The Standard, Downtown LA

The Standard, Downtown LA

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What do you get if you cross James Bond bachelor chic, mid-century metropolitan architecture and acid-bright pop-culture wit? The Standard, Downtown LA. This fun and funky downtown boutique hotel in Los Angeles bears all the outré hallmarks of dynamic hotelier André Balazs: one of the coolest bars in LA, baths big enough for basketball players, and on-the-money decor that cries out to be a Sixties-era film set.

Highlights:

  • LA's coolest urban hangout

  • Signature rooftop pool with scarlet astroturf

  • Indulge your secret-agent style fantasies

Smith extra

Two complimentary cocktails in the 24/7 Restaurant and guaranteed access to the rooftop.

In the know

Also need to know:

There are smoking and non-smoking rooms; smoking is not permitted in the indoor public areas.Mood lighting, scented candles, giant mirrors and treat-filled mini-bars make the Standard’s rooms the perfect set for recreating those fantasy movie moments… Groovy, baby. The windows actually open, too.

Packing tips:

Slick swimwear for poolside glamour (avoid orange, though – you'll clash with the red astroturf); a warm cover-up for winter evenings.

Dress code:

Casual jeans combos – but more Juicy Couture than Glasto grunge.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

On my first visit to Los Angeles some ten years ago I stayed in the downtown area of the city, MacArthur Park to be exact; a place made famous by the song of the same name (did somebody really leave a cake out in the rain?). On my first day I discovered a masked jogger in the park and, a week later, the people I was staying with were making a documentary about him. That’s Los Angeles – strange and wonderful things are expected to happen.

As a travelling DJ and musician I have tasted the delights of many of the world’s hotels, more often than not only for a brief interlude before the airport

Accommodation details

Address:

550 South Flower Street at Sixth Street, Los Angeles, California California 90071, United States
Downtown
USA

Location:

0.8 mi / 1.3 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Pool
  • Exercise gym
  • Internet services
  • Lounges/bars
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

The Standard's cheery canary-yellow diner-style restaurant is just off the lobby and open round the clock; it offers a gratifyingly unfussy menu of neo-comfort food (syrup-drizzled pancakes, croques monsieurs, meatballs).

Top table:

Head for the patio and get a side of California sunshine with your meal.

Last orders:

The Rooftop Bar, 1.30am; The Standard Restaurant is open 24/7: breakfast 6–11am; lunch 11am–5pm; dinner 5pm–11pm; overnight menu 11pm–6am; weekend brunch, 11am–5pm.

Room service:

24 hours; food comes from the restaurant.

Hotel bar:

The Standard's Rooftop Bar is super-cool, dizzyingly hip and boasts stimulating 360º cityscape views. As well as bar snacks, it serves up a feisty collection of cocktails and mellow, toe-tapping house tracks.

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