The Best Hotels to Book in Downtown Los Angeles

Your spot in the sun comes with a dash of history at the century-old Hotel Figueroa in Downtown LA
Your spot in the sun comes with a dash of history at the century-old Hotel Figueroa in Downtown LA | Courtesy of Hotel Figueroa, Unbound Collection by Hyatt / Booking.com
Kalena McElroy

The City of Angels has a dazzling Downtown replete with gourmet restaurants, art installations and old Hollywood-style speakeasies. Amidst soaring skyscrapers and architectural wonders like the Walt Disney Concert Hall, there are a number of historical buildings that now house hotels with sun-soaked rooftop pools. If you favor city life over beach vibes, Downtown offers some of the trendiest hotels in LA. It’s also home to a diverse patchwork of neighborhoods, stretching from Little Tokyo to Chinatown to the Arts District. Here is our pick of the best hotels in Downtown LA, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. CitizenM Los Angeles Downtown, for a stylish stay in the heart of LA

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Cool and colorful lobby area with high ceilings and array of white Chinese-style lanterns at citizenM Los Angeles Downtown
Courtesy of citizenM Los Angeles Downtown / Booking.com

Few Los Angeles downtown hotels can compete with the well-rounded package of practicality and style offered by this cool base near the landmark Bradbury Building. Also in the neighborhood are the bulging shelves of the Last Bookstore and the 30,000sqft (2,800sqm) Grand Central Market’s global food stalls. Whether you’re visiting LA for business or leisure, this CitizenM hotel will tick your boxes with its pop-art-adorned restaurant and lounge, as well as rooms with XL beds, mood lighting and blackout blinds.

2. Los Angeles Athletic Club, for a club atmosphere with excellent facilities

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Stylish lounge space with dark blue velvet chairs, Chesterfield sofa and Persian rug at Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel
Courtesy of Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel / Expedia.com

This boutique hotel in a 12-story landmark building is part of a private club with more than 125 years of history, giving guests access to an exclusive environment with a range of facilities. Dine in the wood-paneled Famous Players bistro, savor a craft cocktail in the speakeasy-style Invention bar or grab a wellness bowl at the Hercules Beach rooftop gym. The sports facilities and activities program include morning yoga, training sessions, a spa and squash, basketball, volleyball and handball courts.

3. The Wayfarer Downtown LA, for making new friends

Boutique Hotel

Hip guest room with under-bed lighting, blinds painted with winking eyes and framed prints at the Wayfarer Downtown LA
Courtesy of Wayfarer Downtown LA / Booking.com

This hip hotel reflects its vibrant urban setting through playful touches, from complimentary drinks and blinds painted with winking eyes in the rooms, to the Gaslighter Social Club restaurant’s dangling book mobiles and pour-your-own beer taps. Check in and hang out in the whimsical Lilly Rose basement bar, where mixology cocktails compete for attention with burlesque acts, or climb to the rooftop bar-restaurant to toast a Californian sunset. The emphasis is on socializing and discovering the spirit of LA, with plenty of advice on the coolest local sights and activities.

4. Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, for design-forward rooms

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Minimalist double room with exposed-concrete ceilings and geometric bed linens at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Courtesy of Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles / Booking.com

The Ace Hotel is set in the historic United Artists Building, which was built in the 1920s. Rooms have a minimalist approach – set with raw concrete beams, Mondrian-style bedspreads and thoughtful details such as organic mattresses and original works by local artists. Suites, on the other hand, are a musician’s dream and come with the added perks of an acoustic Martin guitar and Ace x Rega RP1 turntable. If you can, catch a show and admire the intricate Gothic-style detailing of the cathedral-like theatre.

5. JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live, for proximity to LA Live

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Upscale double room in soothing light blue and tan hues with panoramic city views at JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live
Courtesy of JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live / Hotels.com

Sports fans and concertgoers can conveniently stay the night right next to the Staples Center in the LA Live entertainment complex. It’s also close to a wide array of sports bars and eateries, including Yard House and Katsuya, as well as a bowling alley, a movie theater and the Grammy Museum. The 4.5-star JW Marriott features an elegant lobby, a sun-drenched pool and patio, a host of dining options and a luxury spa with special CBD treatments.

6. Hotel Figueroa Downtown Los Angeles, for art lovers

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Spanish colonial-style suite with arched wall to bedroom alcove with artwork at Hotel Figueroa, Downtown Los Angeles
Courtesy of Hotel Figueroa, Unbound Collection by Hyatt / Booking.com

The 1926 Spanish colonial-era building first housed a women-only YWCA hostel, and it has remained an inclusive and significant locale for the creatives and intellectuals of Downtown LA. Hotel Figueroa has an impressive art collection, with temporary and permanent pieces from local sculptors, photographers, painters and mixed-media artists. It’s impossible to miss the hotel’s emblematic floral mural that rises from behind the unusual coffin-shaped pool. The rooms are styled with both historical and modern touches in mind – expect an unconventional blend of glass, metal, tile, wood and leather details.

7. Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles, for movie buffs

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Refined king room with antique-style furnishings, red velvet accents and city views at Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
Courtesy of Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles / Booking.com
You may recognize the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles hotel from one of the numerous blockbuster movies and TV shows filmed here. Hits such as Ghostbusters (1984), Fight Club (1999), Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Entourage, Glee and many other productions feature various parts of this historic landmark. The glitz of Old Hollywood comes to life with marble columns, painted ceilings and sparkling chandeliers, making the lobby alone worthy of a sightseeing stop. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room and indoor pool, or enjoy afternoon tea at Rendezvous Court, an interior space with high wood-beam ceilings, marble fountains and a baroque double staircase used in Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Mad Men.

8. The NoMad Hotel Los Angeles, for a remarkable rooftop pool

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Snug double room with array of framed art pieces and designer wall lamps at the NoMad Los Angeles
Courtesy of the NoMad Los Angeles / Booking.com

Located at the center of Downtown LA’s Financial District, the NoMad Hotel has the neoclassical facade of what used to be the headquarters of the Bank of Italy. It’s distinctly Italian throughout, with grand marble tables and terrazzo floors. Blue and gold guest rooms are decorated with original art, while freestanding pedestal baths and custom-made argan toiletries await in the bathrooms. The tropical rooftop pool is a particular highlight – a fireplace sits in the open mouth of a stone demigod, and the bar serves up tongue-in-cheek cocktails with names such as Pretty and Basic.

9. Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, for a VIP welcome for pets

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Hollywood-themed bedroom with large wall mural and film-style light at Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
Courtesy of Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown / Hotels.com

The upscale Hotel Indigo features luxe amenities – bath products by Jonathan Adler and a private limo service, among others. Pets are treated like VIPs, too, with a special “doggie happy-hour menu” that includes homemade ice cream. The rooms dazzle at night with views of the city lights and feature artworks that glorify the wild LA nightlife and the Downtown neighborhood. Lounge in a cabana at the pool’s edge, or explore the many attractions, shops and restaurants right outside the door for a day of sightseeing.

10. The Hoxton, Downtown LA, for signature cocktails

Chain Hotel, Hotel

Retro-chic guest room in neutral tones with salmon velvet chair at the Hoxton, Downtown Los Angeles
Courtesy of the Hoxton / Expedia

The Hoxton is in a pale honey-hued Beaux Arts building that has seen life as a railway headquarters, garment manufacturer and candy store before becoming a hip hotel. Inside are all manner of treasures – a rooftop pool is overlooked by sage sofas and fringed poufs, and bookended by the hotel’s Mediterranean-inspired bar and restaurant, Pilot. After a few Nautical by Nature cocktails and the acclaimed chips and caviar, you can crash in rooms that range from Snug to Biggy, with touches such as handpicked books, retro Roberts radios and undulating rattan headboards.

The Culture Trip Travel Team contributed additional reporting to this article.

If you want to treat yourself, check into one of these top luxury hotels in LA. If you’re on a budget, you’ll want to see these cheap hotels in Downtown Los Angeles – and book your stay now on Culture Trip.

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