I’m walking over to my favorite LA rooftop haunt for after-work drinks. With a cool breeze permeating the air, I sip on my refreshing Papaya Salad Daiquiri and watch the sky slowly change hues as the sun begins to set over a renewed downtown Los Angeles, one with towering new residential complexes, repurposed historic buildings, and converted warehouses.
Downtown Los Angeles started out as a thriving center of culture, shopping, and entertainment but slowly fell to ruin after the end of World War II. As residents began moving into the suburbs, many historic buildings were left abandoned, or worse yet, ended up demolished to make way for parking lots.
Today, the area is almost unrecognizable. From the hip boutiques and burgeoning culinary scene to craft cocktails and Instagrammable blocks of street art, the neighborhood is going through a rapid period of revival, with businesses moving back into the spaces they once held.
Whether it’s dining on tapas at a James-Beard nominated chef’s restaurant or rubbing shoulders at an exclusive social club from the 1800s, get a feel for the changes yourself with a stay in any one of these 10 hotels in Downtown Los Angeles.