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The AC Hotel Downtown Los Angeles Is a Sleek Home Base for Business Travel in L.A.

Whether for business or leisure, the hotel offers a welcoming and sophisticated haven in downtown Los Angeles

by Hank Strum

February 8, 2024

Golden Hour poolside bar / Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kleinberg

Parallel to the Arena, the AC Hotel Downtown Los Angeles offers a refreshing blend of modern design, sleek amenities and a central location that makes it a standout choice for both business and leisure travelers in the heart of the city. Upon entering the lobby on the 34th floor, I was immediately struck by its contemporary and minimalist aesthetic, clean lines, neutral color palette and tasteful furnishings that create a sophisticated atmosphere. This attention to detail is evident throughout the entire property, reflecting the brand’s commitment to providing a chic and streamlined experience for guests.

Guest room / Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Duarte

The rooms are well-appointed and thoughtfully designed. My accommodation boasted a modern and functional layout with a comfortable bed, ample workspace, floor-to-ceiling windows and a fully stocked bathroom. High-quality linens and a variety of amenities added to the overall sense of luxury.

Qué Bárbaro restaurant / Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kleinberg

A highlight of the AC Hotel is the La Lo La Rooftop lounge on the 34th floor, which offers a selection of craft cocktails and small bites as well as stunning panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline. And be sure to visit Level 8, a must-experience labyrinth of almost clandestine bars and restaurants, from the Japanese-themed Maison Kasai and poolside carousel bar Golden Hour to the alfresco oyster and ceviche bar Mother of Pearl and Sinners y Santos, a cathedral-inspired nightclub featuring live lucha libre wrestling matches.

Ahi tuna tostadas at La Lo La Rooftop lounge / Photo: Courtesy of Joseph Duarte

If you’re planning an event or business meeting, the AC Hotel Downtown offers spaces suitable for all occasions. At 4,045 square feet, the industrial-inspired, open-brick Main Event Space can host 420 guests. For a smaller occasion, consider The Fig Boardroom, a discreet option with a warm library feel and contemporary design, which can accommodate 22 seated.

The Fig Boardroom / Photo: Courtesy of Michael Mundy

The hotel’s location is a major draw for visitors. Situated in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, it provides easy access to key attractions, dining establishments and business centers. Whether you’re in town for a conference or to explore the cultural offerings of the city, the AC Hotel’s central location makes it a convenient and strategic choice.

Certainly the property delivers on its promise of a contemporary and stylish experience, and is a top choice for travelers seeking a blend of luxury and convenience. Whether for business or leisure, the AC Hotel offers a welcoming and sophisticated haven in downtown Los Angeles.