Selected suites at the newly opened Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles feature turntables and acoustic Martin guitars—just a few of the industrial-chic features meeting goers will find fascinating about the 180-room property.
The hotel opened in January in the historic United Artists building, which was originally built in 1927 for the maverick film studio founded by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith. Locally based Commune Design created the interior to incorporate the building’s history with the arts by sourcing all the interior artwork from regional artists and artisans.
The lobby features a photo booth for group shots or selfies, cartoon drawings from the local Haas Brothers and wallpaper made out of old movie scripts.
Accessibility to the United Artists Theatre and Upstairs rooftop lounge are what makes the property so unique for groups. The theatre, which was the flagship theater for the United Artists movie studio, debuted in February following restorations to original murals and plasterwork. The 1,600-seat theater features a Spanish Gothic-style design with an ornately decorated open balcony and mezzanine and is available for screenings, conferences, seminars and performances. The Upstairs rooftop space was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House. It features a concrete bunker-like bar with a light installation made of hundreds of feet of vintage steel chain and barn hardware using original theatrical lights recovered from the theatre.
“The Ace Hotel makes an incredibly stylish addition to the diverse array of hotel options near the Los Angeles Convention Center,” says Darren Green, senior vice president of sales, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board. “It is yet another sign of downtown’s burgeoning reputation as one of today’s hottest metropolitan neighborhoods in America.”
The hotel also features the Walker and Eisen conference rooms, which can be opened up into Segovia Hall, a larger events space on the second floor of the hotel, to accommodate more than 100 guests. A revamp of Mary Pickford’s private screening room for screening rough cuts is available for independent film premieres, conferences or readings.