The Standard Hotel, Hollywood

I was trawling through my “to-do” lists and found these photos that I hadn’t published. They were all taken at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood, L.A. As you can probably tell from the above photograph, it’s quite a lively place – the pool area was absolutely rammed full of gorgeous people as soon as the sun came out! Which was often.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in L.A. that’s not ridiculously expensive then The Standard could be a good, fun option. However, I make that statement with a few little sidenotes. Firstly, this is not a quiet hotel. It’s not for the shy or retiring (and definitely not the retired!) – there’s a full-on nightclub somewhere in the heart of the hotel and you can hear it until the early hours unless you are a room in the far wing. Tip: ask for the quietest room they have available when you book. Then ask again – ask if it’s really their quietest. The staff are well-accustomed to people being a little shocked by the noise when they arrive, but often they are fully-booked and it’s too late to change the room. So, ask in advance! If you end up sleeping on top of a club then you’ll really know about it! (On the flip-side, this is a club frequented by some of Hollywood’s most outrageous celebs, so if you’re in L.A. to par-tay and people-watch then you’ll be in your element!)

Secondly, this hotel is cool, but it’s not luxurious. Everything has been done stylishly, but you’ll probably find your room reasonably basic. The air-con works very well, and there’s everything you need entertainment-wise, but it’s not the kind of place you’ll find deep-pile silk carpets and fluffy slippers! The cool location and the buzzy vibe are what The Standard is all about – you wouldn’t book in here to sit and have a bubble-bath and read Jane Austen.

The food is excellent and available in-room, pool-side or in the restaurant. There’s also a brilliant Diner that (I think?) is open twenty-four hours. I must check that, but I’m fairly sure, as jet-lagged companions visited it for coffee at 5am and I know that I was in there at 2am having a Mojito. Just the one. Ahem.

 If you’re packing for a stay at The Standard then make sure you remember a huge pair of sunglasses (for pretending you’re famous, obviously!) and a hot swimsuit. It’s a bit of a flesh-parade outside at the pool, so you don’t want to be donning something that has seen better days! A bit of gradual tanner before you set off wouldn’t do any harm, either!

 Complimentary toiletries are by “Kiss My Face”, which will amuse any Alan Partridge fans. Stupidly, I forgot to test them and then also left them in the hotel room, so I have NO idea how good this brand is! Anyone have any experience with “Kiss My Face”? Let me know in the comments…

You can find out more about the Standard at Mr & Mrs Smith – rooms start from $199 for the smallest, plus 14% tax. If you join the BlackSmith club (it’s free) then you get free cocktails on arrival!

Mr & Mrs Smith

9 comments

  1. I use Kiss My Face shampoo, and have used the tinted moisturizer recently, and I really like both. That said, their claims of organic should really be taken with a grain of salt… Or perhaps the lawsuit has taken care of that…

  2. Dear Ruth, I’m sorry this is not related to the post, I just wanted to ask you a quick question. I started using the Strivectin eye cream 2 days ago per your recommendation on this blog and I woke up today with very red eyes and like little white flakes around them… is that normal? Just wanted to know in case I’m allergic or something. I noticed there were similar reviews in sephora. Please advice and thank you for your patience.

    • @Jennigul I wouldn’t be able to say, I’m afraid – that hasn’t ever happened to me, so not sure what that would be! Don’t continue if the skin gets irritated! x

      • Thank u Ruth. It went away by itself, thankfully. You were so nice to write back. Maybe my skin was just having a bad day.

  3. I’d love to go back to LA when we went a few years ago we were doing to whole Road Trip thing & stayed in a pretty cheap motel! Thanks for the recommendation Ruth! x

  4. Hi Ruth

    Still loving the blog!

    I would like to ask a couple of questions with my holiday in Cyprus in mind….

    Hair-care – I think from your pictures and what you have previously said about your hair, that we have similar hair – quite long- fine- lots of it- wavy( my hair is dark however). Can you recommend some decent shampoos, conditioners, treatments,protectors etc to take on hols? I struggle with this every year. Don’t want to spend an absolute fortune but doesn’t have to be bargain basement either!!

    Face: I really fancy trying a tinted moisturiser instead of my usual Estée Lauder double wear which always feels heavy on holiday. I note that you love the Nars range. My worry is how to choose a colour – coz I’d need to order it on-line. I wear pebble in the Estée (one of the medium shades) but am struggling to choose from the Nars range. Any advice?

    Thank-you so much!

    I can honestly say I’ve learned so much about skin care and make up from your blog! It’s becoming addictive!!

    Lisa xx

    • Thanks Lisa, that’s good to know! Have a trawl through and see what you think of my recommendations here on the site – there’ll be a new menu system soon that will make searching easier! xx

  5. Kiss My Face is a lower-priced organic brand, like Jason or Alba Botanica – they’ve got some great body lotions and are famous for their shave cream, which is supposed to be life-changing. I’ve been to the Standard pool once and you’re right, it’s absolutely unbelievably crowded ALL THE TIME.

  6. description that nice!!!