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L.A.'s Moroccan Hotel

Badia Suite, Figueroa Hotel, L.A.
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The Figueroa Hotel’s Badia Suite with a balcony and canopy bed.

Step into the Figueroa Hotel and you're transported thousands of miles from downtown Los Angeles to the sultry souks and opulent walled gardens of Marrakech.

A Moroccan fantasy complete with silk-tented ceilings, sari fabrics, and handwoven rugs, the Figueroa is an out-of-country experience—one block from the Staples Center sports and entertainment arena.

Built as a YWCA in 1925, the hotel has a storied—some would say seedy—history. Troops awaiting deployment were housed there during World War II . Then the Figueroa spent many decades as a down-at-the-heels residential hotel, hosting monthly guests.

These days, you're much more likely to spot an up-and-coming starlet poolside at the lush, mosaicencrusted Veranda Bar, where you also get a gasp-inducing view of the glittering Los Angeles skyline. (800) 421-9092,

Photography courtesy Figueroa Hotel

This article was first published in March 2009. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.