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
This hotel is very retro and cool. It's definitely not the standard. It has vegan snacks and just an amazing view. Every part of the hotel was different and made you want to hang out in each of these spots.
Fabulous room service. Best food in LA. Compliments to the chef. FRESH in many ways. Food was beautifully prepared. Loved that it was locally sourced, original and as delicious to the palate as pleasing to the eye.
Had a great stay. The staff was helpful and pleasant. My room was clean and comfortable. Had a nice view. My room was quiet so I was able to work and sleep well. And it’s fun to be in an historic building DTLA.
great price and nice, clean, comfortable room. I did have trouble finding the ice machine and had to call the front desk to help me locate it. Also, the guests should be informed that they need their room keys to operate the elevators. I was not informed about this, and so initially had a lot of trouble getting to the floor my room was on.
So, make sure you don't bring cash. Only c.c. If you have cold, hard cash, they will make you walk to the bank and deposit it onto your ATM card and then walk back and then check in. This is while they are gossiping. The front desk staff gossip so much so make sure you don't let them know any of your business. I was lucky to hear ALL about another guest that was in 719 and how he had attitude, had requested some things, and then how it got physical. Aaron (the front desk evening manager) was the only one that was kind to me. He accepted my partial cash payment, processed my c.c. (I was travelling extensively), and showed me where the elevators were. I couldn't find the elevators. The bed was on some weird, elevated platform on the floor that made it really, really difficult to get out of bed. I had to roll out of bed and then prop myself up to stand up. I prefer regular beds where I can just put my feet out and down and then stand up and out of bed. This was really awkward. They need to wash there walls in Rm. 418 near the telephone. There blood or soda splattered all over the wall. Luckily, the splatter was evenly distributed, which made it easy for me to understand why cleaning missed it. Minibar was amazing!!! Body wash dispenser didn't work so I had to take it apart. I didn't have the heart to call the front desk to ask for a repair because I was afraid of attitude. There was a blemish on the mirror. I wondered why. Also, beware of the other building across the street. You're high enough to look into the apartments and have them look at you.... Finally, checking out at 5AM was a challenge. I only was in the room for 8 hours, but checking out took around 30 minutes. In fact, I wasn't even able to check out. Even after telling them what I had from the minibar and how much it was, they told me that they didn't have the minibar list so couldn't update my folio. I wasn't even going to fight them. I told them what I had and how much it was, but they didn't believe me. So, the front desk staff was yelling around at the front for a minibar list. No one had one and no one could find one. She told me that she would check the room, charge my folio, charge whatever to my card, and then email me a copy of my receipt. Did this happen? Yes, except for the last part. Of course I was charged! But emailed a copy? No. But who cares anyway? I'm just a lowly, slob of a customer. I guess I wasn't good enough. I finally called 2 weeks later and got the receipt via email.