Spencer Lowell
Rachel B. Levin
January 07, 2015

An enduring lodging destination for business travelers and convention-goers, Downtown Los Angeles has been enjoying an increasingly trendy renaissance that's luring artists, fashion fiends, and tourists of all stripes to its eclectic collection of hotels. In addition to Downtown's classic museums, music halls, and landmarks, the influx of avant-garde galleries, intimate lounges, gourmet cafes, and stylish boutiques in recent years is making it a cultural destination par excellence. While some hotels are finding homes in snazzy new skyscrapers, others are repurposing abandoned office buildings and other commercial spaces into luxe lodgings. Either way, the vertical orientation of Downtown hotels means spectacular city views from guestrooms and an abundance of rooftop pools and bars for soaking up the urban scene. Hot restaurants and rejuvenating spas are also de rigueur. Whatever you can't find in the hotel easily awaits you outside the lobby doors; Downtown is one of L.A.'s most walkable neighborhoods!

Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles

This hipper-than-thou hotel chain has spiffed up the former United Artists building, a 1927 Art Deco masterpiece, on a gentrifying stretch of Broadway. Cool crowds flock for the mod rooms (some with acoustic Martin guitars), the buzzing rooftop bar, the onsite cold-pressed juicery, and the spectacular theatre hosting indie bands.

The Standard, Downtown LA

It's difficult to pinpoint the coolest amenity at this chic boutique set in the former Superior Oil headquarters. Could it be the rooftop pool with stunning views, waterbed pods, and nightly DJs? The alfresco biergarten? The ping pong club? The onsite Rudy's Barbershop? The marble lobby and mid-century design? You decide!

The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites

The spherical, reflective towers that comprise this hotel are icons of the Downtown skyline. Encompassing an entire city block in the business district, it's almost a city within a city, boasting a six-story atrium lobby, galleria shopping and food court, and indoor jogging track. Don't miss the BonaVista rotating cocktail lounge!

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Stretched through a sleek glass high-rise, The Ritz-Carlton is the pinnacle of Downtown luxury. The rooftop pool deck affords panoramic vistas; Wolfgang Puck's WP24 delivers modern takes on classic Chinese fare; and the glam white-on-metallic spa offers decadent treatments like champagne scrubs. Crisp, contemporary rooms have high-tech amenities and killer views.

JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live

The L.A. Live dining and entertainment complex hosts the Nokia Theater, The GRAMMY Museum, and the Staples Center, and this glossy Marriott puts you right at the doorstep of the action. The hotel occupies the lower levels of the same tower as The Ritz-Carlton and shares dining and spa amenities.

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