Of the spate of newly built (2017) hotel high-rises in Los Angeles' downtown district, the Indigo is among the more thoughtful, having based many of its design decisions either on celebrating the city's non-Hollywood history (i.e. its real history) with old photos and allusions, or on bringing big views of the town into your room via giant plate glass windows. Also, as it's a custom-built property and not a rehab of an antique, rooms are big enough (King Standards are up to 357 sq. ft.) and uncluttered enough to satisfy modern requirements—higher floors have some sensational views all the way to the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica. Because room floors are hardwood and windows are so glassy, there's a cheerful, bright aspect to your quarters. There's a lot to like: a location close to the Staples Center/LA Live, five elevators (so no congestion), pet-friendly rules, an 18th-floor bar-lounge (sadly, only open Weds–Sun evenings), and a lobby restaurant, Metropole Bar+Kitchen, that surpasses the hotel dining room norm by providing well-cooked comfort food (popcorn shrimp, 12-hour braised beef) that's been translated and made more delicate for sophisticated palates. If there are some negatives (all surmountable), they might be that its immediate neighborhood is a little dry (walk 10 minutes east for better stuff), that finding its driveway amid the one-way streets may require some acrobatics from your GPS system, and that despite a fresh design that includes outlets built into the cushioned headboards, there's still no outlet at your desk. A block away, perfect for breakfast, you'll find the LA institution of The Original Pantry, a diner that has never closed in nearly a century. Also, the hotel partners with Cartwheel Tours, a great local outfit, to take guests into the hidden underground tunnels from the city's Prohibition days—ask at the front desk for how to book that walking tour.
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Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown
899 Francisco St., Los Angeles
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Phone 213/232-8800 Prices Doubles from $234 Units 350 units Amenities Restaurant/bar, penthouse bar/lounge, grab-and-go snack kiosk, 24-hr. fitness center, business center, no self-parking, valet parking $42/day, free Wi-Fi Web site Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown