Erica Domesek

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
  • 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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STAFF- Oh, the staff is mad dope.

PS- it's a friendly neighborhood.

NYC isn't the only one with B'way. PS- the hotel is located on 9th and Broadway.

The entrance's historic bones have a cool vibe that remains classic but a little quirky with its modern updates.

My first purchase was this charming leather dish. It's my new motto.

No, this isn't church‚ it's part of the original theater. After years of restoring, it remains breathtaking. Opening mid-Feb, it's set to house some killer performances, from Spiritualized to the LA Dance Project.

FYI- Sunsets on the roof are a must-do.

Aside from being a cozy escape closer to the sky, the attention to detail from the tables to the chairs are stunning.

Everyone who is anyone is Instagramming the view.

PS- I did too...

Pool vibe is off the chain.

Black and white artsy theme continues. These little hallways
are just perfect.

Checkerboard always wins.

Cute, and cozy, my fun-sized room for the night!

The room came with music sheets (instead of plain paper)‚ so I wrote a song, naturally.

It's a "clean your plate club" kinda heaven. Everything is
incredibly delicious.


The hotel was originally built in 1927 by United Artists‚ from housing movies to now hotel guests, it remains a landmark and DTLA's newest hot spot.

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

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

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.

  • Children

    Leave them.

  • Price

    There's something for every budget.

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