black and white coffee stand inside the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

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.

the ace hotel exterior downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

wear this there: PAMPA PONCHO in BLACK ON WHITE; j.crew Slim perfect ribbed long-sleeve T-shirt; j.crew Vintage straight jean in white with exposed buttons; cos chunky derby shoes; Wolford Leo Socks; anthropologie Billie Suede Card Case; read this there L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City by John Buntin; j.crew Vintage pajama set; clare v weekender tote bag; anthropologie Home State Charm Bracelet; Isabel Marant Sunglasses; madewell WYETH™ Dylan Rancher Hat; clare v. black Fanny Pack.

the inspiring exterior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

black and white numbers on elevator doors at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

architectural details inside the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

dining room and bar on first floor of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

vintage exterior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

check-in desk in lobby of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring interior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

ornate vintage exterior of the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

vintage architectural details at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

vintage modern interior of guest room at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

industrial modern guest room at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

lounge chairs on the rooftop pool deck at the ace hotel downtown los angeles. / sfgirlbybay

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