In the midst of the sometimes-seedy pickings for downtown Los Angeles lodging is the Figueroa Hotel. Owner Uno Thimansson has transformed a 1925-vintage former YWCA residence into a funky and lovely moderately priced hotel The 12-story property straddles the line between Moroccan and Mexican style, with beamed ceilings and soaring columns, tile flooring, ceiling fans, Moroccan chandeliers, giant floor pillows, Moroccan poufs, Persian kilims, and exotic fabrics draped from the ceiling. The comfy, cozy, and dimly lit guest rooms feature details such as wrought-iron headboards, canopies, Indian fabrics, and heavy drapery. If you need to tie one on, head back to the deck, where you'll find a mosaic-tiled pool and Jacuzzi and the Verandah Bar, where mixed drinks start at around $7.
Home Away From Home: L.A.'s Figueroa Hotel