Some people are just meant for LA, though I’m not one of those chosen few who naturally finds myself at home in this city – the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles does an incredible job of making me feel like it.
I recently stayed here for my second time – with a little bit more time to enjoy the hotel itself – I’ve become smitten with the place. Fun Fact: After chatting with some of their friendly staff, I learned that this building in its former life used to be the historic United Artist motion picture film studio built in 1927 – which explains its vintage ornate details & architecture.Coffee Counter. During my stay in the morning, I would start my day at the Best Girl’s Coffee Counter where I would order an Iced Almond Milk Vanilla Latte and a Horchata Roll, which was their cool twist on a sticky bun.
On my first day, I made the mistake of not ordering it when I saw that there were only a few left – when I came back later that evening and inquired about it, they were completely sold out. Now having tried one for myself, I understand why. Word of Advice: Don’t sleep on the Horchata Rolls!Best Girl DTLA. Though I’ve dined here during my very first stay, I decided pay the Best Girl another visit for dinner – this time I was able to fully enjoy my experience since last time I was under the weather. Just as I expected everything that I ate was incredible. Here’s what I ordered:
- Starter: Half Dozen Mixed Oysters
- Salad: Frisée Au Sable
- Main: Tubettoni Spicy Pork Ragu & Jidori Brick Chicken
- Drink: The Sixth
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to indulge with dessert, because I was absolutely too full from dinner to even think about attempting to eat it. However, I will definitely need to save a little room for next time.
Upstairs. Apparently this rooftop bar is an LA gem and what most locals (aka my buddies) best recognize the Ace Hotel for. Upon arrival, I was immediately drawn to the tribal interiors and earthy color palettes that pulled this space together – it felt like an urban oasis that offered a quick escape from the city.
My day wrapped a little earlier than expected so I got to enjoy their Happy Hour Oyster Hour Special. I topped my Oyster Fest off with a drink called the LA Sunset, which was one of the prettiest ombre drinks I’ve ever had.
Accommodations. This hotel is the contemporary travelers dream. I stayed in a loft and was immediately blown away by my spacious abode with this next level view of DTLA. With a king bed (fitting being since this was in California after all), private kitchenette, fully-stocked minibar, flat screen television, and custom Revo Radio.
Apparently, some of the lofts will also include an acoustic Martin Guitar and/or an Ace x Rega LP1 turntable with a curated selection of vinyls – not quite sure how I got so lucky, but mine had both and this insanely amazing view of the cool neon Jesus Saves sign that gives the hotel a completely new level of character & distinction. It’s definitely one of those quirky landmarks that you don’t forget.
To say that I enjoyed this hotel would be an understatement and based on the above…stating the obvious. What I can say is that I feel like I stumbled upon one of LA’s best kept secrets, and a place to call home when I visit, which is pretty cool.
Areas to explore during my next visit will be the Mezzanine and the Gym, since time didn’t allow me to see or experience them for myself. Welp, looks like I just created an excuse to come back…until next time LA-LA-Land!