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.
How to Get There
Coming in for a company event at the hotel, I was greeted by Isaiah, the valet for the hotel. Fantastic service. Leaving, Scott brought my car around and also provided excellent service. We had a private area in the back near the pool which had a cool vibe. The hotel decor and lighting is very inviting and comfortable. I understand the hotel underwent a recent renovation and it's absolutely beautiful. Very nice experience overall.
Stayed a couple nights at the hotel w my family. Rooms were kinda small but I enjoyed the bar. Valet took great care of us too. Ernesto and Brian I like those guys lol most of this rating is towards them.
I went for an after work drink at this hotel. Parking was a bit tricky to find but that’s every hotel around Los Angeles! Once I pulled into valet, I was greeted in a fantastic way! Valet knew exactly what they were doing and gave me amazing customer service, honestly the best valet experience I have ever had. The rest of the hotel members were amazing as well but valet was awesome! Brian and Ernesto were the valet attendants on duty during my visit. You’re lucky to have these 2 great young men working for hotel Figueroa. I will definitely be back again soon!
We stayed 2 nights at the Hotel Figueroa and enjoyed our stay. The location can’t be beat to explore downtown LA or catch an event at the Staples Centre. Hotel is beautifully updated, evoking an historic charm with modern updates. We did not eat here, but cocktails were the best we had on our visit. Only caveat was that room was small for 3 people to share.
I Was able to have drinks at the hotel bar before the Lakers game tonight and remembered why i loved the building. Bar Figueroa is great. The parking was a little hard to find but the people that greeted me where super friendly. a big shot out to Liz , Brian and Anthony. the valet department really knows what they are doing. the front desk greeted me as I walked in. which was pleasant. I would definitely come back again.