From Frankfurt to Puerto Rico, this month’s hottest hotels
BACKSTORY: The Ace, which opened in January, is housed in the 1920s United Artists building, the breakaway studio founded by D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Inspired by Pickford’s love of Spanish cathedrals and castles, the property has a 1,600-person-capacity theater with original décor intact, including murals depicting the stars’ fight against the studio heads.
DESIGN NOTES: The look here might be termed Muji meets Manhattan. Rooms have rough concrete ceilings and exposed pipes. The lobby is full of bohemian touches: shelves of vinyl records, hieroglyphic drawings of L.A. Most of the building’s original details remain, along with some not-so-original ones (see the recently installed Art Deco–esque ticket booth near the entrance).
BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT: The rooftop bar, “Upstairs,” has already established itself as an L.A. nightlife standout. Topped by an illuminated faux-cathedral spire, it affords terrific views of Downtown, including the lovely Eastern Columbia building opposite. There’s also a fireplace and a large hot tub. Skinny-dipping is not officially allowed, but the more intrepid guests occasionally give it a go.
HOT DISH: The hotel’s L.A. Chapter brasserie is a gleaming mix of checkerboard tile and mirrored glass. The food (from the team behind Brooklyn’s Five Leaves and Nights and Weekends) emphasizes locally sourced ingredients. For brunch, try the Moroccan scramble with crushed avocado, merguez sausage and spicy chickpea salad, followed by a platter of ricotta pancakes and a 10-mile jog.