Opened in 2014, the 182-room upscale Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is housed in the historic United Artists building in the Broadway Theater District, a revived and trendy area with restaurants, The Staples Center, and the metro within walking distance. Music is the theme here, and many of the industrial-chic, dimly-lit rooms come with Martin Guitars and Ace x Rega turntables, plus a curated selection of vinyl records. All -- from Small to Ace Suites -- include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, Rudy's toiletries, and Pearl + soaps. Upstairs, the rooftop bar offers events every night, and there's also a rooftop pool with great views. The on-site
restaurant, L.A. Chapter, serves kicky American cuisine. Moon Juice offers cold-pressed beverages, while the Coffee Counter keeps everyone caffeinated.
Combines industrial chic with vintage in a historic property with lots of quirky details
The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles makes its home inside the historic United Artists building, which was built in 1927.
The artfully eclectic decor successfully combines industrial chic with quirky vintage details. Arty and eclectic decor from the record library to
the photo booth to the fuzzy walls covers the lobby, which also has playful black-and-white checkered floors, coffered ceilings, and stained-glass windows. The original
factory floors are still here, as are the concrete ceilings, while artwork from
local artists hangs along the walls. L.A. Chapter, the on-site restaurant,
has chains on the ceiling, a metal bar,
broken-in leather furniture, and golden-topped tables. The Coffee Counter, with black and white tile and a mirror menu mimics the look, while the Moon Juice stand
operates out of the theater's old ticket booth. In an atmosphere that stresses individuality, Ace Hotel employees are encouraged to dress in their own casual but hip style -- no uniforms here. The Ace caters to the stylish, hip, young and free-spirited, and draws a lot of musicians and those doing business in the nearby Fashion District.
In the Broadway theater district, with attractions, restaurants, and the
metro within walking distance
The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
is in the gentrifying, and sometimes dodgy, Broadway Theater District, with restaurants, shops, and metro within walking distance. The Orpheum Theater, Nokia Theater, and
Staples Center are less than a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The Walt Disney
Concert Hall is about a five-minute drive, while Dodger Stadium and the University
of Southern California are about 10 minutes away by car. Both Los Angeles International
Airport and Bob Hope Airport are about a 25-minute drive away.
Rooms mix industrial and vintage accents, and have Pendleton wool
blankets, Wi-Fi, flat-screens, and minibars
Room types include Small, Medium with and without terraces, Large, Loft, and Ace Suites. These well-organized spaces all shine in their details, easily combining industrial chic with vintage. Original
concrete floors and ceilings dominate the open areas, and mustard-yellow carpets match colorful Pendleton wool blankets on the beds. Gray chairs and green couches provide extra
Radios, mounted flat-screen TVs, stocked minibars and extra snacks, and Wings + Horns bathrobes come with all rooms. Many rooms have acoustic Martin Guitars and Ace x Rega RP1 turntables with vinyl records, and others have terraces, wet bars, and kitchenettes. Guests have complained about the dim lighting.
Sliding barn doors
and antique-style brass fixtures adorn the open concept bathrooms, with white
or gray tile in the shower/tubs. Photos on the front of the bathroom doors are described in detail on the back of the doors. Some bathrooms have lovely claw-foot tubs while
others have walk-in showers. All bathrooms are stocked with Rudy’s toiletries and Pearl+ soaps. The glassed-in showers and lack of doors in some
bathrooms might be a bit too open for some guests, as they do compromise privacy.
bar and pool with wonderful city views, excellent on-site restaurant, and a 24-hour fitness center
The rooftop bar, the Upstairs, which holds almost nightly events that can include DJs, live bands, yoga classes, and book-release parties -- not to mention its crafted cocktails -- gets crowded with guests and locals alike. A small concrete pool, which is surrounded
by green-padded lounge chairs, is also on the roof. Both the bar and pool offer exceptional
L.A. Chapter, the on-site restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering American fare with a kick. Coffee Counter and Moon Juice, with organic cold-press juices, nut
and seed milks, and snacks, also have space in the hotel. The Mezzanine provides a spot to work, or to gather with friends.
The fitness center, open 24 hours, has vintage-looking red
striped wooden floors and antique fixtures mixed in with modern workout machines and free
weights. Free rental tokyobikes, specifically designed for the hotel, are available to guests, along with 24-hour room service and a coin-operated laundry. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, as this is the type of crowd that needs complete access to their Instagram accounts.
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