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
Literally don’t waste time going anywhere else. This hotel, the amenities, vibe, and last but certainly not least the INCREDIBLE STAFF, front desk thank you AJ, bartenders, room service, waitress in the restaurant best girl. EVERYONE is amazing and treats you like royalty!! We had the best night of our lives in the ACE SUITE, pictures don’t even do it justice! Thank you for dropping a love bomb on us and giving us an experience we will never forget!
We stayed here for three nights while my son attended BeautyCon at the LA Convention Center. The convention center is a short walk (15 mins) through a fairly quiet area, so that worked out well. There are so many things to talk about, but the main thing is that we enjoyed great service in every part of the hotel - from check-in to check-out. I was a little worried when we picked this hipster spot for our stay, but I should not have been concerned. The person who checked us in was very friendly. The same person and another person at the front desk were friendly and helpful when we were looking for recommendations. The door men always had a smile and a hello and the staff in the Best Girl restaurant were wonderful.
We had a Medium room and it had a modern vibe in its decor. Not the largest hotel room I have ever stayed in, but it was perfectly laid out for two people to enjoy their stay. Very clean and comfortable. The bed was a platform bed and a tad firm for me, but I still slept comofortably. We were on the 5th floor and could here a little street noise, but nothing that disturbed our sleep. Great water pressure in the shower and nice bath products. I especially enjoyed the soft towels!
My sister and her younger children met us for one night (she had the large double-queen room). We had thought about taking the kids for a swim, but the pool area is very small (like a super-sized hot tub) and pretty much a bar. One of the kids still insisted on swimming and we found a sweet spot of around 7 pm where it was a little quieter and she fully enjoyed the pool.
We enjoyed dinner and breakfast at Best Girl. Both meals were good and convenient. We also enjoyed drinks at Upstairs (the bar that is part of the pool area). That was good, too.
Finally, the building is old and the lobby made me feel a little 1970s retro grunge, but in a good way. The rooftop is gorgeous and you can see some LA landmarks from there. On the way out, the bell hop, who was helping us with our bags, chatted with us about the history of the building and the theater next door. So awesome to see our historical buildings being repurposed. As he suggested, we will time our next stay with a show at the Ace Theater next door (another preserved piece of LA history).
We enjoyed our stay and will be back!
I reserved a room for 3 nights in July 2018 staying for business and checked out after 1 owing to a dreadful experience. My first room was 3 floors beneath the rooftop bar which I discovered until midnight on Sunday is pumping out house music at levels which basically penetrate your room owing to the non double glazed windows making it impossible to sleep without ear plugs.
The staff were admittedly great at night, and when I complained about the noise moved me to another room a few floors down, also facing the back of the hotel. This room unfortunately smelt badly of sick, like sick that had been cleaned up but left a high pitched residual smell.
After heading downstairs with my bags again, I was then moved to a final room which had had no air con on all day and so was stiflingly hot, with a bed right under the air con so that i was simultaneously hot and cold. It felt stifling and weird in the room to boot, and i kept hearing voices from another room or outside, but they sounded like they were in my room, whatever. I couldn't bring myself to complain again as I felt too embarrassed so I waited til 7am after no sleep at all and checked myself out after explaining what had happened.
I'm pretty outraged that I wasn't offered any kind of discount given the shoddiness of the hotel and the fact that Ive stayed so many times at the Ace in Palm Springs, which i made a point of saying.
I'm never going to stay at one of their hotels again off the back of this and recommend you avoid the hotel if you want a good night's sleep. Probably awesome if you want to hang with dudes on the roof or in the lift til midnight on a sunday and then vom up beer in your room though.
I went to LA for a girls trip with two friends and we had a great stay at Ace Hotel. The history of the building is really cool, the refurbishment has been well done and definitely has a minimalist, hipster aesthetic. The rooms were very clean and spacious. We also found the beds were super comfortable and despite being downtown, the rooms were quiet. The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. Definitely recommend Ace for a central spot in LA!
For the most part the Ace is very good. The small rooms can be very small, but are functional. Note that rooms facing Broadway can be loud. The hotel has a nice contemporary design that's very LA and quite comfortable, but is designed for a younger crowd.
Most spaces in the hotel are pleasant to hang out in. The staff was excellent, although service can sometimes be slow depending on the space. The rooftop bar and pool are great places to hang out, and the restaurant and room service are excellent.