small catering staff and I wasn't sure if they were in house or not, but the few we chatted with were very friendly and helpful.

    Some caveats, the lighting in some places are very dark, so photography can be a little complex and the restrooms are a bit aged, but passable.

    I'd love to go to another event here.

    12/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    28. Victoria P.
    Old hotel in Los Angeles, but beautiful.
    I really liked the entrance into the hotel and the staircase leading up to the second floor. This was for an event, so the whole place was elegantly decorated. There were
    staff standing around the whole night blocking off entrance to the elevators and access to rooms. There was a coat check to the right as you enter, to the left, there was a restroom and a large room and patio outside. The patio was nicely decorated with lights and hanging lamps. Stereo was set up to play music, as well as a stage for a live band. Catered food was everywhere. Outside, and in the two rooms upstairs, the ball room or reception room, and what was set up as a gambling room. I didn't really notice the staff, but they were busy carrying trays of  hors d'oeuvres and drinks.
    The restrooms were noticeably in need of a renovation. The doors are some sort of folding doors that were hard to open and close.
    Not the most magnificent hotel in Los Angeles, but it has the old Hollywood feel to it.
    If you're into that, try looking in to Park Plaza Hotel for your next event.

    26/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    29. Harmonie T.
    Pretty pretty pretty pretty PRETTY!!!

    Everything here is so pretty! Which is surprising considering the scary park across the street. But once you're inside it's so extravagantly beautiful that you just know that place has been a dream-come-true for every bride that has planned her wedding since she was a little girl.

    Who's wedding was I attending? My good friend and fellow yelper Jin Y.!!! (who I guess is now Jin N.) :)

    Every single room that I walked into (the main entrance, the wedding hall, the reception hall) my eyes widened and mouth dropped in amazement. WOWWW!!! I wish I knew about architecture and design so I could use better descriptive words than "NIIIIIIICE!!!" So much detail too. There were beautiful patterns on the wood beam ceilings in the wedding hall. The reception hall was especially cool because there were 3 tiers of dining areas and the different levels made it easy to view all reception activity. Great for a large guest list.

    Hands down, out of all the weddings I've attended this place is by far the most elegantly beautiful!

    Congrats to the newlyweds Jin & Dave! :)

    P.S. Just to clear up the confusion due to multiple Jin yelpers, this is the blushing bride's review of Park Plaza: yelp.com/biz/park-plaza-…

    09/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    30. Cynthia H.
    My husband and I just had our wedding ceremony and reception last September at Park Plaza and we had a great time!

    I have to give TRISHA HARAKO 5 stars. She is the event coordinator for the venue and I hired her as my day of coordinator. She was extremely professional in all our interactions. Her questions were timely and she replied to all my concerns within a day or two.  On the day of, I handed off my timeline to her and she took control. I was able to not worry about the production going on behind the scenes and just watch/enjoy my wedding day unfold.

    She knew we were a nervous wreck at rehearsal and the wedding day, but she totally stepped up and helped us manage the stress. I was supposed to meet her before our rehearsal and barely made it in time for the actual rehearsal. The whole family and wedding party was waiting, but she had everyone calmly waiting and took control, which really helped out us at ease.  The day of the wedding, I knew I didn't have to manage my time and let Trisha tell me where I needed to be and when.  She personally lint-rolled all the groomsmen and she helped me find creative ways to make it to the bathroom at the most inconvenient times.

    I have to give a big THANK YOU to Trisha for helping me plan ahead and facilitating during the day of a very stressful event.  Without her, I don't think I could have enjoyed my guests and had such a good, memorable time.

    01/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Trevor S.
    I dealt with the onsight manager during a charity event dinner. He was quoted a price over the phone and in person. Once the work was completed he asked us to invoice him so we did. About a month later he sends us a check for half of the invoice and says thats all were gonna get after we had 2 verbal agreements for our price.  This guy is shady as it gets. Even though his assistant apologized to us several times for her bosses poor actions we still were shorted 150$ for our work .We solved the job in record speed. If your a  vendor be careful dealing with these people. They think cause its beverly hills they can treat smaller companies/vendors like dirt. If you wish to correct please call me directly at 7148528716.

    17/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    32. Darla D.
    This place was exceptionally awesome and beautifull! I attended The Great Gatsby event here and I will definitely be coming back again next year. The building itself is just amazing,  you have to come and check it out understand the feel of the building. You definitely would not be disappointed ... On top of that if your intuitive like I am you might come across a ghost or two! Just a great experience overall attending the event and walking around the different parts of the building ...

    04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Mimi C.
    seriously a gorgeous hotel for any party.

    we went for their great gatsby party (hosted by drink eat play). upstairs is the grand ballroom + bar.

    entrance is HUGE with towering ceilings and elongated grandiose staircase. all decked out in art deco / 1920's style.

    downstairs -- large entertaining spaces with one area that serves as a lobby/drawing room and an outside patio for midnight danciiing. :) loved. especially with strung lights.

    worth the $$$ to party here. a tip for parking -- OVERCHARGED. be smart and find yourself street parking (free at night). parking garages /lots will try to charge you 7$ -25$ here!

    13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Yuka N.
    I attended The Great Gatsby party here with my girlfriends few months ago.   This building is just gorgeous!!!   It really felt like the 1920's atmosphere.  I wished I knew more about architecture.  It's perfect for a photo op.  In the middle of the building is the grand staircase where everybody was taking pics.  At the top of the stairs they have different rooms, live Jazz band on one side and the other side played Hip Hop music with a DJ.   You definitely can enjoy best of both worlds!   The ground floor had separate rooms which lead to the outside.  People were listening to a live band and socializing.  In the back is where they set up some tables and chairs, food trucks and a photo prop area.  They gave us one free photo.   Just a heads up...  Parking was like $25 across the street from where the food trucks were parked!!!  You're better off finding parking elsewhere.   I hope Drink Eat and Play hosts this event here next year.  I had a good time and it was definitely a night to remember...

    29/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Cassandra K.
    Although grand and beautiful in many ways, there is something eerie about this place.

    First, the architecture is gorgeous. I really couldnt stop admiring the intricate designs of the steel gates. Also, the room to the left of the check in desk is stunning. Almost like a classic powder room from the 40s/50s.

    I came here to assist a photoshoot and we were setting up at the roof. The elevators are perhaps the scariest things I have ever been in. Because I was constantly moving things from the car to the roof, the elevator was necessary, but one of them, the door would close and open 20 times. Another time, the door closed and didnt move even though the floor was selected. Seemed a little freaky to me.

    Also, the upper floors such as the 10th and 11th floor were bassically nothing but cement. Not sure if construction would be occurring or if it has been like that for ages.

    Anyways, it's a pretty neat location and it can definitely be cleaned up to be a great venue space!

    One star off for difficult parking (as expected in downtown la) and the creepy elevators.

    19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. David R.
    Classy place where I attended a friend's wedding. It was a beautiful affair and the Park Plaza really handled the whole event well. Easy to find. Easy parking. Classic LA architecture. This place is a great piece of LA history.

    10/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Sola L.
    This is a gorgeous venue! I love the grand entrance with the grand staircase leading upstairs to the ballrooms. The chandeliers were beautiful. Only gripe with this place is the bathrooms are very much outdated.

    12/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Jennifer H.
    Beautiful 1920 event held by drink eat play! Only wished we were able to get the VIP tickets.

    Awesome thanks to Drink.Eat .Play for hosting a 1920's event here at this hotel. The event was amazing even though we ended up getting the general admission instead of the VIP (where you can experience other rooms of the event, plus open bar).

    Hotel is located in Los Angeles, in the neighborhood Westlake. A bit shady neighborhood, but this hotel is kept clean and new. Hotel was built between 1923-24...and dang, it still looks fantastic from the exterior to interior. Friends and I had a blast!

    The interior look, when the lights are dimmed - yelp.com/biz_photos/Ir3F…

    If you check out their website ( parkplazala.com/sites/co… ) , you can either plan a
    - Ball in the ballroom
    - wedding reception
    - special events

    If you are interested in going to a 1920's event for next year or any kind of their upcoming events, check out their website drinkeatplay.com :) *hint: try getting their VIP tickets to any of their events because it is totally worth it!

    You will experience one hell of an event here. Enjoy peeps!

    04/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Kristine D.
    Great venue for the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball! The building is beautiful Art Deco. The highlight is the gorgeous stairs at the foyer. Everything about this place is beautiful! Bathrooms are eh... Hotter than heck in some rooms than others. And the place is huge! Labyrinth ball had many ballrooms open with different themes/music/entertainment. Really enjoyed the food trucks and the Turkish tent in the back lot.

    06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    40. Jay B.
    While this iconic structure stands guard at the North-West corner of MacArthur Park, It is now reserved strictly for private banquets and permit-carrying film crews.  Continuing on my quest to find and experience local Los Angeles places and images captured in Nicolas Winding Refn's movie:  Drive; I discovered that various shots were filmed at this location by watching key scenes in the movie a countless number of times and formulating shooting angles of the camera.

    Park Plaza Hotel was the shooting location for Irene's and Driver's apartments which were on the 4th floor of the Hotel's tower.  Although, this is no longer a real functioning hotel, the makeshift apartments captured key images of looking down on MacArthur Park, the silhouette skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, and the geometric design of the Lofts located at the American Cement Building.  

    While I didn't have any luck making it to the 4th floor of the Park Plaza Hotel to see if the apartments facades actually looked as they did in the movie, I did have great timing to be able to see the building's interior.  Namely the main entrance, lobby, and several ballrooms.  The lobby doors were open, but guarded by a security person who said only people with permits could be allowed to the upper floors.  You could tell it was being scouted by several wedding planners at the time.

    - Interior Lobby Chandelier ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - Chandelier Zodiac ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - Lobby Desk ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - Entrance Glass Pane ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - Main stair case ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - Grand Entrance Ceiling ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )

    In the movie, the apartments were shot as if there was a large underground parking structure with that ever-so graphically identifiable elevator scene.  I was disappointed to find out that the Park Plaza Hotel has no underground parking lot.  I am assuming that the underground parking lot shoot was done in the neighboring American Cement Lofts' parking structure.  

    The building is architecturally fascinating, as it is guarded by various knight and angel gargoyles.  It is meticulously kept in an area that is not known to be particularly known for safety or having so many key landmark locations that are easily identifiable:  The lake at MacArthur Park, the Westlake Theater, and now the Park Plaza Hotel.  

    - Main Exterior Face ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - Side Exterior ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - Side Knights ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - MacArthur Park "NO" sign ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )
    - MacArthur Park Lake and Westlake Theater ( yelp.com/biz_photos/park… )

    While movies tend to have a bad stereotype of making someone a couch potato, this particular movie personally motivated me to get up from the couch and explore various LA landmarks.  "Yeah, I Drive."

    31/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. John L.
    Good value for location. Reccommended

    09/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    42. Morison W.
    Nice hotel for a party or any other type of huge event. I came here for an award show after party, and I mainly stayed in the downstairs area. They have a bar, that I assume they do not use too often, because when the people swiped the credit card, they made me sign on their Iphone. The place is really nice though. There are tables and seats around the dance floor if you ever just want to chat with your friends or that special someone. There is also an outdoor area with heaters, so that definitely kept us warm on a cold night.

    They have Valet Parking, or you can just park next door at the parking garage for $6 (I won't guarantee this price will stay the same though).

    I hope I will have another chance to come back here to enjoy the rest of the hotel. I'll update again if I do.

    10/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    43. Jeannette G.
    Beautiful Art Deco building with 1920s interior charm.  Quintessential Los Angeles post and beam interior with hand painted ceilings.  The Park Plaza is showing some wear and tear and is in dire need of cosmetic help.

    My favorite ballroom is the one to the left of the grand staircase.

    29/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Dana D.
    We came here for a Sunday dance party. The hotel is not operational but still gorgeous. The party was outside and a great space for dancing and relaxing. Not great parking/crowd.

    06/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    45. Stuart H.
    Mike at the Park Plaza Hotel cabins and hotel made very effort to adapt to our last minute schdule changes. The cabins offer an affordable place to stay while enjoying a perfect get away - so close to Los Angeles! We like the ability to either eat in or at a restaurant

    18/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Sara M.
    I worked with the Park Plaza Hotel on a photo shoot.  They were so easy to work with, quick to reply to emails and calls, and made the entire process extremely pleasant.

    I must say, if you are looking for a venue for a special event, wedding, or various other creative weird crap we need locations for here in LA - The Legendary Park Plaza Hotel should be at the top of your list.

    I don't believe it is any longer being used as a hotel, and I feel I also heard it may be getting a renovation sometime soon.  Not sure how to feel about that because most all of the original architecture is intact, and it is breathe taking inside and out.  

    Definitely look into using the Park Plaza Hotel, the gentleman running the establishment was wonderful and I highly recommend this location!

    11/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0