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Meet the ghosts at LA’s most haunted hotels
Just in time to schedule a spooky Halloween staycation
Los Angeles has many well-haunted landmarks , and Hollywood is at least partially to blame —and thank—for that. Many of the town’s ghosts are film stars: Rudolph Valentino, Carole Lombard, and Marilyn Monroe. Some of them even haunt more than one location. They tend to like hotels—they lived fabulous lives when they were alive, after all—and so do lots of lesser-known ghosts, mysterious little kids, angry teenagers, and silent adults alike.
Below, the spooky histories of seven paranormally-blessed hotels in the Los Angeles area, and an introduction to each of their ghostly presences. Some have been converted to apartment buildings, while others operate as hotels; boo k with caution.
Converted to a hotel in the 1930s, Chateau Marmont, the exclusive and elegant hotel off the Sunset Strip, has become a hideaway for celebrities. For some, including Britney Spears and Jim Morrison, it has been the setting for meltdowns, affairs, and drunken shenanigans .
John Belushi liked to party here so much, it would make sense he’d stop by in the afterlife. People say Bungalow No. 3, where he fatally overdosed in 1982, is the site of strange occurrences. The most disturbing story involves a toddler whose family stayed there for a stint in 1999. As the Travel Channel tells it , his parents would hear him laughing alone. They got up the nerve to ask him why, and he responded, “The funny man.” Then, “when his mother was leafing through a book of celebrity guests of Chateau Marmont, the boy pointed to John Belushi and exclaimed, ‘The funny man!’”
The Knickerbocker Hotel
The Knickerbocker Hotel, around since the 1920s, began its life as an apartment building. But it wasn't until it became a hotel that it became popular with the Hollywood set—producer Louis B. Mayer, inventor/aviator/filmmaker Howard Hughes, actress Betty Grable, and singer/songwriter Johnny Mercer were all guests at one time or another during its heyday. Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio supposedly came to the hotel’s Lido Room bar for clandestine dates, and then, in 1954, spent their honeymoon here.
It’s alleged that Monroe stuck around post-mortem and haunts the the ladies' room; the bar is taken by the ghost of Rudolph Valentino. A maintenance worker told The Hollywood Reporter last year that a woman who threw herself off the roof also continues to haunt the Knickerbocker (since converted to senior apartments). “Many have seen her. When I work in the basement, shadows go by and doors close and open by themselves.” He might have been referring to dress-designer-to-the-stars Irene (aka Mrs. Irene Gibbons), who threw herself off the eleventh floor of the building in 1962, according to an Los Angeles Times report from November 16 of that year. Who’s not haunting the Knickerbocker? Harry Houdini. His wife tried for a decade to contact him via an annual séance on the roof, but he never made an appearance.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
The Biltmore opened in 1923 and was the talk of the town. Built at a cost of almost $9 million, it had such luxurious conveniences as a bath in every room. From 1935 to 1939, the Biltmore hosted the Academy Awards and during World War II, the hotel became a “rest and recreation facility” for soldiers. Naturally, all that history means it’s a supernatural magnet. (Fitting that it played a Slimer-haunted hotel in the Ghostbusters .)
From the lobby to the roof, paranormal activity has been reported at the Biltmore. There’s a nurse ghost on the second floor, a creepy little girl ghost on the ninth floor, and, according to one account , “a boy with no face” on the roof. The most famous ghost reportedly hiding out in here is the ghost of Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia. The story goes that this hotel was one of the last places Short was seen alive before she was brutally murdered. Short’s ghost has been seen on the tenth and eleventh floors, but also in the lobby.
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
The glamorous Roosevelt opened in 1927 right in the thick of Hollywood and, as such, has a star-studded history. It was often used for movie premiere after-parties, and it hosted the first Oscars. The Roosevelt's clientele and striking Spanish Colonial Revival-style architecture “helped shape the image and myth of Hollywood as a place of glamour and luxury,” argues a 2010 survey of Hollywood-area historic resources.
Not even death can keep many of those stars away now. Marilyn Monroe, the busiest ghost in the biz, supposedly haunts her old room (1200), where she lived as her fame grew; it’s rumored that her first ad was shot at the Roosevelt’s pool.
“Many see Marilyn in the mirror. They also see a little girl in a blue dress,” a maintenance worker told The Hollywood Reporter . The apparition of silver-screen babe Montgomery Clift has been blamed for patting guests’ shoulders and watching maids in Room 928, where he stayed for three months while filming From Here to Eternity , and the ghost of Carole Lombard has also been spotted floating around the upper floors. In the Blossom Room—where the first Oscars were held— two ghosts have been, um, documented : a presence of a tuxedoed man, and a presence of a man in a white suit. Nothing's worse than an underdressed ghost.
The Alexandria today serves as apartments for low-income tenants, but when it opened in 1923 it was quite luxurious. Guests included presidentsWilliam Howard Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson, plus such celebs of the time as Rudolph Valentino, Theda Bara, Mary Pickford, and Charlie Chaplin.
The ballroom on the second floor is supposedly haunted by a handful of dancers. “An angry teenager” has been spotted in Charlie Chaplin’s old suite. Rudolph Valentino, when he’s not over at the Knickerbocker, swings by the Alexandria to skulk around his old 12th-floor room. He may or may not be alone: A manager told The Hollywood Reporter that “a famous person” died on the 12th floor.
This eight-story Santa Monica hotel was the one of the tallest in town when it opened in 1933. Its “ocean views, speakeasy and Art Deco design” helped it to appeal to Hollywood types looking to escape; Carole Lombard and Clark Gable were known to stop by, the Santa Monica Daily Press has reported . (It’s rumored that their meetings took place when Gable was still married to his previous wife.) Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, and big-name gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone were also frequent visitors.
In the 1960s, the building was converted to apartments; in the 1990s, it returned to hotel form. All that back and forth must have confused some spirits and left them stuck there—a sales rep for the hotel told the Daily Press , “One of our overnight officers tells a story about getting a telephone call from a guest room that was not occupied and he just heard giggling. A guest claims to have checked into their room, put their stuff down and jumped into the shower. When they came out the television was on, the bed was open and the suitcase was empty.”
The former speakeasy became a bar after Prohibition (which ended the year the hotel opened) and is supposedly super-haunted: “At many times when the restaurant is completely empty, employees have heard loud sighs, gasps and have been startled by a disembodied voice who greets them with, ‘Good Morning.’”
The Cecil Hotel
The Cecil Hotel opened in 1925 as a well-furnished hostelry frequented by respectable people. It didn’t have a long heyday, as KPCC has noted —already, “all the action had sort of shifted to the Biltmore Hotel to start a long slow deterioration into burlesque halls and pawn shops.” It was downhill from there, with murders in the 1920 and 1930s; as Downtown became more and more shabby, the Cecil became the kind of place where hung out: both The Nightstalker (Richard Ramirez) and Austrian killer Jack Unterweger spent time there.
The Cecil Hotel may have rebranded itself recently as The Stay on Main, but it just can’t shake its rep as a place where scary things happen. In 2013, a tourist staying at the hotel went missing for weeks, and was eventually found in the hotel’s rooftop cistern. (Yes, people had been showering in and drinking that water.) That story, along with the Cecil's whole sordid past, inspired the current season of American Horror Story . In real life, the ghost of a boy has reportedly been photographed outside a fourth floor window, but there's no way that's the only spirit still lurking around.
A 1920s YWCA turned hotel, this boutique inn has been thoroughly remodeled into a fashionable hotel. But a grisly history, which, according to the LA Weekly , includes two murders and a suicide, can’t be renovated away. One of the murder victims was Cecilia Oswald. According to the Weekly , she was killed in April 1950, her naked body discovered in one of the hotel rooms after her partner confessed: “I killed her. I killed her because I loved her.”
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20 Haunted Historic Hotels & Bar In L.A.
Looking for some real spooks this holiday season? No need to buy a ticket to a manufactured haunted house. Among the glitz and glamour, Los Angeles is filled with its own ghosts. This Halloween, spy on spirits while sipping cocktails at these reportedly haunted hotels and bars. Mwahahaha!
Known simply as “The Black Dahlia” after her gruesome murder, Elizabeth Short was last seen alive at the Biltmore on January 9, 1947. Now, she has a cocktail named after her made with vodka, Chambord black raspberry liqueur and Kahlua, which is a popular order at the Gallery Bar and Cognac Room. In addition to the Dahlia connection, paranormal activity is said to be prevalent at the downtown hotel. The elevator regularly stops on the 8th floor for no reason, guests have reported seeing the ghost of a nurse on the second floor and the ghosts of two kids running across the balcony in the gorgeous Crystal Ballroom. Well-known yogi Paramahansa Yogananda’s spirit allegedly lives here, too. He died in the Music Room (now the lobby) of a heart attack in 1952. Another fun fact: The hotel was featured as the Hotel Sedgewick in 1984’s original “Ghostbusters” film where Ray, Egon and Peter caught “Slimer,” the hungry ghost, in what’s now the lobby.
506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, Millenniumhotels.com; millenniumbiltmore
At Formosa Cafe, guests should keep an eye out for gangster ghosts. Haunted by silhouettes of historic Hollywood icons like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Elvis Presley, there’s one spirit in particular sure to spook: The ghost of Bugsy Siegel. Restored in June 2019 by the 1933 Group, the 80-year-old Hollywood dive bar was well-known as a hide-out for the gangster, and his gambling operations were run out of the old red train car inside Formosa. Siegel’s floor safe is still embedded in the floor under his favorite table, and years ago, a psychic medium was summoned to determine the contents and ask for his permission before it was cracked open. Today, it is exposed and illuminated in its original location. Since they opened the gate, staff and patrons have occasionally reported that he’s been seen and heard by many members of staff (usually making them get busy), clearly still keeping his back to the wall and an eye on the door.
7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, theformosacafe.com; @theformosa
Meet the ghosts of Hotel Figueroa, a fixture of downtown for more than 90 years and one of the City of Angels’ few vintage hotels where downtown’s haunted past comes to life. The pre-revamped property was once where Elizabeth Short, the infamous Black Dahlia, had stayed and played in the 1940s. Today, guests can still feel the presence of Maude Bouldin—the pioneering spirit and first female managing director of the hotel. Bouldin’s shadows still stroll through the lobby and corridors, watching over the hotel. As rumor has it, she still walks through the lobby and corridor making sure everything is just perfect and to her liking.
939 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, Hotelfigueroa.com , @giorgiosdisco
The Georgian Hotel has been a fixture on Ocean Avenue for 80 years. It was one of the first skyscrapers in the area and was once helmed by local pioneer Rosamund Borde. She’d already opened The Windermere Hotel some 20 years before, and it was from there that her sister-in-law Celine went out for a walk to Santa Monica Pier and never returned. Several weeks later, her badly decomposed body was reported “cast up by the sea.” The Windermere is long gone, but guests at the Georgian have heard sighs and gasps in the Veranda Restaurant, which looks out onto the ocean. Grab their special “Georgini” cocktail made with Absolut Vodka and Hpnotiq Liqueur and watch the merciless waves and wonder what happened.
1415 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, Georgianhotel.com , @georgianhotelsm
Perched over Hollywood Boulevard, Yamashiro is known as having one of the best views in town, but it also has century’s worth of spooky history to back it all up. In 1948, Thomas O. Glover bought this exotic hillside Japanese-inspired bungalow from the previous owners where it once operated a brothel. He and his wife are said to still walk the inner courtyard where their ashes were laid to rest. And that’s just the beginning. Nighttime security guards have consistently reported strange bumps in the night. Feeling brave? Reserve table 9 in the Sunset Room. It’s said to be the place where an unhappy lady spirit sits, waiting endlessly for her guest to arrive.
1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Los Angeles, Yamashirohollywood.com , @yamashirola
Located on the Sunset Strip, Chateau Marmont has a star-studded history of spooks. Comedian John Belushi was found dead in Bungalow 3 after a hard night of partying in 1982, while doomed starlets such as Sharon Tate and Natalie Wood stayed here shortly before their deaths. Guests and hotel employees have reported windows opening on their own, furniture moving, the sounds of voices when no one’s there and even apparitions of floating heads. Ghosts of famous celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Howard Hughes, Boris Karloff and Jim Morrison have also been said to have made appearances at the Chateau. Spy on these spirits while sipping on a martini inside the lobby bar or at a cozy table on the idyllic garden terrace.
8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Chateaumarmont.com ; @chateaumarmont
Culver City founder Harry Culver is still said to stroll the creaky corridors of the Culver Hotel. His offices were on the second floor of the fine historic hotel and since his death in 1946, it’s said that staff members occasionally see his ghost wandering around and hear the windows in his personal office bang shut unexpectedly. There are no bedrooms on this floor but guests are free to wander its corridors and rooms. Toast to him over some jazz music in the Grand Lobby with an Old Blue Eyes cocktail, made with Tito’s Vodka and drunken blue cheese olives.
9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City; Culverhotel.com ; @culver_hotel
Black Rabbit Rose
Black Rabbit Rose is a trendy Houston Brother cozy bar/theater located at the 1917 Hillview Apartments building on Hollywood Boulevard (now known as the Hudson Apartments). The historic four-story building is believed to be haunted by its former residents including stars of the silent film era. The building is rumored to have an obscure occult lineage as well, with traces of a Secret Society whose mysteries and rituals have never been fully disclosed. At the bar, order the Dark Arts made with lemongrass vodka, aloe and activated charcoal.
1719 N. Hudson Ave., Los Angeles; Blackrabbitrose.com ; @blackrabbitrose
The Hollywood Roosevelt
Hollywood Boulevard’s most haunted joint, The Roosevelt, is famous for more than just its Hockney swimming pool. The hotel, which opened in 1927, is crowded with superstar spirits. Shortly after her death, Marilyn Monroe’s image reportedly appeared in a large mirror inside the hotel and has supposedly re-appeared many times since. She has also been seen enjoying her old suite, #1200. Handsome actor Montgomery Clift has been blamed for patting guests’ shoulders and watching maids in Room 928, where he stayed for three months while filming “From Here to Eternity” and the ghost of Carole Lombard has also been spotted floating around the upper floors. In the Blossom Room, where the first Oscars were held, two ghosts, one in a tuxedo and one in a white suit, have been documented. Suicides have happened here too, including former child actor Tom Conlon who checked in one afternoon in 1940 to make his second suicide attempt of the day. Toast to these tragic figures at one of the hotels many bars including the no-menu Library Bar or Spare Room, a prohibition era-style cocktail lounge with a vintage two-lane bowling alley and custom-made wooden board games.
7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles; Thehollywoodroosevelt.com ; @thehollywoodroosevelt
Musso & Frank Grill
As the oldest restaurant in Hollywood, it’s no surprise Musso & Frank Grill has its share of supernatural activity. Opened for nearly 100 years, (it will celebrate its centennial in 2019), Musso & Frank has welcomed many celebrities over the decades with a few lingering in the afterlife. Errol Flynn, Orson Welles and Jean Harlow ghosts have all reportedly been spotted there. Regulars maintain that the ghost of Charlie Chaplin can still be found cozily settled in the booth where he dined every day for years and was always kept ready for him—No. 1 in the Old Room, right by the window. There have also been alleged sightings of a headless spirit running around, whoever that may be.
6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, Mussoandfrank.com , @mussoandfrankgrill
Townhouse and Del Monte Speakeasy
Townhouse is Venice’s oldest bar and its basement, now the home to 1930s-themed Del Monte Speakeasy, was a true speakeasy during the Prohibition era. Back then, the secret bar hid its booze in underground tunnels, which are now used as utility hallways. Some say former proprietor Frank Bennett, who owned the bar from 1972 until his death in 2003, still haunts his favorite corner booth across from the bar. One woman even reported her hair being pulled when she was alone in the bathroom washing her hands. While ghost hunting, we recommend getting in the mood by sipping on the speakeasy’s retro Abbot’s Habit cocktail with Blanco Tequila, white Italian sweet vermouth, chareau, lemon and absinthe.
52 Winward Ave., Venice, Townhousevenice.com , @townhousevenice
Magic Castle, a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts, bills itself as “the most unusual private club in the world.” It’s particularly unusual due to all the unearthly happenings around the Hollywood property. There’s the Houdini Séance Room, where guests come to make contact with the spirit world. In the Haunted Cellar, the ghost of a young girl has been seen wandering the halls. The music room is said to be occupied by a piano-playing ghost named Irma while a phantom bartender named Loren Tate from the days of old has been seen serving up drinks at Hat & Hare (just one of the five bars inside the Castle). Several people have died here too, including the original owner of the house, Rollin B. Lane and a beloved magician who committed suicide just before he was supposed to go on stage.
7001 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, Magiccastle.com , @magiccastle
Did you know your favorite Taco Tuesday spot is actually haunted? El Carmen was first opened by widow Encarnación Gomez in the late 1920s and went on to become notorious on the L.A. scene (the classic line up of Fleetwood Mac was formed over tequilas here back in the 1970s). Employees have long felt cold spots in this restaurant and there have also been mystery gifts of candy found – but from whom? Encarnación, her sister Hortencia and step-daughter Martha were known for being “sweet” long ago so some believe it is their ghosts. Decide for yourself over The Silver Mask cocktail made with a Peligroso Blanco, fresh strawberries, fresh coconut water, coconut liquor, served on the rocks.
8138 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, Elcarmenla.com , @elcarmenla
The King Eddy
Ever heard the urban legend of the “Vanishing Hitchhiker?” Welcome to its roots. This historical landmark, known back in the day as The King Eddy Saloon, reportedly once had a repeat customer, an often inebriated woman, who would show up late at night and flirt with a male patron before asking for a ride to her home in East L.A.. According to the ghost story, a man agreed one night and even offers her his coat to the shivering woman, but on the way home, she demands the driver pull over at the Evergreen Cemetery where she jumps out of the car, still wearing the man’s coat and disappears into the graveyard. When the driver goes to look for her, she is nowhere in sight, but his jacket is found mysteriously draped over a tombstone with the same name she gave him. Total hoax or totally haunted? Decide for yourself over a hard rock show at this now divey Skid Row music venue known simply as The King Eddy.
131 E. 5th St., Los Angeles, kingeddyla.com , @kingeddyla
The Queen Mary
During Halloween season, The R.M.S. Queen Mary in Long Beach turns into Dark Harbor with mazes, spooky characters, rides and thrilling live entertainment. But all that is just for show. The real hauntings date back over 80 years and can experienced aboard the ship year-round. In fact, The Queen Mary has been dubbed one of the “Top 10 Most Haunted Places On Earth” by Time Magazine. Ghosts have been spotted in the Queen Mary’s engine room where “Door 13” has crushed a couple of people to death. In the first-class swimming pool, unused for decades, women have been spotted in 1930s bathing suits wandering the decks. People have also seen a young girl with a teddy bear. In the second class swimming pool, another little girl was said to have drowned. Other ghosts reported around the ship include a young woman in evening dress inside the Queen’s Salon and a 1930s man in one of the first-class staterooms. Supernatural activity including flashing lights, water running, phones ringing and mysterious babies crying have all been reported. The Queen Mary offers a Paranormal Tour and Dining With The Spirits experience. Feeling extra brave? Book a room and let the monsters lurking under your bed keep you company during your stay. Suite room B-340, a former third-class cabin, is notoriously haunted.
1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, Queenmary.com , @thequeenmary
The Comedy Store
The Comedy Store’s building on Sunset Blvd. originally housed Ciro’s, a hot mob hangout in the ’40s and ’50s. The building still has peepholes in the upper walls of the main room that once allowed mobsters to see who was coming and going. Mickey “The King of the Sunset Strip” Cohen used the club as his base of operations. It is now said to be haunted by several hitmen, as well as a woman who performed illegal abortions in the downstairs lounge. Voices and even snarls have been reported coming from the basement. So next time you’re taking in a comedy show, those strange sounds in your head might not be because of the two-drink minimum.
8433 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Thecomedystore.com , @thecomedystore
Talk about some rowdy spirits. Silver Lake’s El Cid is rumored to be one of the active paranormal hotspots in the city. Glasses smashing, lights turning on and off, the bathroom locking from the inside on its own and beer bottles floating across the bar have all been reported here. Some people have also heard guitar playing coming from an empty stage, which some believe is the ghost of Gino D’Auri, a flamenco guitarist who passed away in 2007 at the age of 69.
4212 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Elcidsunset.com , @elcidsunset
Originally built near the Hotel Miramar in 1892, The Victorian was moved to its current location, Heritage Square in Santa Monica, in 1973. Its last caretaker was an elderly lady named Delia and no one is quite sure who she was or where she disappeared to when the house was moved. Some say she never left. Search for her over a glass of whiskey downstairs at the Basement Tavern, upstairs at LGBTQ+ friendly bar The Birdcage or on the patio at the restaurant Mamacitas.
2640 Main St., Santa Monica, thevictorian.com , @thevictoriansm
Clifton’s Republic has a history dating back to the Great Depression. Clifford Clinton founded his cafeteria chain on “pay-what-you-wish” system and he never turned away someone hungry even if they couldn’t pay at all. While that all sounds great, there’s a dark side to the story. His lifelong mistress Terri Richmond became so obsessed with him that she had her ashes scattered at the cafeteria. When the former Clifton’s Brookdale cafeteria, from 1935, was being restored for its grand reopening in 2015. workers continually saw (and even photographed) what was said to be the mistress’ restless spirit. Since then, stories about moving ladders, strange orbs of light and weird occurrences keep coming in; The spooky “forest” theme and taxidermied animal decor only adds to this place’s overall eeriness.
648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Cliftonsla.com , @cliftonsrepublic
All aboard the haunting! Located in the bottom floor of the Gaylord Apartments, the H.M.S. Bounty is a well-preserved 1920s-era nautical bar built by Gaylord Wilshire, for whom Wilshire Boulevard is named. He actually created the Miracle Mile by building it atop the City Dump which had been a popular place to dump murdered bodies as well. Some women who have used Bounty’s ladies’ room have reported feeling pinched, perhaps from the leering phantom real estate developer who was known for his big ego.
3357 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, thehmsbounty.com
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Creepy Haunted Hotels In Los Angeles
Nowhere is the living history of Los Angeles more evident than in its famous - or infamous - hotels. Some have always been occupied and in vogue, such as the Chateau Marmont , while some have made a comeback after several years of being derelict, like the Cecil , which is now known as Stay On Main.
Each building may be different, but they all have at least one thing in common: They're haunted . Staffers, visitors, and paranormal experts have all seen and heard things in these buildings that have no logical explanation. Given the City of Angels' opulent and dark past, it shouldn't be a shock that so many hotels have ghostly residents. The only question is if, in the case of their current restorations, they'll stay that way. Check out this rundown of the most haunted hotels in the Los Angeles area. If you're planning a future visit, consider yourself warned. If you're in some other state, there's still a haunted hotel out there for you .
John Belushi Haunts His Bungalow At The Chateau Marmont
The Chateau Marmont has catered to the rich and famous since day one, and it's still largely off-limits to the general public. Opened in 1929 , the Chateau has seen its share of spectral shenanigans, with guests reporting paranormal activity ranging from moving furniture to the occasional disembodied voice. The ghosts of Howard Hughes and Jim Morrison are said roam the Chateau's halls, and former Saturday Night Live cast member John Belushi is still "living" in one of its private bungalows.
On March 5, 1982, Belushi met his fate in Bungalow 3 after ingesting a massive amount of controlled substances. According to those who have stayed there in the following years, he remains in residence. One family who rented the bungalow in 1999 said their toddler was talking to someone he described as "the funny man" to his parents. When they held up a photo of Belushi, the boy confirmed it was him.
A Friendly Ghost Bids Patrons Hello In The Georgian Hotel Restaurant
Built in 1933, the Georgian catered to a celebrity clientele who wanted to get away from it all at the beach. Located in Santa Monica, the hotel housed a speakeasy during Prohibition and catered to famous folks like Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, gangster Bugsy Siegel, and silent film star Fatty Arbuckle.
Today, it still has its share of visitors - both alive and otherworldly. Staffers have reported seeing and hearing unexplained phenomena in the hotel's restaurant, including apparitions and voices, one of which greets them with "Good morning" when they enter. Whoever it is, or was, at least they are hospitable.
Marilyn Monroe Appears In The Mirror Of Her Suite At The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
In its early days, the Hollywood Roosevelt was a celebrity haunt - the first Oscars ceremony was hosted there - and it's still a playground for the rich and famous today. Two of Hollywood's most iconic stars, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift, are believed to haunt the place. Monroe has allegedly appeared to guests in her old suite (#1200) via its mirrors, and Clift is active in room #928 and its outside hallway. Clift doesn't just appear; he plays the trumpet and even brushes up against guests.
There are some non-famous apparitions too - a little lost girl named Caroline who is looking for her mom, and two male spirits, one still hoping to win an Oscar and another who plays the hotel's piano.
Two Horrific Acts From The Hotel Figueroa's Early Days May Be The Cause Of Its Hauntings
Built in 1925 as a YWCA, the Hotel Figueroa was reopened after renovations in 2018 that may have gotten rid of its ghosts - but there are probably a few that still roam its halls. Before the renovation , it was a darker Moroccan-styled boutique hotel usually devoid of guests. Those who did stay there said its elevator doors would open and close randomly, and its TVs and lights would flicker on and off.
Time will tell if anything like that is still happening, but there were a couple of gruesome events at the Fig in its early days. In 1929 , radio operator William L. Tallman offed his girlfriend Virginia Patty and was never captured for his actions. About 20 years later, waiter Harry Gordon confessed to the slaying of Hallie Cecilia Oswald at the hotel, saying, "I [did it] because I loved her."
A Girl's Strange Disappearance Added To The Cecil Hotel's Creepy Reputation
The Cecil, now known as Stay On Main, is so creepy that Ryan Murphy has admitted it was the inspiration for American Horror Story: Hotel . It opened in 1924, but when the stock market crashed five years later in 1929, the Cecil and its surrounding neighborhood fell into disarray. For the next 80 years, it was a transient hotel where many guests took their own lives.
Richard Ramirez (AKA "The Night Stalker") and Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger both called the Cecil home for a short time. But what mostly cemented its ghostly reputation was the passing of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam , 21. The woman's disrobed body was found in the hotel's rooftop water tank in 2013 after guests complained that the drinking and bathing water tasted " sweetly disgusting ." A video of Lam in the hotel elevator was released following her disappearance, in which the disoriented girl appears to be talking and gesturing to someone who is not there.
A Forgotten Wing And Ghostly Sightings Make The Alexandria Hotel A Paranormal Investigator's Dream
One of the first luxury hotels built in LA, the Alexandria was a home away from home to the silent film stars. However, its luster was short-lived as its surrounding area in downtown LA became something of a wasteland. It later reopened as an extended-stay, low-income hotel.
It is said that hauntings regularly occur there. According to staffers, residents, and ghost-hunters alike, Rudolph Valentino haunts his old suite, as do ballroom dancers and a rage-filled teen who inhabits the Chaplin suite. Elevators are said to move on their own and take riders to floors they weren't expecting to visit.
Harry Houdini's Widow Conducted A Seance At The Knickerbocker Before It Was Plagued By Tragedy
The Knickerbocker hasn't been a hotel for a long time, but it was a celebrity playground during the Golden Age of Hollywood. It opened in 1929 and was star-studded from the get-go. However, after Harry Houdini's widow Bess staged her last seance in 1936 in an (unsuccessful) attempt to contact her husband, the hotel was beset by tragedies from which it never really recovered.
Director D. W.Griffith had a stroke on the hotel grounds and passed shortly after, and actress Frances Farmer was famously dragged from her room and institutionalized. Several people took their own lives there, as well, including costume designer Irene Gibbons, who jumped from her room and landed on the hotel's front awning.
By the 1960s, the neighborhood around the hotel had become rundown, and the Knickerbocker lost its celebrity luster. It changed hands many times before becoming a retirement residence a few years later. Sightings have included Marilyn Monroe, who stares at herself in a bathroom mirror, and a bellhop named Roger who's apparently still on the job.
Spirits May Still Roam The Halls Of The Refurbished Mayfair Hotel
Much like the Cecil, the Mayfair has been restored for new generations. Also like the Cecil, it has a dark past. According to paranormal detective Paul Dale Roberts , the hotel has plenty of spirits on its grounds. When he stayed there in 1994, he was told a lost little boy wanders the third floor.
A hotel employee also told Roberts about a blonde female, possibly an escort, who passes through the doors of a fourth-floor room, and an "imp" who runs from room to room on the fifth floor.
The Millennium Biltmore Was The Last Place The Black Dahlia Was Seen Alive
Opened in 1923, the opulent and historic Biltmore is not only one of the most haunted hotels on this list, but also one of the most haunted places in all of LA. Elizabeth Short, AKA the Black Dahlia, was last seen here before her passing in 1947. A woman in black - who happens to look like Short - has been seen roaming the floors before disappearing into a wall. WWII soldiers have also been seen in its lobby, as has a nurse from around the same era.
A little girl is often heard giggling and running through the hallway, but one of the most alarming specters haunting the Biltmore is said to wander the roof - that of a little boy with no facial features.
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Haunted, or merely bad wiring? Elevators that stop on random floors, lights that flicker and TVs that come on of their own accord, most of the reports of hauntings seem to involve the electric grid. No way of knowing unless you go and check it out for yourself.
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I went there I pushed the button 18 the elevator told me no then it went full speed down and I landed on floor 1
I just came from a 3 day stay here…there are only 12 floors, 13 if you count the lobby; making 12 actually floir 13.
It’s 100% the elevator where there is a entity… and it’s a strong one. I was trying to leave because I was having an insane nightmare when someone punched me in the chest and said GET OUT NOW YOU ARE NOT SAFE! I jolted up and threw everything in my suitcase my dog ran to the elevator too… when the elevator door opens I threw my bags in… but my dog and I couldn’t walk in. But I grabbed my dog and I pushed threw whatever energetic wall was there, and it hurt so bad. I screamed out in pain and fell into the elevator. It was like being stabbed in the heart. When I got to the next hotel I was still shaking… but immediately I could sleep and felt a million times better. However I still feel creeped out and I don’t know who to talk to about it.
I woke in the middle of the night but the presence of a very dark engery, seemed like a male.
I also felt this staying here before the remodel. It woke me up out of my sleep. We were on the 3rd floor.
Had just layed down in bed when something knocks on our door, then walks in. We can hear footsteps but didnt see anyone. I couldnt sleep that night!! Was horrible
definitely demons in this hotel.
Hi Jessica – I’m so curious…..what made you feel that way? Please share – thank you ~ Katie
I stayed at Hotel Figueroa about 10 years ago, and it was one of the few places I did not know was haunted before going in, but the presence of numerous entities were very obvious. As I entered the lobby, I felt something was off energetically and that feeling increased as I got on the elevator. As I walked down the hall toward my room the feeling intensified as I passed the old elevator shafts. Big time negative energy there. By the time we got to our room, I was thoroughly disturbed and needed to leave to ground out and reinforce my shields. My sense is there was a great deal of drugs and violence that happened there. Many spirits there that are disturbed and restless. I made peace with them during my stay there, but I will never return without my magical items to clear them out.
I’m so upset that the staff lies about it too!! I heard another guest was leaving when I came in and it was only 11pm , but when I was checking out in the middle of the night and crying about my experience they acted as if I was crazy!!!
Just stayed here not knowing it was haunted. I decided to google it finding out that is definitely is haunted. I woke up EVERY hour of the night frantic, waking up my boyfriend to check the time because we were going to miss breakfast? It started at 3am then continuing literally every hour till 9 am when I was too exhausted to even try to fall asleep again. Heard light voices when we didn’t share a wall with anyone.
EXACTLY!!! Omg can we please talk?? Because I don’t know who to talk to about my experience.
I just stayed there this weekend. I woke up at 3:05 a.m. My friend and I are locals and wanted to take a staycation. We had a few drinks that night. Once I woke up at 3:05, I was restless til waking up around 9am as well. I had weird dreams when I did manage to fall asleep. At one point I remember feeling very overwhelmed. The feeling like my brain was on overdrive. I didn’t hear voices but it was an overwhelming feeling like a lot was going on in my surroundings. It was an intense night.
I’m haunted by yesterday it’s so weird! I went to sleep and I was exhausted because I wasn’t able to sleep the night before at Hotel Figueroa my lights keep going on and my ac wasn’t working I would turn it on and then a few minutes later it would go off and the heat would turn on it happened over and over again. So when I finally fell asleep I had the longest scariest dream of my life it was multiple levels I was having a dream but I was aware it was a dream, and I was in control of everything that was happening however I couldn’t wake up and I wanted to. I couldn’t move and I wanted to. That felt like a long time, it felt like being buried alive. Then out of nowhere I got punched in the chest, and woke up as I was waking up the loudest voice in my whole body said GET OUT NOW YOU ARE NOT SAFE HERE! It was 3am and Potato (my service dog who is a 10lb chihuahua/corgi mix) was standing on my chest I jolted up and he jumped up and ran out and I literally threw everything I could in my suitcase as fast as I could. Potato ran to the elevator and I was right behind him, it took me less than 60 seconds to get everything out. When we got to the elevator the room got SUPER COLD and I started to feel like I was having a legitimate heart attack. The elevator doors opened and potato went to walk in and then he ran back out so I picked him up and I went to walk into the elevator and I felt like I was walking into wind tunnel it was easy to push the suitcase and bag in but when potato and I were getting in I was being pushed back.. it was insane. So I literally just had to push my hardest and my heart was in SO MUCH PAIN. I screamed at the top of my lungs and fell to the floor. The elevator door closed and I cried the whole way down to the lobby my heart felt better when we started going down. But it wasn’t until I got outside of that hotel that I felt like I wasn’t under some sort of attack. I’m sorry this is such a long text. But I am either going crazy or that hotel was haunted but that’s what happened. I don’t know who to talk to about it. I told the front desk that I was leaving and I wanted my money back, and then I told them what happened and they made me feel like I was crazy… but when I spoke to the valet parking attendant he said that they are told not to talk about the situation to guests but they know it’s haunted. People see ghosts and sinks turn on by themselves a the time, so he doesn’t even go inside if he doesn’t absolutely have to.
I was on the 13th floor, and btw the pool is the shape of a coffin!!!!
They have not refunded my stay, but I don’t like scary stuff, I wasn’t expecting anything like that when I booked the room. Apparently they had a professional ban ghosts in 2018, but clearly whatever they did , didn’t work!
Omg everything that happened to me happened to others!!!
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The Haunted Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, California
A haunted location: Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Details: Sometimes the elevator will stop on certain floors for no reason.
When the doors open no one is there.
Strange sounds throughout the hallways and in the rooms.
Televisions turn on in the middle of the night by them selves and will not shut off.
Written by: Gwenyth Poler
Published on: July 16, 2023
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Now one of the better budget hotels in downtown, this hotel was built in 1925 as a YWCA. Sounds are reported coming from hallways and rooms, televisions turn on in the middle of the night and the elevator seems to control itself. Ever have the doors open on floors and no one is there? Well imagine that scenario happening often in a haunted hotel!
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Cookie cutter hotels are cool and all, but have you ever crashed in a former convent built by Catholic nuns?
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From former jails to banks, post offices and even hospitals for indigent females, the US is home to no shortage of hotels worthy of History Channel features.
Here are a few properties where if the walls could talk, they’d probably never shut up.
Not many hotels can brag about having a rifle range in their basement.
But the Kimpton Armory Hotel, Bozeman, Montana, can.
Back in 1941 it was home to the Montana National Guard, and its arsenal — including tanks that required the building to have concrete walls and reinforced floors.
These days, however, guests at the Armory can head downstairs for drinks in Tune Up, a speakeasy named for the soundproof room where the military band used to tune their instruments (while their colleagues were at target practice). Today, it’s Bozeman’s chicest hotel.
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Today, instead of little old ladies knocking at death’s door, you’re more apt to run into Gen Zers fighting over who gets the bottom bunk.
Funded by women, founded by women and opened solely for their use, the former YWCA hotel in Los Angeles is now Hotel Figueroa.
Originally it was the only option for females traveling alone in Los Angeles as most hotels back in the 1920s required a male to check-in. Not surprisingly, the property boasted the country’s first female hotel director, too.
Rumor has it the coffin-shaped pool symbolizes the death of patriarchy.
Make it a habit
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A boutique hotel on the edge: A review of LA's Hotel Figueroa
Hyatt added Los Angeles' iconic 95-year-old Hotel Figueroa to its Unbound Collection in June 2021. The Unbound Collection is a group of one-of-a-kind, historic hotels.
The Hotel Figueroa (a Category 5 hotel) was the largest commercial building funded by women for women when the YWCA opened it in 1926. It was a safe haven for solo female travelers, who, at the time, were not allowed to check into most hotels without a male chaperone.
Fast forward to 2014, when the hotel was purchased by Green Oak Real Estate and Urban Lifestyle Hotels and began a three-year restoration to its original Spanish Colonial Revival style. Note the sign on the left in the photo above for an ode to the hotel's humble beginnings.
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As Hyatt assesses what it will do with its recent acquisition, it will be interesting to see what changes it makes. But until then, TPG stopped by to review what the Hotel Figueroa is like now. Here's what we discovered:
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If I had a World of Hyatt Credit Card , I would have used it to book this hotel -- $306.21 after fees and taxes -- now that it's part of the Hyatt family. Right now, that card is offering a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points -- 30,000 after you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening and up to another 30,000 points by earning 2x per $1 spent in the first six months from account opening on purchases that normally earn 1x, on up to $15,000 spent.
But until I get out from under Chase's 5/24 rule , I will continue to pre-pay with The Platinum Card® from American Express . I was consoled by earning 5x points for my overnight stay (when booked via American Express Travel).
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Let's be honest -- this neighborhood wasn't always the place you wanted to hang out in, especially at night. But the opening of the Staples Center in 1999 launched a renaissance in downtown Los Angeles. The neighborhood has been rebranded as DTLA, and the Hotel Figueroa is in the center of the action. The Staples Center is around the corner, a Park Hyatt is under construction, the Hotel Indigo and the JW Marriott are across the street and the iconic Ritz-Carlton (also home to L.A. Live, a multi-phased dining, entertainment and hotel development) is nearby. Other nearby attractions include the Grammy Museum, the Microsoft Theater and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, along with dining, shopping and outdoor spaces.
As soon as my Uber pulled up, I was warmly greeted by the doorman, who welcomed me and asked if I needed help with my luggage. The check-in desk was pretty small, but the friendly attitude of the team more than made up for it. Check-in was quick, and I was upgraded from a queen to a king room thanks to my Explorist status.
I was able to check in early because of my status, but I could see this area getting pretty crowded during regular check-in and check-out times. I did have the option of checking in online, bypassing the desk altogether, thanks to Hyatt's mobile key.
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Initially, I was happy to get an upgrade to a king room. But upon entering its small foyer, I was surprised at how small it was -- only 270 square feet. My original queen room would have been an even tinier 187 square feet.
The bed was pretty close to the opposite wall. There was just enough room for a night table with a drawer on either side. If you'll be here for a longer stay, you'd be better off leaving your clothes in your luggage, because the drawers don't fit a lot of clothing. The white walls could have used a fresh coat of paint.
A small television hung on the wall in front of the bed. Crammed in the corner was a small marble table that was taken up by two boxes of water, an Esspressotoria coffee machine, coffee pods, cream, sugar, artificial sweetener and stir sticks. I was able to use my iPad and keyboard there, but I had to put items on the floor to make room on the table for my MacBook Air laptop. There was no minibar or refrigerator in the room.
There was a comfortable decorative chair next to the table. My window had a nice view of the pool and La Casita, a detached restaurant and bar.
I was happy to see a full iron and ironing board in the closet, because sometimes the best you can get in a Hyatt property is a steamer. The closet was a good size, with four regular and four pants hangers. However, despite a promised robe, it wasn't in the closet. There were also no extra pillows or an extra blanket – but there was a 1200W/875W Eco Selectaire Tourmaline Ceramic blow dryer. I have no use for this thanks to my short hair, but I know that this is a hair dryer that will get the job done. There was also a luggage rack in the closet, but I didn't use it because this was a quick overnight trip.
The bathroom was small, but clean. While some might find its decor a bit busy, I loved the blue wallpaper, along with the blue-and-white tile floor and the subway tiles on the wall. What I didn't like was the rain shower head/hand-held shower. It took me a while to know which knobs to turn to control the shower heads and temperature, and my travel companion agreed. Normally I love the rain shower heads, but I didn't like how this one couldn't be moved. You had to almost touch the front shower wall to feel the water on your head and body. Lord help you if you're taller that six feet (which my travel companion was) -- you will not have a good bathing experience unless you resort to the hand-held shower. The hotel offered Roam shampoo, conditioner and shower gel on a small shelf in the front of the shower.
The pedestal sink had towels at the bottom and just enough room to hold some toiletries and make-up. Lucky for me, I'm a low-maintenance girl. There was a vanity kit with Q-tips, a shower cap and a nail file. Next to it, inexplicably, sat a bottle of Roam hair conditioner that I think should have been body lotion. The mirror in the bathroom was large, but it would have been nice to have a smaller lighted magnifying mirror for make-up application. There was one outlet in the bathroom.
As someone who travels with a laptop, an iPad and an iPhone, along with headphones and two power chargers (I know, but I must be prepared), I was happy to see that my room had two outlets and a USB port on each side of the bed. There was a hotel safe below the nightstand on the side of the bed nearest the door, but you had to go down on your knees to use it, which is not comfortable at my age. I prefer a safe in the closet for easier access.
The king bed was quite comfortable and the four pillows were more than enough to promote a good night's sleep. I did like the holder at the base of the bedside lamp, which was perfect for my watch and rings. There was no alarm clock in my room but I wasn't mad about it. Nine times out of 10, they're either set at the wrong time or the alarm doesn't work.
Suite sneak peek
I met loyal TPG reader Bryant, a Hyatt Globalist who was in L.A. on a mileage run to keep his American Airlines AAdvantage Platinum Pro status, in the hotel lobby after he recognized me by my glasses. He had been upgraded to a junior suite and allowed me to take a peek. It was a corner room that had stylish furniture with an easy, breezy California vibe. The main sitting area was spacious, with a comfortable seat and couch. The television was much bigger than mine.
Unlike my room, there was a large desk that could be used for work or even double as a bar if you have friends drop by. There was a curtain that could be pulled between the king-sized bed and the sitting area for privacy. There was a full closet, with a safe inside. The bathroom was far more spacious, with a double sink, a large shower and a separate space, behind a door, for the toilet.
The hotel is Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 compliant and lists on its website how that's achieved, including: handicap spaces; full access to the pool with a lift available; full access ramps in public spaces; 29 accessible queen and king rooms; three fully accessible and eight partially accessible rooms; eight audible accessible rooms; larger door openings; roll-in shower or shower/tub with handheld showerhead and hand rails; toilet with hand rails; ADA-compliant room measurements; communication features like visual notification for hotel alarm system, door, and phone; and Braille signage.
There's a complete list of measurements covering spaces including the front door, the check-in desk, the elevators, parking, the concierge, public restrooms, food and beverage and the pool. It also goes into great detail on room measurements, from door width to bed clearance. The bathroom list includes door width, sink height, grab rails, lavatory controls, roll-in showers and seat tubs. This attention to detail is impressive, allowing those with disabilities to know that they can stay in this hotel. The same information seems to be hit or miss with other Hyatt brands. I did a random search and found the Hyatt Place Waikiki follows WCAG 2.0 guidelines , while the Thompson San Antonio only mentioned having rooms with roll-in showers, but offered no further details.
Food and beverage
For lunch, I went to one of the hotel's two restaurants, La Casita, and had the ceviche classico, made with wild-caught sea bass, jalapeños, tomatoes, cilantro, red onion and avocado, served with house-made chips and salsa. The meal was incredibly fresh and spicy – in a good way. I washed it down with the Dios Mio, the bar's version of a spicy margarita.
La Casita is detached from the hotel but in the pool area. It has outdoor seating on the first level and open air, covered seating on the second.
Cafe Fig is the hotel's main restaurant, serving locally sourced food in its dining room or outdoors.
Like many hotels around the world, the Hotel Figueroa suspended room service during the pandemic, so I was stuck using Uber Eats for my dinner delivery. However, both restaurants were open for people seeking sit-down dinner service.
Bar Magnolia, which features specialty cocktails made with fresh ingredients, is located on the first floor in the main part of the hotel and has plenty of seating areas, from cozy two-seat nooks to comfy couches by the fireplace. The space was so welcoming I invited an L.A.-area friend to join me for drinks.
There was no coffee in the lobby, but guests could get two free coffees a day at Cafe Fig.
The hotel had a gym, although it was very small. It included a lone Peloton bike (beloved by TPG staff), a weights system, kettlebells, free weights, COVID-19 kits (face mask, wipes, hand sanitizer and gloves), plus cold and room-temperature water. Right past the gym was an outdoor seating area with great views of downtown Los Angeles. The entrance wasn't marked and the door was very narrow, making it easy to miss. However, the weather was perfect to enjoy this gem of a space.
I'm a big art lover, and the Hotel Figueroa didn't disappoint in public spaces. There were paintings, sculptures and interactive art on the first and second floors. There was also nice art in my room. Oddly enough, there was no art hanging on the walls on any floors above the second, although the elevator doors on every floor were painted quite decoratively.
Overall, the hotel has all the amenities that you would expect in a small property.
On my quest to achieve Hyatt Globalist status, I've stayed in brands including Thompson, Hyatt, Hyatt Place and JdV By Hyatt and the service has always been consistently good. Check-in staff, bartenders, wait staff, hostesses and housekeepers were warm and welcoming during my stay. When I misplaced my key but didn't have an ID, someone escorted me to my room to check it, then gave me a new key. As a single woman who travels regularly, I appreciated this level of security.
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If you're looking for a place to stay that's right in the center of the action in downtown L.A., the Hotel Figueroa is a solid option. You're within walking distance of shopping, great hotels, the Staples center and other entertainment. Its food and bar options are top-notch.
The Hotel Figueroa's staff met my high standards that I've come to expect from Hyatt brands, even though the brand was just added to the portfolio in June. And thanks to its history, it definitely fits into the brand of the Unbound Collection. But I question whether it should be a Category 5 hotel right now. The hotel's first floor is spacious and welcoming, and there were great food options available. However, the rooms could use a little love and there should be art throughout its floors. I think TPG eventually should come back and do an updated review.
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One of the longest-standing hotels in Downtown Los Angeles, Hotel Figueroa is an iconic beacon of progress in an ever-evolving city. Following a dazzling, two-year restoration inspired by its original 1926 Spanish Colonial splendor, the hotel has re-emerged as an urban oasis in L.A.’s cultural epicenter.
With 268 rooms & suites spread over 14 floors and a coffin-shaped pool nestled within a botanical oasis in L.A.’s most dynamic neighborhood, Hotel Figueroa is as renowned for its substance as for its style. First commissioned nearly a century ago as an exclusive haven for professional women travelers—a rarity at the time—the hotel’s roots as a bastion of social progress and creativity run deep.
"EASILY AMONG THE BEST HOTELS IN LOS ANGELES. MAINTAINS THE HERITAGE OF THE PROPERTY, NOT JUST IN DESIGN BUT IN PROGRAMMING & COMMITMENT TO THE ARTS."
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Discover a world of flavor at Hotel Figueroa. At Café Fig and Sparrow Italia , the hotel’s two acclaimed destination restaurants, Chef AJ McCloud attracts discerning foodies with his masterful cuisine crafted with locally sourced ingredients. Meanwhile, serious cocktail aficionados gather to trade ideas in its two atmospheric bars— Bar Figueroa , and Bar Alta.
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DTLA has been Hotel Figueroa’s home for nearly a century. Through decades of change, we’ve become deeply attached to our thriving neighborhood, where a host of museums, art galleries, and music venues reflects the city’s edgy beginnings and artistic leanings. Just steps from the Crypto.com Arena and the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Figueroa corridor home of the hotel is a resurgent capital of arts, entertainment and culture for forward-thinkers from around the globe.
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- If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in Moscow, you should consider visiting during the low season. You'll find cheaper hotels in Moscow in October and January.
- Hotel room prices vary depending on many factors but you’ll most likely find the best hotel deals in Moscow if you stay on a Saturday. The opposite is true for, Wednesday, which is usually the most expensive day.
- How long should you stay? KAYAK users usually book their hotel in Moscow for 3 days.
- Moscow is a vast city. If you would like to be within walking distance of key attractions, look for hotels near Red Square and the Kremlin, such as the Assambleya Nikitskaya Hotel.
- For cheap accommodation in Moscow, consider the Partizanskaya area, which features a good choice of budget hotels near a metro station, including Vega Hotel & Convention Center.
- There are many 5-star luxury hotels in the cultural heart of Moscow. The Four Seasons Hotel Moscow and The St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya are two excellent examples.
- Stylish boutique hotels are also in abundance in the city centre. Hotels such as the Golden Apple Boutique Hotel and Assambleya Nikitskaya Hotel put you near Red Square and The Kremlin.
- Arbat Street forms the heart of Moscow’s Arbat District, the oldest part of the city, and is home to myriad affordable accommodation, such as Karlov Most Hostel.
- A great area for nightlife is Kitay-Gorod, where an array of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs join a wide selection of hotels to suit all budgets, such as the cheap Good Mood Hostel or boutique Golden Apple Boutique Hotel.
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There are three major international airports serving Moscow: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow Domodedovo Airport, and Vnukovo International Airport. Several hotels are located within the vicinity of each airport. Good choices include Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, Ramada Moscow Domodedovo, and Vnukovo Green Palace Hotel.
Which hotels in Moscow offer especially good views?
A number of luxury hotels in the city centre boast spectacular views. Two excellent choices are the Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow and the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow, which both offer breathtaking vistas of the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral from guest rooms and restaurants.
What hotels in Moscow offer especially good breakfast?
The sophisticated and excellently-rated Villa Kadashi Boutique Hotel situated in the Yakimanka district, across the river from Red Square, offers an excellent continental breakfast with fresh pastries and juice to complement hearty egg and sausage dishes. Meanwhile, Warsaw Hotel, situated a 10-minute walk from Gorky Park, offers a free breakfast buffet.
Which neighbourhoods are close to Moscow’s central station?
Travellers departing for St. Petersburg will be voyaging out of Leningradsky Station in northeast Moscow. The city’s oldest railway terminal, the station is surrounded by a wide selection of accommodation. Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya is a top-rated option with a swimming pool, sauna, and fitness room.
What hotel area is especially good for shopping in Moscow?
Moscow’s Arbat District or Old Arbat features a network of historic streets that are lined with shops selling local souvenirs and handicrafts. There are many hotels in this area, such as the 4-star Mercure Arbat Moscow, and the city centre is only a short metro ride away. Alternatively, GUM is an iconic shopping arcade situated directly on Red Square.
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Those looking for a hotel in Moscow on KAYAK tend to search in Arbat District , Presnensky District and in close proximity to Luzhniki Stadium.
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If you are looking for a hotel close to Luzhniki Stadium, you should consider staying at Khamovniki Spektr , Yunost Hotel and Luzhniki , as they are the most recommended by KAYAK users.
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Hotels are safe environments for travelers as long as they properly implement sanitary measures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, we recommend getting in touch with the local authorities regarding safety procedures for hotels in Moscow. For more advice, please view our information page on what to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel .
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- What are the best downtown hotels near Moscow Metro? Some of the more popular downtown hotels near Moscow Metro include: Four Seasons Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5 Hotel Metropol Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5 Kamergersky Hotel - Traveler rating: 4.0/5
- Do any downtown hotels in Moscow have a pool? Popular downtown hotels in Moscow that have a pool include: Ararat Park Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Lotte Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Four Seasons Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5
- What are the best downtown hotels in Moscow? Some of the best downtown hotels in Moscow are: Ararat Park Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Lotte Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Mercure Moscow Baumanskaya - Traveler rating: 4.5/5
- Which downtown hotels in Moscow offer a gym? A gym is available to guests at the following downtown hotels in Moscow: Ararat Park Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Lotte Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Four Seasons Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5
- Which downtown hotels in Moscow have rooms with a private balcony? A private balcony can be enjoyed by guests at the following downtown hotels in Moscow: Four Seasons Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5 Bega Hotel - Traveler rating: 4.0/5 Arbat Hotel - Traveler rating: 4.0/5
- Which downtown hotels in Moscow have rooms with great views? These downtown hotels in Moscow have great views and are well-liked by travelers: Ararat Park Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Lotte Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Four Seasons Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5
- Which downtown hotels in Moscow are romantic? These downtown hotels in Moscow have been described as romantic by other travelers: Ararat Park Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Lotte Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Four Seasons Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5
- Which downtown hotels in Moscow are good for families? Families traveling in Moscow enjoyed their stay at the following downtown hotels: Four Seasons Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5 Hotel Metropol Moscow - Traveler rating: 4.5/5 InterContinental Moscow - Tverskaya, an IHG Hotel - Traveler rating: 4.5/5
- Which downtown hotels in Moscow allow pets? These downtown hotels in Moscow generally allow pets: Ararat Park Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Lotte Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Mamaison All Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka - Traveler rating: 4.5/5 It is always best to call ahead and confirm specific pet policies before your stay.
- Do any downtown hotels in Moscow offer free breakfast? Free breakfast can be enjoyed at the following downtown hotels in Moscow: Lotte Hotel Moscow - Traveler rating: 5.0/5 Hotel De Paris - Traveler rating: 4.5/5 President Hotel - Traveler rating: 4.0/5
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Moscow represents all the convenience of a developed metropolis. It boasts one of the most impressive subway systems of any city, making booking a cheap hotel in Moscow less of a logistical matter, so much so that you could settle it by just finding a cheap hotel that suits your requirements. The metro has a number of options for prepaid tickets, allowing for further saving when you know you will be traveling a lot. Moscow has a competent tram system you may want to make use of for shorter distance trips. This system is particularly great for getting around from Moscow hotels in the city center. Kitay-Gorod is the neighborhood most often recommended to first-time tourists, while Presnensky is ideal for those traveling on a smaller budget. Aside from the metro, and trams, conventional taxis, and on-demand rideshare services operate in all major areas in Moscow, and service areas that boast cheap hotels in Moscow.
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Moscow is a bustling metropolis, and as such, it would be unwise to visit without planning an itinerary. There's genuinely so much to do and see for a single trip lasting only a week or two. With that in mind, you may choose to book a hotel near the central district should your visit be for business. That said, if you do have free time available, it may be worth looking into accommodation in one of the areas more popular with tourists, such as the above-mentioned Tverskoy area. Finding a cheap hotel booking that gives easy access to some of the more interesting cultural experiences while accommodating your professional minutiae is ideal. If your visit is for the purposes of a holiday, you will do well to stay in the Khamovniki area, offering access to local entertainment spots, bars, clubs, and eateries. Should your holiday include family, you may consider opting for accommodation in the Basmanny area, a suburb that is known for clean streets and a relaxed atmosphere.
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While everyone is always on about the Moscow Kremlin, the city has a lot more to offer than only the one structure. One of the more interesting sites is Tsaritsyno Palace, located in Dol'skaya Ulitsa, home of Catherine the Great. One of history's more eccentric royals, she lived a colorful life while exerting immense resources of the design and upkeep of her home. The general idea behind her approach to the decor was that if Mother Russia were to compete on the same stage as other European countries, so should their decor. The result is one of the most grandiose residences in all of Europe. The Tsaritsyno Palace is easily reached by the metro system from anywhere in Moscow. Another must-see is the department store known as GUM. Located on the Red Square, this monumental shopping center is so lavish in design and execution that it serves to juxtapose the perception of Russian objectivism with the sensibilities of renaissance design.
Which neighborhoods in Moscow have a large selection of bars and restaurants?
Tverskoy is the unrivaled hub of the Moscow nightlife scene. Known to be trendy and comparable to any major city in its modern aesthetic, this neighborhood wants for nothing as far as the entertainment industry is concerned. Perhaps best described as the convergence of old-world Russian opulence and modernity in its international design, the area boasts a concentration of bars, nightclubs and eateries to rival any party capital. Other unique destinations throughout the capital include the White Rabbit, a rooftop restaurant located in Smolenskaya Square, with a panoramic view of the surrounding city. Amongst the various hotspots, those looking to experience unique culinary creations will find no end to traditional and modern fusion. Each neighborhood can be easily accessed with Moscow’s extensive public transportation system.
What annual or semi-annual events and activities are there in Moscow?
Moscow hosts a number of notable events across its annual calendar. Perhaps most noteworthy is the September celebration of Moscow city's birth. Venues are scattered throughout Moscow, making participation accessible via public transportation. The Chess and Jazz festival in Moscow taking place in view of Hermitage Garden, in Moscow Central in September, is another unique experience and is followed by a slew of winter festivities throughout Moscow and Russia on the whole. September also boasts the Moscow yoga festival.
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