I Stayed in DTLA’s Secret Luxury Hotel

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The views from our loft were spectacular (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

Downtown Los Angeles, known as DTLA, is enjoying quite a renaissance. What was once a virtual wasteland after 5 PM is now filled with cool bars, amazing restaurants and luxury hotels, both big and boutique. There is a secret luxury hotel that offers much more than say the Ritz-Carlton, at a lower price. LEVEL Furnished Living is a luxury loft apartment building that rents out fantastic loft suites by the night, as a luxury hotel. It’s a hybrid of a boutique hotel and luxury corporate housing. You can stay for a few nights as a hotel guest, a few months if you’re relocating for work, or sign a one year lease and live at LEVEL as a permanent resident.

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Looking down on the pool deck and basketball court (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

You get all the required luxury hotel amenities, valet parking, bellmen, a 24-hour staffed desk, concierge services and maid service, but instead of a tiny hotel room, you get a luxury loft. A stylishly-furnished, luxury loft with a huge balcony overlooking the city, a washer and dryer, chef’s kitchen, living room area and in some cases, multiple bedrooms. All this for around $300 per night, for a one-bedroom unit. That’s comparable to the cost of a tiny DTLA hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton or InterContinental, both a few blocks away.

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The pool and spa (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

And that’s not all. You also get to live like the residents here, who pay more than $4,000 a month just for a one-bedroom, furnished unit (and up to $10K per month for penthouses). Living like the residents mean you get a full, resort experience. There’s a rooftop pool deck and spa, a huge fitness center and get this, a full-size, lighted rooftop basketball court. This particular amenity, unique to DTLA, makes the hotel and apartments popular with NBA players and coaches. The Staples Center, home court of the LA Lakers, is just a few blocks away. If all that wasn’t enough, there’s even a rooftop outdoor movie theater, where a wonderfully curated selection of films are screened.

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The rooftop, outdoor movie theater (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

Beyond the luxury, views and amenities, the service also impressed me. As there are many residents, you get a more personal experience than at a hotel. They’re also good at dealing with the unexpected. When our 90-pound German Shepherd (LEVEL is very dog-friendly) escaped from our unit, the staff captured him, called me, returned him to our apartment and posted a guard outside our door to make sure he was safe until I arrived back to the building.

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The night views were as amazing as the daytime views (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

The one luxury hotel amenity LEVEL lacks is room service, but there is a sushi restaurant on the ground level and you have a huge range of food options that can be delivered via Uber Eats or Postmates. My favorite place to order from is LA Cafe, a 24-hour upscale diner that delivers.

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The building is itself is striking (Photo by Freddy Sherman)

Read more of Freddy Sherman’s take on travel on his Go World Travel Blog. You can also follow more of his adventures at luxuryfred.com, on his luxuryfred Instagram feed and on his YouTube channel.