After staying at the Ace Hotel in Portland, New York and London I finally had the chance to stay in the latest Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. Let me first point out why I like the Ace Hotels so much because if a cool spot becomes a chain and doing the same trick all over again I’m usually out discovering something new and exciting. At the moment there are seven Ace Hotels (the other ones are located in Seattle, Palm Springs and Panama City) and they have their name, great location and cool atmosphere in common, but they absolutely don’t feel like a chain. The restaurant in London (Hoi Polloi) has a total different atmosphere than the one (L.A. Chapter) in Los Angeles. And the spectacular lobby in New York is also different than the relaxing sofa around that old garage door used as a table in the lobby of Portland. I think that as a traveller you want to not only explore a new city, but the hotel you’re staying at must also enrich your experience, gives you new inspiration and become a great part of your travel memories too.


That’s definitely the case with the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. The hotel is located in the historic United Artists Building right in the middle of Downtown LA (the area where you have to be these days). The building is impressive and houses not only the hotel but also a restaurant (Best Girl), a rooftop and a theatre (Patti Smith performed there last weekend). The check-in counter is jaw-dropping: so beautiful with the black and white tiled floor and the authentic counter. I’ve stayed in a Medium sized room and it was perfect. You have a view over LA, the famous Jesus Saves sign and the Staples Center. Inside you’ll have a desk, a mini bar, the well-known Ace bed including a cool Pendleton blanket, a spacious bath room with Rudy’s toiletries, lots of lighting and a retro radio. A perfect place to come back to when you’ve discovered the city!


For the restaurant on the ground floor they worked together with the team of Five Leaves in Brooklyn (this changed in 2018 when chef Michael Cimarusti took over) to create a sublime menu. I’ve tried their granola breakfast and a burger at night. Very good! Upstairs from the restaurant you will find a bar where, during the day, you can work on your computer and, during the night, is full of people ordering cocktails. But that’s something you can do on the roof too. When you step out of the elevator you will enter a bar and from there you can go to the rooftop bar on the left (where you can have a drink and stare at the view) or the rooftop bar on the right (where you can go for a swim, dance to the tunes of a dj or stare at the view). Nice!


Also I want to tell you that they rent bikes at the lobby for their guests. And not just a simple bike, but a cool Tokyobike. I always wanted to try one of them and now I could and it was the best way of discovering Downtown LA. Definitely a recommendation!


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