LOS ANGELES (MainStreet) -- It has better weather, is walking distance to the beach and an indigenous creative community that's fueling one of the country's newest concentrations of startup and blue-chip tech companies. With a wink and a nod to its Northern California sibling, Silicon Valley, "Silicon Beach" refers to an area of West Los Angeles that includes the communities of Playa Vista, Marina del Rey, Venice and Santa Monica. And if you're an employee of companies such as Google, Yahoo, Digital Domain or Equipois, it might just be the destination of your next -- and perhaps best-ever business trip.Before your office travel department reserves a room at the business hotel mainstays of Century City, keep in mind that during rush hour traffic an eight-mile drive from Beverly Hills to the beach can take upward of 45 minutes. Many office workers that make their home in Silicon Beach commute via bicycle, and even skateboard, within the walkable communities that define the area. To be in the loop, seek out hotels near Santa Monica and Venice such as the Viceroy -- a block to the beach and sufferable walking distance even in flip-flops to the numerous computer and design firms of Santa Monica's nearby Main Street.
|The Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach is a boutique hotel crashpad with retro elements, a popular rooftop bar and an on-site greasy spoon called Hash.|
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