Erica Domesek

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

with Erica Domesek
  • Where:Downtown Los Angeles

  • Why:A girls sleepover for my last night in LA

  • When:February 2014

  • Who:BFF, partner in crime, soul-sissy aka Amy Risley

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Highs & Lows

  • Overall design and décor. No detail was left unturned.

  • Most fantastic restaurant and menu from Brooklyn-based team Jud Mongell and Ken Addington of Five Leaves who took their talents (and that famous burger!) West.

  • Rooftop vibe. Killing it.

  • Lighting (or lack of) It’s a bit dim in the rooms and hallways.

  • Sound proofing the windows. Downtown is loud… and their neighbor’s construction is louder.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type


  • Vibe

    Super artsy meets a hint of hipster and a shake of rad. Get at it. All the cool kids are doing it.

  • Location

    An up and coming area of LA. Downtown is just starting its moment and will continue to expand its presence.

  • Rooms

    166 rooms and 16 suites.

  • Music

    They were all over the board with the tunes from indie pop soul (bar) to classic 70’s hits (restaurant).

  • Year Opened

    Early 2014.

  • Designed By

    Ace's in-house team Ace Atelier worked with Commune Design architecture firm GREC Architects on the restoration and design of the hotel.

  • Pool/Gym

    The rooftop pool is just a tiny slice of downtown heaven.

  • Restaurant

    LA Chapter. Brought to Ace DTLA by Jud Mongell and his partner/Executive Chef Ken Addington, it's delish on every front. There is not one thing on the menu you don’t want to devour. (Editor slash BFF's note: try the La Clarine orange wine, it might just be the new rosé)

  • Bar

    YES! Hella cool scene and fantastic cocktails.

  • Wifi


  • Children

    Leave them.

  • Price

    There's something for every budget.

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