Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
With a little grit and a little glamour, the pioneering transformation of the United Artists Theatre by the Ace Hotel group has turned a 13-storey, 1920s, gothic icon into a majestic contemporary hotel. Since opening shop, this old theatre - which once hosted the likes of Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin - has been restored to its former grandeur, original murals and intricate plasterwork included. Rooms start at "Medium" and range in size up to sprawling suites, but all are kitted out with Noguchi lamps, fibreboard furniture and the odd acoustic guitar. The hotel has two restaurants: Upstairs, a rooftop bar serving a fresh all-day menu beside the hotel's pool (note: a happy hour runs Tuesday-Friday, 3-6pm), and, on the ground floor, LOAM, another all-day spot, which serves tiptop breakfasts and LA-influenced dinners (think peri peri blue prawns, braised winter squash and caper-dressed kohlrabi).
929 S Broadway, CA 90015