Five different itineraries, curated exclusively for Hotel Indigo: Los Angeles Downtown, in partnership with Cartwheel Art, have been designed, in order to offer guests and locals the opportunity to discover the lesser-known stories of our surrounding neighborhood.


Custom group tours for any day of the week (with the exception of Sunday), can be booked by calling Cartwheel Art Tours at 213.537.0687 or contacting Cartwheel Art Tours by Email.

Also, tour tickets can be purchased directly for Friday’s and Saturday’s Underground LA public tours, online HERE.


The hotel’s striking interiors, conceived by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), are inspired by the 1920’s Prohibition Era, infusing elements from the city’s underground speakeasies and network of underground tunnels hidden beneath the city streets, the budding Hollywood movie industry, Jewelry District, historic Chinatown, and more. These curated Cartwheel Art itineraries seek to bring to life these themes by connecting what guests and locals see in the newly opened hotel to the surrounding neighborhood – past and present.

The “Underground LA,” tour, provides a captivating way to peek into the city’s famed underground tunnels and speakeasies that are unbeknownst to most and learn about the city’s “underground” past, ranging from famous prohibition-era murders to the famous speakeasy haunts that Hollywood elite would frequent.

Playing off the interior elements of the hotel’s signature restaurant Metropole Bar + Kitchen, which include tunnel-shaped booths as well as a jazz band mural reminiscent of a forbidden party during the Prohibition Era, the “Underground LA” tour will take guests for a peek under the busy streets of Los Angeles to discover century-old tunnels and speakeasies, alongside more modern interpretations of the city’s hidden watering holes.

“These thoughtfully-curated tours help us convey the neighborhood story to our guests in an interactive way,” says Raymond Vermolen, General Manager of Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown hotel. “It creates a very defined connection between the hotel’s design narrative and distinct attractions around downtown.”


Each tour is available for $85 per person, with a minimum of four participants per tour. (except for the Art & Artisans tour that requires a minimum of six persons). Tours must be booked 48-hours in advance. The available days and hours for tours vary.


Underground L.A.
Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Explore the city’s “underground” past ranging from famous prohibition-era murders to the famous speakeasy haunts that the Hollywood elite would frequent, with Cartwheel Art Tours.

The tour, will include a few stops, under the busy streets of Los Angeles, where you’ll peek into century-old tunnels and speakeasies, alongside experiencing more modern interpretations of the city’s hidden watering holes

In addition to the underground experiences, additional tour highlights will include Grand Central Market, and Coles. This tour can also be customized for guests based on their interests in Downtown Los Angeles.

Theatres & Golden Age of Hollywood
Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Previously the Hollywood hub during the early years of the 20th century, Downtown Los Angeles is home to iconic theaters and historic landmarks that brought in icons like Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino and Mary Pickford. On this tour, guests will explore the cultural landmarks of the opulent Broadway Theatre district, the largest collection of historic movie palaces in the country. Tour highlights include: Broadway Historic Theater District, Alexandria Hotel, and The Biltmore Hotel.

Architecture & Design
Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Explore Los Angeles’ world-class architectural designs as an expert guide introduces guests to building styles. Discuss the evolution of the streetscape, get inside access to monumental interiors, discover public art, and soak in the skyline vista from city roof tops. 

Art & Artisans
Length of Tour: 2.5 hours

Led by the owners of THESE DAYS art gallery located in Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Core, the Art & Artisan tour begins with a brief history of the gallery and its unique 130- year-old building, which is one of Downtown’s oldest. Afterwards, guests will explore a variety of local mural projects, meeting with local artists along the way. Tour highlights include: Indian Alley, Theirry Noir mural, and El Nopal Press.

Craft Beer & Spirits
Length of Tour: 3 hours

Travel back in time to LA’s Golden Era with a cocktail in hand! Beginning the journey at one of Downtown’s finest modern Whiskey bars and working back in time over the last century one drink at a time, guests will experience the favorite haunts of the gangsters, crooked politicians, and Hollywood stars who made the city into what it is today. Tour highlights include: Seven Grand Bar & Bar Jackalope, Peking Tavern & Crane Bar, and Golden Gopher.

About Hotel Indigo®

The Hotel Indigo® brand is a global boutique hotel brand that delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. From the locally inspired murals to the renewal program where the music, scent, and menu items change throughout the year, each Hotel Indigo hotel delivers a vibrant, engaging and genuine boutique experience that gives guests the confidence to step out and explore the local neighborhood. Each Hotel Indigo property is unique and designed to reflect the local culture, character and geography of the surrounding area while brand hallmarks ensure consistent and reliable service from location to location. No two hotels are the same. There are 75 Hotel Indigo hotels open around the globe, with a quality global pipeline of 75 hotels set to open within the next three to five years.  For more information or to make a reservation, visit

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