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This unabashedly idiosyncratic standby for budget travelers is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of place. Through no doings of its own, it now stands in a rapidly gentrifying patch of Downtown, just a couple of blocks from the lofty Ritz and JW and across the street from L.A. LIVE. The 12-story, 1926 Spanish Colonial building began life as a YWCA residence, and the architecture is evident in the beamed ceilings, fans, and tile flooring in the lobby of “The Fig”.  The kaleidoscope of styles and colors was given a renovation refresh in 2016 and old Moroccan flourishes were discarded for pleasing slates and putties. The hotel’s age effectively filters out corporate guests accustomed to the Ritz or even Holiday Inn; its international clientele veers toward bohemian types who value sensation over perfection. But the garden Verandah bar by the mosaic-tiled pool and Jacuzzi is a favorite cooling-off spot for locals and tourists alike.