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
This hotel ticks all the boxes. Beautiful building and design, wonderfull staff and great rooms with cool design. The hotel is within close range of all sorts of historical and beautiful buildings/sites. Loved it!
Ace Hotel is not for everyone, so first ask yourself, “Do I want a comfortable quiet room, or a break from the ordinary?” I’m sure the owners were shooting for a shabby chic, minimalist vibe. But I felt like I was sleeping in a prison cell. My room, which was clean, but small and noisy, had been stripped down to bare structural concrete. The ceiling and top halves of the walls were left that way. The bottom halves had some sort of unfinished backer board screwed to them. The bed consisted of a mattress on plywood, close to the floor. The only furniture was a desk with a hard wooden chair, and a credenza. They looked like worn out Ikea pieces that were left on the curb marked “free.” The floor under the bed was carpeted, but the bathroom floor was unfinished concrete. The prison motif carried throughout the hotel with the black-and-white absence of color, and stenciled signage everywhere. I ate at the ground floor restaurant, Best Girl, where the prison theme extended even to the food. I ordered the cod and was served a cereal bowl containing a square of fish in a salt water broth with 3/4 of a turnip, for $27. There is a hip bar with a swimming pool and a live DJ on the roof, but limited seating. If you have a vehicle, parking is by valet only, at $40 a night. That block of downtown has been gentrified, but is close to some sketchy areas.
We loved it! Jazmine gave us exceptional service by helping us upgrade to a room that was more suitable for us. The decor was very fun and the roof top bar & lounge was amazing. Having a tuned guitar in our room along with a record player and some vintage LPs was a nice touch. We also loved the claw foot bathtub with a view of the city. We were there for the Johnny Swim concert and the whole experience was one we would repeat. The ornate vintage theater was a site in itself.
The Ace Hotel DTLA is always a joyful experience. Friendly people, great food, and well-appointed rooms. The location is fabulous for accessing the best of DTLA. It has become our favorite hotel and rooftop bar.
Great room: loads of space, nicely styled, loved the little additions like earplugs etc.
The rooftop is perfect, I was worried it would be too small and therefore too busy but it wasn't we had drinks in the evening and got a spot by the pool the following morning.
Great service, friendly and v.helpful staff. The restaurant downstairs Best Girl is also great, we had dinner and brunch! Nice touch adding in the $1 coffee too.
Room for improvement? It's not cheap, but I wouldn't expect it to be. I would perhaps suggest, seeing as the room as advertised as having a bar to throw in a bottle of wine or something with the price tag. Also loved the guitar in the room, the BF was very pleased with that.
Will return, maybe in a different city for fun!