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Get on Your Bike and Tour Downtown at the Ace DTLA

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

There was one thing we missed while skulking around the Ace DTLA last week; we were so entranced by the gingerbread hotel that we totally missed the bikes in the lobby.

Not just any bikes, either (obviously – this is the Ace); they’re bikes from tokyobike.

This isn’t the first collaboration with tokyobike for Ace; the London hotel has them for guests to use. But unlike London, which is all cold and full of British reserve and lets guests get on with it by themselves, the Ace DTLA is all fuzzy and friendly and American – so they are giving free guided bike tours of Downtown LA.

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The Ace DTLA Is Almost Too Cool for Christmas, But Not Quite

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in hotel-land. Trees. Baubles. Gingerbread houses. Scented candles – they have it all. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be picking out some of our favorite decorations. Got some OTT trees of your own? Send ‘em in to tips@hotelchatter.com!

What does a hipster hotel do for Christmas? Well, if it’s the Ace DTLA, the answer is that it eschews the traditional tree (so bourgeois!) in favor of a stylish, understated nod to the holiday season.

Enter the Christmas gifts on top of the photo booth, above, which went up a couple of days ago.

But the Ace isn’t really too cool for school, and it can’t resist a good old gingerbread house anymore than the posh hotel across the pond. So down at the Coffee Counter (at the entrance to LA Chapter, the restaurant), you’ll find this glorious representation of the hotel itself:

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How to Evacuate Your Hotel With Style, By the Ace Downtown LA

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
December 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Evacuated hipsters milling around

You never know how you’ll react in an emergency until it happens. Will you freeze? Will you morph into an action hero? Or will you be a little scared and a little excited and start obsessing over the fact that your teeth aren’t clean #notushonest #okmaybeus?

Yesterday morning we were working in our room on floor 12 of the Ace DTLA when the fire alarm went off. Try as we might to ignore it, we joined the bleary-eyed hipsters stumbling out of their rooms. It turned out to be a smoke alarm on the 13th floor, but we were all evacuated anyway. It was our first hotel evacuation! The excitement! And it was pretty spectacular. After some reflection on why it was so good, we present:

The Official HotelChatter Guide to Evacuating Hotels

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Marina Del Rey Hotel to Reopen After Renovations This Christmas

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  Site Where: Santa Monica [map], Los Angeles, California, United States
December 9, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Marina Del Rey Hotel in Marina Del Rey, Calif. has announced that it will reopen on December 22nd after extensive renovations.

The $20 million renovation has turned the hotel into a four-star property, now with a full-service restaurant, 24-hour room service, concierge assistance, an outdoor, marina-facing pool, sundeck, marina-front wedding venue, and over 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

The guest rooms, shown in the cover photo, have been fully revamped, many now with private balconies. The details of the rooms have also been upgraded to include, among other amenities, Egyptian cotton linens. The new restaurant, SALT, is an indoor-outdoor eatery that will serve contemporary California cuisine and fresh seasonal seafood fare.

We’re looking forward to taking a closer look at the renovations sometime in 2015, and will certainly pass on an inside look when we do. Its location makes it one of the closest hotels in Santa Monica to Venice and LAX, so it should draw plenty of interest. Rates start at $239 a night.

[Photo: Pacifica Hotels]

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Ace Hotel Los Angeles to Screen 'Inherent Vice' on December 1 (And Guests Get a Free Ticket)

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  Site Where: 929 S Broadway [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
November 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, which opened nearly a year ago, is making seriously good use of the historic United Artists Theater that's adjacent to the property. In September, Coldplay hosted a special concert for their latest album release and now, a special preview of Paul Thomas Anderson's surf noir based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.

The movie/book is set in 1970s Los Angeles and follows a private investigator/pothead named Doc through a series of strange criminal adventures. So it's only fitting that the movie will screen at the Ace DTLA with Anderson and actors Jena Malone and Joanna Newsom in attendance.

Even better, guests who are staying at the hotel that night will get a free ticket to the screening and custom vinyl records of the film score by Johnny Greenwood. Rooms are still open on December 1 for around $240 a night but if you use the promo code Doc, you'll get a medium room for just $200.

Expect to see more of "Inherent Vice" at the Ace in LA and also in New York and London as gallery exhibitions expanding on the "Inherent Vice" themes will open.

[Photo: Lindsey Best/Ace Hotel DTLA]

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Here's Hoping We Can Seek Mama Shelter in Los Angeles in February

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  Site Where: 1557 Wilcox Avenue [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90028
November 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Under construction in August. Mama Shelter Hotels are on a roll right now. First, there came the news that you can bring Mama home with you in the form of skincare products. Then, Accor Hotels acquired a 35 percent stake in the Philippe Starck-designed hotel collection, and within that announcement, we learned that the first U.S. house for Mama, Mama Shelter Los Angeles will open in February 2015. That's just a few months away!

Sadly, there's not much else to report other than the opening date. The hotel is still hiring key positions and it's still under construction. We pray that this will all be finished by February.

In the meantime, we did stumble across this description of the hotel by its developer, Benjamin Trigano in LA Confidential.

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Even More Hello Kitty Swag From The Line Hotel in Los Angeles

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90015
October 30, 2014 at 11:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Today is the first day of the Hello Kitty Con in Downtown Los Angeles and if you were one of the lucky ones who booked a Super Sweet Stay at The Line Hotel before it sold-out, then you'll be wrapping yourself up in a Hello Kitty bathrobe, sipping Hello Kitty champagne, eating a Hello Kitty-tattooed apple and Instagramming the rest of the sweet HK swag that came with your room.

If you didn't book get to book a room, it's ok. We went inside one the rooms at the hotel and took a ton of pictures. Here you go!

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O.M.G. A Legit Hello Kitty Hotel Suite is Now Open at The Line Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
October 29, 2014 at 6:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

We are kind of at a loss for words right now. We just went into the Hello Kitty Suite at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles and it is all kinds of super kawaii.

The suite was created by a team of designers and artists led by Line designer Sean Knibb in honor of Hello Kitty's 40th birthday, which is also being celebrated with the first official Hello Kitty Con at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown LA, starting tomorrow. (Knibb was the vision behind the t-shirts on the ceiling at check-in at The Line.)

But there's so much more.

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The Line Hotel Will Be The Official Hello Kitty Con Hotel

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  Site Where: 3515 Wilshire Boulevard [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90010
September 12, 2014 at 12:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

Hello Kitty, not actually a kitty, is turning 40 years-old this year and to celebrate, Sanrio is hosting the first ever official Hello Kitty Con 2014 in Los Angeles from October 30-November 2. EEEK!

If you're a huge Hello Kitty lover (as if there is any other kind), then you should book your room at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, STAT. The hotel, which is the official Hello Kitty Con Hotel, has put together a "Hello Kitty Sweet Stay" Package which includes an exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Welcome Kit at check-in, and lots of "super cute" Hello Kitty themed surprises throughout the hotel like HK limited edition items at the hotel's Poketo gift shop and Hello Kitty food. Yes, food. There will even be Hello Kitty-styled theme rooms, although we're not quite sure what those will look like. We do know that LA-based designer Sean Knibb will be designing a special Hello Kitty Suite that will be open to the public.

The Line is also hosting a Hello Kitty Birthday Party on Saturday, November 1 with the Hello Kitty suite serving as the VIP room. Tickets were available through the package but the hotel is now sold-out on Saturday night. Saddies. Rates are still available for Thursday and Friday nights at $344 and $229 respectively. At least you can still get that welcome kitty. Er, we mean, welcome kit.

[Screengrab: The Line Hotel]

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Shepard Fairey Has Brought Some 'Peace' To The Line Hotel

August 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are already so many cool things to see at The Line Hotel in Los Angeles from the ruched t-shirts that adorn the ceiling above the check-out desk to the crazy, geometric-shaped lobby seating to the "donuts" on the pillows and the Roy Choi restaurant, POT. But now, there's something else to admire at The Line Hotel.

Contemporary street artist, Shepard Fairey, the man behind the Obama "Hope" poster, has created a 10-story mural on the facade of the property called, "Peace Tree. Notice Fairey's trademark Obey Giant face in the center.

While the finished product is pretty sweet to look at, the time-lapse video is way better, especially the shot from inside one of the guest rooms.

The hotel says the Peace Tree is the first in a series of revolving art that will be featured on the hotel's wall. We just hope it's not too quickly revolving, we'd like to look at this Peace Tree for a while.

[Photos and video: The Line Hotel]

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The First-Ever Hotel Week LA to Kick Off On November 29

August 7, 2014 at 12:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bicoastal travelers, you're in luck. Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations, the company who founded Hotel Week NYC , is bringing the discounts to the West Coast with the inaugural Hotel Week LA, happening from November 29-December 14.

Fourteen hotels (most of which are not NJFPR clients) will be offering discounted rates during the designated hotel week, such as the Andaz West Hollywood, The Redbury in Hollywood (pictured above), Mr. C Beverly Hills, The LINE Hotel and The London West Hollywood. Rates are typically around $200 a night, so long as you mention Hotel Week or use the special Hotel Week promo code.

Go here to check out the full list of hotels participating. You can make your reservations for November now and less than a month later on January 3, Hotel Week NYC will resume.

If we can't afford both a pied a terre in NYC and a beachfront house in Malibu, then this might be the next best thing.

[Photos: HotelChatter and Hotel Week LA]

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Downtown LA to Get Another Hip Hotel, The Freehand

July 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

We're loving Downtown LA these days and so are hotels. On the heels of an Ace Hotel opening with its excellent historic theater and a new hybrid Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Hotel comes news that Freehand Hotels/Hostels will open in DTLA in 2016.

The LA Times reports that the site of the Freehand Hotel will be the 13-story Commercial Exchange Building at 8th and Olive streets. The former office building, built in 1924 and once home to Edgar Rice Burrough's publishing company, was recently purchasedby the Sydell Group Ltd, the same company who did the awesome Ace Hotel in New York and (see clarification below) the excellent Line Hotel in LA's Koreatown. The LA Freehand, like the original in Miami and the upcoming one in Chicago, will be developed in partnership with Yucaipa Cos., Ron Burkle's investment company.

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