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Ace Hotels had a rough month last month, but they rebounded with the opening of the American Trade Hotel in Panama the other week and now comes news that the long-awaited Ace Hotel Los Angeles will open a tad bit early on January 6, just in time for the Golden Globes. Previously, the hotel was set to open on January 15.
We found a "Small" room open that night for $289 a night. That includes a queen bed, flat screen television, full-stocked minibar, a custom Revo Radio, free internet and Rudy's toiletries. A "Medium" room is going for $299 while a "Medium With Terrace" room is $319. (Room photos are below.)
Those are big increases from the initial opening rate of $129 that we found (and booked) last month for January 15th. We guess the hotel is already cashing in on Awards Season, which kicks off on January 13th with the Golden Globes. But who cares. The Ace is finally opening in Los Angeles!
It won't open until sometime in 2017 but when it does, the billion-dollar luxury hotel from Korean Air will include a sky lobby at the top of the building on the 70th floor.
The hotel, which will be constructed in downtown LA at Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street on the site of the old Wilshire Grand Hotel, is hoping to be the second-tallest building in Southern California, just shorter than the US Bank Tower. And these days, where there's a tall-ass building there's also plans for a restaurant, bar and death-defying infinity swimming pool, according to the LA Times. (Shops, more restaurants, retail and office space will take up the lowers floors of the hotel.)
Perhaps downtown Los Angeles' LA Live complex should change its name to Marriott Live. That's because come summer of 2014, there will not only be a Ritz-Carlton and a JW Marriott across from the Staples Center, the Nokia Theater and the Grammy Musuem but a Residence Inn and a Courtyard By Marriott as well.
The groundbreaking on the project at Olympic and Francisco Street, right across from the other two Marriott hotels, will happen today. When it's all finished, both the 174-room Courtyard hotel and the 218-room Residence Inn will be under the same roof.
The hotel hybrid will also have meeting rooms, a restaurant and to fit in with the neighborhood, a 3,000-square-foot electronic sign on the exterior.
Of course, we'd never knock newer nicer places to stay in downtown but hello, Starwood? Hyatt? Hilton? Anyone else interested in opening here? Just wonderin'....
[Rendering via LA Times]
Even just six years ago, there wasn't much going on in Downtown Los Angeles. Sure, there was the Staples Center, home to The Lakers, The Clippers and the must-stop for any big concert touring act along with several big chain hotels like Westin as well as the downtown outpost of The Standard.
But with the arrival of LA Live in late 2007, an entertainment complex that includes restaurants, bars, a bowling alley, the intimate Club Nokia venue, a movie theater, the awesome Grammy Museum and the adjacent JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, downtown LA is pretty awesome these days. In fact, we prefer it to the tourist trap that is Hollywood Boulevard.
While the JW Marriott and the Ritz are located on LA Live, meaning you exit the hotel and a plethora of restaurants and bars are just steps away, there is another affordable yet still "luxe" option across the street from Staples Center--The Luxe City Center.
Expect more old-school, gentleman's club touches once the new LACC rooms are unveiled
Last week we brought you news that Los Angeles Athletic Club—which we were surprised to learn was a hotel, too—was offering a Dodger Deal Package to baseball aficionados who wanted an MVP experience at their next game. We also pointed out that, despite the club's amenities, Downtown LA isn't yet the bustling destination that Westward neighborhoods, namely Hollywood, West Hollywood, and even Santa Monica, are.
That said, we've received exclusive news and details about a full-fledged cosmetic renovation to the LACC that should make the prospect of staying Downtown much more appealing. Well-regarded restaurants, like the recently opened Downtown outpost of Chaya, and rich theater culture are drawing formerly hesitant visitors to an area that's in the throes of a Renaissance period. Plus, there's a flock of curious moviegoers who saw (500) Days of Summer, are newly fascinated by the neighborhood (where the movie took place), and may need a place to stay if they're going to explore it.
As seen from home plate.
The Average Joe's (or Jane's) baseball game experience involves cheap beer, greasy hot dogs, and seating in the thick of a rowdy, expletive-yelling crowd. Some might argue that this is baseball-done-right, but if joining in on The Wave and bringing along binoculars to peer at the field is less appealing than cheering on the visiting team, then it's time to roll like an MVP.
In Los Angeles, which proudly declares itself "Dodgertown" during baseball season, there's a hotel deal to be had if you stay at the LA Athletic Club. The LACC, which has been around since 1880 and is very exclusive and very private (read: high-end amenities galore, and some of the best sports facilities this side of training camp), also doubles as a hotel.
Joining the host of other hotels trying to get some cash flow from “economic stimulus packages,” the Westin Bonaventure is offering a series of discount packages aimed at “creating an LA based economic generator while maintaining a true Los Angeles experience.” So basically they’re begging for your cash on weekends when their normal weekday business customers depart.