The Standard Ibiza is an elegant addition to one of the island’s busiest squares – offering relaxed cool and great food. The location (there are no beaches within walking distance) means it feels more like a city escape than a place you’d go for a beach vacation — but that’s not a bad thing. And if you’re in town to party, Pacha is a short walk away and room service is available 24 hours a day. Berocca ready…
Where is it?
Located in Ibiza Town’s main square – Vara de Rey – the location couldn’t be more central – surrounded by countless shops (from super luxury to high street chains like Zara), bars, gelaterias and just a short 15 minute walk away to the most famous superclub in the world, Pacha.
The Standard brand has become known for its party-hard ethos — but, sensing stiff competition on the island from the likes of Ushuaia, they’ve positioned this outpost as a laid-back and grown-up alternative for those in the know.
Despite the busy, central location, the hotel’s interior feels like an oasis of calm. While the party’s on outside, it’s a good place to check in if you’re looking to nurse a sore head.
Overlooking the historic walled Old Town (Dalt Vila), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you might even be inspired to shed your hangover and get in touch with the more cultural parts of the island.
Straightforward, Californian coolness – here and there with color accents and structures. Interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán opted for fresh, airy, and modern rather than neon or super-boujie (again, this aesthetic is common in Ibiza, if that’s your bag).
Each room is understated and minimalist — think white walls and linens with the odd colored pillows, but little else of interest. It feels more practical than high-glamour, but there’s everything you need for a relaxed stay — and given the rooftop terrace, you probably won’t be spending much of your waking time in the room anyway.
There’s no spa and just a tiny gym, but the main draw is the rooftop terrace — a first for Ibiza Town. Overlooking the beautiful Dalta Vila, it’s the perfect place to spend a lazy day in the Balearics – with super comfy sun loungers and attentive service staff to keep you well fed and hydrated. During the day the music is pleasantly relaxed and minimal, but kicks it up a notch when sundowners get the crowd ready for the club.
The hotel also has its own villa – the Casa Privada, ideal for larger groups, just a short walk from the main grounds, with its own bar, pool and space for lots of friends.
This is where The Standard Ibiza really shines. Obviously there’s no shortage of parties in Ibiza, so every hotel has stiff competition when it comes to making people have a good time – but fantastic food is (in my humble opinion) absolutely to be had. While the White Isle has plenty of restaurants for those who want to be seen, it doesn’t have as much to offer for those also looking for a really good meal, so The Standard is a welcome addition.
The food is divided between the restaurant on the ground floor – Jara – and the roof terrace (UP). Most dishes are refined, fresh and Mediterranean. Breakfast comes highly recommended (and huge) – a fruit platter, fresh eggs (or waffles – which are crispy, chewy and sweet, ie perfect), excellent coffee and freshly squeezed OJ.
Order it to your room if you can’t bear the walk to the restaurant, although there is terrace seating outside at the Vara de Rey, which makes for a lovely start to the day.
During the day, the UP rooftop restaurant offers a curated menu of small, Mexican-inspired dishes (tacos, patatas bravas with a Mexican twist, crispy shrimp, etc.) that you can take straight to your sun lounger, along with a cocktail or two (all uniformly excellent). Be sure to try the guac and blue corn tortilla chips – some of the best I’ve had. Stay until sunset and sip some flavorful margaritas.
For dinner, Jara offers a full menu and great atmosphere (a DJ will get you in the party mood). My personal favorite was the succulent, smoky chicken asado – served with a delicious fennel chimichurri. Tip: dine at the bar and the super-attentive staff will act as your personal sommelier, recommending wines from the hotel’s excellent selection. If you decide you just can’t leave the rooftop, dining at UP is also a treat – I’d recommend the short rib barbacoa, which is superb. Made for two to share, it’s served with a sweet, fresh apple salad, corn tortillas, and salsas. A perfect pre-party plate of food.
Outside the curriculum
Of course, being Ibiza, the nightlife is the big draw. Known as the clubbing capital of the world, there are a number of venues to choose from. However, with Pacha in such close proximity, it’s the obvious choice. It’s also known as one of the top clubs in the world, and for good reason — it regularly attracts superstar DJ line-ups (and a steady stream of celebrity clubbers).
Double rooms at The Standard Ibiza from €225 (£194) in low season and from €550 (£474) in high season. breakfast included; standardhotels.com