Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hobby Lobby

Here's how to spend your weekend at Downtown's new Ace Hotel

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You've done the Ace in New York. You've nursed sunburn after the Ace in Palm Springs.

So you know the brand new Ace Hotel in downtown LA isn't just a good idea — it's long overdue.
 
When you're ready for your staycation, here's your guide to doing it right, no matter your motive.
 
THE MOTIVE: You're Bored With the Hollywood Sign
Ask for a sleek, modern room inside the ornate tower. It’s been completely redone since film icons Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin first built it in 1927. Best part? Your new selfie with the "Jesus Saves" sign, which later owner Pastor Gene Scott added as his own touch of faithful flair.
 
THE MOTIVE: You're Sick of Unhappy Happy Hours
2-for-1 specials are kinda fun when you're shopping for toilet paper, but they're not always good harbingers of well-crafted cocktails. Once you're settled into your room, head upstairs, where your savings on Uber can be spent on a round of Drinklights (rye whiskey, cardamom spice syrup, and cherry bark bitters).
 
THE MOTIVE: You Have a Pickled Beets Fetish
After your afternoon nap by the rooftop pool, grab dinner at LA Chapter, the Ace’s in-house restaurant where they’re plating up Colorado lamb loin, sea urchin chitarra, and a burger topped with pickled beet, grilled pineapple, and sunny-side-up egg.
 
THE MOTIVE: You Need to Premiere Your Documentary
From there, the night is yours. You can mingle at the Mezzanine bar, party with some new friends around the record player (there's one in every room), or rent out the historic, jaw-dropping Spanish gothic theater for a private screening before it opens officially next month.
 
The Ace in Palm Springs may have Jell-O shots, but we've got historic gothic theaters.

Seems about right.

Ace Hotel Downtown www.acehotel.com
929 S. Broadway (at Olympic), Downtown
(213) 623-3233
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Rates: Starting at $199/night
Parking: Valet, public lots
Scene: Out-of-towners and not-so-starving artists
Hot seat: Rooftop pool and bar
Nearby: Bäco Mercat; Bottego Louie; Grand Central Market

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