This place is fabulous. From the uninspiring outside, showing a hint of North Africa, you might be eager to discover what awaits you within. Or you might shy away because it is not all new and shiny like the adjacent JW Marriott. If you do shy away, you will have short-changed yourself. This Moroccan themed hotel looks like a set from a famous 1940s Hollywood movie. Even the pool bar is named Rick's Place. It is stunning and brimming with character. Persian rugs, hand carved wall-hangings, statutes, authentic light fixtures, music - this hotel combines it all with the perfect decorator's touch.
I had the privilege of staying last weekend in its premier room, the Casablanca Suite. This suite is the only room on the Mezzanine and has a private staircase. It is around 1000 square feet with a bathroom the size of many hotel rooms alone. The 8 foot armoire in the bathroom was well stocked with towels and soaps. You need them for the custom built tub and shower. The tub was about three feet deep and about 6 feet by 8 feet in size. I felt like a king, or rich American overseas traveler, when I showered in it.
The suite has a canopied bed with a wonderfully comfortable featherbed mattress, a huge sitting area, a walk-in closet, a kitchen area (fridge, sink and coffee maker only), and a writing room. It also has a tiny hidden closet revealing a small collection of books. When in this room it felt like I was in another world.
The hotel's location cannot be beat. It is in downtown LA surrounded by Trader Vics, Mortons Steakhouse and The Original Pantry. If that is not good enough for your dining tastes, every other restaurant you can imagine is within a block or two. Staples Center is 2 blocks away and LA Live is 1 block away. We were visiting LA for USC's Parents Weekend and the 8 minute drive to the campus is perfect. On one trip to campus I took the light rail which has a station at USC - the station nearest the hotel is 2 blocks away. The hotel also has limousine service. I took their town car to USC on one occasion and the fee was only $12.00.
Previous reviews have criticized the staff and management and the food quality at the cafe. Disregard those reviews. The staff always had a smile and accommodated my every request. I needed a late checkout - no problem. I wanted to use the pool after regular hours - I was told just to ask when I needed it. I needed to leave my car past checkout - of course (though there was an expected additional fee). When I needed the town car, the front desk had it there for me in minutes. I met the owner/manager, Mr. Thimansson. I found him to be charming and caring. He has a dry sense of humor which some previous reviewers may have mistaken for rudeness. But he is a very nice host.
As for the cafe, it is the weak point of the hotel. I ate there one morning because I did not want to walk outside the lobby. The food was served buffet style but individually item priced. The prices were so inexpensive that you have to overlook any concerns with quality. Orange juice was $1.50. Bacon was $1.50. Both cereal and eggs were $1.00. You cannot find a less expensive breakfast in LA. But if you want a classic breakfast experience, walk the one-half block to the landmark Original Pantry (where a full breakfast with orange juice and coffee will cost you about $20 per person). The hotel knows it is surrounded by fine dining and it does not try to compete with those establishments. It offers a reasonable breakfast at a more than reasonable price.
My recommendations of this hotel are not based on price. The rooms are reasonably priced, not inexpensive. The cafe and bar are very inexpensive. It is the charm, service, cleanliness and location that now make the Hotel Fig my hotel of first choice in Los Angeles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Figueroa was recently restored to its 1920's Spanish Colonial splendor. There are 268 room and suites, all designed with comfortable elegance and in-room technology in mind for today's modern traveler. With two destination restaurants and four bars, a grand and expansive lobby, and breathtaking pool area, Hotel Figueroa stands at the center of Downtown LA's vibrant arts scene, attracting locals, foodies, artists, and all manner of creatives as well as the discerning traveler. At the heart of DTLA’s thriving culinary and cultural renaissance, Hotel Figueroa is located across the street from LA Live, the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, and is in close proximity to the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Broad museum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Figueroa Hotel Los Angeles