Angelenos looking to get away for the weekend in the age of coronavirus mustn't travel far, because the historic Hotel Figueroa, a.k.a. The Fig, in DTLA has launched the antidote to lockdown restlessness— "Daycation" packages that let hotel guests and locals alike chill poolside near a 70-year old cactus grove, as well as new wellness and fitness classes such as pilates, meditation sessions, sound baths, and outdoor massages.
For some much-needed self-care right in your backyard, Hotel Figueroa is serving up six socially-distanced experiences ranging from $35 to $150. Available for purchase via ResortPass, you can choose from a Morning or Afternoon Daycation, which comes with a reserved pool lounge chair for three to four hours, access to the outdoor heated pool, a pool towel, poolside food and beverage service, and self-parking for $5 with validation from the hotel's outdoor Mexico-City-inspired restaurant, Veranda Al Fresco. But most importantly, there's free Wi-Fi.
When, or if, you find yourself wanting to put your leggings to use outside of the house, go with the Morning or Afternoon Wellness Pass, which include all amenities in the Morning and Afternoon Daycation in addition to a patio-side pilates class with The Bridge and a complimentary smoothie.
There's an Afternoon Cabana package starting at $150 too, which allows four people to unwind in a shaded cabana with a complementary bottle of house rosé from 2 to 6 p.m. If you're looking to mix business with pleasure, there's also the All Day Cabana package, which includes all the amenities in the Afternoon Cabana but for longer, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Fig is also launching fitness and wellness activations on its rooftop patio, available for an ongoing basis for hotel guests, free of charge, and for Angelenos with rates varying per class. The Bridge pilates classes happen all week, SWEAT Yoga classes are on Wednesdays at 5pm, and Alo Yoga mindfulness classes begin Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Soon hotel guests can book massages by Soothe at Lower Rick's.
If sipping rosé near the hotel's coffin-shaped pool nestled within a botanical oasis isn't enough to take the edge off, The Fig's Covid-19 safety measures will surely assuage any concerns. All Daycationers must wear masks unless swimming or eating, pool chairs are spaced six feet apart, there are hand sanitizer stations aplenty, the staff sanitize pool chairs and other poolside furniture after every use, plus employees are screened for symptoms at the start of their shifts and must also wear masks. In addition, the lounge chairs feature QR codes that upon scanning directs visitors to the restaurant menu.
These measures are an extension of the comprehensive health and safety plan the hotel implemented at the peak of pandemic, which includes self check-in kiosks, glass shields at concierge desks, rigorous cleaning and sanitization of guest rooms and public spaces, face masks being required indoors, a 10-foot social distance protocol for all guests and staff, a one- to two-person capacity limit on elevator, and communications with guests primarily via text.
For the first several weeks of the pandemic, Hotel Figueroa housed essential workers, emergency personnel, and community members before gradually welcoming back leisure travelers and staycationers, according to Connie Wang, Hotel Figueroa's Managing Director.
As the crisis evolved and occupancy within the hotel industry plummeted by at least 70% in some markets, Hotel Figueroa found a way to pivot. In August, the hotel launched a drive-in screening series of films created by women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists. The series, presented by WUTI, an all-women collective, kicked off with Queen and Slim, followed by a showing of Love and Anarchy. the week after. In September, the hotel's parking lot hosted the LA Times Food Bowl drive-in BBQ and the Pitchfork Music Festival, respectively.
Wang says The Fig's Daycation packages and wellness offerings will be available through fall, and depending on demand, good weather, and occupancy, will be extended.
Hotel Figueroa, 939 South Figueroa St., L.A., 90015; (866) 734-6018