I stay in West Hollywood pretty regularly, but fancied a new hotel this time round. Having spent a little time at The Standard Downtown, I decided to book The Standard West Hollywood.
Basically, it's just like the title says - this is what you probably want from a hotel in West Hollywood.
There are a few reviews talking about it being too young, a little contrived and try-hard hip (with the live model in the glass tank over reception) but seriously, it's Hollywood. What did you expect...?
So here goes - the rooms are excellent, big, light, nicely decorated (if fairly plain) and clean. Good bathroom, comfortable bed and a great mini-bar selection (you can't go wrong with a hotel that has half-bottles of Patron and Maker's Mark in the room). The service was good, just the right amount of friendly but not over the top, and the pool and bar area are extremely nice, with good views across the city and decent poolside drinks.
If you want to be in this part of Hollywood (Sunset area, right by House of Blues) and want all of the things that entails (including model-looking valet parking attendants wearing 'Standard' mechanic shirts) this is pretty much ideal.
It seems like The Standard's hotels are all of a type (which is probably a good thing) - so expect ever so slightly self-conciously 'hip' things (like orange bathroom fittings and staff dressed in white linen) but provided you're not looking for old-school 'luxury', it shouldn't disappoint. Yes, the crowd is youngish, yes they play music round the pool until late, yes it's a bit of a party hotel but yes, it's also a pretty cool, fun place to stay. Honestly, I like a hotel where the reception staff smile and compliment your scarf when you're blatantly returning from a night out at 9am.
If you don't want a young/hip/loudish/party hotel, maybe you should stay somewhere other than this part of West Hollywood. On the other hand, if you do, stay at The Standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Standard, located in the heart of the Sunset Strip, is a true original catering to a young-spirited clientele who appreciate the hotel's "timeless modern" design and offbeat sensibility. The hotel features a floor to ceiling shag carpeted lobby lounge, a live DJ at the front desk, an outdoor pool with a sundeck covered in cobalt blue Astroturf, an ongoing exhibition devoted to fine art video, and live performance art. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Standard, Hollywood Hotel West Hollywood
- Standard Hotel Hollywood