The very highly anticipated Ace Hotel — the uber trendy boutique lodging chain originally from Portland — soft opened today in their new digs at the historic 1927 United Artist Theatre building near smoking hot 9th/Broadway. As you may remember, DTLA Rising broke the news that Ace Hotel was coming to Downtown LA back in Oct 2011. Two years later, the wait is finally over and was well worth the wait!
Besides a few odds and ends still being worked on within the hotel, such as finishing up the rooftop bar (aptly named “Upstairs”) and polishing up the historic theater itself, the new Ace was looking as dapper as ever. Out of 180 rooms, floors 3 thru 6 were completed while all rooms up to the 13th floor should be done furnishing by the official grand opening date of Jan 15, 2014.
In line with the chic and modern aesthetic of the Ace Hotel brand, many guest rooms have an audacious (and dare I say, sexy) open layout with bathrooms (shower and sink) that meld into the room itself with only see-through glass separations. Of course the commode has a door. All guest rooms come with flat screen TVs, a desk, and WiFi. As an added bonus, rooms on the side of the building also have their own private balconies.
The rooftop will be a very popular spot, indeed, with a fireplace and tons of lounge seating — some covered with draping awnings providing an indoor-outdoor atmosphere — and a shallow dipping pool that will be great for sunbathers. “Upstairs,” the name given to the rooftop bar, will cater to hotel guests and visitors alike. The Standard Hotel in Downtown LA will finally have some much needed competition.
And here’s something for those who have lamented the inconsistent color between the United Artists’ striking ornate crown feature, which is a creamy bright beige, and the rest of the stone facade, which is darker in color. According to an Ace Hotel employee, the crown will be covered in growing vines that will help offset that color difference making the appearance more consistent (hopefully).
The Ace Hotel adds another powerful economic injection to the 9th/Broadway intersection, which has become the epicenter of Broadway’s rebirth. Next up, Tarina Tarantino’s Sparkle Factory opens this summer across from the Ace Hotel.
For hotel info and reservations, visit Ace Hotel online.