Recently opened in Downtown LA, the Ace Hotel was at the top of my places to visit. I’d spied the round brass tabletops and checkerboard floors across the Instagram accounts of my LA friends and wanted to see it for myself.
Tucked inside the historic United Artists building which was built in 1927, the space still features much of its original trimmings and details. If you don’t have plans to stay at the Ace, at the very least stop in for a meal like we did. And if you do, climb the staircase to get a better view of the restaurant below — it felt so cinematic as I looked down on Gala sitting at our quaint little table.
The Ace always has the best design details and I appreciate how they customize them for every one of their properties.
Can you see the pencil illustrations on the wall behind me? They’re scattered throughout the entire space and hilariously random. Magic Johnson, then a cluster of palm trees followed by Michael Jackson. Definitely a conversation starter!
The entrance to the restaurant is pretty grand. If you don’t have time to stay for breakfast, grab a coffee and pastry on the go!
My friends and I ordered a variety of things and honestly? It was all good (and I should know because I snuck bites of nearly everything). The food at the Ace tends to be more along the lines of comfort with a few gourmet twists thrown in. Here’s the all day menu though they have a dinner menu as well.
Of course, no stop at the Ace is complete without checking out their merchandise. This location had a tightly curated gift shop with a lot of LA-specific goodies. I especially loved their canvas totes.
What I love about the Ace is their attention to detail. They’re not afraid to draw on the quirky and unexpected, like this stenciled hotel directory. Delicious food, great service and unparalleled ambience make the Ace Downtown LA a must-see.
Location: Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
All photos: Shauna Haider.