Hotel Indigo: Age of Metropolis

The revitalization of DTLA continues with the opening of Hotel Indigo® Los Angeles Downtown. This groundbreaking collaboration between hotel conglomerate IHG and Chinese developer Greenland U.S.A. is changing the downtown L.A. skyline, setting the bar for a new way of luxury living, and revolutionizing hospitality industry of Downtown L.A.

Hotel Indigo®, the new global flagship of the Hotel Indigo® brand, is a distinctive hotel with 350 rooms arranged over 18 floors and amenities that include 24-hour gym, wonderful pool deck (fire-pits and entertaining spaces included), ballrooms, meeting rooms, Metropole Bar + Kitchen, and 18th floor sky-bar lounge/restaurant named 18 Social.

Each Hotel Indigo® across the world is unique and represents the flavor and culture of its surrounding neighborhoods. More than anything, fans of downtown are particularly interested in its past and in its future. Luckily for them, a delightful mixture of both can be found inside Hotel Indigo L.A. with its exterior sparking a revolution in modern design and its interior, designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, who have accentuated the inside with influences from L.A. Downtown History circa the 1890’s and 1940’s; Downtown’s golden age.

Early cinema’s actresses and directors; most notably Anna May Wong, inspired the guest rooms. Wong, was the first Chinese-American movie star was an exotic and alluring actress that achieved international stardom. These Wong inspired guest rooms embody her experiences living downtown with guest room murals incorporating window views from the period. Also, there are influences from early downtown theatres in 18 Social showcasing plush velvets, modern patterns, neon and photographs of the theatres of Broadway.


Downtown’s underground tunnels which were used to secretly shuttle illegal hooch from place to place and even large sums of money to banking interests around Spring street and City Hall, led to speakeasies where prohibition drinkers could relax in relative safety.

Luckily for us, tunnels aren’t needed to move liquor around anymore. You can just bustle over to ground level Metropole Bar + Kitchen and order a signature drink from the 20s-themed menu. A Brown Derby (Bourbon), an FDR (Vodka or Gin), or even a Mann’s Chinese Theater (Spiced Rum). The FDR is a recreation of what Roosevelt made himself when ending prohibition; the 21st amendment.

With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, head over to Hotel Indigo for a Dirty Shirley (Tequila, Fresh lime, club soda and house-made grenadine).  As a celebration of the Hotel’s opening, there will be multiple customer events and a lucky reader of Downtown Weekly will win an overnight Junior Suite package with parking, dinner brought to them by Alterra Home Loans and a complimentary breakfast as well.

People are in awe of the hotel and what’s coming since construction began in 2013.

Bruce Curry, Director of Sales and Marketing for Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown says, “The hotel’s design elements have touched many people in a unique way especially within the resurrection of Downtown L.A.”

He also emphasizes that Greenland has been a great partner with “deep pockets” and the type of company all hotel companies want to “connect with because they can bring great projects and have the mindset and wherewithal to make things happen.” They even airlifted stone from Turkey when the original supplier fell through and construction deadlines needed to be met.

Coming for a concert? A LAKER’s game?  Or just in on business? Hotel Indigo® Los Angeles Downtown is a fantastic choice for travel in Downtown and throughout Los Angeles. It’s also minutes from USC, Dodger Stadium and only 15 miles from LA’s beautiful beaches. The hotel is situated at the intersection of the Financial District, LA Live and is walking distance to the STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theatre, Convention Center and FIGAT7TH.


The hotel is one of four towers in the massive Metropolis complex which has been in the works since 1987. The three remaining towers are luxury condominiums and will take occupancy over the two few years.

Tower I which is 38 floors and was the first building complete has lucky owners already moving in. Tower II will be 40 floors and is slated to be complete in the middle of 2018. Tower III will be 56 floors and completed in 2019. It will be the tallest residential building west of the Mississippi. When complete, there will be over 1,500 luxurious units in total and 70,000 sf. of retail and shopping space.

Winston Yan, Chief Technical Officer for Greenland U.S.A says the Metropolis project is a “Complex project due to the combination of retail, hotel and residential up against the 110 freeway and California’s earthquake requirements.”

Greenland U.S.A. has two other U.S. projects they’re currently working on: Brooklyn and San Francisco.  Yan says they are always on the lookout for new projects which benefit the local communities as Metropolis has benefitted Downtown. Based on the economic impact analysis, the Metropolis will create 15,000 jobs. Hotel Indigo® has currently hired 150 employees. The hotel estimates point to first year tax receipts of five million for Los Angeles City.

IHG has over 5,000 hotels worldwide and the soon-to-be-finished 900 room InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown which will be 1,100 feet and 73 stories. It is the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

The future of Downtown looks nothing but bright thanks to companies such as IHG and Greenland bringing their talents, skill, and investments.

Hotel Indigo® is located at 899 Francisco St, Los Angeles, CA 90017.