Rooftop Event Venues in Hollywood, Pasadena and the Valleys

While poolside event space with panoramic views are increasingly found on hotel rooftops nationwide, few places is the trend more evident than in Los Angeles, including Hollywood and Pasadena.

Russell Harris, president of Los Angeles-based Russell Harris Event Group, is among planners who find these lofty spaces invaluable for creating events with a quintessential Southern California vibe.

“A lot of new hotels are offering pool decks and we love to use them,” he said. “The 360-degree views are fantastic. It provides the kind of outdoor ambience that people come to Los Angeles for. When you’re here, you don’t want to be stuck in a ballroom.”

Among the choices are the Dream Hollywood Hotel, located on the buzzing corner of Selma Avenue and N. Cahuenga Boulevard and featuring design elements paying homage to L.A.’s Mid-Century Modern architecture. The 179-room property offers an 11,000-square-foot rooftop lounge, restaurant and night club venues operated by TAO Group and a fitness center with wellness curated by celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson.   

Just a block from the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the 216-room Kimpton Everly Hotel features the Skyline Sundeck, a pool area with views of Downtown L.A. and the iconic Hollywood Sign. The space has hosted everything from private screenings to chefs’ demonstrations. The hotel also offers 4,200 square feet of indoor meeting space, VIP suites, a glass-enclosed conservatory and Jane Q, a restaurant operated by celebrity chef Bryan Podgorski.

Slated to open in summer 2019, the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood will be a 220-room property with 6,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor rooftop space accommodating groups of up to 200. Other features will include complimentary bicycles, a 24-hour fitness center and a steakhouse called About Last Knife.

Opened in January 2018 in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District, the Kimpton La Peer Hotel features 105 guest rooms and 5,670 square feet of meeting and event space that includes a rooftop lounge and outdoor pool surrounded by lush landscaping.

Another newcomer is the Jeremy West Hollywood, a 288-room property with sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and Los Angeles Basin. The property’s 10,000 square feet of meeting and event areas includes the Overlook Terrace, an indoor space seating up to 200 guests, and Harriet’s Rooftop, a dramatic 2,800-square-foot space accented by a towering Dream Catcher sculpture.

In Pasadena, the 136-room Hotel Constance, which is located in a historic 1926 Mediterranean-style building, recently completed an expansion and multi-phase renovation. Among its key features is a new rooftop pool with panoramic views of downtown Pasadena available for events.

“The hotel is using the pool deck to do some really creative programs with a hip, young vibe, including dance parties where everyone wears headsets,” said Jeanne Goldschmidt, executive director of the Pasadena CVB.