one of my go-to recommendations for places to stay in los angeles is the ace hotel in DTLA’s old Broadway District. architecture is kind of my thing, and i especially love looking up when cruising around downtown. the older buildings are beauties, and the theater at the ace was built by Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks, as their way to take back creative control from the big movie industry — if you’ve never been inside, i highly suggest attending a show there. the hotel was designed by commune design keeping intact the 1902’s facade but respectfully giving a vintage-modern vibe to the interiors. wandering around the arts district and perhaps checking out a few of the city’s great museums (the broad is nearby) is a favorite of mine, so we’re packing light and very casual, and layering up because you just never know with L.A. winters, in an amazing poncho, ribbed black long-sleeved tee, white jeans (it’s spring in california!), and comfy chunky oxfords for walking. when you take a break from exploring the city, might i suggest reading L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin? it’s one of those juicy, dark-sided novels about Midcentury Los Angeles — a land of sunshine and orange groves, and Hollywood stars. but into this metropolis come two men — one of L.A.’s most notorious gangsters, the other its most famous police chief, each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.