From the outside, Hotel Figueroa has kept its historic charm, but once inside you will be transported to a world of luxury art deco design which has brought this Downtown L.A. landmark to life. I’ve always believed that accommodations are part of the journey when traveling. I enjoy staying at a property that makes me feel engulfed by my destination.
Hotel Figueroa History
If you’re planning a trip to Los Angeles and are looking for truly unique accommodations, then Hotel Figueroa will exceed all expectations. This historic hotel, located just one block from the iconic L.A. Live Stadium, opened in 1926 as an exclusive women’s hostelry by the Young Women’s Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.).
According to a Los Angeles Times article, the hotel was “financed, built, and operated by and for femininity”. It served as a safe haven for women travelers. The hotel’s first general manager was the first female general manager of any hotel in the world. It’s clear why I would find the history of this hotel so inspiring.
A New Art-Deco Renovation
For the past two and a half years Hotel Figueroa in Downtown L.A. has been undergoing a massive renovation which concluded in early 2018. Their luxurious new design has masterfully combined art deco design with a combination of mid-century modern decor, splashes of Mediterranean influences, and touches of David Hicks inspiration.
David Hicks Inspired Tory Burch
David Hicks is also the inspiration behind fashion maven Tory Burch using bright colors, velvet couches, and bold patterns. I especially enjoyed all the literature found throughout the hotel and in each room depicting Los Angeles life and iconic artists.
When you first step into your room it is impossible not to admire the trendy art selections with strategically placed uplighting. My room had a beautifully decorated living room space with a Mediterranean-inspired mosaic coffee table, a rich velvet couch, and a mid-century modern leather chair. There is even a wooden work desk with a series of books to peruse with titles like “Hollywood”. The rooms are also environmentally thoughtful with automatic lighting.
Surprise, In-Room Amenities
One of my favorite features of Hotel Figueroa is the surprise in room amenities. On the bed is a good basket filled with complimentary snacks like popcorn, pretzels, and crackers. It was exactly what I needed to tide me over before dinner and enjoy a little snack after my drive.
Enjoy Homemade Cookies Too!
As if a basket of snacks wasn’t enough, I also was surprised to find homemade cookies on the coffee table. Never in my life have I seen a hotel lay out homemade cookies and I have a serious sweet tooth. These were no ordinary cookies either, they were amazing. There were different flavors as well like traditional chocolate chip, peanut butter, and salted caramel!
Hotel Figueroa Boasts 6 Bars & Restaurants
In addition to the treats in your room, Hotel Figueroa boasts 6 bars and restaurants. Guests can enjoy fine dining at Sparro, a fabulous brunch at Cafe Fig, or enjoy Mediteranean inspired small plates but their beautiful pool.
Next to the pool, La Casita serves hand-crafted cocktails, Mediterranean-inspired fare, and small plates. In the evening there is a gorgeous two-story bar on the opposite end of the pool entertaining the LA Live crowd until late in the evening.
Sparro, headed by Chef AJ McCloud and Chef Joana Cruz. The restaurant’s offerings exude bold flavors and high-quality, sustainable, and organic ingredients all rooted in the flavors of Italy. Its cuisines are complemented by adventurous mixology that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients. Guests can indulge in dishes like their A5 Carpaccio or Bone Marrow Angolotti.
The following morning after my stay, I enjoyed a nice cup of espresso from their complimentary in-room Nespresso machine. Then, we headed to the pool for a relaxing brunch at La Casita which offers a hidden Mediterranean oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of Downtown Los Angeles.
La Casita serves delicious Mediterranean-inspired cuisine like ribeye dry-aged beef kabobs, steak tartar, and burrata with fresh spring peas. The Moroccan-inspired decor is gorgeous and highlighted by the hotel’s newly restored original 1920s fireplace. You can view our entire La Casita dining experience here with beautiful photos of our brunch selections.
The Cafe Fig culinary team creates classic recipes infused with unique, natural ingredients to reimagine iconic dishes with Mediterranean, Southwest, and Continental influences. Chef Joana Cruz curates a menu featuring fresh, organic, and sustainable products, along with vegan and gluten-free options, consisting of locally sourced ingredients.
Only Minutes to Universal Studio
After brunch, we headed to Universal Studios Hollywood to check out the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was amazing by the way, but you should definitely splurge for the express passes for front of the line access! Downtown L.A. is conveniently located to all of the area attractions in Los Angeles. With its unique accommodations and rich history, Hotel Figueroa is the perfect place to stay for a truly immersive Los Angeles experience.
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939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015
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