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“Trendy hotel in the renovated United Artists Tower in the heart of LA. The rooms blend contemporary minimalism with hipster-chic features, prioritising comfort and character over luxury. The rooftop pool and terrace offers spectacular views, and the 1920s-style restaurant draws foodies from all over”

“Trendy hotel in the renovated United Artists Tower in the heart of LA. The rooms blend contemporary minimalism with hipster-chic features, prioritising comfort and character over luxury. The rooftop pool and terrace offers spectacular views, and the 1920s-style restaurant draws foodies from all over”

Hotel Review

The Ace Hotel Downtown LA's history is no less colourful than this part of town. Housed in the former United Artists building, the offices of Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford before it was sold to the evangelical pastor Gene Scott. Proud of its history, the Spanish Gothic theatre built by Chaplin still remains (it is utterly breathtaking, try and catch a show whilst you're there) as does the larger than life, neon rooftop sign proclaiming "JESUS SAVES". Reflective of the building's heritage and Downtown's lively past the interiors are a juxtaposition of the roaring twenties and LA's rock and roll era. Black and white photographs adorn the walls alongside sketches of musicians past and present. Rooms are more contemporary with an industrial edge. Exposed cement, brickwork and colour pops whilst large windows provide fantastic views of the city. Small rooms are what they say on the tin, no upscale marketing here, but they are perfectly formed and include a flatscreen TV and well stocked minibar. All bathrooms include indulgent Rudy’s toiletries and Pearl+ soaps. The Medium Suite with Terrace is a great value option for some private outdoor space. The loft suites feel like your very own apartment, whilst the Ace Suite is truly palatial and includes its own private terrace (right underneath that famous “JESUS SAVES” sign. Added extras also include your own Ace x Rega RP1 turntable and acoustic Martin Guitar. Downstairs the breakfast bar is a real treat and includes cold-pressed juices, freshly ground coffee as well as all American favourites: pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Lunch and dinner are also served in the 1920s style restaurant, and there is a relaxed outdoor seating area that feels distinctly New York, rather than LA. Upstairs the rooftop bar, lounge and pool are a real “scene”, great if that’s what you’re looking for; less so if you’re after a relaxing wallow by the pool with your book. Here food is limited (you’re a long way from the kitchen!) and expensive for what it is. This is a place to meet and mingle. The pool is more of a Jacuzzi, but a great respite from the midday California sun: if you can get a lounger! Staff are incredibly friendly and always happy to help or recommend you things to do and see in the area. The property’s Downtown location make it an uber trendy spot, this coupled with its excellent signature cocktails and DJ sets means its very popular with outside guests, especially on the weekend. That said, if a jovial vibe is what you’re after then this may well be the spot for you!
Recommended for
  • Local exploring
  • In the heart of the LA city centre, it is very well connected. 5 minutes from the Staples Centre and Fashion District
  • City Style
  • Runner-up in Best Newcomer, Smith Hotel Awards 2014, boosted by its rooftop pool and loft-like rooms.
  • Value chic
  • For such a central hotel, these chic and modern rooms aren't too expensive
 

Written by Megan Lambert

Recommended For

  • Local exploring
  • In the heart of the LA city centre, it is very well connected. 5 minutes from the Staples Centre and Fashion District
  • City Style
  • Runner-up in Best Newcomer, Smith Hotel Awards 2014, boosted by its rooftop pool and loft-like rooms.
  • Value chic
  • For such a central hotel, these chic and modern rooms aren't too expensive
  • Close to nightlife
  • Cole's, one of the iconic prohibition era Speakeasy's is within walking distance of the property - well worth a visit
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • The restored Gothic Theatre, built by Charlie Chaplin is a must visit: ask about shows at the box office
  • Designer Shopping
  • Downtown, Fashion District and The Arts District have some excellent designer and boutique stores
  • Other Activities
  • Weekend DJ sets on the rooftop are very popular
  • Museums
  • The revamped Arts District is a must visit
  • Restaurant
  • LA Chapter evokes 1920s glamour with its geometric decor, serving sophisticated Californian cuisine.
  • Free wifi
  • WiFi is available in all areas, free of charge.
  • Family Suites
  • Lively
  • Roof terrace
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Full of character
  • Lively area
  • Views
  • Historic
  • Chic
  • Gym
  • Pet friendly
  • Quirky
  • Child friendly
  • Disabled access
  • Contemporary

Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • A plunge pool surrounded by loungers and has fantastic views of the LA skyline- the perfect spot to relax with cocktail in hand
  • Bar
  • There is a mezzanine bar at LA Chapter, but Upstairs is the main bar, on the rooftop serving delicious cocktails.
  • Restaurant
  • LA Chapter evokes 1920s glamour with its geometric decor, serving sophisticated Californian cuisine.
  • Free wifi
  • WiFi is available in all areas, free of charge.
  • Meeting Room
  • Shops
  • Family Suites
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Roof terrace
  • Rooms with balcony/terrace
  • Parking
  • Towelling robes
  • Views
  • Gym
  • Pet friendly
  • Child friendly
  • Room service
  • Disabled access
  • Suites
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning

Activities

  • Close to nightlife
  • Cole's, one of the iconic prohibition era Speakeasy's is within walking distance of the property - well worth a visit
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • The restored Gothic Theatre, built by Charlie Chaplin is a must visit: ask about shows at the box office
  • Designer Shopping
  • Downtown, Fashion District and The Arts District have some excellent designer and boutique stores
  • Other Activities
  • Weekend DJ sets on the rooftop are very popular
  • Museums
  • The revamped Arts District is a must visit

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