On my recent trip to LA with my friend Leslie we had the pleasure to stay at and check out the new Ace Hotel in Downtown LA. The Ace Hotels are known for their trendiness head to toe and laid-back atmosphere. Some would describe it hipster-y, but I like to think of it as just a cool hotel with a not your everyday design. This one has lots of black and white accents, concrete walls in the rooms, locally made art and a very minimalistic over all feel. Yet Ace seams to be more than just a hotel with around 180 room, a delicious restaurant, relaxed roof deck and and beautifully restored theatre that hosts events and concerts; it is the property that will probably bring some glory back to a pretty rundown LA downtown. Having such a huge peoples magnet, it won’t take long for other shops, restaurants and studios to discover and join the revitalization of Downtown LA.
What I liked most about the Ace was how good I slept there. Maybe I was exhausted, but the bed with the super comfy pillows felt really good to me by end of the day. My only flaw in the rooms was the shower curtain, which actually wasn’t a shower curtain, but a really small piece of fabric that is also used for crumbled city maps. I researched what material that is and it’s called Tyvek, just for you to know, which is actually waterproof, the piece at Ace was just way too small. But hey, they have record player in the rooms – balances out the shower curtain.
Leslie and I would take our breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, LA Chapter, and enjoy the morning light with some granola and avocado toast. With the feel of a modern brasserie LA Chapter has a well thought out menu created by the team behind Brooklyn’s Five Leaves and Nights & Weekends. And if you just need your cup of coffee in the morning on the go there is a coffee counter; serving also some pastries. Btw, they don’t have hot chocolate. That’s a small minus point.
For the party people a roof deck with a wading pool and a bar invites for some cocktails on a breezy LA night. But yes, you can also hang out at the roof deck during the day and be far away from the LA hustle & bustle. Stunning views of LA Downtown included.
We had a really fun time staying at Ace and if I would have to stay in Downtown again I would opt for Ace. Also thanks to the nice folks of Ace who were super friendly and who found my skirt that I left in the room!
Have you been to the one of Ace Hotels? Next on my list is the one in Palm Springs!