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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The Figueroa Hotel is a recently renovated quirky hotel on the edge of downtown LA and is great for conferences. I spent a week there and it was very good.
The rooms are different - southern theme with really comfortable beds. The automatic light switches in the bathroom were an excellent idea but took a bit of getting used to. The lack of a desk was a bit of a pain but I managed.
The restaurants are good. The food (Mexican theme) at the Verandah was superb and reasonably priced. Their guacamole and tacos were great and I ate there several times.
The complimentary breakfast was simple but good - the home made muesli was a standout. The toaster was on its last legs and I suggested they change it - and they did the next day!
The staff were always pleasant and helpful.
I will go back next time I have to be in downtown LA.
I loved this place. Great lobby, bars, pool area, rooms, bathrooms. Nice view from my room of pool. Good service. I wish they had a little more food variety that wasn’t so expensive and a happy hour but otherwise a great place. If even DT stay there for a unique experience.
Location to the convention center was very convenient. Friendly staff. Appreciated the continental breakfast. Noise level at night was extremely quiet despite the busy location. Nice that a pool and fitness center were available, even though I did not use either. Love the history behind the hotel!!