Rates from US$249
Once derelict and overlooked, downtown L.A. is on the rise. This hotel, a glassy 350-room, 18-storey tower, which opened last year as part of the US$1 billion Metropolis development, provides the perfect base from which to explore the city. And, it’s just a block from the shops, restaurants and concert halls of L.A. Live, an entertainment complex located across from the Staples Center (home to four major sports teams and the Grammy Awards). Keeping with the hotel group’s tradition of capturing the feel of the property’s surrounding neighbourhood, the rooms are a mix of vintage decor and vaudeville glam. The hotel bar—playing eclectic tunes and stirring up classic cocktails—celebrates the area’s history as a hotbed of speakeasies. Meanwhile architectural touches such as two booths tucked under low arches in the hotel restaurant are a reference to the network of tunnels running under downtown.
Nearby: Down the block is the Original Pantry Cafe, a 24-hour diner that opened in 1924 and has never locked its doors (they don’t even have locks).
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