This striking hotel is a dramatic mix of Morocco and Mexico, and oozes the kind of charisma boutique hotel designers so often fail to achieve. Built in 1925 as a YWCA, the Figueroa is now more exotic, but it's still an absolute bargain. The hotel's airy lobby is a potpourri of Moroccan chandeliers, huge cacti and woven rugs; toward the back, there's a low-key bar and a lovely pool area that's at its atmospheric best after dark. The rooms, which vary in size, are done out in funky casbah chic with Mexican-tiled bathrooms. Amenities are few and far between, but they're not really the point.
Hotel Figueroa will be closed from November 22, 2015 until Summer 2016 for a renovation that will restore the building back to its 1920s Spanish Colonial splendor.