The Standard Downtown LA
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2014 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Pool Scene
- Rooftop bar with waterbed pods for lounging
- Retro-style diner serving modern American eats 24/7
- Splurge on a WOW Room for 710 square feet of space and a separate living area
What To Know
- Free earplugs can be helpful on weekends if you have partying neighbors
- Guests are automatic members at SPIN ping-pong club, where you can request lessons with a pro
- Be sure to check out the in-room video art installations as part of the Standard Culture program
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Playful urban party pad. The minimalist lobby feels more like a hotspot nightclub, with acres of dark marble, neon lights, mirrored columns and boxy pink sofas. The 24-7 Restaurant is impossible to miss for its retro banquettes in electric yellow shades where model/actor types sup on nouveau diner fare. The rooftop bar makes a splash with space-age waterbed pods, a heated pool, DJ booth and knockout views of downtown and the mountains in the distance.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms are delightfully uncluttered with a minimalist white and gray palette punctuated with pops of lemon yellow. The devil is in the details: low-slung beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, video art installations on flatscreen TVs and massive lacquer and chrome tables that can double as a work desk or bar (or a late-night dance surface). The sexy bathrooms are not for the shy — in some rooms, tubs the size of a plunge pool sit in the middle of the bedroom, in others glass walls make shower time showtime.
Expect comfort classics at The Restaurant, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, too. The portobello mushroom fries do a particularly good job of soaking up the cocktails from The Rooftop or outdoor Biergarten, as does the ahi tuna sandwich served on a steamed bao bun. If you left your hipster-essential shades at home, stop by the boutique for a new pair of frames, then hop over to Rudy’s Barbershop to get your ‘stache manicured.
In the Area
Downtown LA is going through its renaissance, with many young creatives moving back to capitalize on the bustling businesses the neighborhood has to offer. Stroll over to the Grand Central Market, a historic landmark building dating back to 1917, where you can sate yourself on everything from craft coffee at G&B to authentic Thai street food at Sticky Rice. Then take in the reflective stainless steel curves of Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, or walk down Gallery Row to see work from local artists. Finish off the day with a prohibition-era cocktail at Cole’s or a tipple at whiskey bar Seven Grand, located on the pedestrianized 6th Street, which is dotted with indie shops and stunning art deco buildings.
How to Get There
Like all The Standard hotels, this was really good, on a very good location in Downtown. The old 60's building is very well redecorated with all new features but with the old Mad Men-ish vibe. However it also has a bit of a desolate feel. Dj's playing the completely empty lounge in the afternoon, empty hallways. And as always, very whitewashed and sterile rooms. Well done though, but also a bit too trendy. However, the fact that George Orwell's 1984 was in the room for the guests to read, made up for the somewhat cold feeling.
Checked in on a Saturday eve. Was given a room on Flower street. The jackhammering and construction was more than I could handle. I called front desk and was told it would stop by 11 pm. At 1 am I called as it was so loud I couldn’t sleep. The manager said he would call the city of LA. It never stopped. It was so loud that even with the earplugs the hotel provided (that was a clear sign they knew there was a problem) I could hear yelling, big machinery, etc on the street below. I called management at 6 am to ask to be moved only to be told that they didn’t know what rooms they would have available for the next two nights. I packed up and checked out. The lady at the front desk was nice about it but was very aware of the problem....as three other groups were checking out and complaining about the noise and lack of sleep. She said they only do the construction on the weekends. I asked why they would book rooms on that side of the hotel knowing their guests would be miserable and unable to sleep. No answer. We should have been comped our rooms. Management was uninterested in hearing my complaints. I am moving to another hotel. BTW, there is also a terrible sewer gas coming from the bathroom sink. The bed is not comfortable. Little issues made worse by the terrible noise. I understand this is a ‘party’ hotel but didn’t hear any of that due to the construction. What does that tell you? This hotel simply cares about filling rooms instead of the comfort of their guests.
Overall, the building is very cool. Lots of great details from years past. However, if you are looking for a relaxing, quiet place to stay in LA, this is not it.
The Standard is a party hotel. Loud noises all night long, people running up/down the hallways, adult noises from the room next to you, and drunk people banging on your door at 4am, etc. At least, this was my experience.
There is a rooftop pool/bar that I was really looking forward to. But, they have events going on all weekend. You have to wait in line to get your wristband (even if you are a guest at the hotel). Plus, they charge extra after a certain time. Don't think you will enjoy the rooftop view and relax at the pool though (hahahaha!!!). It's a non-stop party!
Don't get me wrong - I like a party every once in a while...just not when I am trying to enjoy a special evening wth my wife in LA.
Oh, and don't expect anything special in your room, unless you want to pay an arm and a leg for it. I had to go downstairs and pay $5 for a morning coffee.
If you're looking for a relaxing get-away in Los Angeles, the Standard is NOT your hotel. If you're looking for a PARTY hotel where you can run up and down the halls all night drunk and yelling, IT'S YOUR HOTEL!
Upon arrival, you'll find the entry and Front Desk area are both located in a back portion of the hotel which is rather dark and out of the way. The elevators are from the original building--I love retro architecture, so the older elevators with the original wood actually added some charm to the experience. The charm ends, though when you step out into the dark halls lined with dirty orange carpet. Your'e immediately hit with a smell that is best described as a mix of Old Building and some kind of funky cleaning solution. (NOTE to the owner---RIP OUT THAT CARPET!)
The rooms were clean and EXTREMELY MINIMAL. I'm all about minimalism, but this was EXTREME. Do not expect any creature comforts, including even a side table for your phone. They do not exist. The room reminds me of a Pinterest failed attempt at an IKEA hack. Be prepared for the shower which has clear glass to the bedroom area. Personally, this didn't bother me at all, but if you are taking a trip with a friend, it would be appropriate for them to go get some coffee while you get ready. Oh, and COFFEE???? Guests must purchase coffee downstairs at $5 each. One last oddity...the soap provided for you is black in color, which makes it look like your hands are extremely dirty. Overall, the room was just STRANGE.
The POOL...let's talk about the pool...the selling point of this hotel for me. We COULDN'T USE IT! It's located on the rooftop and is used for special events. You can try to squeeze in, but it's basically designed for the LA Party Scene. Also, as a guest, you are not given entry unless you ALSO stand in line like the general public and present your photo ID for scanning. Wristbands could have been handed out at the time of check in with the presentation of your ID at the front desk. Super Tacky...
Sleep did not happen. There were people running up and down the halls screaming all night and we even had a guy banging on our door at 4:30am begging us to let him in. We almost had to call the front desk for help, but he finally left after about 10 minutes of asking "Albie" to let him in.
Staff was polite and courteous. No complaints there. It's a great location in the Downtown area and you can Lyft or Uber very easily anywhere in the city. I would LOVE it if a developer who appreciates retro architecture would purchase the hotel and give it the love it deserves. It has potential for a GREAT LA Historical Hotel get-away. Cheers!
I was invited to the rooftop bar at the Standard by my a few of my girlfriends. We were celebrating our friend's birthday. It was a Thursday so it was a small crowd but still a good vibe and nice views of all the high rise buildings in the area. We didn't stay long mostly because we were looking to party.