It’s telling that downtown Los Angeles’s Japanese district is called “Little Tokyo,” for it is nearly as cramped and vertical as its namesake original. But there is an escape – really, an escape within an escape. The new, 21-story Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens boasts a “Garden in the Sky,” with cascading waterfalls, soothing ponds and scenic flora amid its bamboo-shaded alcoves. Situated on a third-story terrace, this eye-pleasing half-acre also features an on-site spa that provides shiatsu massage and facial treatments. The hotel itself offers business-friendly guestrooms with work desks, 3 multi-line phones, laptop-compatible safes, complimentary weekday newspapers and high-speed Internet access, for when you’re not in the garden.

120 S. Los Angeles St.