It seems kind of strange that NYC and London got outposts of the Ace Hotel before LA but I suppose the Ace team was just waiting for the perfect opportunity to come along. Lucky for everyone, it finally did. The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is fresh off the presses having opened only a few weeks ago in the once famous United Artists theater, a gorgeous Spanish Gothic-style building from 1927.
Sticking close to its hipster roots, the 182 rooms and 16 suites are outfitted with everything artisinal and hip. Local conspirators Commune Design handled the interior design as well as the custom furniture fabrication. Rooms are as utilitarian as you would expect from the Ace but include Revo Radios, free internet and Rudy’s toiletries. Suites are a great choice for longstays and include gorgeous marble and brass wet bars that are equipped with mix, booze and fresh citrus in the fridge. So smart.
This hotel explores a new musical theme for the chain – a dream of the late Ace Hotel Group founder Alex Calderwood. Ace x Rega RP1 turntables and a curated collection of vinyl records can be found in each space. Select suites also include a Martin acoustic guitar and a ceiling spotlight to encourage impromptu performances.
Next door to the hotel, the United Artist’s marquis theater has been transformed into a lush performance space brimming with ornate period details. Each of the 1,600 seats has been reclaimed and reupholstered while a new Art-Deco inspired ticket booth (turned daytime newstand) greets visitors at the entrance.
LA Chapter, the onsite restaurant, is helmed by chef Ken Addington and serves cuisine that is local, organic and modern (so fitting for LA). For more casual fare, a coffee bar that features Stumptown coffee is available in the lobby. The mostly concrete rooftop bar and pool area was developed to look like Donald Judd’s pool in Marfa and includes a lighting installation by Michael Schmidt.
Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
929 South Broadway
Rooms from $199 a night.