Though this hotel was built in 1955 as the company headquarters for Standard Oil, you might not know it, because the building was completely revamped in 2002 under the sharp eye of owner André Balazs, giving it a sleeky, cutting-edge feel. The large guest rooms are practical and funky: all have sexy see-through showers, windows that actually open, and platform beds. Some bathrooms have extra-large tubs. The indoor-outdoor rooftop lounge has a happening social scene and
stunning setting, but be prepared for some attitude at the door. And the ping-pong lounge is a haven for people-watching.
Apr 20, 2010
Very cool hotel. Great outdoor space for drinks. Just a 20 min walk or 5 min drive to L.A. Live for restaurants, fun and sporting events. Unique rooms with glass bathroom...can pull curtain for toilet privacy. $30 valet fee per night...unlimited in and outs. Only con is street noise.
Sep 13, 2008
The Standard is fun and funky for a younger set. The rooms are what you might expect your dorm room to look like if it were designed by an art major. Sparse, but oddly hip. Platform bed, television on the floor. See-through glass shower visible and impossible to obscure from the bedroom. I don't recall the orange couch, but maybe I missed it. But the windows are big and there's plenty of light. The pool scene on the rooftop is just that -- a scene.
But you can jump the line as a hotel guest. I give the hotel high marks, but you're either going to love it or hate it.