Ace Hotel

Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

The ever-hip, buzzy, 182-room Ace is big on quirky details: Haas Brothers murals in the lobby and restaurant, whimsically themed cocktails at the rooftop bar and retro-inspired rooms with boxer-style robes, blank music sheets and, in many cases, record players or guitars. Small rooms can feel tight, so consider opting for a medium. Valet parking is $36 a night.

The safari-themed rooftop bar comes with knockout city views and a small pool (transformed into a steamy Jacuzzi in the cooler months), while the small lobby store stocks many of the rooms' designer details, including those coveted Pendleton blankets.