The 95-year-old urban oasis grows with intent and maintains its historic roots and boutique charm under inspired new stewardship within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand
CHICAGO: June 23, 2021 – Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the newest addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand: downtown Los Angeles’ iconic 95-year-old Hotel Figueroa—a one-of-a-kind urban oasis and award-winning boutique hotel managed by Highgate and deeply rooted in L.A. history. Currently, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand includes 27 unique hotels – located in key destinations around the world – each with its own distinct story. Hotel Figueroa is the first hotel in L.A. and the third hotel in California within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, joining Mar Monte in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, Calif.
Whether it is a captivating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design or an award-wining dining experience, each property within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand maintains a distinct character and the freedom to be unique, while still providing guests with the World of Hyatt loyalty program and a trusted brand name and reputation.
Originally opened in 1926 by the YWCA as a safe haven for solo female travelers, the historic Hotel Figueroa, approaching its 95th anniversary in August 2021, remains one of the only preserved treasures in downtown Los Angeles with a uniquely independent spirit authentic to the City of Angels. Embracing age-old hospitality trends, Hotel Figueroa’s new chapter as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is one of continuing Hyatt’s independent collection legacy of aligning with unique and independent properties for the sophisticated modern traveler.
Built as an exclusive women’s hostel and the first of its kind to have been financed and operated by women, for women, Hotel Figueroa was the largest project of its kind in the United States at the time and a welcoming stopping place for unaccompanied female travelers. The first-ever female managing director of a hotel in the U.S. was the pioneering aviatrix Maude Bouldin, who for years championed Hotel Figueroa as a meeting place for practically every woman’s club in Los Angeles, a proud legacy which is upheld in present day by the hotel’s current managing director, Connie Wang.
“As a cultural oasis in downtown Los Angeles for nearly a century, we are delighted to debut our historic hotel property as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand,” notes Wang. “We remain dedicated to serving as a proud beacon and pillar of our community; celebrating the rich history, architecture, and elevated and unscripted hospitality that define each story-worthy guest stay, which will be further enhanced by this collaboration.”
Named as a Condé Nast Traveler 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards winner, and Travel + Leisure ‘World’s Best’ 2020 winner, Hotel Figueroa’s vision is to create a space that is authentically Los Angeles, including a guest experience that is elevated, celebrating the dynamism of Los Angeles’ thriving arts community that pays direct tribute to the uncompromising, independent spirit of the originators of the property. Melding original 1920s Spanish Colonial splendor with modern accents and unscripted hospitality, Hotel Figueroa features undoubtedly contemporary touches throughout the property that is inspired by its own unique history.
What’s New & Notable at Hotel Figueroa in 2021
2021 Featured Artist: Shyama Golden
In tandem with Hotel Figueroa’s female-centric ethos, the hotel has tapped illustrious Los Angeles-based visual artist, Shyama Golden as the property’s 2021 Featured Artist. With a proud history of showcasing thought-provoking works of local independent female artists across Los Angeles and California, the hotel’s collaborative Featured Artist program includes a rotating onsite art exhibition and special event programming throughout the year, open to guests and locals. The collection evokes thought and deeper meaning, evolving notions of femininity and how these are experienced, performed, and reinforced through art and society through a collection that explores themes of growth, connection, healing and identity, following one of the most consequential and tumultuous years in the collective human experience.
Featured Artist Suite
Earlier this week, the property launched its first-ever Featured Artist Suite, transforming the hotel’s iconic Figueroa Suite into a lush verdant environment with living plants, trellises, and more to bring the artistic elements of nature and nurture to life, alongside a selection of new and original works from Shyama Golden that will adorn the walls of the suite for a fully immersive mini-museum experience for guests to enjoy in the privacy of their own room. The Featured Artist Suite is expected to be available for reservations starting June 20 from $400 per night.
The Best of Hotel Dining
With an amplified focus on re-invigorating and re-inventing age-old hotel dining, alongside the resurgence of al fresco concepts, Hotel Figueroa is slated to launch several new food and beverage concepts in 2021 from The Madera Group, including a poolside La Casita and Driftwood Pool & Sundeck concept, all-day Café Figueroa and revitalized Bar Figueroa, alongside fine dining and elevated bar concepts, Ember & Ash, Atlas Obscura, Smoke & Mirrors, and the forthcoming Casablanca Club.
This summer, Hotel Figueroa welcomes two invigorating new additions to the hotel’s already impressive array of culinary offerings. Set in idyllic outdoor spaces, featuring a relaxing and transportive environment under the shade of a lush cactus grove and soothing botanicals and greenery, La Casita and Driftwood Pool & Sundeck offer an immersive and elevated poolside dining experience at the ultimate al fresco summer sanctuary in the heart of downtown L.A.
Carla Lorenzo, Corporate Beverage Manager for The Madera Group, will introduce patrons to a transportive cocktail program inspired by destinations such as Baja, Mexico and the coastal villages of the Mediterranean.
Wellbeing and Outdoor Activities
With wellbeing top of mind for even more for travelers now, Hotel Figueroa offers guests and locals access to outdoor fitness classes by The Bridge Mind Body Movement, with daily outdoor Pilates and yoga classes on Hotel Figueroa’s scenic outdoor terrace space. With multiple class options daily from fitness instructor and studio owner, Pam Johnson, Hotel Figueroa offers ample opportunities for those to engage in self-care through safe, socially distanced outdoor classes with views of the city skyline.
In addition to Hotel Figueroa’s ongoing Staycation Package with 26% off to all California Residents (a nod to the hotel’s original opening date of 1926), the award-winning urban oasis also offers daily outdoor wellness & fitness classes and exclusive day passes (starting at $35 and up) via Resort Pass.