Los Angeles, California
Trendy, $$ (from $339)
At thirteen stories, Hotel Figueroa isn’t the tallest building in Los Angeles, but the orange and blue floral motif painted on its exterior certainly makes it stands out against the skyline. Formerly a women’s business hotel dating back to 1926, the 268-room boutique hotel has been newly restored to its Spanish Mediterranean glory and is a welcome addition to the bustling hotel scene in Downtown LA. There are two restaurants and two bars on site, a lushly landscaped courtyard, and an enticing ground-floor swimming pool. The hotel's location is an ideal base for exploring DTLA: You're less than a five-minute walk to musical attractions like Grammy Museum and the Staples Center and a half-hour walk (or a ten-minute drive because, come on, who walks in LA?) to primo art destinations The Broad and Museum of Contemporary Art and the mega food hall Grand Central Market.
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At a Glance
The Vibe: Spanish Colonial meets California cool.
Standout Details: Surrounded by cactus, eucalyptus, and fig trees, the only ground-level swimming pool in Downtown Los Angeles is a haven for weary travelers looking to decompress and soak up the sunny SoCal sun without having to trek to the beach.
This Place Is Perfect For: Couples, friends, solo travelers, and anyone else looking for a stylish and affordable hideaway in one of LA’s coolest up-and-coming neighborhoods.
Rooms: The 268 artfully decorated rooms and suites have wide-plank hardwood floors, wood beams, Moroccan-style tiles, metal details, and raw-edged leather and custom millwork. In a nod to DTLA’s progressive cultural spirit, an eclectic collection of artwork and books have been placed around the rooms. Free WiFi, iPads, Vittoria espresso makers, and complimentary minibars with water and snacks round out the offerings.
On Site: The hotel has 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting and event spaces, al fresco group fitness and yoga classes, a Tesla house car for rides around DTLA, and custom-made fig tea from local atelier August Uncommon.
Food + Drinks: The lobby level is home to Breva, a brasserie-style eatery serving dishes like whole grilled branzino and Huntington Meats ribeye, and Bar Figueroa, a European-esque hotel bar that pours a mean gin and tonic. Adjacent to the pool, Veranda offers a Mexico City-inspired menu of classic tacos prepared with hand-pressed tortillas and topped with fresh salsa. Rick’s is a neighborhood hotspot with coastal-inspired cocktails in a two-story, indoor-outdoor setting overlooking the swimming pool.
What to Do Nearby
Downtown Los Angeles is quickly becoming one of the coolest and most exciting neighborhoods not only in LA but in the USA.
Start your day at Egg Slut inside Grand Central Market with their namesake dish, a coddled egg atop a potato puree served in a glass jar with a side of toasted baguette. You’re welcome. From there, make your way to The Broad. The city's newest contemporary art museum is free and reservations are in high demand, so book tickets ahead of time, especially if you're hoping for a selfie in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms. For a different kind of cultural experience, try a guided tour of the Arts District with Cindy Schwarzstein, the founder and director of Cartwheel Art Tours. The once gritty section of DTLA is quickly becoming a dynamic community with a thriving street art scene, and Schwarzstein has a wealth of knowledge on the topic and is super passionate about the ongoing evolution.
For lunch, head to Cafe Gratitude, one of our forever favorites for their healthy riffs on junk food classics like pizza, burrito bowls, and Indian curry. Head back to the hotel swimming pool for some R&R or spend your afternoon perusing the wares at indie boutiques like Poketo (design-driven gifts), Hammer and Spear (vintage furniture and stylish housewares), and Matteo (luxurious linens in earthy colors). For dinner, we like Broken Spanish for fancy Mexican dishes and Bestia for seasonal Italian fare.