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.
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The Figueroa Hotel is fantastic! Wonderful architecture, wonderful amenities, wonderful pool, wonderful food, wonderful drink, wonderful room...wonderful staff. Will definitely return when next in LA.
Our stay at Hotel Figueroa was perfect from beginning to end. The new renovation is spectacular. The architecture is gorgeous, we loved the books and art everywhere, the food in all of the restaurants was excellent. And we especially loved the continental breakfast that was much healthier and extensive than other hotels offer. And every employee was so ready to help with anything we needed including being willing to run out and get a newspaper that wasn't in the hotel! We loved all of it!
I travel to Downtown LA a lot for business. I have walked right by this hotel many times, not realizing what a jewel it is! Definitely one of my favorite hotels downtown. I will definitely be back and will bring my family as well!