The Standard Hollywood
What We Love
- Perfect Sunset Boulevard location for exploring West Hollywood
- Views of LA and Hollywood Hills
- DJs & art events add to the property's party vibe
- 24/7 Restaurant is (obviously) always open
What To Know
- The scene is catered to adults; children 20 and under are not permitted
- This was the original Standard—décor isn’t as updated as more recent properties
- Sunset Boulevard can be noisy at night
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Wild West Hollywood icon with saucy style, 24-7 eats and one of the city’s best pool scenes
Andre Balazs brought sexy back to Sunset Boulevard when he opened The Standard in 1999 with celeb-investors Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron Diaz. It’s a testament to his brand of cool that this party pad is still bumping decades later, thanks to quirky design touches like swinging lucite and chrome chairs, shag covered walls, and a scantily clad woman reclining in a fish tank behind the front desk. Upstairs, rooms take cues from the famous pool below with cobalt rugs and Marimekko patterned curtains of baby blue and cream. Raid the minibar, kick back on a silver beanbag chair, and watch the madcap video art installations that loop on the flatscreen TVs. The place to be, however, is at the pool, where DJs spin while the pretty people play ping pong, lounge in teepees on astroturfed platforms, or float in the water on fluorescent inner tubes. Forgot your shades? There’s an outpost of hip eyewear brand Warby Parker in the lobby. Sop up the booze any hour of the day at the diner-style 24-7 Restaurant, and don’t miss the mmhmmm nightclub, a secret lounge with live music and bottle service.
In the Area
Fred Segal is a high-end shopping Mecca, with uber-cool fashions for women, men and kids. There’s even a happening café area for a quick star-studded bite while you shop your wallet clean. Beckley is a novel kind of shopping experience, with personal shoppers, stylists and tailors on hand to serve clients. A private interior garden offers a spot to relax after the stress of competitive shopping with friends. Hear movie deals being brokered over post-work drinks at Laurel Hardware, a vintage-chic restaurant and bar housed in a former hardware store. Make reservations in advance to sample star chef Michael Voltaggio’s wildly inventive fare at Ink.
How to Get There
Great location. Fun pool area. Very hip and trendy. Probably for younger, hipper folks. Lol. My plane arrived at 8am and they let me check in early at 9am! (That gets them an extra star right there!). The room I had was away from the pool. No balcony. Who cares? It was available at 9 am! But it was a bit dingy. The popcorn ceiling a little miscolored. My biggest problem - no thermostat. There’s something that lets you control the fan “hard” or “harder” (than what, I don’t know) but nothing to control the temperature. It was hot and humid in my room on 90 degree day. Didn’t help with the basement feel of the room. But, for all that, a fun stay nonetheless.
Pros: Food excellent. 24 hour room service. Friendly staff. TV and fridge worked fine. Nice selection in the minibar.
Cons: Noise. I had a 2nd floor room overlooking the street. Every step I made the floor creak, and similar creaks issued from people in adjacent rooms and the room above. The walls had virtually no sound blocking, so there was no way to escape nearby television, music, and chatting. Perhaps this is why a pair of foam earplugs are provided apparently as standard . In sum, if you prefer quiet, this hotel is not for you.
This is probably the most challenging review we’ve had to write. We stayed 3 nights and even now, the experience is a little baffling.
Let’s set out the parameters. We are a UK couple well into our 60’s. So we probably increased the average age up to about 25. But we are Young at heart.
This hotel is so different from your ‘business’ or ‘tourist’ ones. Relatively good location, but LA is vast so hardly anything is walkable. It has a restaurant, a bar, a pool and an elevator. That’s where Standard ends.
We had guest DJ music in the evenings playing some way out stuff, together with some good old rock fare. Slightly loud, but as the evening went on & the PBR was consumed, it became quite a feature.
The food menu is limited but really nice. We ate in on all 3 evenings. But didn’t breakfast, as we like to try out local deli offerings.
The room was fine. No tea/coffee facilities, but the most extensive mini bar we’ve ever seen (and not silly prices). Some street noise - no double glazing, but you are in LA. Bathroom was quirky in fitting with the whole hotel. Towels were really nice & fluffy, and dressing gowns provided. Dimmer lights in the bathroom!?! Also a hole in the shower panel to turn on the shower. But, then water flies out of it onto the floor!?!
Now the reception. Never seen this anywhere. A glass bed behind, inhabited by someone every night. You’ll have to google this to get the story - not sure if I still get it. But we did say quirky.
Final mention for the staff. They make this place. We got so friendly with our server Donald and barman (Manager?) Brian. They were the absolute best. A credit to their profession. Thank you guys. Also the other servers and receptionists were good too.
Would We stay there again? Well, even now we’re not sure. But we’re glad we did once.