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The Standard Downtown
Ranked #102 of 355 Hotels in Los Angeles
Reviewed 25 October 2011

Last week I was there from Sunday through Thursday, I usually stay at the Checkers Inn by Hilton. It is a little stuffy and i wanted a younger crowd (late 20's early 30's criowd) The atmosphere was great every night they had a dj in the lobby along with foosball, pool and table tennis. The decor was was great, and different. Really overal everythign worked really well. A few negatives to the place. This might be my own personal experience but $30.00 a day for valet parking is a little high. especially when in the same parking lot they are only charging $15.00. Also the first night there i requested a roll away upon checking in that was $50.00, and i had to request it 3 times. At the bar i ordered my usual captain and coke, except this time it was a 6oz. glass packed full of ice, so i got a shot basically and it was $8.00 and I was told that i couldnt get a double unless i tipped the bar tender and extra amount. (on a side note I feel I am a really fair tipper I usually start at 20% and if you go above and beyond I will certainly compensate you for that.) So this extra grease money to get a double drink which now costs $16.00, that is a little ridiculous. Maybe its because we are in downtown L.A. oh wait except the bar across the street is half the price for twice the drink. Any rate Overall the staff was very friendly and the valet guys did bring my girlfriends cell phone to her room out of her car when she asked. Also the drink girls at the bar did hustle around to keep my drinks filled for me. and the roooftop bar was one of the coolest places I had seen in awhile. Are room was also awesome, It looked like a 70's pimp palace. I would stay there again, and park my car across the street, and drink across the street.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

Very nice design to the room, and you could see that they put some though into it. All the cosmetics in the bathroom were natural, and they were very careful with their selection.

On the other hand due to the location the room can get quite noisy at times, especially in the morning when people drive in to all the office buildings around.

Good location if you have a conference at the LA convention center. It is about 15 minutes walk.
They have a terrific bar on top of the hotel, which can be an up side if you want a nice place to have a drink, but a down side on the evenings when they have parties in there and the hotel gets filled up with a lot of people queuing in for the rooftop bar.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

Get the real LA downtown experience in this hip and happening hotel. Fab-u-lous design, with a great diner and an even better rooftop bar. Loved it. Will stay for pleasure not business next time.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

A group of us gals went to LA for a weekend of shopping and art openings. My friend had stayed at The Standard many times and highly recommended it. Boy, this place is NICE! Swanky digs, unusual beautiful ultra-modern rooms, and excellent service! Everything was great about the hotel. Only drawback is that it's in the heart of downtown, so be prepared to hear the traffic below. Parking can get price-y because of constantly having to tip valets. But everything else was awesome! Delicious breakfast in the little restaurant!

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

When you enter, there's all this cool art. While checking in, I asked if one piece in the lobby (a huge white mobile hanging from the ceiling...very cool) was Alexander Calder. The young lady had no idea what I was talking about, and when I asked "is that a real" her definitive answer was "yes, of course it's real" even though she said previously she didn't know who Calder was. It was snippy, rudely delivered, and I was just curious if it was real. Another piece of art located behind the check-in desk was a world map that said "Standard Holdings" and indicated (falsely) that there were Standard "Holdings" in Africa, Australia, and all kinds of far-flung locations (there are only 4 Standard hotels: two in LA, one in NY, and one that was formerly the Lido Hotel on South Beach).

In the spare room, the amenities like shampoo and toiletries were adorably well-branded (Kiss My Face: a granola brand, but very nicely repackaged, and high quality), and the shower's placement gives new meaning to "in-room entertainment." It is what it is - a hipper than thou hotel - you don't stay here for the room, you stay for the scene.

But for the staff to be snippy and the rooms barren, the crowd had better be f**ing gorgeous and/or cooler than the North Pole. After jumping through hoops to get a wristband to check out the roof deck bar area, I was dismayed to see a crowd of people willing to pay like $30 (uncool) for the privilege of paying $15 for a drink at what seemed to be last week's LA cool spot. Super-lame except for the LA interpretation of the Standard NY's biergarten. Cool because everything in LA is maximalist in size and scale...this was a mini.

At about 3am, I retreat to my room after bouncing to 700 Grand and The Varnish (two really cool bars, one with a taxidermy theme, the other prohibition).The hotel itself was a barely-renovated office building. The Lido in Miami is similar in the period (the era of mid-century 70's-ish formica), but here's the grand finale: we go to checkout. We have to pickup the car. No valet guys are around, so we talk to a nice guy in the small parking lot management booth (literally 25 feet from the valet desk outside the standard). At this point, we learn that parking with him would have cost $15. This means we wouldn't have the privilege of tossing our keys to the fresh faced valet guys 25 feet closer to the entrance. We PAYED DOUBLE to park the car with the Standard's valet (which, in all fairness, gives all-day, unlimited in-and-out privileges) versus the unnamed ethnic guy who would park it all day for $15. If you're an overnight-only guest, don't get ripped off. This was icing on the cake, and a crappy ending to our Standard experience.

Room Tip: If you don't need in-and-out, park your car with the little booth in the parking lot, NOT the va...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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JanHenningsen, General Manager at The Standard Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2011

Dear 100KatherineC,

I'm pleased to hear you liked the Biergarten - it's brand new and we're really excited to have it at the hotel! The amenities in the room are carefully hand-selected so we're happy you noticed them! I want to apologize that you had a less pleasant experience with some of our staff - we know they are responsible for making a first and lasting impression and making your stay great. Sorry to hear this wasn't the case. As for parking, the overnight is a little pricier than other lots in the area but we find the unlimited in and out privilege is a convenience for our guests. It sounds like you had a fun time exploring the neighborhood so we hope you'll give us a second chance next time you're in town.

Best,
Jan Henningsen
General Manager

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Reviewed 10 October 2011

As a couple who loves modern style and design, this place was great for us. If you're not then I wouldn't recommend it. Rooftop pool and bar are fantastic and we utilised them both. A morning swim on the top of the Standard truly was an experience. They upgraded our room as we were on our honeymoon. Room was well-designed and felt luxurious. The wifi didn't work in our room which was hugely frustrating. Receptionist didn't seem to care when we reported it so we spent a lot of time at the rooftop bar where the wifi did work. Maybe that's what they want you to do. We found parking a few blocks from the hotel for $15 per night which is better than $30 at the Standard. The location's not great for going out. Downtown more-or-less shuts down at night so we ended up paying a lot for parking as we were taking the car in and out of parking to go out in other parts of LA.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Upon checking in the concierge was helpful and friendly. We were looking forward to staying here. We booked a single room- without knowing that the bathroom had glass walls- the shower was totally see through next to the bed. We were unaware of this and had I not been with a friend this would have been totally inappropriate. We later went up to the pool- ordered "duck nachos" minus the duck. The server told us no one had ever ordered them that way and would find out if that was possible. We waited for 20 minutes with no response and finally she brought them out without confirming the order. "Nachos" at this hotel consist of 4 chips with cheese for $11! Totally dissatisfied I gave her a $20 and asked for the change, which she pocketed. She told us she would be back with the change- ironic since she had a change pouch on her! We waited another 20 minutes then proceeded to the bar to see if they could give us change- which they could not. Without apology, she finally gave us our change. This was an awful experience, we felt totally ignored and not at all like guests. When we got back to our room we called the front desk to speak with management- they said no problem and hung up on us? No one called us back. When checking out I asked if there were any charges on my credit card (we had not ordered any room service or used the mini bar), to which they replied no. Since being home I've noticed I WAS charged $100 and can only speak to answering machines at this hotel. Very unhappy, will never stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: 550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2501
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Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Luxury Hotel in Los Angeles
#86 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range: £137 - £378 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Standard Downtown 4*
Number of rooms: 207
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A downtown Los Angeles, California luxury boutique hotel located near the LA Convention Center. This business hotel features 207 guest rooms & suites, event space, rooftop bar and Biergarten, 24 hour restaurant & rooftop pool. The newest addition to the hotel is SPiN - a ping-pong club founded by Susan Sarandon. ... more   less 
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