Where to Stay in L.A: Best Boutique Hotels from Hollywood to Downtown

Our four favorite small, design-minded properties in Los Angeles are bringing charm and sophistication to the city's newly reinvigorated hotel scene.

Courtesy of The Ace Hotel
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The Ace Hotel

When Atelier Ace and Commune Design put the finishing touches on their ultra-hip property in the Broadway District, it sealed the deal on Downtown L.A.’s renaissance. Originally built in 1927 as the United Artists Theater and adjacent Texaco building, the hotel—which is currently up for sale—is now the place to stay in the area, complete with a concert venue, events space, and awesome bar and restaurant called LA Chapter. The firm’s eye for detail shines through in every nook and cranny, where you’ll note a beautifully composed combination of Navajo-print pillows, Hollyhock-house inspired tile work, leather lounge chairs, cow hide rugs, and Pendleton blankets that you’ll no doubt want to tote back home. Before doing so, make sure to head up to the rooftop bar to soak in the views of DTLA with a cocktail in hand. But don’t be alarmed by the giant neon Jesus Saves sign; the property was once used as congregation space for churchgoers, but now it’s a haven for design lovers.

Rooms from $189; 929 S. Broadway; 213-623-3233; acehotel.com.