Since accepting my current job two years ago, I have had the great fortune to travel all over the country for work. This week I was in Los Angeles.
The last time I was in L.A. I stayed at the Omni downtown. This time we booked rooms at The Standard on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. I'd been to the restaurant at The Standard downtown (24/7 Restaurant), but I never realized they had a second location.
The Standard in West Hollywood has the same Austin Powers vibe I felt at the downtown hotel. When you first enter the lobby you see these mod swinging chairs hanging from the ceiling.
The lobby has plenty of seating (low to the ground, careful if you're wearing a dress or a skirt!). When we arrived mid-afternoon there were several people sitting there working on laptops.
I loved the wall of cactus plants lining the area from the front door to reception.
The Standard only has three floors and my room was on the top floor.
When I opened the door the first thing I saw was the bed with a blanket that had a Picasso-like print.
The room had blue and yellow floral curtains, very Marimekko.
My room was absolutely enormous. I could have had a party for 30 people in there! Also, I've never had a hotel room with a bean bag chair before.
Attention all other hotels - this is how you do a mini bar. Equal parts candy and booze.
The bathroom was a bit peculiar. The sink is outside the main bathroom by itself. It's all white except for the bright orange faucet.
The orange fixtures continue with the shower head and handle. I don't know how easily you can tell from this photo, but the far wall of the shower is actually a mirror.
The Standard provides toiletries in very sleek black bottles.
The best part of my room by far was the balcony. I opened the door and kept it open almost the entire time I was there.
It's pretty easy to work when you have this spectacular view:
In the end, the bed at The Standard turned out to be fairly uncomfortable and I could hear people in the hallway all night. While it was nice to have a true La La Land experience, I don't think I'd stay here again.
Do you have a favorite hotel in Los Angeles?