This past weekend I had the pleasure of staying at the newly opened Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles and just go ahead and slow the band-wagon so I can hop on, please. I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels this past year while traveling for work — probably around 20 or so, honestly — and I am just beyond smitten. A couple months ago, David and I stayed at the St. Regis Deer Valley on a locals-only special, and while it’s fun to pretend you belong in a place with a ski valet and nightly champagne sabering ceremonies, at the end of your reverie your name isn’t Claude, you’re not married to Buffy, and you’re getting in your compact Scion and you’re driving your broke ass home. On the other hand, I stayed at two Ws this year, the one in San Francisco, and the other on Lexington in Manhattan and while the crowd was definitely younger… look, grandpa is tired and I don’t want to stay up with investment bankers and app designers and eastern European models in an ultra-lounge on a sofa made of white vinyl. This one’s too hot, and this one’s too cold.
The Ace, on the other hand, gets the cocktail of cool and luxury just right, and while it’s probably definitely the hipster in me talking, feel free to drop me in a modest hotel room chock-a-block with twee amenities and shot through with as many Kinfolky-buzzword-bingo terms as possible any old day of the week, thanks.
While I was there, Remodelista’s steal-this-look post on the DTLA Ace’s bathrooms showed up in my feed, and while they have a lot of great tips, one thing that was different from their post (and the hotel’s site, actually) is that all the fixtures in my bathroom were antique brass rather than dark bronze. I may or may not have spent a lot of time muttering like Gollum while gazing deep into their tony depths and lovingly caressing them.
I guess I’ve never actually seen real brass before? At least, not in a home? If you had asked me last week, golden metal in the home was definitely in theAbsolutely-Not-what-is-this-Shahs-of-the-Sunset? column. I grew up with the thin yellow “brass effect” of Home Depot bathroom fixtures and kind of got turned off to the whole look but… brothers and sisters, I have seen the light and let me tell you it is warm and solid and golden and when you’re in it everything is good and nothing hurts.
The hardware in my room at the Ace was all done by Waterworks Studio, and while I love the look, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to the point in my life where dropping over $8,000 on two faucets and some knobs seems like something that a normal person would ever do, but at the same time I read about places serving $4 toast in Bay-area restaurants this week and didn’t even bat an eye so I don’t have all the answers right now and I’m just gonna take it one day at a time, ok?