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The Downtown Los Angeles Guide

Bordered by Chinatown on one side and the Arts District on the other, what used to be a mostly industrial—and somewhat sketchy—expanse just a few years ago has blossomed into an exceedingly cool and covetable destination for some of the most inventive food in the city, under-the-radar shopping, and general good times.

Freehand LA

Freehand LA

416 W. 8th St | 213.612.0021

The Freehand is a thoroughly modern, chic hotel in DTLA. Yes, some of the rooms are shared accommodation, but they feel more like stylish cabins with rustic wooden bunk beds, colorful quilts, and chic tiled bathrooms. The décor is full of personality, with quirky details like pink loungers by the rooftop pool and a wooden hut for a cocktail bar—a James Beard Finalist for Best American Bar, no less.

The Line

The Line

3515 Wilshire Blvd., Downtown | 213.381.7411

The rooms are a bit industrial, but this hotel—located in burgeoning Koreatown—is well-priced, making it a great alternative for those who want to be near the city's most exciting food scene. And the food scene starts right in the hotel, with Pot and Commissary, which are both from famed LA-chef (and food truck star) Roy Choi.

The Ace Hotel Downtown

The Ace Hotel Downtown

929 S. Broadway, Downtown | 213-623-3233

In one of the more ambitious remodels in the city’s recent history, the Ace transformed the United Artists theater into a huge pull for locals and visitors alike. While downtown L.A. is undergoing a greater Renaissance, this 1920s institution is inarguably one of its crown jewels. Besides hotel rooms, there’s the popular restaurant Best Girl, a coffee bar, and an Acne outpost just around the corner.