The Standard Downtown L.A is a stylish and modern design hotel. The staff are friendly and welcoming (a little closer to aesthetically pleasing than true service focus but that was fine). We arrived at the back entrance which I would liken to an old 1980s bank branch with 360 marble finishing and chandeliers - very retro chic. Through to reception, you take in a view of lobby lounge decorated in dark and gold (actually the front entrance) - you begin to get a picture of a party hotel that is more style over substance! Loud dance music booms (we arrived at 16.00pm local time) and lots of cool beautiful people hang around the sleek pink sofas looking like they are discussing their next movie audition or recording session. There's a free pool table that looks more for show.
We stayed in a "Huge" room (that's the room type) on 10th Floor. The room was bright and spacious with great views of downtown L.A. With minimalist design, there's a king size platform bed (very comfortable after an 11 hour flight) and more unusually, there's a large deep bath in the bedroom. Thankfully the loo has a room of it's own and if you need your separation between sleeping/washing, there's a curtain to give you some privacy.
So, all very classy at this point and first impressions are good. We made our way to the rooftop bar, regularly featured in lots of E-Entertainment gossips and the scene for many B-list parties. Lets start by saying, it's "very" L.A and continues the beautiful people theme seen in the lobby bar except....with less clothing. There's a good sized pool up on the roof along with the bar/sun loungers, etc. If you are confident enough to go for a dip, you're likely to live in the gym/munch on cucumber as your main source of nutrition. Its model central up here and I recall being the only person on the roof drinking beer (and proud of it!).
Whilst it's very cool on the roof, it is the source of my main issue with this hotel. On the first night (with jetlag having set in), we went to bed around midnight...Firstly, I DO like to enjoy myself and realise that midnight Saturday is party o'clock in L.A but expected such a modern hotel would perhaps have sound proofed in some way and sleeping 2 floors from the rooftop bar, felt like being in the midst of the party. The music boomed until around 3am and it appears that the 10th floor was being used to stream the glitterati back to the ground floor so there was a constant flow of noise along the hallway outside our door.
It doesn't help the hotel's cause that our neighbours each had some noise moments also. On one side, we had scooby doo (despite a no pets policy in the hotel). In fairness to the poor mongrel, it only barked all night because of the steady flow of noisy traffic outside the door. On the other side, there was a booty call and a couple hours of steady bump and grind which wasn't well disguised through the paper thin walls.
Finally, outside of this trendy hotel, there's not a lot to do in this part of L.A. It's very quiet. Downtown is borderline spooky at weekends and I'd probably opt for the West Hollywood version of this group when I visit Los Angeles again.
Positives; Uber stylish and modern room, excellent and friendly service, beautiful pool, A very happening hotel in what is a very boring part of Los Angeles. Stay here if you; 1. don't need sleep and love to party and 2. have earplugs for when you do need a catnap.
Downsides; Noise was frustrating and for a hotel of this calibre, was surprising. The location is dull and you need to be ready to battle L.A traffic to get to the real action (shopping, partying outside of this one hotel) in Hollywood. It will likely cost you between $20 - $40 in a cab to get to Hollywood (the wide range depends on how much your driver wants to rip you off which we had a few experiences of). The hotel concierge gave us a helpful tip - ask the driver for his/her card when you get in. That will stop them from robbing you.
Overall, a good place and the noise got better as the weekend drew to a close. Ask for a lower floor room but if you are there at weekends, be aware that it's party central.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Standard Downtown La Hotel Los Angeles
- Standard Hotel Los Angeles
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- Standard Downtown La Hotel