The Standard Downtown LA
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Larry start - As usual the trip over was somewhat exhausting, but it went smoothly. We went premier economy from Auckland and that did help some, but there was not much sleep.
Los Angeles was a city of tall palms on the drive in and, yes, we also saw the famous Hollywood sign. We stayed the first night in downtown LA. A walk around the …
So today was a designated rest day (just like they had in the TDf). We definitely took our time getting up and had breakfast in our room. Also had to do some hand washing as apparently there are no laundry mattes in downtown LA. By the time we spruced our selves up it was about 11am so we walked down to Starbucks. The weather is very hot so we all …
Up again at the usual time and all ready to go by 8:30am. Starbuck's for breakfast again, I know it sounds bad but really we have fruit yoghurt and a coffee, quite healthy considering the other tempting treats they have.
After breaky we decide to walk down to Broadway. This is where all the old theaters were. We drove by in the bus yesterday …
Had a bit of time to get ready this morning, so it was off to Starbucks for breakfast again. The yoghurt and fruit cups are quite nice - you'll have to ask Fiona about the scones.
We decided to get a 2 day pass on the Hop-on Hop-off bus. This was a little more complicated than other days though. There are three different bus loops. Downtown, …
Another moving day today. Up at 7am and ready to go by 8am. By 8:15am we are sitting in Starbucks drinking coffee, eating a yoghurt breakfast and plugged into the net. I even remembered my Facebook password so am checking out everything I've missed there. Got the bus to the Greyhound station and checked our bags in and waited in the lounge area, …
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Very conveniently located a couple of blocks from Times Square, this is an older hotel but still very serviceable. There is a pool on the roof and there is a fridge in the bedroom.
All the staff were fine except for one who we nicknamed "Mr Happy".
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Standard Downtown LA Los Angeles
I am often sceptical of 'design' hotels but this was genuinely excellent. My 'large' room ($165 on a Sunday) was exactly that. Decent bed and bedding, huge TV, large bathroom, good selection of design / art / fashion mags to read. Good room service breakfast delivered on time, with a newspaper. The roof top party (7-late) was fantastic - good DJ, an interesting crowd of LA types, movies projected onto adjacent buildings and beautiful girls swimming in the pool! Impressively, there was no noise transfer to the rooms, even though I was on the top floor. The view from the pool, surrounded by LA skyscrapers and with flights from LAX passing overhead, is amazing. My only gripe was $25 for valet parking - there are two car parks in the same block as the hotel that, at least at weekends, will park you for under $10. Well worth giving it a go.
While I don't currently live in Los Angeles, I am an LA native and know how things work in this town. I both love and hate the way that this city is always in search of something new. And the poor Standard Downtown has now become a victim of this LA truth. The Standard opened without a lot of fanfare. It truly was an interesting, well-priced hotel and attracted a progressive and creative crowd. This was not the celebrity seeking, bridge and tunnel crowd of the Suset strip etc. Because of its downtown location, this hotel was not in their line of vision. I agree that the service was not great, but it wasn't bad...the staff was not beautiful and dumb (I still don't think that they are beautiful), but they were simply not well trained. But hey, it was nice design on the cheap. This has all changed. Somehow this hotel got caught up in a media frenzy and the hangers-on, B-list celebs and various valley types have all showed up. The hotel now seems like one of those clubs on Sunset that thinks that it is the center of cool, but Torrie Spelling and her aging boy's boys enterage do not cool make. In Los Angeles, when the celebrities arrive, you know a place is running on empty. On my most recent stay in February, my Los Angeles friends asked why I was staying at "that" hotel and I confessed that I knew that it was time to move on. But I liked the rooms and location, and was hoping that maybe Los Angeles would just slow down for a while and leave this hotel alone. Of course this is not the case. The current crowd would be humous if this were a movie, but when they are your neighbors, there is nothing funny about it. The Standard Downtown, your time is up...it's back to an old classic hotel until something new pops up.
Very unique and interesting design (the roof bar is exceptional in that regard). I've visited the hotel on many occasions and stayed there once. The staff isn't as rude as some say (I guess to some critics looking attractive equals arrogance in some minds). The hotel's main strengths are it's incredible roof-top bar (though avoid Friday and Saturday night after 9:00, it gets waaay too pretentious and the velvet rope isn't worth it -hotel guests need not worry about the latter). Weeknights, however are tops. The diner (with its "international comfort food") is a great place to get an afterbar snack with friends. As for the hotel itself: this is a boutique hotel. Do not expect the luxury of a Hyatt. The rooms are hip and trendy "bachelor pads" designed for wild parties and (ahem) romantic romps. I found the staff responsive, but I admit I didn't try and put them to the test. The parking is hillariously overpriced, so either catch a taxi there or (like me) successfully risk your car on the streets (or the Library parking nearby). An open mind will pay off.
I stayed at the Standard with my Mom, who is in her late 40's and resides in the Midwest. We both loved the hotel....although there was one problem with the double room we shared: the wall to the bathroom is glass and faces into the bedroom. Luckily, the glass is half frosted so I didnt have to watch my Mom shower. A test though of the opacity of the wall failed when I asked my Mom how many fingers i was holding up. We resolved this problem easily though - I would go to the gym, while she showered, and then I would shower and she would drink in the lobby. So... if you stay here with a relative or friend, who you really dont want to expose yourself to while showering...get seperate rooms. The design was amazing and refreshingly modern. They kept the gritty used office feel of the original building while simultanesously updating everything. The staff was friendly, room service prompt, and front desk helpful and cute, although a few of the front desk memebers could have been a little bit more smiley and not 'put out.' But being from So. Cal originally, and living in Hollywood, im used to the 'very put out annoyed attitude' many angelenos have for some reason. Anyhow, the bar is amazing just for its view....and the location of the hotel downtown is awesome. Many people forget that LA has a downtown, and is a working city with a subway system. My mom and I were adventuresome and took the subway to Hollywood & Highland, Thai Town, Los Feliz Village, Universal Studios, Olvera St, and Chinatown. Sure beats driving around LA...So if you stay here and are interested in the more cultural, urban elements Los Angeles has to offer besides drinking, glamour, celebrity sightings and fancy cars stay here and take advantage of the Standard's geographic location. Like a previous reviewer here, I give it a MUST TRY review.
Get new management
The place looks glamorous but thats where it stops.
Service at the front desk is appalling!!!!
You never see any managers and when you ask for one, you are told they are in a meeting - go figure
Cool showers, lousy service
The showers at the Standard at cool -- glass partitions to the bedroom... but LOUSY service... had to call several times for an iron & ironing board... lots of good looking people standing behind the desk, only one or two of whom actually helped people check in... a number of them kept coming out and then went behind the curtain for some unexplicable reason... terrible parking-- caveat emptor.
The best hotel.........
I stayed there because my secretary had heard great thing about the place.
It was amazing: Huge rooms, great decor. The taff were reallty friendly and the atmosphere on the roof is great at night.
At in the retaurant at 3am after I had been relaxing on the roof.
Amazing place, not to be missed.
My stay at the Downtown Standard was something to remember. The rooftop party was one of a kind. Friendly people, good drinks, and enough dancing to wear down my stilleto heals. I had a blast! The rooms are very cool looking and yet very comfortable. I love the decor and I could have layed in bed all day (oh wait, I did lay in bed all day). The room service was quick and delicious, and the staff always friendly.
Amazingly chic and comfortable
I had the best stay at the new Downtown LA Standard. the design was really futuristic and a great place to get ideas if you want to design your home in a modern way. The best part was the fact that I my room was very comfortable and convenient for work and sleep but when I was ready I could party all night long on the rooftop. which is the big highlight! Then the best part is you can actually eat at 10pm unlike the rest of LA that closes the kitchen at disgustingly early. A hotel without the hotel feel. I give it the MUST TRY review.
Vanity Fair wrong! The Standard Hotel suck!
The Standard Hotel in downtown LA is the worst hotel experience I have ever had. There was no hot water in my room on several occasions when I wanted to shower.
The staff was the worst part of the nightmare...hired obviously only for appearances with no consideration given to their small brains or pretentious attitude. They ruined the experience more than anything else. You need classy people to have a classy hotel...hello.
A group of well dressed gangsters got into a brawl in the lobby the weekend I stayed there.
Beautifully designed hotel very sub-standard services and staff.