Planning your trip to downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times Staff Writer


Los Angeles Athletic Club, 431 W. 7th St., Los Angeles 90014; (213) 625-2211; Seventy-two rooms, usually $170-$200 a night.

Hilton Checkers, 535 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90071; (213) 624-0000; A European-style boutique hotel aimed mostly at business travelers, Checkers has 188 rooms and a snug spot next to the Central Library. Rates $209-$259 for most rooms.

The Stay, 636 S. Main St., Los Angeles 90014; (213) 213-7829, Opened in 2008 as a hotel-hostel hybrid, typically offering bunk beds for $35, private rooms with shared baths for $55 and private rooms with private baths for $75. It has 160 spartan rooms on three floors. It’s actually a subset of the larger Hotel Cecil, whose large old lobby is next door, but the Stay’s lobby and rooms boast fresh coats of paint (bright white and orange), free continental breakfasts and several Macs for guest use in the mezzanine level. The 33 rooms with private baths are the fastest sellers.


Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles 90012; (213) 617-3300, Seventeen stories and 453 rooms, a few steps from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Disney Hall and the fountains and eateries of California Plaza. Rates $169-$259 for most rooms; more for suites.


Bottega Louie Restaurant & Gourmet Market, 700 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90017; (213) 802-1470, Italian. Dinner entrees $12-$35. No reservations.

Café Metropol, 923 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013; (213) 613-1537, Gourmet burgers, salads, pizza. Main dishes $10-$18. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mondays-Saturdays.


Hoan Kiem, 727 N. Broadway, Suite 130, Los Angeles 90012; (213) 617-3650, no website. Three Vietnamese dishes, all $6.75 or less. 10 a.m.-4p.m. Cash only.

La Golondrina, 17 Olvera St., Los Angeles 90012; (213) 628-4349; no website. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Dinner main dishes $10-$24.

Nickel Diner, 524 S. Main St., Los Angeles 90013; (213) 623-8301, Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesdays-Saturdays. Breakfast and lunch Sundays. Closed Mondays. Dinner main dishes $9.50-$13.75.



The Standard Hotel, Rooftop Bar, 550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles 90071; (213) 892-8080,

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Gallery Bar, 506 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90071; (213) 624-1011,

WP24 restaurant and lounge, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90015; (213) 743-8824, Perched on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the L.A. Live complex. WP24 opened in 2010.



Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles 90071; (213) 228-7000, Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles 90007; (213) 763-3466, Open 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily. Adults $9, children 5-12, $2; children 4 and younger are admitted free

Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles 90013; (213) 624-2378, Open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Free parking at 3rd and Hill streets with validated $10 minimum purchase.

Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012. Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, Open all hours.


Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles 90012; (323) 850-2000, Seats 2,255. Tickets generally cost $18-$165, with $10 and $20 seats sometimes available for students and seniors.

Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk,

The Derby Dolls, 1910 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90026; (310) 285-3766, Matches all year long. Admission $18-$40. Over 21 only, but occasional matches open to all ages.