Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Big City Sleep
- Rooftop pool and bar scene with killer downtown LA views
- Celeb-spotting while dining on locavore fare at L.A. Chapter restaurant
- Its Gothic-Deco theater, originally opened by Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, now has concerts, dance performances and movie screenings
- Cold-press juices and health food sold out of the theater’s old box office
- Supremely cool vibe but with friendly and inclusive service
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- All rooms have a custom Revo radio, some have acoustic Martin guitars
- “Small” category rooms are just that, but they feel much larger thanks to smart furniture configurations
- Pool is small but it’s more about those endless views and the scene around it
- Like what you see? The shop in the lobby shills much of it (think custom Pendleton blankets, hoodie robes, vintage vinyl and more)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Mary Pickford teamed up with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks to build this Spanish Gothic movie house and tower in 1927 for their new United Artists film studio. Over the years, it’s served as a Texaco office building and the headquarters of a mega-church (thus the “Jesus Saves” neon sign). Then the hip kids at Commune Design teamed up with Ace to convert the building into a hotel. The result? A high-low mix that hearkens back to the buildings maverick beginnings—think throwback checkerboard floors next to modern geometric stained glass, walls papered in old film scripts lit by Deco chandeliers, and loftlike exposed concrete and air ducts softened by custom Pendleton blankets and kilim pillows.
Bed & Bath
Rooms feel more spare and minimalist, with concrete walls and factory windows, low-slung platform beds and colorblocked, primary color blankets. Expect thoughtful extras like custom Revo Radios, custom toiletries by Rudy’s Barbershop and, in some, Martin acoustic guitars.
What you’re really here for is the scene, and the Ace has that in, well, spades. Yes, that is Quentin Tarantino in the corner reading scripts while you breakfast on avocado toast, ginger bruleed grapefruit and Stumptown coffee. Snag a spot by the pool or in the Moroccan-inspired rooftop bar to watch the sun set over the Deco spires of downtown. And be sure to check ahead for concerts, film screenings and more in the hotel’s restored theater, a lavish Spanish Gothic ode to Hollywood glamour.
About the Area
Downtown L.A. is going through a renaissance, its theaters, warehouses and skyscrapers welcoming new creative businesses. Stroll over to the Grand Central Market, a historic landmark building dating back to 1917, where you can sate yourself on everything from craft coffee at G&B to authentic Thai street food at Sticky Rice. Some of LA’s most exciting tables are downtown, including Alma, Baco Mercat and, over in the Design District, Bestia (don’t miss the bone marrow gnochetti!). Take in the reflective stainless steel curves of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, or check out the latest exhibits at MOCA (the Museum of Contemporary Art).
How to Get There
Always good to return to the Ace DTLA. Great location, great staff, comfortable rooms -- It maintains its "edge" naturally without trying to hard. A good place to stay in DTLA. Love the loft rooms with the feeling of space. Room service high quality. Coffee bar in lobby excellent. Unlike other hotels, the Ace doesn't suffer with age, it just gets better. If I had one "ask" it would be for 24 hour room service and coffee bar being open earlier than 6.
I was there for a show and Valentine’s Day. The place was high energy and fun. We were a little early for our restaurant reservation so we had a few drinks on the rooftop. I have forgotten how beautiful it is there. The service was good and a really good cocktails. So now we are in the restaurant and the place is packed with all kinds of different people. Our server was super sweet and attentive. Given it was Valentines Day I didn’t have high expectations of good service or food. I couldn’t have been more wrong The steak frites was amazing and the fried oysters omg. The hotel stay was good. I don’t have much to say about the room because we didn’t spend much time there. Overall the service was great and everyone seemed happy to be there and genuinely concerned about our experience. I loved the stay and will be back for sure. Thanks
We live in Southern California and frequently come to LA. (Usually staying at the Four Seasons) We had never been to this hotel and were blown away. Came for a concert and fell in love with the hotel. From the minute we arrived until our departure was an A+ experience. The rooms are very hip, retro, comfortable and fun. I can’t say enough about the friendly, gracious hospitality of every single staff member. Notable, Jasmine at the front desk was amazing. She wants out of her way to accommodate us, getting restaurant reservations (last minute on VALENTINES DAY) provided information and fun stories about the history of the hotel. All staff seemed truly happy to work there and were incredible friendly. The best breakfast I can remember too! Concert or not, we will definitely be back. Thank you for a great getaway. Kudo’s to the GM - cultivating and motivating a great staff!
We're probably not the Ace's target market -- two middle-aged fuddies traveling with a teenage son. But, hey, I loved the idea, look and location of this place. I booked, then worried for a bit about whether a double Queen room would be too small for a 4-day stay, then upgraded to a loft suite, paying rather more than one needs to pay for four stars in LA.
Once we arrived, the payment was a distant memory. A lovely staff member checked us in and he looked worried too. Would I find the 13th floor too noisy, with the bar just overhead? We decided to give it a go and I'm glad we did. We had a wonderful 4 nights tucked away behind the Jesus Saves sign with LA district views in this seriously cool place. The loft suite was spacious and light-filled and the king bed was so comfortable I want one for home.The noise was just music. Who cares?
There was a kitchenette with a fridge, a few cups and glasses and an actual kettle to boil water. This is a bit of a rarity in the US, so it gets a mention.I thought the guitar in the suite would be a gimmick, but my son really enjoyed playing it. We spent more time that usual in the room and I think this was because is was so pleasant, light and airy.
And we felt welcome, in a low key sort of way. I spent a weekday evening on my laptop in the rooftop bar and nobody turned a hair. Once the weekend hit and my husband had an evening off we went back up there while it was in party mode, which was also lovely. The barista downstairs made me a good, strong cortado every morning.
The area around the hotel was fascinating with all the old broadway theatres, a few blocks of hipster gentrification, the Grand food markets up the road, and Macy's and a bit of high street shopping not far away. Downtown is not the most crowded part of LA so we could get around pretty easily using Lyft too.
Overall I'm really glad we stayed at the Ace. The only reason I have rated it a 4 instead of 5 is that the price was pretty steep, but it really does have everything you need with tons of personality thrown in.
The most disgusting place I've ever stayed, worse than a $26 hostel. Broken windows with bird poo and wind blowing through a cracked window, twin bed falsely advertised as "Queen", broken toilet, dirty cloth shower curtain, extremely dirty/stained old carpets. Only very hot water. Not a vibe, just trash. Not hipster, just trash. Should be SHUT DOWN. Have photos and video of everything. Avoid this place, lots of other options in DTLA.