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
The Standard is certainly hip. Interesting art installations. Active with live music and creative energy. Great restaurant and bar. Pool area is right out of a movie. And the staff are friendly and efficient. But it’s showing it’s age. The halls are dingy, dark and musty. The rooms are spacious but oddly arranged, noisy, with no close outlets where you’d expect (like on a nightstand). The beds themselves are large and comfortable but the pillows deflate like empty sacks and feel like plastic bags. The bathrooms are simply awkward with showers that don’t drain and flood the entire tiled floor leaving puddles all day. For the rate the rooms really need an upgrade. And good Christ is that street noisy at night. With all the smashing, crashing, and strange machine noises I half expected a giant robot battle raging outside. I’d stay again because the location is ideal for me in LA. But never again on the street side. Only book overlooking the pool deck. You’ll avoid Optimus Prime kicking garbage trucks all night.
I love the mid-century modern design. Great energetic vibe, and the scene at the pool is great! The room is so huge that it feels empty. The space would be better taken advantage of by providing a more luxurious bathroom...because the bathroom is very small. Also more closet space would better take advantage of that huge space. There were no drawers to put clothes in. No amenities in the room. A coffee maker would be nice because I really wanted to have a cup of coffee on my balcony. There should be a way to guarantee a balcony to avoid getting stuck with a patio room on the ground floor. The patio rooms are closed in by a wall, so you just have a view of a white wall. Thankfully the very kind receptionist was able to get me a balcony room, but I'd be willing to pay more to have this guaranteed. Everyone was extremely friendly...the receptionists when I checked in and checked out, the valet guys, the waitress at the pool. Everyone was very nice!
Location ideal, clean, modern; for the price point coffee maker should be included with each room with appropriate amenities! All electric outlets located underneath the desk and hard to reach; should place them on the level of desk and add some to the side of the bed.