Welcome to your elegant home from home in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Hotel Figueroa is a revitalised Twenties beauty with flawless style, first-class cuisine, inventive cocktails and a female-centric art collection in homage to the hotel's origins as a YWCA. The hotel's retained its historic character – odd-shaped pool and all – but gained plenty of bold modern additions: when you're lounging by said pool, clock the vast mural that covers an entire side of the building. After its makeover, Figueroa's a Downtown destination that cuts an evocative figure.
Get this when you book through us:
A welcome bottle of wine, one lunch for two, one $25 food and drinks credit and a room upgrade (subject to availability)
Double rooms from $195.00, excluding tax at 15.75 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $25.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include Continental breakfast, but exclude the nightly $25 a room resort fee, which covers free transfers by Tesla within a mile of the hotel, and daily replenished tea, coffee and boxes of water.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout; fitness equipment. In rooms: iPad, TV, iPod dock, shoe-shining service, free high-speed WiFi, air-conditioning, well-stocked minibar with free snacks, Vittoria espresso maker and William Roth toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
The Parador Suites and Figueroa Suite are particular favourites of the Smiths, thanks to their terraces and balconies. Ask for a higher floor if you're a sucker for a city view.
The coffin-shaped pool is original. No one's sure why the architects opted for the unusual form, back in 1926, but it's impressively spacious for the centre of Downtown (and flanked by loungers from which to sip your cocktails, obviously).
Bring shoes you can walk in: the neighbourhood's surprisingly walkable, for Los Angeles.
Public areas are all wheelchair accessible, and there are several adapted room categories.
At Veranda, nab a table nearest the pool for maximum people-watching. In Breva, a corner table's the first choice for date night.
Downtown cool with a Twenties flourish.
There are two: one a laid-back indoor-outdoor eatery overlooking the pool, the other a finer-dining establishment off the lobby with a few greenery-flanked tables on the pavement; both are helmed by chef Casey Lane, whose food has been garnering feverish renown since he arrived in Los Angeles as a cuisine wunderkind a decade ago. Out by the pool at Veranda, the Mediterranean-meets-California menu includes house-made flatbreads (spot the oven in the corner), seasonal salads and delectable seafood. At more formal Breva, Lane's travels in Spain have resulted in what the chef describes as a 'Basque brasserie' – it's open late, and serves top-quality pintxos and small plates as well as more substantial delights along the lines of fried chicken with grilled peach and jalapeño salad.
If you're a cocktail connoisseur, you'll be happy here. From the lobby bar (which is far more beautiful than the phrase 'lobby bar' suggests) to the waterside Veranda out to Rick's, in a separate two-storey building beyond the pool, the cocktail menus conceived by Dushan Zaric (of Employees Only fame) are packed with inventive Mediterranean-inspired flavours. Like Casey Lane's cuisine, Zaric's drinks have a decidedly Spanish bent: try the Basque Call (Tapatio tequila reposado, elderflower, Lustau amontillado sherry, yellow chartreuse, orange bitters) or the Bilbao Cobbler (Lustau amontillado sherry, Mare gin, port, lemon, blackberry) or embark on a tour of the Gintonico menu (the No 3 is our favourite).
Order light meals and snacks to your room during restaurant hours.
Hotel Figueroa's Downtown, towards the east of Los Angeles' sprawling expanse.
You’ll likely land at LAX, the bustling aviation hub that’s served by direct flights from just about anywhere. It’s an hour or so’s drive, depending on traffic; check in with the Smith24 team if you fancy some help making travel plans. (Figueroa’s concierge can arrange taxis (usually $50–$75) and private transfers, $110.)
Downtown’s elegant Union Station is a short cab ride away; from Downtown or Hollywood, you can jump on light rail or Metro trains.
Everyone drives in LA… and everyone agrees that it’s awful (too much traffic, not enough parking). Taxis, Ubers, Lyfts and the like are spectacularly plentiful at all hours of the day and night, and are probably a better use of your car-rental budget. If you do still decide to drive, there are valets standing by to park for you for $45 a day, plus tax.
Worth getting out of bed for
First, admire the extensive art collection: it's mostly works by local women, in an homage to the building's YWCA heritage, such as Alison Van Pelt's painting Maude in the lobby – the Maude in question is Hotel Figueroa’s first female general manager, Maude N Bouldin. (There's also work by the odd male artist in the rotating exhibits, like a bright plant-covered walkway full of prints by archetypal Los Angeles photographer Esteban Oriol.) Next, explore the cocktail menus and many elegant chairs in which to sip: a gin and tonic perched at the lobby bar, perhaps? Tequila in Breva, of something fruity from Veranda by the swimming pool?
Breakfast at Hotel Figueroa is very good, and save room for brunch at Veranda at least once. But you're also just a few minutes' drive from Perch, a Downtown brunch and cocktails spot exceptionally popular with the glossiest of Angelenos (you've probably seen the selfies in Instagram). For a decidedly non-traditional afternoon tea, hit Birdies for fried chicken, coffee and doughnuts (the lemon, thyme and pistachio ones come highly recommended). Chilled-out dinner at The Exchange (at another favourite Smith stay, Freehand LA) is always tasty, and for something a little fancier head to the ornate restaurant at The NoMad Los Angeles.
We can't imagine you'd run out of cocktails to try at Figueroa. But for a change of scene, The Varnish is a speakeasy-style hideout with live jazz several days a week and Clifton's Republic is a multi-layered wonderland of a drinking den, with five floors to discover.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Figueroa’s Guestbook below.
The upgrade from the manager because we mentioned it was our honeymoon. We had an amazing suite instead of a classic room! Huge space and a complimentary bottle of red wine! The decoration is beautiful and with a lot of taste. Not American at all! Bed is amazingly comfy and beddings so soft.
To have complete breakfast as egg and bacon and stuff is extra.
Stayed on 21 Feb 2019
The central bar/lobby area.
All guest rooms to look similar, or maybe we just had a pet room.