Take loads of love, lashings of local talent and throw in homages to glamorous Old Hollywood. Place it all in a famous historic building and what emerges is one of Ace’s buzziest hotels in the heart of DTLA. Often credited with kicking off Downtown LA’s revival, this Art Deco building will stop you in your tracks, bested only by the stunning 1920s theater where Charlie Chaplin once opened.
Formerly the United Artists building, Ace protected and elevated original touches of this Hollywood landmark to create a modernized Art Deco playground for creatives. Calling on their go-to designer, LA-based Commune, the mandate was to carry the 1920s building into the 21st century. Together they incorporated elements like the 13th floor’s wood paneled offices (now guest rooms) as well as modernized the over-the-top 1600 seat theater for cultural events.
Inside the main building, the lobby spans across three floors and sets the scene for LA’s trendiest guests and locals who commingle in that “third space” vibe the Ace has perfected-. Take it to the rooftop for The Upstairs bar where guests lounge in cabanas and cocktails flow freely. Pulling from the hotel’s Jazz Age past and eclectic present, drinks like gin and elderflower Be Gin’tle live alongside favorites like a homemade Michelada. Make sure to stop at in-house restaurant Best Girl, a nod to the first film to be screened in the UA Theatre. Two Michelin-starred and James Beard Award winner Chef Michael Cimarusti helms this seasonally-inspired and sustainably-minded restaurant with highlights like blackberry and bourbon-infused Bardstown Pudding.
On the edge of DTLA, next to South Park, Ace was at the forefront of putting this neighborhood back on the map. Professionals in creative and tech industries flock here and make Ace a go-to for a working lunch or end-of-day drink. The neighborhood itself offers quintessentially LA stops, like trendy Mexican and Latin American restaurants (DAMA never disappoints) and classic French bistro fare with killer views at Perch. Grand Central Market, a 100-year old indoor food hub, has been at the center of LA’s food traditions, past and present. At the top of your list should be Kismet Falafel for their namesake sandwich piled with funky pickled cauliflower, fennel, and mint as well as Sari Sari’s hearty Filipino barbecue dishes and dream-worthy buko (coconut custard) pie.
Around the corner from Ace, New/Found also pays homage to a distinctly Californian Art Deco style with an appointment-only vintage boutique. Renowned vintage expert Richard Wainwright curates an ever-changing collection of designer goods from 60s Dior sunglasses to 80s Gucci evening bags, and covetable creations from lesser-known makers.
Travel with Impact
With roots in the LGBTQ+ community, to which the founders of Ace belong, creating welcoming spaces for guests and host communities is at the heart of Ace Hotel’s mission. Recently, they released a renewed policy on uplifting marginalized voices from across their organization, including the implementation of anti-racism and implicit bias training and revision of all wages to ensure that there is no pay bias. Turning to the host communities, Ace has also committed itself not only to fostering relationships with Black-owned businesses and suppliers to help their hotels run smoothly, but also to developing mentorship and career opportunities to all of its employees.
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