Definitely hard to review the Figueroa Hotel. I think many reviews are a bit harsh, but I didn’t click with the excellent reviews either. I landed on “average” because the hotel was just missing that je ne sais quoi. There were certainly pros, but all in all we’ve stayed in so many nicer places, even considering the price. (We were there because our aunt loves the old LA vibe and has stayed at the Fig a few times over the years.)
PRO: very clean rooms; pool area was lovely and tropical (although too cold to hang out there for long during our early December trip...I imagine on warm days it would be packed); the Moroccan theme is trendy and the place is low-key and unpretentious (which is really nice for LA). Staff were pleasant, the a la carte buffet breakfast was a great way to go – just pay for what you want to eat. The water pressure in the shower was amazing. The hotel location is good, especially for the Convention Center/Staples, but it’s also walkable to the rest of downtown (even Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, etc, which we walked to). There were usually cabs standing by in front of the hotel if needed though.
CON: as others have said, think “European tourist-class”, and avoid comparisons with chains like Hilton and Marriott. The Figueroa is an old property and at first glance it has an interesting décor and looks cool, but in reality it shows the age and all the bold/dark paint on everything was unattractive and overwhelming. The place just didn’t feel comfy/cozy...concrete floors, thinnish towels, single-pane windows that let cold and noise in. It’s short on amenities that (if the Fig had them), would really elevate the experience in my opinion: coffee in the room, fluffier towels, more rugs (by the beds), and lighter colors. Also the breakfast had no fruit or yogurt on offer.
It’s all so subjective! We had no problems at the Figueroa and it didn’t make or break our time in LA. This just wasn’t my idea of a distinctive stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An unexpected oasis amidst an urban metropolis, Hotel Figueroa is a timeless and enduring gem in downtown Los Angeles. Located just a stone's throw from L.A. Live, Staples Center, and the Los Angeles Convention Center, this beloved downtown LA hotel is a true classic, a place that embraces the multicultural history and old-school glamour of southern California, while still remaining friendly, genuine, and completely unpretentious. Hotel Figueroa is one of the most stunning and photogenic boutique hotels in downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1925, the building retains much of its original Spanish Mediterranean architecture and is accentuated by a dramatic decor with rich colors and intricate patterns. Elegant archways with glowing lanterns lead into the hotel lobby, resplendent with its coffered ceilings and ornately painted tiles. The rooms and suites, unique in their bold and colorful style offer the perfect respite from exploring Los Angeles. The city itself is right at the doorstep to Hotel Figueroa. Our L.A. boutique hotel is a gateway to all that is downtown Los Angeles, a burgeoning center of arts, culture, dining, and nightlife. Just across the street is L.A. Live, home to Nokia Theatre, Staples Center, and the Los Angeles Convention Center. The neighborhood is also abundant with restaurants, cafes, bars, lounges, and clubs. From Michelin-starred chefs and multicultural cuisine to whiskey bars and sultry speakeasies, it's no wonder that GQ magazine calls downtown Los Angeles "America's Next Great City." So whether you're heading downtown for business, pleasure or you simply want to enjoy the Lakers game-Hotel Figueroa promises a stay that has that authentic L.A. feel and is truly unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Figueroa Hotel Los Angeles