Lounging in Luxury
Luxe City Center Hotel
Story and photos by Greg Aragon
ometimes I like to be in the middle of the action and sometimes I just
want to getaway and relax. Thanks to the Luxe City Center Hotel in Downtown
Los Angeles I recently experienced both of these scenarios in one night!
The adventure began when a friend and I checked into
the luxurious boutique hotel and made our way through a modern lobby
full of chic furniture and a beautiful, streaming Vincent van Gogh at
the front desk. We then took an elevator up to our stylish 7th floor
The Luxe City Center Hotel offers boutique luxury
in Downtown LA
Overlooking Staples Center and LA Live, the room was
smack dab in the middle of downtown fun. Out my window I could see,
and almost touch the ESPN Zone, the Grammy Museum, Staples Center, Nokia
Theater, and scores of hip restaurants and nightspots.
The chic hotel lobby features distinct styling and
a trendy atmoshpere
I could gaze out the room's big, exciting window for
hours, but when I wanted privacy, all I had to do was shut the thick
curtain and relax in front of the 42" large screen TV, or soak
under the giant rainforest shower head, or play at the computer desk,
with free wireless internet and the innovative GuestLINK system which
connects business and entertainment portals seamlessly. Or I could admire
the large sculpture of a human hand on the window seal, or the painting
of singer Madonna on the wall.
Luxe rooms are comfortable, modern and artsy
Celebrities such as Madonna adorn the walls
of every Luxe room
Besides 164 cool rooms and 16 luxurious suites, the
Luxe also offers many other exciting features. The property boasts a
compact fitness center, business center, gift shop, and meeting/banquet
space with audio-visual equipment, a hip second floor bar, and an eclectic
gourmet restaurant called Figoly.
Led by celebrity Chef
Alex Reznik ("Top
Chef," Season 7), Figoly is named after its prominent location
on Figueroa and Olympic streets, and serves an eclectic California-inspired
brand of Northern Italian fare. The menu is highlighted by tasty items
such as Fritto Misto, with local squid, pig ears, sweet onion, asparagus
and tomato marmalade; Tagliatelle, a noodle dish with wild boar, lamb,
tomato and pickled mustard seeds; or Brasato al Borolo, with oxtail,
cheek, gorgonzola and polenta.
Figoly serves an eclectic
California-inspired brand of Northern Italian fare
During our Figoly dinner, we sat on the patio
enjoying a summer breeze and great Los Angeles views, while devouring
a plate of steak fries; Bruschetta with chicken liver, garlic
bacon, smoked salmon and more; a fresh garden salad; and veal
chops with mushrooms, green tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
After dinner, we hit the hotel's swanky bar and
enjoyed a couple unique cocktails that were infused with the likes
of bourbon, mushrooms and finely aged balsamic vinegar. While
sipping away, we made new friends from Japan, Germany and Italy.
From the bar we walked across the street to LA Live and immersed
ourselves in the action of thousands of lights and people.
The swanky bar at Luxe serves unique cocktails and awesome views
In the morning we walked across the street to the Grammy
Museum, a state-of-the-art, four-level gallery, exploring and celebrating
the legacies of music; the creative process; the art and technology
of the recording process; and the history of the Grammy Awards.
Our visit began with an elevator ride to the fourth
floor. When the doors opened we followed colorful lights to a long table
called "Crossroads." Looking like something from "Star
Wars," the blinking interactive table is a giant touch-screen offering
guests access to more than 130 genres of music.
Near "Crossroads" we found incredible musical
memorabilia, such as Buddy Holly's 1943 Gibson guitar, Elvis' 1942 Martin
guitar, and Don Henley's hand-written lyrics to his classic song "End
of the Innocence."
Moving down to the third floor we were immersed in "Life
of a Recording," where video screens and interactive exhibits tell
the story of how a song is recorded and brought to life from its beginning
until it is ready for the radio. To help demonstrate the process, the
museum features various recording booths, where guest can learn how
to record, mix, and master a recording.
We next explored a new exhibit entitled: Whitney! Celebrating
the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston. This exhibition explores the
extraordinary life and career of the six-time GRAMMY Award winner and
provides an in-depth look at all aspects of her creative life. The display
is highlighted by authentic stage costumes, albums and career scrapbooks
from her early career, rare photographs, ticket stubs, concert posters
Back at the Luxe we had lunch and learned about the
hotel's full-service boutique spa, which offers treatments such as a
rhythmic Thai massage, an exfoliating Body Polish or a clarifying "Be
Well Facial." In addition to massages, facials and body treatments,
the spa also features waxing services, hair and makeup, private sessions
in yoga, Pilates and tai chi, along with an assortment of deluxe spa
The hotel is currently offering a Be Well Package, which
includes an hour European facial and a one hour full body massage for
$170 per person, not including gratuity. For appointments, call (213)
300-0456 or email Spa@luxecitycenter.com.
The Luxe City Center Hotel is located at 1020 S. Figueroa
St, Los Angeles, 90015. For more information and reservations, call
(213) 748.1291 or visit: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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