The Ace hotel family has made a name for itself by creating hip and fun hotels around the world that are still approachable and reasonably priced. After successful runs in Palm Springs, New York, London, Portland, Seattle and Panama, Ace Hotel has finally landed in downtown Los Angeles.
The downtown location for the new Ace is within the old United Artists building—a company founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and DW Griffith—that has an inherently rich history and a beautiful art deco style interior. The building was originally built in 1927 and it still retains its original ornate charm, particularly in the actual theater itself, which is now used for live entertainment. When the 13-story building was built it held the title of tallest building in the city for about a year.
The guest rooms mostly have modern lines, retro color schemes and warm earthy details to ground the design. Some feature turntables and vinyl (apparently a new requirement for any hip hotel) or acoustic guitars.
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The roof of the hotel hosts a bar reasonably called the Upstairs Bar, a lounge and pool area, which has amazing views of the city including the Staples Center. The lounge is full of giant tree trunk tables, oversized chairs, couches with pillows, and fireplaces to keep it cozy.
The drink menu upstairs features traditional tropical cocktails as well as classic cocktails. Try the Old Fashioned or the tequila and ginger beer based East Los Mule. Besides drinks there are also snacks available for purchase at the bar, which is equally great for pool lounging and late night munchies. Options include things like jerky, Red Vines, and potato chips. Some nights there are DJ’s playing at the Upstairs Bar and it attracts plenty of locals in addition to the actual hotel guests.
The LA Chapter restaurant downstairs is a black and white tiled brassiere with a European inspired menu full of vegetables and seafood cooked on the lighter end of the spectrum. You can’t go wrong with the avocado toast, grilled beef burger, or the roasted black cod. Top any meal off with a signature Bloody Mary. LA Chapter also has a coffee counter off of the lobby that’s open most of the day for those Stumptown caffeine fixes.
The Theatre at the Ace is one of the most amazing parts, with the three story, 1,600 seat restored Spanish gothic style beauty remaining ornate and the best sort of throwback. The theatre is covered both in mirrors and in murals. These days the theatre hosts events like film premiers, events, concerts, and seminars. Recent events included a residency of the artist collective the L.A. Dance Project. Upcoming events include RuPaul’s Drag Race Reunited and a concert by musician Lykke Li.
And that “Jesus Saves” sign on the roof? That’s leftover from when the building acted as the headquarters for a televangelist and his church the University Cathedral.
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