Amidst the towering skyscrapers of downtown Los Angeles, a cultural rebirth of classic Hollywood has been popping up like bouncy quips in a Bogart movie. Venues built decades ago have been renovated and revitalized to offer food, fun, and flash to a new generation. Perhaps none have done it better than the Ace Hotel. Built way back in 1927 for United Artists and standing 13-stories-high in the theater district, the Spanish-inspired cathedral building is the perfect site for its chic accommodations, trendy dining, and big events. Add in a rooftop patio bar overlooking the sparkling skyline, and you’ve got all the makings of a legendary location that will make you feel like the main attraction.
If you’re visiting LA—or if you live here and need a quick getaway without the stress of travel—let the Ace Hotel be your home base as you paint the town red like an old-school socialite. Begin your stay in style by relaxing under the vaulted ceilings of the spacious suites, decorated with funky furniture that’s as comfy as it is cool. Invite your costars over to sip room service beverages while you perfect your rendition of an Elvis tune on an acoustic guitar—or spin some vinyl from Amoeba Records on the turntable in your room—both are complimentary perks that would satisfy even the most finicky divas. If your desire is romance for a special occasion, take advantage of local dining deals available only to Mastercard cardholders, like at the world-renowned Trois Mec.
Check the hotel’s calendar and make plans to attend one of their popular events. There’s always something exciting happening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel—movie premieres, concerts, film festivals—a beautiful 1600-seat gem that features ornate decor, an open balcony, and grand lobby that was designed during a time when Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford were proudly strutting their stuff. Finish the evening at the Upstairs rooftop bar by conversing with friends under the stars while the DJ keeps the party moving. As modern-day Hollywood writes new stories influenced by classic Hollywood flair, spending time at the Ace Hotel will make you part of its lore.