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The Standard Downtown L.A.

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 (www.laphil.org) 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 (www.beverlycenter.com) mega-mall on Beverly Boulevard is a spendthrift's heaven.