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
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)
Parking on site
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Downtown LA’s hip kid clubhouse with a landmark theater, rooftop pool bar and celeb-fave restaurant
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).