Design Destination: Downtown LA’s Hotel Indigo


When something fun, fresh new and design-focused happens in Downtown LA, it’s all you hear about. Currently everyone is talking about the latest hotel hotspot, Hotel Indigo, which is so much of a design destination that it’s influencing countless summer staycations.

Situated at Francisco and W. 8th, the property stands 18 stories tall and boasts 350 rooms and a rooftop cocktail bar, 18 Social.


Upon entry, it’s evident that creativity was king here with interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates who turned to the Prohibition era for inspiration. You’re quick to catch a massive mural in the lobby featuring Fiesta de las Flores parade along with various influences from the once budding Hollywood scene. This shares space with opulent furnishes where no luxury is spared. The blend of natural light and overhead lighting casts a captivating light on decadent drapery, velvet furnishings and metallic touches.


Unapologetic maximalist moves through the property with a lobby bar outfitted to perfection, mixing bold murals with a wooden bar top along with vintage-inspired stools and chandeliers overhead.


It doesn’t end there. As you move to the elevators, the theme continues throughout with hallways designed to emulate underground tunnels of the Prohibition era, however with a bold and modern approach.


The hotel restaurant too nods at days past with opulence offset by photograph detail and cozy booths made to resemble tunnels. Rich jewel tones, a mix of luxe materials and lighting make this space stand out and beg decadent meals, cocktails and conversation under the state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures.


Into the guestrooms and you’ll find those quell inspiration from, Anna May Wong, the Chinese-American movie star, who takes her place as the hotel’s muse. The presidential suite is designed as a modern replica of her apartment. The additional guest rooms take on scenes from her films and many others with murals marking their beauty along with expansive city views, luxurious bed linens and a beautifully designed headboards with nailhead detail, stacked luggage as side tables and adjacent bathrooms showcasing a blend of bold color with modern tilework and elegance.


Up to the rooftop and you’ll find a 9,100 square foot terrace with a pool, a bar and sweep views of the city.

Going back in time, but living in a decadent present, Hotel Indigo is sensory wonderland that’s overflowing with style, but laced with history and thoughtful design.