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14 Things To Dig About The Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

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January 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM | by | ()

Yesterday, we took you inside a guest room at the just-opened Ace Hotel in Dowtown Los Angeles. Today, we're showing you 14 Things we liked about the hotel, most of them are outside of the guest rooms. We especially like #1, #7, #11 and #13. What about you?

1. Hot Doorman: Definitely a good first impression.

2. Photo Booth Near the Check-In Desk: Your room not ready yet? Amuse yourselves in the photo booth for a while.

3. Floating Library: If you look way up when you're checking in, you'll see a collection of books on bookshelves. Totally unreachable.

4. Pencil Drawings from The Haas Brothers: Everywhere you look in the lobby's ground floor from the front desk to the upstairs of the restaurant, you'll see cartoon drawings from Simon and Niki Haas, artists who are based in Downtown LA. Most of these are cute and silly but the one of Alex Calderwood, Ace Hotels founder who died in November, is particularly poignant.

5. Scripts as Wallpaper: Sections of the lobby and other signage at the Ace are papered in old scripts. We read a few lines of the sheets in the elevator bank but couldn't tell what movie or play it was from.

6. Scrumptious Pastries and Stumptown Coffee: Need we say more? Try the guava cheese with pine nut.

7. A Room With a Terrace Right Behind the Billboard: See that picture way up top? The one with the billboard that says "Hello LA"? You can book a room right behind it that comes with your own terrace. Ask for room 308 when you check-in.

8. A Turntable in Your Room: Before you go yell out "I Love LA" on your terrace, be sure to put on a record on the turntable in your room for an added movie-like effect.

9. Simple Do Not Disturb Signs: "Not Now" and "Now."

10. Gym Floors in the Fitness Center: For some reason, we loved the floor in the sixth floor fitness center. It reminded us of our old high school gymnasium.

11. The Historic United Artists Theater: Stepping into this immaculately preserved historic movie theater from 1927 will be one of the coolest things you will ever do in LA. The Ace will be using the theater for private events and concerts (starting Valentine's Day weekend) but guests will be able to walk around and check it out at their leisure. You can read more about the history from the LA Historic Theater Foundation.

12. A Rooftop Pool: It's not a big pool by any means but there's plenty of lounge chairs, stunning views of DTLA, outdoor showers and a bar and lounge adjacent. See below for more.

13. More Killer Views of DTLA From the Lounge: On the opposite side of the rooftop bar is a chill, lounge-space with plenty of stylish seating and pillows, giving you a comfortable perch from which to gaze at DTLA architectures. There's even a tree in the middle of the patio, making the concrete jungle below feel very, very far away.

14. Ace Merchandise: Loved your stay at ACE DTLA that you want to take a piece of it home? Choose from sweaters, shoes, books, blankets, hats and even skateboards before you check-out.

Like what you see? Rates this weekend at the Ace start at $199 a night.

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