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Koreatown is LA’s only 24-hour neighbourhood and Downtown is responsible for the creative tidal wave that has transformed the previously bland financial district. Enter the real hub of LA’s entertainment industry. We’re not talking movie producers and stars, we’re talking all-night street food, blaring karaoke bars and street murals that make you question if you really care who Banksy is.

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The Line

Parked between Hollywood and Downtown, The Line is immersed in the city’s happening Koreatown district. The mid-century property channels industrial chic with concrete-clad walls, minimalist rooms and coffee table replica cities made from books. Night owls seek refuge in Break Room 86, another Houston brothers venture. Breaking away from their previous prohibition bars, it’s a time warp back to the 80s with karaoke suites and boozy ice pops. Complementary Saturday morning yoga will leave you free of any hangovers and the on-site bicycles give you an alternative to sitting in an Uber.

  • +1 213 381 7411
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  • 3515 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles
    90010

Ace Hotel

Proving once again that the Ace Hotel chain is a winning hand when it comes to accommodating creatives, their Downtown Los Angeles residence is arguably the best in their growing global portfolio. Set in the historic United Arts building, the ornate gothic architecture and stone spirals are reminiscent of the Sagrada Familia. Combined with the chequered floors, cowhide rugs and local artwork, the result is shabby, old-school glamour. Near-nightly events take place at Upstairs’ bunker-like bar and range from cutting-edge DJs spinning vinyl-only sets to $1 oyster evenings. Downstairs you’ll find the 1927 theatre hosting a roster of alternative music-led events, a coffee shop, gym and, of course, plenty of black-clad freelancers.

The Standard

As per the usual, er, standard of The Standard, everything manages to be oversized but understated, simple yet incredibly impressive. The lobby is covered in a quarry of marble, the heated rooftop pool serves German beer and pretzels and the basement is a ping-pong club. Smack-bang in the centre of Downtown and only a few minutes walk from the Staples centre, rooms are playful with s showers, video games and 60s-style décor.

The NoMad Hotel

The newly opened NoMad Los Angeles embodies the 1920s neo-Classical atmosphere that’s straight out of old Hollywood. Taking residence in the 12-story Gianni building, which was the former Bank of Italy, the hotel plays on its Italian origins with towering Doric columns, marble floors and beautifully restored original gold and blue Italinate lobby ceiling. The 241 rooms, designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, feature king-size beds, Terrazzo-floored walk-in showers and Persian rugs. What’s really got DTLA excited though is chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidaras (of World’s Best Restaurant Eleven Madison Park) have taken charge of the lobby restaurant-bar, all-day Venetian-style café and formal dining room.

  • +1 213-358-0000
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  • 649 S Olive Street
    Los Angeles
    CA 90014

Los Angeles Athletics Club

It’s not just your active wear that you need to stay here, but an exclusive membership to boot. Set in an historic building, membership is included in your first night’s stay and grants you access to explore all 12 floors. Rooms are stylishly decorated in jewel tones with high-back leather chairs and sumptuous beds. Charlie Chaplin once resided here and their guestbook continues to be heavily star-studded. As expected, the wellness facilities are unrivalled with a state-of-the-art gym, squash courts, basketball courts and an Olympic-size swimming pool. LAAC was the city’s first private members club, and after 125 years remains the centre for fitness culture in southern California.

The Standard

The Line

Ace Hotel

Los Angeles Athletics Club

The NoMad Hotel

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