Look, I love my kids. Without them, I wouldn’t be much of a dadblogger. But I’m sure most parents out there would agree with me that having a night off from parental duties is a good thing. Beth and I try to do this on a regular basis, taking “minications” to nearby fun spots and acting like our former 20-something childless couple selves. Here in San Diego, there’s plenty of places within a few hours’ drive that offer a brief respite from the kiddies. Our most recent excursion: the hipster-friendly Standard Hotel, located in downtown Los Angeles. It was Beth’s Mother’s Day present, and if you’re looking for a cool place to spend a kid-free evening, I highly recommend it.
If you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing getaway, forget it: the Standard is all about the 24/7 life. The rooms are a bit Spartan: ours had a platform bed, a long table with two chairs, a small flatscreen TV, and a closet. Not a place you’d want to spend excessive amounts of time in.
That shot was taken through the wall of the shower, which is glass, which is another reason why you probably should leave the kids at home. They’d probably get a kick out of the toilet paper, though. I sure did.
Like I said, we didn’t spend a whole lot of time in the room. Downtown L.A. has a lot to offer; we spent some time at the Pharmaka gallery (attending a fundraiser for Urban Compass). After that we hit the hotel’s famous Rooftop Bar, which offers some spectacular views of the L.A. skyline as well as some spectacular wait times for overpriced drinks served at the understaffed bar. To help combat the inevitable hangover, we split a grilled cheese sandwich at The Restaurant; the place was pretty busy, even at 1:00 a.m., but there wasn’t a wait and the service was fast. When we finally went up to our room, we passed the Lobby Lounge, which was still teeming with people.
We’d definitely stay there again, although I did feel a bit, ah, aged compared to most of the hotel guests. The best part? Since Beth’s parents live in the Valley, a short drive from downtown L.A., we get free babysitting. (Next on our agenda: getting the in-laws to move to Vegas.)
Exterior photo of The Standard Hotel courtesy of Hotels.com