The lobby and public areas of the hotel feature exquisite fresco artwork by Italian artist Giovanni Smeradi, of Vatican and White House fame, which captures the opulent style of the 1920s.
Famed New York architects Schultze and Weaver designed the hotel in the Spanish-Italian Renaissance style to reflect the Castilian heritage of California.
The hotel offers 683 elegant, newly renovated guestrooms, of which, 33 are specialty rooms that offer modern amenities for physically challenged guests. The rooms are equipped with wireless high-speed Internet access (fee), satellite TV with pay per view movies, telephone, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, coffeemaker with tea and coffee.
The hotel has three full-service restaurants.
The hotel is located at the corner of fifth and Grand, in the financial and cultural heart of downtown Los Angeles. The hotel is in close proximity to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Music Center of Los Angeles, Staples Center, Civic Center, Dodger Stadium, shopping centers and fine restaurants. The hotel is just one block from the quick Metro Red Line subway, the hotel is within easy traveling distance to exciting venues like Universal Studios and Kodak Theaters.