When I arrived to the Ace Hotel in Downtown LA, Room 1301 greeted me with a postcard hand-Sharpied with ‘you got this Tils’, a cold Japanese beer and a bag of Brooklyn chips. How did the staff know this would be the perfect greeting after a long-haul flight…

LA’s 13 story high-rise, Ace Hotel ascends like a watchtower in the thick of Downtown. This is the spot where art, literature, and history live it up in union. Every dime of this structure reflects true Spanish Gothic design, influenced by Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. The building contains the historic United Artists Theatre, built for the motion picture studio in 1927. The theatre was once used as a church, until its conversion to a hotel – the Ace Hotel in 2014.

Authentic concrete columns cascade poetic details, complemented by a mélange of Angeleno designers’ interiors and artworks. Hand-drawn sketches of Hollywood stars, Michael Jackson and Lakers players line the bars. The restored theatre is a towering front of functional and theatrical Gothic design.

I always request the top floor. Hotels are legitimate social pyramids. Traditionally, if it’s closer to the Penthouse then you are doing something right. On weekends however, go low, the rooftop can get pretty bumping. If like me you are a light sleeper, opt for floors 10 and below.

The rooms are sharp but undone, with concrete ceilings and rogue carpet walls. Lured in by the flawless stack of mags, carefully curated home-grown snack drawer and jersey robes, that post flight consciousness has been played out. The bed is oversized and linen overtly luxurious. If Hendrix showed face to serenade on the guitar hanging out behind me….I would break. Rudy’s Barbershop plant-based products are the ticket, though apparently nailed tight to the walls. The rooms and suites are roomy with heaps of space to play, and the gym is open all hours to stay in shape and offload that ansty jetlag.

Up top: an LA Noir rooftop bar, splash pool, lounge area and panoramic skylines. The weekend’s are restless with a progressive lineup of events, yoga, and guest speakers. Dublab offers up a monthly residency of sanctioned Californian bass. The evening’s are made for the spicy BBQ grill, and getting settled in with a fierce house cocktail.


Down below you can’t go wrong. Well, forget the departure of dearly beloved Moonjuice and welcome up the bougie cactus store. Stumptown Coffee and Chapters all-day brasserie spill out onto the streets with hustling Angelenos dining on mussels and grilled octopus. There is a spacious area for meetings and plenty of power supply. We loved the ricotta pancakes, Californian fruits and a few Bloody Mary’s.

Front desk are utopias of knowledge for local spots to eat and gallery recommendations. The Broad, Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA, and Grand Central Market are all in walking distance. This hotel provides all you could ask for, and lacks nothing. Now, there’s really no bad time to get that LALA lift.







Text | @yougotthistils


Images | @fredgoris

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