Hotel Figueroa Downtown Los Angeles
What We Love
- Lushly landscaped garden pool makes for an oasis amid the bustle of downtown LA
- The preserved architectural details dating back to 1926, including the building's original façade, lobby skylights, and Twenties-era fireplace
- The bartender's table on the mezzanine level, where drinks come courtesy of master mixologist Dushan Zaric (behind NYC's Employees Only and Macao Trading Co.)
What To Know
- You’re right near some of DTLA’s hottest restaurants and cultural sites, including L.A. Live and the Staples Center
- The hotel is sprinkled with commissioned art by local talents like Alison Van pelt and Sarah Awad
- Lower level rooms can be noisy at weekends
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Most people stay in Hollywood or Beverly Hills to get a touch of movie glamour. But for a true taste of LA make-believe, we’d suggest checking into this 1926 historic landmark in the heart of downtown.
Wrought iron lanterns cast a soft glow on hand-painted ceiling murals, massive tapestries hang above antique Moroccan chests, leather thrones and potted palm trees, and an arched passageway leads to an outdoor bar dripping in bougainvillea. You’ll feel as if you’re walking onto a movie set, and sometimes you are as the fantastical interiors are regularly used for film, TV and fashion shoots.
Due to the historic nature of the hotel, rooms all have different—and sometimes quirky—layouts (think toilet and shower in one bathroom and a sink in the other). Most rooms have terra-cotta-like orange walls and wrought iron headboards with a mish-mash of vintage textiles, throne-like chairs and globe-trotting objet d’art. A recent light renovation added smart HDTVs, pillowy mattresses with soft duvets and organic, eco-friendly bath products.
Angelenos have long loved the Hotel Figueroa for its Veranda Terrace and Pool Bar. Though smack in the middle of downtown LA, it feels worlds away thanks to stained glass walls casting a colorful glow on vintage daybeds draped in gold-flecked saris and a tent-like terrace opening onto the historic coffin-shaped pool. Here a riot of flowering vines, sculptural cacti and lush trees lend an oasis-feel. It’s particularly atmospheric at night, when lanterns shine overhead and an eclectic mix of celebs, local office-types and European tourists sip cool beers under the stars.
In the Area
Downtown LA is going through a renaissance, with many young creatives moving back to capitalize on the bustling businesses the neighborhood has to offer. Stroll over to the Grand Central Market, a historic landmark building dating back to 1917, where you can sate yourself on everything from craft coffee at G&B to killer breakfast sandwiches at Egg Slut and authentic Thai street food at Sticky Rice. Then take in the reflective stainless steel curves of Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, or walk down Gallery Row to see work from local artists. Finish off the day with a prohibition-era cocktail at Cole’s or a tipple at whiskey bar Seven Grand, located one block from the pedestrianized 6th Street dotted with indie shops and stunning art deco buildings.
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I stayed in one of the rooms a few years ago. It was terrifying. That place needed a major face lift. Well circle back two years and the facelift happened. This place looks amazing. The did a full renovation. It's so tasteful and absolutely stunning. The lobby has hints of the old place but it's been remodeled so beautifully and respectfully. My friends got a room here and we had the pleasure of seeing it. Great job. It's so new and fresh but not modern. It's comfortable but gorgeous. The bathroom is beautiful. Whoever did the decorating killed it. This place is awesome and I recommend you stay here when in Los angeles.
Went to Bar Figueroa last week with some friends before a concert at The Novo. Amazing space and cocktail program. Everyone from the bar was very nice and Anthony and Liz from valet were super friendly and helpful. Definitely will be coming back soon.
I had a great stay at Hotel Figueroa. I was attending the Travel and Adventure Show at the LA convention center and this hotel was very nearby and very reasonable in cost. The hotel provided a Tesla car to drop my sister and I off at the convention center, which will probably be the only time I will get to be in a Tesla so that was neat. The only issue was the continental breakfast. It needed some protein on the buffet but other than that it was awesome.
Pros: The hotel has excellent service, the staff is great, very efficient and friendly, the food is good, the complimentary breakfast is lovely, and they are very responsive. The lobby and veranda are beautiful, we had a lovely time hanging out by the fireplace on an unusually cool couple of days.
Cons: tldr: noisy, tiny/claustrophobic and dark room. if you book through hotel tonight you will be given the worst room in the hotel. This is unfortunate, if they don’t want ppl to use this service they should just not be a part of it. The room was tiny to the point of being claustrophobic, the bathroom was practically on top of the bed, it was dusty and caused allergies, and there was no natural light to be had at all. There was only one small bedside lamp for the whole room which made it impossible to put makeup on as the room was very dark. It was also right next to the elevator and the fire door leading to the stairs, ppl congregated in those areas and you could hear talking, partying from the lobby areas, stair door slamming and elevators all night long.
I loved everything about this place.Friendly staff and awesome service will stay again.I highly recommend it to anyone on the fence.Though it being an older hotel the rooms are smaller than normal but its a small price to pay for the overall experience.