Years ago this was the Mallory Hotel, which started life pretty grand back in 1912, but by the 1990s was in need of a facelift. (A notable exception being the hotel’s famous Driftwood Room, a classic and much-cherished time capsule of the 1950s.) The revamped hotel has a Southern California vibe, dressed as it is in pastel yellows and greens. It also takes on a Golden Age of Hollywood theme (color by Deluxe, remember?) by using black and white stills from classic movies to decorate the hallways and rooms—each floor is devoted to a separate director. The least expensive rooms are pretty modest in size, but the double-queen rooms and suites are generously large, some with walk-in closets. Bathrooms are white, gray, and gleaming chrome, with marble floors, tiled walls, and pedestal sinks. You can open the windows—a crack, anyway—and won’t be bothered by traffic noise. There’s a small fitness room with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. Gracie’s, the hotel restaurant, serves unfussy American cuisine. The deLuxe is in a slightly off-center part of downtown, just west of the I-5 freeway. Everything downtown, including destination restaurants like Tasty n Alder, is within a short walking distance, and MAX light rail is about a block away, so you can get all over the city with ease.