The Standard Downtown L.A.
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Groovy Retro Spy HQ
What do you get if you cross James Bond bachelor chic, mid-century metropolitan architecture, and acid-bright pop-culture wit? The Standard Downtown LA. This fun and funky downtown boutique hotel in Los Angeles bears all the outré hallmarks of dynamic hotelier André Balazs: one of the coolest bars in L.A., baths big enough for basketball players, and on-the-money decor that cries out to be a sixties-era film set.

Mood lighting, scented candles, giant mirrors, and treat-filled mini-bars make the Standard’s rooms the perfect set for recreating those fantasy movie moments… Groovy, baby. The windows actually open, too. The Walt Disney Concert Hall ( on Grand Avenue in Downtown is home to the L.A. Philharmonic orchestra, but it’s worth a visit just to see Frank Gehry’s fantastic cubist architecture. If you like to do your shopping under one enormous roof, the Beverly Center ( mega-mall on Beverly Boulevard is a spendthrift's heaven.
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