Koreatown is LA’s only 24-hour neighbourhood and Downtown is responsible for the creative tidal wave that has transformed the previously bland financial district. Enter the real hub of LA’s entertainment industry. We’re not talking movie producers and stars, we’re talking all-night street food, blaring karaoke bars and street murals that make you question if you really care who Banksy is.


Arts District Firehouse Hotel

Sharing pavement space with the cult Italian restaurant Bestia (which has long been credited with kick-starting the Arts District’s revival), the Arts District Firehouse Hotel is the buzzy neighbourhood’s first bolthole. Behind the 1927 fire station’s big and bold Coke-can red doors is a nine-bedroom hotel, restaurant and retail space with a playful, 70s feel. Design touches are bold and the rainbow-named rooms wouldn’t look out of place on a Wes Anderson film set. Primary-coloured arches frame beds; one room’s bathroom is bedecked in two-tone pink mosaic-tiles; in others, candyfloss-pink velvet stools and custom-designed mint-green chandeliers add to the whimsical feel.

  • +1 213 947 3010
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  • 710 South Santa Fe Avenue
    Los Angeles

Hotel Figueroa

Formerly a women’s-only YWCA hostel and then a Moroccan-meets-Scandinavian designed hotel (it’s better not to ask), Hotel Figueroa has, after an intensive four-year restoration, finally found its feet. Terracotta-tiled roofing, wrought-iron chandeliers and cactus plants that line the coffin-shaped pool give it a smart Spanish Hacienda feel, while the female-centric art collection nods to its past. Spot the fig leaf mural on the back of the building designed by Bella Gomez. In a city that’s grappling with the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, “The Fig” looks to the future by celebrating female empowerment. You’ll see the female leadership logo, an inverted triangle, etched into walls and above fireplaces, and a portrait of the US’s first female hotel manager, Maude Bouldin, hanging above the check-in desk.

  • +1 866 734 6018
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  • 939 South Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles

Tuck Hotel

Has a neighbourhood really received a makeover until a former brothel has been repurposed? Step forward the Tuck Hotel, who now occupies a warehouse-cum-brothel that used to rent rooms by the hour, as opposed to the night. Interiors are seductive and moody; rooms are decorated in polished concrete, navy and black, with do-not-disturb signs reading “tuck off” hanging from the doors. Check-in takes place at the bar where you’re greeted with an expertly mixed cocktail and your key, before being shown some of the locally curated artwork on the walls. All of it is for sale, giving communal areas a gallery feel. It’s the Downtown resident rebel that throws two fingers up to the pastel and palm-print-everything trend.

  • +1 213 947 3815
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  • 820 South Spring Street
    Los Angeles

The Hoxton

The Hoxton’s third American outpost mixes Cali cool with its East London roots. Occupying the former LA Railway Authority building, the ten-storey building will debut the group’s first rooftop pool filled with pastel parasols, palm prints and Pilot, a rooftop restaurant serving Mediterranean fare. Each of the four room categories – Snug, Cosy, Roomy and Biggy – are bedecked with chevron floors, burl wood furniture and rattan headboards. The latter are set to be a sure-fire Instagram hit. For the band of creatives that are always hot on The Hoxton heels, they’ll recognise the scattered House of Hackney fabrics that pay homage to its East London DNA.

The Line

Parked between Hollywood and Downtown, The Line is immersed in the city’s happening Koreatown district. The mid-century property channels industrial chic with concrete-clad walls, minimalist rooms and coffee table replica cities made from books. Night owls seek refuge in Break Room 86, another Houston brothers venture. Breaking away from their previous prohibition bars, it’s a time warp back to the 80s with karaoke suites and boozy ice pops. Complementary Saturday morning yoga will leave you free of any hangovers and the on-site bicycles give you an alternative to sitting in an Uber.

  • +1 213 381 7411
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  • 3515 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles

Ace Hotel

Proving once again that the Ace Hotel chain is a winning hand when it comes to accommodating creatives, their Downtown Los Angeles residence is arguably the best in their growing global portfolio. Set in the historic United Arts building, the ornate gothic architecture and stone spirals are reminiscent of the Sagrada Familia. Combined with the chequered floors, cowhide rugs and local artwork, the result is shabby, old-school glamour. Near-nightly events take place at Upstairs’ bunker-like bar and range from cutting-edge DJs spinning vinyl-only sets to $1 oyster evenings. Downstairs you’ll find the 1927 theatre hosting a roster of alternative music-led events, a coffee shop, gym and, of course, plenty of black-clad freelancers.

The Standard

As per the usual, er, standard of The Standard, everything manages to be oversized but understated, simple yet incredibly impressive. The lobby is covered in a quarry of marble, the heated rooftop pool serves German beer and pretzels and the basement is a ping-pong club. Smack-bang in the centre of Downtown and only a few minutes walk from the Staples centre, rooms are playful with s showers, video games and 60s-style décor.

The NoMad Hotel

The newly opened NoMad Los Angeles embodies the 1920s neo-Classical atmosphere that’s straight out of old Hollywood. Taking residence in the 12-story Gianni building, which was the former Bank of Italy, the hotel plays on its Italian origins with towering Doric columns, marble floors and beautifully restored original gold and blue Italinate lobby ceiling. The 241 rooms, designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, feature king-size beds, Terrazzo-floored walk-in showers and Persian rugs. What’s really got DTLA excited though is chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidaras (of World’s Best Restaurant Eleven Madison Park) have taken charge of the lobby restaurant-bar, all-day Venetian-style café and formal dining room.

  • +1 213-358-0000
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  • 649 S Olive Street
    Los Angeles
    CA 90014

Los Angeles Athletics Club

It’s not just your active wear that you need to stay here, but an exclusive membership to boot. Set in an historic building, membership is included in your first night’s stay and grants you access to explore all 12 floors. Rooms are stylishly decorated in jewel tones with high-back leather chairs and sumptuous beds. Charlie Chaplin once resided here and their guestbook continues to be heavily star-studded. As expected, the wellness facilities are unrivalled with a state-of-the-art gym, squash courts, basketball courts and an Olympic-size swimming pool. LAAC was the city’s first private members club, and after 125 years remains the centre for fitness culture in southern California.

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