A staycation, for those who've never taken one, is a vacation you enjoy in your very own city. A staycation has two rules: no work...and no chores. It's your chance to try out that new restaurant down the street, take a stroll under the stars, and may even be an opportunity to fall in love all over again with the neighborhood you call home. Join me while I explore four staycation destinations here in Downtown LA.
Hotel Figueroa opened in 1926 by YWCA, and became a hotel just three years later. In 1976, it was given a Moroccan makeover after years of being a residential hotel for tourists on a budget. The hotel has recently re-emerged from a two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish Colonial splendor. Once you step inside, you'll discover locally sourced art, and an iconic coffin-shaped pool within a botanical hideaway. With an emphasis on natural light, the building was redesigned featuring white walls, wood floors and exposed wooden beams. Feel like splurging? Make sure to book one of their suites, which I've heard one of them has a hidden passageway that leads to an event space. For the foodies, make sure to experience Breva and Veranda. After dinner, visit Rick's for a lively neighborhood vibe complete with coastal and tropical-inspired cocktails.
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Step into the once thriving headquarters of the Bank of Italy building from the 1920's, that has recently been fully restored. From the building's gold and blue Italianate lobby ceiling to the rooftop pool with gorgeous city views, you'll feel like you're not in Downtown anymore. Start your day with a rooftop dining experience, where you'll enjoy sweeping skyline views, delicious lunch, and the lushly appointed pool. After your busy day full of relaxation, head on over to the Giannini Bar for a selection of classic and hand-crafted cocktails. Need some alone time? Head back to your room for a relaxing soak in your freestanding pedestal bathtub. Aaahhh...
If you're in the mood for vintage glamour, then check in to the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles. At the time of its opening in 1923, the Biltmore was the largest hotel west of Chicago, and in 1969 it was designated a historical Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument. A walk down these hallways is a walk among Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Warner, and Mary Pickford. The lobby as you see it today was originally the Music Room, which held fashionable tea dances in the early 1930s, and the hotel's indoor pool, which was modeled after the decks of 1920s luxury cruise liners, is still in use. After taking a dip and working up an appetite, check out Smeraldi's Restaurant for fresco Italian delights or Bugis Street Brasserie, where you can indulge in Singaporean-Chinese cuisine. Wrap up your evening at the Gallery Bar and Cognac Room where you can go back in time and enjoy a true classic cocktail. Cheers!
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Hotel Indigo LA Downtown is a new urban oasis for those looking to re-discover the vibrant history of Los Angeles. The hotel is located just one block from LA Live, which is home to the Staples Center. You'll take in hints of pre-Hollywood glamour while being surrounded by floral accents that are inspired by La Fiesta de La Flores (Flower Festival in the City of Medellin). Once you step into your room, you'll take in city views from your floor-to-ceiling windows. Oh, and what's a staycation without your favorite four-legged friend? Fido...or Heming, is welcomed to enjoy your time away from home with you.
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