I'll be in L.A. next month and need to host a very informal small reception (12 - 25 people), and want to keep prices low. Two years ago, we stayed on the patio at the Loews in Santa Monica, I ordered about $250 in apps, and we did a cash bar. This time I'm staying closer to Beverly Center, so am looking close to there. Ideally, I'd like to avoid an extra room charge. We are looking at the Meridien, but they said their bar was too small.
The attendees will range from in theirs 20-40s. Good food is a nice plus, but as long as it's not awful or seriously pricey, that's fine.
Any suggestions welcomed!