The Standard Hollywood
- Style Serenely hip hangout
- Setting Sassy Sunset Strip
The Standard Hollywood has all the makings of a real starlet: it's sexy, unconventional and groomed to perfection. You'll love everything you lay eyes on at this incredibly hip hideaway – including the performance art (lithe models casually but nakedly reclining in glass tanks) and retro-fabulous diner (leather booths and gourmet burgers). Rooms feature metallic silver bean bags, cool blue colour schemes and Warhol-print curtains – no wonder they shot scenes for Sex and the City in one of them.
Need to know
- Rooms 137; two suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $175.00, excluding tax at 14.07 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 0.065% per on check-out.
- Facilities King-size platform beds, free cable Internet connection and minibars in rooms; shop, barber, front-desk DJ, WiFi, performance art, valet parking.
- Poolside The heated pool on the rooftop is generously accessorised with Richard Schultz loungers and inflatable water toys – and surrounded by blue astroturf.
- Check–out 2pm. You can sometimes check out even later, although this is subject to availability and there may be a half-day charge.
Children The Standard is not particularly suited to families, but baby cots can be provided free of charge and babysitting can be arranged. Rates start at $15 an hour, with a four-hour minimum booking.
- Hotel closed Doors are open 365 days a year.
- Also You can have an extra bed in the room for US$50 a night. Small pets are welcome; there's a non-refundable post-pet cleaning charge of US$100 charge. There are some smoking rooms, otherwise smoking is only permitted in outdoor areas.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The popular 'X-Large' corner rooms – they're bigger and have great balconies. 'Sunset' rooms on the second and third floors have views of Sunset Boulevard and the Hollywood hills; most have a balcony or patio. 'Medium' rooms all have a patio or balcony, and more attractive views over the city or poolside; go for a city view if you want a quieter room, as rooms facing the pool can be noisy. 'Large' rooms have two double beds and private balconies with LA views to die for. The suites are killer, with wrap-around balconies, panoramic city views and a shower big enough to throw a small party in.
- Packing tips Lots of swimwear. Leave the suit at home, you'll feel totally out of place wearing one here. Massive shades, however, are vital for poolside and street cred.
Food and drink at The Standard Hollywood
- Hotel restaurant The restaurant, just off the lobby near the hotel entrance, is styled as an ultra-hip diner, with overstuffed leather booth seating and a high counter and dishes up international comfort food, from sushi to lasagne via the great American burger.
- Dress code Keep it casual – and a little bit sexy.
- Top table Cosy up in one of the semi-circular booths, or take a poolside café table in the glorious Californian sunshine.
- Last orders The bar winds it down at 1.30am, but the diner stays open 24/7.
- Room service 24 hours, with the same menu as the diner.
- Hotel bar The Standard Lounge's subtle 70s disco vibe has made it a popular postmodern venue with the beautiful people of LA. Laid-back tunes and live DJs make those signature martinis slip down dangerously fast.