The Historic Hotel Figueroa Guide | DTLA
Have you ever fallen in love with a town? A building? A place that just kind of speaks to you?
For me, it was always been Downtown Los Angeles. "Just East of all the bullsh*t", I would proclaim in my younger days. Oh, how I loved it. Kind of dark, kind of gritty, yet so chic in a the coolest of ways. Something about Downtown that has always felt a little more real. A little less Hollywood.
I'm happy to report that all these years later, it still absolutely speaks to me. However, I'm a mom tasked with the most amazing job of raising incredible humans. So a trip Downtown is a rare indulgence these days.
But, a few nights ago, hubby and I, along with some friends, headed Downtown to watch Ovo, the latest Cirque du Soleil show to visit Los Angeles. I'm not going to make you wait until the very end of this piece to give you my honest review of the show. Let's dive right in; we gave it a solid C+.
The acrobatics were great as always, all Cirque du Soleil shows are magical and have this ability to transport the audience to worlds beyond our comprehension. The performer’s are awe inspiring with their astounding talents as they contort or effortlessly fly through the air. But, all of the clown chitchat in between was cute and sweet and a little bit boring. But, that's not the story here. The story is, the magical Hotel Figueroa.
"One of the longest-standing hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is an iconic beacon of progress in an ever-evolving city. Following a dazzling, two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish Colonial splendor, the hotel has re-emerged as an urban oasis in L.A.’s cultural epicenter.
With 268 rooms & suites spread over 14 floors and a coffin-shaped pool nestled within a botanical oasis in L.A.’s most dynamic neighborhood, Hotel Figueroa is as renowned for its substance as for its style. First commissioned nearly a century ago as an exclusive haven for professional women travelers—a rarity at the time—the hotel’s roots as a bastion of social progress and creativity run deep."
Whether we were sipping whiskey and shooting pool at Seven Grand or dining at Bottega Louie, in my youth, we always ended up poolside at Hotel Figueroa. There was simply an intrigue to this stunning historic building that drew me. So I was beyond excited to hear that my husband booked the Rest and Relax Suite for the night.
You can see our room tour HERE.
With four eateries and bars on property, Hotel Figueroa wins Downtown LA. And while the LA Live complex is just across the street from the hotel, most of their restaurant close earlier than those at the hotel, making it a wonderful late night option.
La Casita is a coastal inspired poolside lounge and bar. Chef Jan Claudio serves a menu, befitting the vibe at La Casita, DTLA’s urban oasis. Featuring tasty Mediterranean & Contemporary Italian organic-fare paired with a great selection of hand-crafted cocktails
Open for Light Bites & Cocktails:
Friday: 5pm-2am, last seating 12:00am
Saturday: 5pm-2am, last seating 12:00am
Sunday – Thursday: Closed
Sparrow is a modern coastal Italian restaurant located at Hotel Figueroa, the award-winning preserved treasure in Downtown Los Angeles. Sparrow features an expansive menu by Chef AJ McCloud and Chef Jan Claudio consisting of comforting Italian and Mediterranean classics with creative twists, offering a selection of pasta, pizzas, and other wood-fired creations that exude bold flavors and high-quality, sustainable, and organic ingredients. Its cuisines are complemented by adventurous mixology that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the finest spirits to craft dynamic cocktails all rooted in the flavors of Italy. Offering a resort-like respite, Sparrow’s signature design transports guests to the enchanting southern European coast. The restaurant features a cathedral-like entryway, velvet draped arches, modern light fixtures, and the use of marble, tile insets, and wood, all contributing to the romantic Coastal Italian and Mediterranean aesthetic.
TIP: If you plan to eat at Sparrow, do make reservations as it books fast and you will not be able to get seated without a reservation.
Open for Dinner:
Wednesday: 5pm-11pm, last seating 10:30pm (Noble 33 Members Night)
Thursday: 5pm-12am, last seating 11:30pm
Friday: 5pm-12am, last seating 11:30pm
Saturday: 5pm-12am, last seating 11:30pm
Sunday: 5pm-11pm, last seating 10:30pm
Happy Hour at Sparrow:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 4pm-6pm, patio only.
Bar Magnolia offers classic cocktails and a light, all-day small plates menu by Cafe Fig. Spanish colonial architecture is offset with modern art installations, creating a distinctly Downtown LA experience. Combined with its elegantly curved bar and plush lounge seating, Bar Magnolia is not only home to DTLA’s most vibrant Happy Hour, but a stylish cocktail destination all hours of the day for locals and visitors alike. Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – works with Cafe hours, extended for late night/bar service:
Breakfast 7am-11:30am, lunch & dinner 12pm-10pm, last seating 9:30pm
Open til 12am on Lakers game nights & select performance / event nights
Sunday: 11:30-10 pm
Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm (Bar & Lobby Lounge only)
Cafe Fig's culinary team uses classic recipes infused with unique, natural ingredients, to reimagine iconic dishes with Mediterranean, Southwest, and Continental influences. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner made fresh, organic, and sustainable products, along with vegan and gluten free options. Don't skip out on their coffee and tea options!
Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner:
breakfast 7am-11:30am, lunch & dinner 12pm-10pm, last seating 9:30pm