This was the first Ace Hotel we stayed in and it definitely won’t be the last. As a luxury boutique hotel, this is the type of place bloggers, design lovers, and Instagrammers alike go crazy over and for a very good reason: it’s beautifully designed. In its past life, the hotel was The United Artist Building, a movie mecca with a theater bringing in some of the top stars of the 1920s. The facade was built with a Spanish Gothic style in which the Ace kept true to, working around this incredible detail and adding little extras to brand the building as an Ace Hotel. Just look at this arch entryway, the incredible detail and unique charm you don’t get in today’s new construction.
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.
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 lovely staff at the hotel gave us a little welcome gift for our anniversary! The hand-drawn doodle on the envelope was such a sweet detail. Love the typography and the collateral throughout the room from the do not disturb sign to the keycard and notepad.
Can we talk about this bathroom? I am obsessed! Black, gold, marble, and white is such a simple combination but it looks so good here! The bathroom followed suit on being small and functional but still packed in loads of style and I just love the faucet details. Hanging hand soap by Pearl+ soaps? Brilliant. Counter space was minimal and not photographed was directly behind me there was a small shelving area with towels and blow dryer and enough space to store a makeup bag if needed.
As you can see the shower appears to not have much privacy, however, you can move the curtains to block the view however you need to as they aren’t permanently hooked. There is a walk-in closet area with the toilet on the other side of the door in this photo that’s not photographed. It’s a tall ceiling room with a toilet and enough space to not feel like you’re trapped in a small closet. Like I mentioned above, all of the space and details were well thought out here. Everything has a function and space.
I loved Rudy’s toiletries that were provided so much I ended up having some delivered to me at home. It made my hair SO incredibly soft. Rudy’s is also made in the USA and cruelty-free which is something I strongly believe in with products I use. Makes my hair amazing and is cruelty-free? Sold.
Loved the large stenciled numbers on the elevator doors.
Jesus Saves Neon sign from one of the buildings past lives as the home of a televangelist.
Free drinks at the rooftop bar using the tokens we were given! We almost didn’t make it on time to check out the rooftop bar but I’m so glad we did. The view was spectacular and the rooftop was decorated so lovely. I wish I had better photos but I only brought my iPhone up with me and there wasn’t much lighting.
Earlier, we were in Orange County spending time with friends. Shortly after leaving we learned we had a slow leaking tire that caused us to get off the freeway and take the backroads to downtown Los Angeles which was definitely an experience. We made it back safely and in time to enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop. The next morning we were driving to Palm Springs so we had to call the car rental place to give us a tow. I wish I could say this was the only car issue we had on this trip but this car and the next car both had rocks hit the window, too! Everything turned out well in the end but it made for an interesting travel story.
The hotels’ great sense of design doesn’t stop with the rooms. 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.
Across the street, you’ll see a Banksy piece in an empty parking lot. (it may be occupied since this photo was taken).
Have you stayed at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles or in one of the other cities that have an Ace? What did you think? Tell me below!
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 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 photobooth (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 crows 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
Downtown Los Angeles
It felt as if DTLA was experiencing a renaissance and I’m a big fan of cities bringing back their downtowns as Cleveland is experiencing the same. Here are some places near the hotel worth checking out:
Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway, Downtown
317 S. Broadway, Downtown
McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams
728 State St., Downtown
700 South Grand Avenue
The Broad Museum
221 S. Grand St., Downtown
The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring St., Downtown
The Original Los Angeles Flower Market
754 Wall St., Downtown
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave
OUE Skyspace LA in the US Bank Tower
633 W 5th St #840
304 S Broadway
350 S Grand Ave