The Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles. (Iwan Baan, Courtesy of The Broad)

A Modern Guide to DTLA: Amid Arts Renaissance, Downtown Is the Star of Los Angeles


Forget about Venice Beach, Hollywood or Play del Rey. Right now, Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) is the place to be.

Cutting-edge museums and art galleries, buzzy restaurants and concept retail shops have transformed what was once one of L.A.'s most avoided districts into what is now among the most exciting neighborhoods in the country. Hop a cheap Virgin flight and follow our guide to a stylish few days in DTLA.

Where to Stay in DTLA

Hang your hat and play a tune at DTLA's Ace Hotel.

(Courtesy of the Ace)

Style mavens, look no further than these three favorites when you need a place to crash.

Located in the Gothic-style edifice formerly home to United Artists, the Ace Hotel (929 South Broadway) has the artsy atmosphere and hipster attitude we've come to expect from this edgy hotel brand. Opened in January 2014 after a complete renovation of the building, the Ace's rooms lure traveling design aficionados for themed decor and the rooftop pool and lounge. // The Standard, inside the 1950s Standard Oil building (550 S. Flower St.), is well-loved for its minimalist design. Pay it another visit to see the recently christened 40-foot mural by local artist Caris Reid. // Think of Los Angeles Athletic Club (431 W. 7th St.) as DTLA's Battery—a chic private club, but with a sporty twist. Wingback chairs, Persian rugs and brass chandeliers set an Old Hollywood tone, while the athletic facilities promise another kind of tone—the physical kind that results from regular games of racquetball and squash. The hotel is also known for its Invention Bar, which specializes in pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes.

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