The HER suite at Hotel Figueroa offers the best personal care stay for women

The HER suite at Hotel Figueroa offers the best personal care stay for women

Credit: Tanveer Badal

As women, we have become accustomed to thinking about our safety when traveling, especially when we venture alone. But how often do we think about our personal comfort and well-being from a self-care perspective when choosing a hotel that isn’t a resort getaway? Before a recent stay at the Figueroa Hotel in Los Angeles, I never did. Now I can’t imagine not doing it.

If you’re not familiar with the place, Hotel Figueroa opened its doors in 1926 as an exclusive hostel for solo female travelers, which was quite novel for its time. Nearly 100 years later, the downtown Los Angeles property has expanded its customer base while staying true to its mission of providing a safe space for women. And this is perfectly demonstrated by the recent creation of the HER Suite, a house within the hotel with 268 rooms aimed at those seeking a Happy, Empowered and Rested stay.

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I had the pleasure of staying two nights in the space also known as the Rest and Recovery Suite. A gold sign outside the room deems it so, and upon entering I was met by two additional signs: one that said “Recovery” with an arrow pointing to the right, and one that said “Rest” pointing to the left.

Walking to the right, past the guest bathroom, I ventured into the recovery section of the room, which was designed as a living room, dining room, and kitchen all in one. Old-world furnishings perfectly complemented the property’s Spanish-style design, including the large wooden table that seats six. (Take a virtual tour here and see for yourself.) What was especially unique about this space, aside from its exceptionally large size, were the amenities at your fingertips. And I’m not just talking about a kitchenette, which the room has, I’m talking about the Peloton bike and Hypervolt massage gun in the room that feels so good it makes you want to work out just to have a reason to use it. Ditto for the Normatec 2.0 air compression device that makes leg day (or an uphill ride in that Peloton) seem like no big deal.

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On the sleeping side of the suite, you’ll find a bed outfitted with a fully customizable Eight Sleep pod mattress and custom Pluto pillow, ensuring the space lives up to its name. (Plan your trip two to three weeks in advance so you can take advantage of the pillow option with a pre-trip questionnaire.) There’s also a FORME exercise mirror on view in case you need a little motivation to get moving first thing in the morning. and a bedside guided meditation device if you need extra help winding down at night or setting your intentions for the day.

Another way Hotel Figueroa takes personal care a step further with this suite is by providing toiletries and treats that not only save space in your carry-on, but also enhance your on-site wellness experience. All of the products below are also made by women-owned luxury brands.

  • OSEA Malibu: Kit Best Sellers: Ocean Cleanser, Hyaluronic Sea Serum, Seabiotic Water Cream and Undaria Algae Body Oil
  • Dieux Skin: Forever Eye Mask
  • MORE: Soluble Bath Gel Sachets
  • Mintly: Eco-Friendly Toothpaste Tablets and Toothbrushes
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Wellness takes many forms, so if you’re looking to eat well during your stay, which in my book also qualifies as self-care, you need travel no further than the hotel lobby where Cafe Fig awaits. Choose between chilaquiles and a gyro of grilled chicken at the charming southwestern Mediterranean restaurant presented quite a conundrum, but in the end this last one won me over and my taste buds couldn’t have been happier.

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If Italian food is more your speed, Sparrow will more than appease your appetite. Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, the menu is filled with hearty options, from bruschetta to pasta Bolognese to grilled branzino. If you can’t get a reservation, which is highly recommended, have a drink at the bar during happy hour and gaze out over the adjacent pool area while you sip.

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My stay at Hotel Figueroa really couldn’t have come at a better time. Apartment hunting in the midst of a difficult career transition had caused quite a bit of stress during my travels to Los Angeles, but just being in this suite and surrounded by wellness-oriented tools of all kinds helped me become more aware of taking care of myself. myself. and made it easy to do. There was also an unexpected mental boost knowing that I was sponsoring a business that put my health and the well-being of all women first in so many ways.

I was fortunate during my stay to attend the hotel’s annual featured artist series showcasing the work of Los Angeles-based visual artist Ruthanna Hopper and it was the first time in recent memory that I recall witnessing a business that it really lives up to the principles it was. built on. That night, a record number of Hopper pieces were sold and I don’t think I have to explain what that means not only for an artist but also for a woman in a world where we tend to be less valued monetarily and in so many other ways. than our counterparts.

After this experience, Hotel Figueroa really made me a repeat customer and I would encourage any woman in need of a little R&R (who doesn’t?) to try the HER suite for its sheer size.

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