Downtown LA’s renaissance is in full swing, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Broadway Theater District. This once run-down area is now home to upscale shops, gourmet restaurants, and, most significantly, a brand new Ace Hotel. As the latest outpost of the Portland-based hotel chainlet favored by artists and rockers, the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles instantly upped the glamour factor of the neighborhood when it opened in January, so if you haven’t hung out in DTLA in a while, grab your most stylish girlfriends and book a room or suite for a seriously chic urban getaway.
As you approach the hotel, crane your necks upward to take it all in. This 13-story Spanish Gothic tower was the tallest building in the city when it opened in 1927 as the headquarters of United Artists, and its commanding presence still evokes the Golden Age of Hollywood. The theatrical feel continues when you enter the cavernous lobby, as tall columns and archways inspired by Segovia Cathedral blend seamlessly with wooden bookshelves and contemporary art.
Armed with your room key, roll your designer luggage sets upstairs and enter your home for the evening. This is a moment to get seriously excited about, because not only will you find luxuries like Rudy’s toiletries and Pearl+ soaps in your spacious, well-appointed quarters, you’ll encounter surprises such as Revo internet radios and acoustic Martin guitars to play if you know how … or even if you don’t. Crank up some tunes and pop a bottle of champagne as you get ready to go out for the evening, because the fun is just beginning.
Going out, in this case, means up. Up to the aptly-named Upstairs rooftop bar, where you’ll enjoy one of the most relaxing sunset scenes in the city. Commandeer some lounge chairs next to the swimming pool and kick back with your gals as you sip reinvented tropical cocktails like the Fredo’s Daiquiri (rum, lemon, coffee bitters, and Brazilian banana liqueur). The jagged Los Angeles skyline provides a stunning backdrop as you share some laughs and catch up on the latest news.
There’s no need to leave the hotel for dinner, since one of the city’s best brasseries is located right off the lobby. LA Chapter is perfect for a group of friends, with a menu of delicious and shareable new American cuisine and a laid-back, but still fashionable, vibe. Start with a dozen oysters and an order of hamachi crudo before digging in to inventive mains like Berkshire pork chop with broccolini and pickled nectarines, and local halibut with sweet and spicy corn. (For those feeling more down-to-earth, the classic dry-aged burger is one of the most popular items on the menu.)
When dinner’s over, the hotel holds one more suprise: a beautifully restored 1920s-era movie palace. The Theatre at Ace Hotel now hosts movie premieres, comedy, and live music from some of the buzziest acts in the country (who are probably staying in the hotel just like you). Fortunately, you thought ahead and purchased balcony-level tickets to a show your friends have been talking about for weeks. Surprise them with your gift, then bask in their praises as they thank you over and over again for your thoughtfulness. You’ve organized the ultimate girls’ getaway, and you deserve it all.