A historic hotel returns to its roots.
Dating back to the roaring 1920s, Hotel Figueroa began as a YWCA-sponsored boarding house for women, by women. The elegant Spanish Colonial edifice, designed by architecture firm Santon, Reed & Hibbard, underwent a series of transformations in subsequent decades. Now, it’s entering a new era as a contemporary 270-room hotel. The décor, envisioned by LA-based interior design firm Studio Collective, recalls the property’s Spanish roots—rustic exposed beams, painted tiles, arched entryways—but in a modern-day context. Wrought iron accents and leather-panelled bed frames lend a hard edge; diaphanous drapery and delicate abstract art confer a softer touch. The rooftop pool continues the south-of-the-border feel, with of clay tile, hexagonal motifs, and a towering, Mission-inspired hearth dividing the clean-lined bar from the verdant courtyard. Downstairs, front-facing venues are designed to continue Hotel Figueroa’s legacy as a hub for LA’s creatives: craft cocktails, farm-to-table, Basque-influenced cuisine, the works.