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The Standard Downtown LA

This is a 4 star hotel in Los Angeles
550 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
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Helpful staff, great rooftop bar and pool, 10-min walk to metro, 24/7 dining
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their friendly and attentive service by many guests
  • Numerous reviewers praised the hotel's rooftop bar and daily pool parties
  • Several lodgers enjoyed their clean and spacious rooms
  • Several guests commented on noise disturbances
  • Some reviewers reported a lack of privacy and worn decor in their rooms
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on May 31, 2013
Located about a 10-minute walk from Pershing Square metro station and about a 4-minute drive from the nearest Harbor Freeway on-ramp in downtown Los Angeles, the Standard Downtown LA is popular with travellers who prefer a centrally located hotel with a party atmosphere and easy highway and public transit access.

This hotel has 201 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-bar, a DVD player, an iPod dock, a desk, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer.

Various rooms and suites offer additional amenities such as a separate bedroom and living room, a wet bar, bathrobes for each guest and a dining table. A variety of bed and room sizes are available, including a 1,000 square foot penthouse suite.

Hotel amenities include a 24-hour fitness room, meeting/banquet space, a business centre, a beauty/barber shop, a gift shop, a billiards table and guest laundry facilities. 24/7 Restaurant is located on site and is open 24 hours a day, and The Biergarten rooftop pub is open 12 pm to 1:30 am daily. The Rooftop includes the bar, a heated pool, nightly dj entertainment, a dance floor, a deck, an outdoor fireplace and waterbed pods.

Pets are permitted for an additional $100 per room per stay, parking is $33 per night and the hotel is wheelchair accessible.

Walt Disney Concert Hall is about a 5- to 10-minute drive northeast of the hotel, depending on traffic. California Market Center can be found 6 to 10 minutes south by car. The Museum of Contemporary Art is roughly a 10-minute trip via public transit, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is a 25-minute drive southwestward. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, parking $33/day, pets permitted for $100/room per stay, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: May 30, 2013)
The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise for the hotel's staff, rooftop bar and rooms.

Many guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received while at the hotel, and described the staff as friendly, efficient and attentive.

The hotel's rooftop bar was a highlight for numerous lodgers. They enjoyed the heated pool, and the daily pool parties that went late into the night, with music and dancing. However, guests should note that partly as a result of the rooftop area, this hotel can be a bit noisy, which some reviewers complained about (see more details below).

Several reviewers enjoyed the hotel's accommodations and described their rooms as spacious, clean, modern and well equipped, with comfortable beds and great city views. It should be noted, however, that some guests had complaints about their rooms (see below).

The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about noise transfer and the rooms.

Noise disturbances were mentioned by several reviewers. They described the hotel as being a "party hotel" and reported being bothered by noise from the rooftop bar, guests in adjacent rooms, the street, the hallways and in rooms located near the elevators.

While many guests were pleased with their spacious and clean rooms, some reviewers were disappointed with their accommodations. They reported worn decor and cigarette smells in non-smoking rooms. It was also mentioned by several guests that some rooms featured a glass window between the bathroom and bedroom causing a lack of privacy, and that the beds were on platforms 6 inches off the ground, which they felt to be too low. guest reviews ranked the hotel #95 out of 301 Los Angeles hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 621 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 3.8 out of 5 with a 79% recommendation rate from 486 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 7.9 out of 10 from 184 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 30, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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159.65 USD - 0.00 USD The Standard Downtown LA
Out of 287 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 6.0 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 3
No. of guest comments: 3
Guest Recommended: No
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #60 out of 287 hotels in Los Angeles ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
Modern with lots of room for improvement
"Too dark! Needs better lighting in room. Needs vanity area and place for two people to get ready at the same time. Platform bed was extremely comfortable but the tv was on a very low table and hard to see. No coffee maker in room and only a desk chair to sit on other than bed. Strange shower configuration, glass that is visible to the rest of the room. Modern can be fun and hip but this was cold and dark."
Suzanne rated The Standard Downtown LA 5 out of 10 on March 20, 2011
Verified Guest from Los Angeles, CA US rated The Standard Downtown LA 4 out of 10 on July 20, 2010
Stay here..
John from Lustleigh, GB rated The Standard Downtown LA 9 out of 10 on May 06, 2010


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The Standard Downtown LA

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Valet Parking
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Bath / Hot Tub
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Billiards
  • Photocopier
  • Salon
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • En suite
  • Private Bathroom
  • Private Toilet
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Self Laundry

User Contributed Info

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Category Accommodation and Food Services
Friday Closing Time 24:00
Friday Opening Time 00:00
General Amenities Suitcase Storage | Translation Services | Gift Shop / News Stand | Hair Salon | Fitness Room | Laundry Service | Dry Cleaning Service | Concierge
Listing Type Place
Monday Closing Time 24:00
Monday Opening Time 00:00
Neighbourhood Downtown
Number of Rooms 207
Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Saturday Closing Time 24:00
Saturday Opening Time 00:00
Thursday Closing Time 24:00
Thursday Opening Time 00:00
Tuesday Closing Time 24:00
Tuesday Opening Time 00:00
Wednesday Closing Time 24:00
Wednesday Opening Time 00:00

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