Flowery, Functional, and a Whole Lot of Fun: The O Hotel Has it All

O Hotel The Burrow
The Burrow at O Hotel | Photo: The Burrow, Facebook

You’re known for your efficiency, whether it’s in your style, your work ethic, or the way you run your social calendar. As far as you’re concerned, functionality makes the world go 'round, yet you’re the first to point out that you can’t spell "functional" without fun. This is precisely why you’ve chosen the O Hotel in Downtown LA’s Financial District to serve as your home base while you’re in Los Angeles.

Situated on Flower Street between 8th and 9th, you’re delighted to learn that the O Hotel was originally constructed in 1925, as it charms you to know that the building has served a valuable role in the city’s history for nearly a century. You’re even more enchanted to discover that the friendly staff answers all of your questions before you have time to ask them.

During your stay you’ll enjoy a daily continental breakfast, access to the nearby Gold’s Gym (in addition the hotel’s fitness center), delivery of USA Today to your room upon request, luggage storage should you need it, and complete access to the O Hotel’s on-site business center, including printing of documents, boarding passes, etc.

O Hotel Flower Suite
Flower Suite | Photo: O Hotel

You booked the Flower Suite and when you enter you’re again smitten with how perfectly functional your room is. It’s a minimalist’s delight, outfitted in white, grey, and black, save for the bold, beautiful red and white floral wall covering behind your bed. Before you begin unpacking and setting up your temporary office, you realize a little caffeine pick-me-up is in order, so you quickly brew yourself a Nespresso, and flip on the Google Smart TV to catch up on the news, while seated comfortably in the ergonomic desk chair.

As you continue unpacking and stowing your sensitive information in the safety deposit box, you take note of the pretty city view from the window, and the eco-friendly bath products in both bathrooms. This well-appointed, thoughtfully designed room is simply perfect.

O Hotel Frais Spa
Frais Spa at the O Hotel | Photo: Frais Spa, Facebook
Frais Spa organic facial
Organic Facial | Photo: Frais Spa at the O Hotel, Facebook

Next it’s time for scheduling, and that includes booking a Shower & Steam along with the Frais Signature Organic Brightening Facial, at the on-site Frais Spa for later in the afternoon. But first, thanks to the in-room Compendium, which was written by the hotel’s concierge, you know there are plenty of LA landmarks to visit, many of which you can do on foot.

Skyslide at OUE Skyspace
Skyslide at OUE Skyspace  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Just a few blocks away, you decide to take in the entirety of Downtown LA from nearly 1,000 feet in the air, all the while enjoying an interactive, guided tour of the history of Los Angeles. At OUE Skyspace, California’s tallest open-air observation deck featuring 360-degree views of the city, you get the lay of the land and a crash course in the various neighborhoods and cultural points of interest throughout the city.

Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity" at The Broad
Yayoi Kusama, "Longing for Eternity," 2017 [detail]. Photo by Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio. Image © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice; Yayoi Kusama Inc.

Keeping an eye on the time, so you don’t miss your afternoon check-in time at The Broad, you weigh all of your options, and decide you have enough time to take a closer look at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall adjacent to The Broad. To make the most of your limited time, you’ve reserved spaces to visit both of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Rooms, The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away and Longing for Eternity.

Scene from "La La Land" at Angels Flight in Downtown LA
Scene from La La Land at Angels Flight  |  Photo: @filmtourismus

By the time you’re finished at The Broad, you realize it’s nearly time for your spa appointment, but if you hustle, you can take a quick ride on the “world’s shortest railway,” aka the iconic Angels Flight, which you’ve seen in so many movies.

Back at the O Hotel you head to the Frais Spa and wrap yourself in a fluffy spa robe as you head in for an aromatherapy steam sauna, followed by a shower. You’re then treated to your facial, wherein the aesthetician works their magic, using organic products including a multi-fruit acid peel, grape stem cells, kombucha, seaweed, and a French mud clay detox mask to tone and smooth your skin.

O Hotel BKLA Guava Mama cocktail
Guava Mama by the fireplace at BKLA | Photo: @bkla.kitchen, Instagram

As you return to your room, feeling refreshed and proud of all that you managed to squeeze into your day, the first pangs of hunger hit you. You’re not worried about finding a place for dinner though. After all, you specifically chose the O Hotel because it boasted not only an onsite spa, but two onsite dining options. You head down to BKLA (Bar Kitchen Los Angeles) where a glowing fireplace welcomes you.

The lentil soup with hints of lime and cilantro primes your belly for the rich and delicious braised beef ragout in the Pappardelle Pasta. You wrap up your meal by splurging on the chocolate coconut brownie and making a mental note to block out an hour for a trip to the gym first thing in the morning.

O Hotel The Burrow couches
Have a seat at The Burrow | Photo: @theburrowla, Instagram

Nothing sounds better than a nightcap before bed, so you head downstairs to The Burrow, an intimate hideaway beneath the O Hotel, to settle into a comfy couch and order one of The Burrow signature cocktails. In the cozy comfort of The Burrow, you relax a bit, as you plan your next day in Los Angeles.

Fortunately, thanks to the prime location of the O Hotel, the entire city is at your fingertips. You can walk to STAPLES Center, L.A. LIVE, and dozens of other Downtown landmarks; or you can head west to the beach, north to Hollywood, and practically everywhere in between, from the easily accessible 7th St/Metro Center just one block away. Heck, if you plan well enough (and you always do), you can probably see it all, and at the end of the day return to your charmingly vintage, quintessentially modern boutique hotel for dinner and a drink.


O Hotel
819 S Flower St, Los Angeles 90017