“Seriously cool adult playground with pool parties, nightly DJs, live performance art, a retro restaurant/lounge and a Sunset Strip club where you’re ‘on the list’”
The Standard’s 139 rooms are retro-modern in style. Most have a private balcony or terrace and a view of the Sunset Strip action, or the pool deck and lights of downtown LA.
Like a swinging 60s bachelor pad morphed into an upmarket hostel, each room mixes silver beanbag chairs, Andy Warhol drapes, mirrored walls, IKEA platform beds and floating desks. A racing stripe blazes up the centre of the dorm-issue wool blanket from the foot of the bed to the oversized down pillows. The shower tiles are screaming orange; the bath products soothing organic sage, cardamom and honey.
As you might guess, 'size does matter' at The Standard. The smallest Sunset Rooms face the Strip and sport a balcony. Large Rooms have a balcony or patio facing the pool and city. Doubles have 2 queensize beds, so are perfect for friends here to party. The X-Large Rooms have seating areas where you can enjoy killer views, and some have sofabeds, if you decide to share it with a friend. If you're here for a special occassion, book a Suite, which have wraparound balconies with panoramic views of the city.
All rooms have huge comfy beds, iPod docks (CD and DVD players are available on request), free WiFi, and flat-screen TVs with 55 cable channels. Plus minibars whose 'essentials' range from sake to vitamin water and candy to condoms! Bathrooms are stark (mine reminiscent of a very clean gas station pit-stop), but nicely outfitted with giant bath sheets, bathrobes and organic Kiss My Face bath products. Some have bathtubs, others showers.
Slip into your robe, grab a vitamin drink from the minibar and drag your bean bag chair out to the balcony. The night is young.
The 24/7 room service is popular - especially during the weekend. But the retro-diner restaurant, just off the lobby, is a great place to sip your Hangover Elixir (ty-ku soju, soda and lime - under 100 calories).
Uniformed waitresses serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails around the clock - whether you’re comfortably ensconced under the pink glow of a petal lamp in a cushy brown leather booth with an aqua tabletop, hanging out in the funky Cactus Lounge (with a desert mural and dangling barracudas) or poolside. After dark, votive candles in frosted glass give the diner and pool a dreamy romance.
Comfort foods fan an international spectrum from hamburgers and pizzas to sushi and penne pasta. To make early morning decisions easier, the full breakfast menu (served 'til noon) includes 2 prix fixé plates: 'The Standard' (pastry, juice and coffee or tea), and 'The Other' (2 eggs, bacon or sausage, fries, toast, juice and coffee).
The eclectic lunch menu includes salads, pizzas, sandwiches and entrées (such as Corona beer-battered fish tacos). Saturday and Sunday brunch combines breakfast and lunch menus. Look for a handful of market-priced chef specialities such as coriander and brown sugar salmon on the dinner menu.
Add domestic or imported beer or wine from an evolving list of Californian and international reds and whites in categories designated 'Good,' 'Better,' 'Best' and 'New'. A short list of rosés and champagnes are also available. Specialty Mar’Tea’Nis and standard cocktails range from the 'Rock n Rolla' (belvedere and Red Bull with a splash of pineapple juice) to 5 flavours of mojitos and Bloody Marys (also available by the pitcher).