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InterContinental - Los Angeles Downtown, USA
Everything is big-scale at the InterContinental Downtown LA. The tallest building west of the Mississippi, the hotel occupies floors 31 to 73 of the Wilshire Grand Center. The entrance has a vast skylight atrium going from the ground floor to the seventh, letting the light flood in. Huge multicolour walls look like mosaic tiles but on closer inspection it's an artwork made up of thousands of little people stacked on top of each other. The hotel's central location and extensive facilities, such as bars, restaurants, a fitness centre, sauna and pool, make it an ideal base for exploring LA. The large, luxurious rooms are quiet, not least because of features like encasing the lifts in six feet of concrete.
We love that you can step right out of the hotel onto the streets and into the very heart of Downtown.
The hotel is a short walk from attractions including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
By plane: flights to Los Angeles from London take 11 hours. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from LAX airport. On-site parking costs $53.90 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel is popular with both business people, travellers needing a good LA base and couples. With Universal Studios, various museums and galleries nearby and Disneyland 35 minutes away, it's popular with families too. The hi-tech lifts go so fast - 70 floors in under 40 seconds - that your ears pop like you're in an aeroplane.
The outdoor pool on the seventh floor is charming and slickly designed, with an uplifting blue- and white-tiled changing room area.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 3101 is one of the bigger rooms, with two queen size beds and easily space for another bed or cot - ideal for families. We love the modern simplicity of the rooms and their floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking long-reaching views of the huge city.
Standard Room, Executive Room, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, bathrobe, slippers, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Hanging out at rooftop bar and restaurant Spire 73, with incredible views of the city, rows of firepits and great music, is a lovely way to spend an evening. The starter LA Galbi consists of the most delicious strips of beef marinated in soy sauce and Asian pear, blistered shishito peppers and kumchee. A really interesting combination of flavours.
Dekkadance: farm-to-fork dining. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
La Boucherie: steaks, seafood, cocktails, wines. Open Weds-Sun for dinner.
Spire 73: drinks, appetisers, stunning views. Open daily 5pm-midnight.
Lobby Lounge: cocktails, appetisers. Open daily 4pm-midnight.