The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is in a restored historic building and the detail and charm are evident throughout the building and its facade. In its past life, the hotel was The United Artists Building, a movie mecca with a theater bringing in some of the top stars of the 1920s.
The facade was designed in a Spanish Gothic style in which the Ace kept true to, working around this incredible detail and adding little design extras that brand the building as a true Ace property. I was enamored by this hotel entryway. The attention to detail is incredible and something you don’t see in modern construction.
The Hotel Room
We booked a small room and it was the perfect size for the two of us. Our room was appointed with a comfortable queen-sized bed that was low to the ground. Covered with pillows, a duvet, and a brightly covered Pendelton blanket. We found ourselves sleeping quite cozily after our daily adventures in the city and by the shore. Our room also had a record player with some records available to play which was a nice surprise.
I absolutely love the details of the room. The patina gold fixtures, the color palette, the toiletries, the textures. Everything worked together so well. This was a small space and it was utilized to the fullest. The opposite wall from the bed worked as a hanging place for items you may use more often. The furnishings were minimal, however, everything was functional and nothing was just for show.
The Hotel Interior
The interior of the hotel spared no detail. Simple, clean, and detail-oriented.
The Hotel Exterior
The hotels’ great sense of design doesn’t stop with the rooms. I loved the decor of the outdoor seating at the hotels’ restaurant Best Girl. We didn’t have time to check out the food but the restaurant looked amazing from passing by.
The Hotel Location
The Ace Hotel is located in Downtown Los Angeles at 929 South Broadway, a walkable area that is experiencing a renaissance. Some fun nearby destinations: Grand Central Market 317 S. Broadway (check out Eggslut for breakfast or McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams for a treat), The Broad Museum 221 S. Grand St., The Last Bookstore 453 S. Spring St., The Bradbury Building 304 S Broadway, Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 S Grand Ave, Bottega Louie 700 South Grand Avenue, Angels Flight and OUE Skyspace LA in the US Bank Tower 633 W 5th St #840.
929 South Broadway
What to know before you go
The Ace Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel and not meant for the budget-conscious. Prices are generally in the 250-1000+ a night range depending on the type of room you want and when you book. Rooms often have a minimalistic approach to design providing the essentials and not a lot of fluff. Obviously the more you spend the more spacious your room and the finer the amenities.
Rooms are all unique. While abiding by a similar style, it’s rare a room would be identical.
Room service, free wifi, pet-friendly, fully-stocked minibar, 24-hour gym, valet parking day and night, pool, classic photo booth (I didn’t know about this!) free bike rentals, and more. A shop is on-site where you can buy the amenities from your room or other branded gear.
Dining & Drinks
Best Girl: named after My Best Girl, the first film screened in the theatre attached to the hotel, Best Girl is a neighborhood bistro serving lunch, brunch, dinner, des, ert and drinks.
The Mezzanine: a crow’s nest above Best Girl with a long, communal table and family-style service.
Upstairs: Get food and drinks in an outdoor cafe setting or poolside.
Coffee Counter: Service from Best Girl, a quick and convenient coffee shop.
Room Service: from Best Girl