A Weekend at Hotel Indigo: Glamour and Luxury in Downtown Los Angeles

The hotel showcases the city's historical moments.

Sometimes, going the distance means finding yourself ready to take on a new adventure. For example, while Florida road trips and upscale staycations are fun ways for Florida residents to decompress, at times, the West Coast simply calls you to come for a visit.

Recently, I had the chance to visit Anaheim where I spent two days enjoying Disneyland and California Adventure Park with my husband and some family. Yet, we were both looking to explore the city as well, and it was then that we found ourselves in the heart of LA’s Downtown and on a property like no other.

Reminiscent of a time when glitz and glamour ruled and filled with modern décor that mixes elegance and history, the Hotel Indigo is a place meant not just to escape but also to relax in its spacious rooms with stunning views of Downtown Los Angeles. The hotel showcases Los Angeles and its past and historical moments, such as Prohibition, that shaped the U.S. and the city.

Here are three reasons why you should consider not only a trip to this West Coast city where dreams are made but also why you should book this hotel as a central part of your visit.

Upscale Dining

Hotel Indigo not only pleases the palate with delicious and flavorful meals but also serves food that will make you feel warm, cozy, and perfectly full.

When it comes to relaxing before dinner, the hotel’s lobby bar is the place to go for a nightcap. The sexy ambiance and knowledgeable bartenders will have you enjoying every sip of any drink that you wish to indulge in. Classics such as a Dirty Martini or an Old-Fashioned are perfectly prepped, so I highly recommend you grab a seat at this inviting bar and people-watch the night away.

The hotel’s main restaurant Metropole Bar + Kitchen, offers a full selection of classic comfort American fare. The name is inspired by the intricate tunnel system of LA’s past conduits for contraband during prohibition and hiding unmarked watering holes. Featuring lush seating, a provocative ambiance, delicious fare such as burgers and steak, this is the spot to enjoy a nice dinner at during your visit.

When it comes to entertainment, don’t shy away from visiting the upstairs lounge known as 18 Social. Not only does the glamorous and tastefully designed rooftop capture those who visit and their attention, but the views of Downtown Los Angeles and its skyline are unmatched. Make sure to make this a spot to visit in the evening or late at night so you can indulge in bites and cocktails inspired by the Los Angeles culture and history and its vibrant nightlife.

Rooms that Promise Comfort in Style

If you are going to and want to sleep somewhere comfortable and splurge for a good stay, then Hotel Indigo and its rooms offer pure relaxation and bliss.

Not only do the rooms offer gorgeous views of the Los Angeles skyline, but they are equipped with amenities such as a comfortable couch, plenty of space to roam and a plush bed or two, depending on your room of choice.

In front of at times, the television set is perfectly placed right in front of it, tempting those who are ready to snuggle into a deep sleep. While other hotels might offer gorgeous decorations alongside beautiful artwork, this hotel not only does that but also gives visitors enough room to spread out and feel like they are right at home.

A Perfect Location in Downtown LA

Downtown Los Angeles is not only a happening and upscale scene but Hotel Indigo is perfectly situated, making exploring the city a breeze.

First, there are amazing local museums. A favorite is the classic car and pop culture vehicle-packed auto museum, Peterson Automotive Museum. The expansive museum and exhibit features not only historic cars but also vehicles that have become stars in their own right due to their appearance in Motion Pictures. From the original 1989 Batmobile from the movie Batman to the creepy vehicle from the film Christine based on Stephen King’s novel about a murderous car, the museum will have you roaming around excitedly in awe as you spot different eye-catching cars and each of their unique history.

As for nightlife and dining, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance as well as fun spots to have a cocktail. Yet, if you are feeling adventurous, you can take a quick ride to Scum and Villainy, a Star Wars-inspired bar and cantina in Hollywood, where you can try fun cocktails and refreshing beverages in an upbeat environment that, at times, brings in special guests and offers trivia nights.

This all proves that not only is a stay at Hotel Indigo a must, but it’s also the perfect place to stay and enjoy all it has to offer. It’s the perfect hotel for those wishing to immerse themselves in Los Angeles and what the city offers downtown. It’s a true place where you can stay in luxury and feel like you’re home.

For more information on the property and to make a reservation, visit https://www.ihg.com/hotelindigo/hotels/us/en/reservation or call 877-846-3446.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.