If you visit Los Angeles on the regular and are looking for a chic place to stay, or if you just want a home away from home for the night, the brand new Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles offers more than a few things to thrill any old Hollywood history buff. Located in the historic United Artists building in Downtown LA, the ornate theater was the brainchild of Mary Pickford, the darling of the silent film era. Joined by some of America’s most famous silent film artists – D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks – the film palace was known for its ornate detail and stone spires of Spanish castles and cathedrals.
The rework of the iconic theater and hotel taps into its fantastic hidden minimalist features, perfect for the Mid-Century modern aficionado. It’s located in the Broadway Theater District of downtown LA, which in the last decade has undergone a serious renaissance. Artist lofts emerged and the neighborhood now boasts a slew of restos for the Los Angeles foodie, including Alma, Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa and Winston, and newly-renovated Grand Central Market.
We love the minimalist concrete treatment of the rooms; the design makes your temporary living space feel spacious and modern. For the guest room interiors, the hotel drew inspiration from Rudolf Schindler’s residence in West Hollywood. And for your listening experience, the rooms come equipped with a record player and LPs so you can enjoy the analog sounds of some of L.A.’s greatest rock n’ roll stars.
Fast forward to the playful features of the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. The Upstairs rooftop indoor/outdoor lounge and pool were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House and the legendary Hollywood night spot Les Deux Café. Perfect for a late night swim, a cocktail, or maybe even a casual encounter. You can also sweat it out in the fitness center, which is open twenty four hours. We’re swooning over the attention to detail in every area of the hotel, and we’re hoping to do a Live Fast Mag Hotel Tour here soon. Stay tuned! All photos courtesy of Spencer Lowell.