Following an extensive two-year renovation process, the 13-story United Artists building in downtown Los Angeles (that once housed a silent movie theater and headquarters for a evangelical pastor) now boasts the seventh rendition of the Ace Hotels group. Originally opened in 1927 as the headquarters for the renegade United Artists film studio, the building maintains much of its golden era detailing inspired by the Segovia Cathedral in Spain. A grandiose 1,600-seat theater is still intact, the darling of silent screen starlet Mary Pickford, while Spanish gothic ornamental columns and frescoed ceilings define much of the hotel’s backdrop. Paying homage to the city’s zeitgeists the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. lobby’s artwork immortalizes stars such as Britney Spears and James Dean in their moments of infamy. Interiors are the work of Commune, a design firm who also played a role in the five-year-old Ace Hotel Palm Springs and the newly opened American Trade Hotel in Panama City, and Atelier Ace, the group’s in-house design team. The hotel’s 182-rooms stick to a clean, airy mix of industrial design and hipster minimalism. Exposed concrete ceilings meet color blocked duvets and cream wall panels. A single floating balloon light hangs from exposed concrete ceilings on an electrical wire. Select rooms come equipped with vinyl record players and recording equipment for the aspiring crooner. A new fixture in the downtown dining scene promises to be the hotel’s LA Chapter, a spin-off of Brooklyn’s beloved all-day dining spot Five Leaves.
For more information, visit Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles (929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, California; 1-213/623-3233; rooms from US$199).