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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Absolutely wonderful ! I have had my eye on the Ace hotel for some time. When I saw that Jay Shetty was going be at the theatre I booked. The show was fabulous! The theatre fabulous! The hotel fabulous and the staff is fabulous! I describe the Ace as my “updated L.A. version of the NYC Chelsea Hotel.” The vibe is too cool for school. I love the minimalist theme with the precise amount of uniquely added touches in the rooms to meet all your needs/wants without indulgent excess. It is coyly extra. The staff at the Ace, WOWED, they are happy and it shows, they must be treated well by their management. Brett at Best Girl, Patti, Maddie and Kate, Andrew at theatre, baristas, bellhops, bartenders, valet, housekeeping, facilities and front desk who delighted me with their conversation, assistance and enthusiasm. I extended my stay another day to stay in the feels of it all. This is what hoteling is about - when you don’t want to leave, can’t wait to come back and feel like your leaving friends.
Everyone that worked in the hotel was so friendly--from the man who initially took my luggage, to the front desk people who answered any question that I could think of to the last man who insisted on helping me get my suitcase into the Lyft....Such friendly people. It was so nice to feel like I had some friends in a new city.
Excellent hotel experience and attention by staff! Amazing rooms in a beautifully restored/preserved Art Deco downtown historic building complete with a wonderful rooftop bar, and amenities! Top notch experience!! Everything was far beyond our expectations and would highly recommend a stay at Ace's Hotel to anyone seeking a luxurious hip retreat in the heart of LA!