What We Love
- Only 200 feet from the sand
- Toasting the sunset with locals at the popular rooftop bar
- Rainfall showerheads enhance big bathrooms
What To Know
- The hotel was renovated in June 2014
- Book an ocean-view room for a balcony with full sea view
- Venice is a uniquely American beach scene that's hip and gritty
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This boutique hotel’s in-your-face style reflects Venice Beach’s funky roots. The hotel draws scenesters in search of a hip crashpad, and they blend in seamlessly with the graffiti-boho design (no, seriously, there’s a graffiti mural in the entry and on guestroom doors) that matches the ’hood’s Cali-cool grit.
Bed & Bath
Even the smaller rooms feel airy and spacious thanks to retro-chic surf decor and sliding glass doors that open onto private balconies with sea and Venice views. A palette of electric yellow, sea green and sky blue keeps it fresh, as do quirky touches like the aforementioned graffiti, polka dot curtains and even a sunglasses honor bar to protect your baby blues from the Cali UVs. It’s That ’70s Show in the bathroom — the fixtures and plumbing are all new, especially the rainfall showerheads, but the sunshine-orange tones are of another era. The tech is up to date, natch, including iPhone/iPod docks and 32- or 42-inch flat-screens.
Hotel Erwin is bracketed top and bottom by true scene stealers. The High Rooftop Lounge rocks Venice’s best surf and sand views, not to mention a carefully curated cocktails and munchies menu. After a day at the beach, sip a Sonoran Sun — tequila, serrano chile, lemon, orange and cranberry — and take in the trippy SoCal sunset. Downstairs, Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails serves up California comfort food featuring farm-fresh ingredients, por su puesto.
In the Area
Head to the famous boardwalk to check out the vendors and the famed muscle beach weightlifters/performers. Book a surf lesson through Kapowui Surf Club. Afterwards, join the locals tucking into hearty breakfasts of maple custard, bacon confit toast and kale, egg and sausage sandwiches at cult culinary favorite Superba. Then spend the day browsing the boutiques and cafes along Abbot Kinney, dubbed the Coolest Street in America by GQ. Browse the high design goods at nouveau general store The Piece Collective, score vintage tees at Aviator Nation and then refuel at celeb fave eatery Gjelina. Like the tats you’re seeing on the beach? Get inked at Black Diamond Tattoo, where resident artist Shingken, from Tokyo, pens beautiful patterns.
How to Get There
This hotel is OLD. Really old. Long hallways, smelly. I get that it is cool but it is like a boarding house. It should cost $100 per night. I just got my bill on my cc and it is one of the most expensive hotels on my trip. SHOCKING FOR WHAT YOU GET. The rooftop bar is cool but you can go there without staying at this hotel. The view from my room was of a car park with people hanging out in it.
When the tour buses arrived to stay I realized that they probably only paid $100 so why should I pay so much more ($445). Stay in Santa Monica - much better value for the dollar.
Without a doubt my favorite place to stay in LA! Upon arrival my guests and I were welcomed with cheerful staff member, Miguel. Our stay was noted to be- a 21st birthday celebration- and so, Miguel greeted us with delicious pomegranate tequila drinks & a warm celebratory CHEERS!. To our surprise our booking was generously upgraded to a Sunset View Suite! Additionally, upon ordering room service, the hotel staff presented a bottle of champagne & strawberries, as well as, a lovely letter wishing a happy birthday!
The room was very clean and the decor was funky (satisfying a true Venice-Beach-Vibe). The ocean view was spectacular- especially during sunset (my favorite part of the whole trip was spending sunset hour on the balcony- how peaceful)! The overall atmosphere of the hotel was super special & out of the ordinary and the location was supreme- cannot beat it! Honestly, this hotel holds all the qualities of everything I could hope for in a place to stay. Upon checkout, Miguel happily accommodated a-late-check-out, and to top it all off, gave us complimentary Red Bulls- for a boost of energy to make our way back LAX...Miguel you rock!!
All respect to the General Manager, Derek Haug, who does an above & beyond job making his guest's feel like royalty. Thank you for exceeding all and any expectations. Hotel Erwin is a true & excellent example of hospitality. I look forward to staying here again and again!
Hotel Erwin is a wonderful place to stay in LA. Beautiful, modern rooms, comfortable bed, great restaurant, tons of additional amenities like free bikes to rent, day cards to the neighboring Gym, complimentary water bottles and of course the highlight Rooftop Lounge.
We also enjoyed a lot Breakfast in a restaurant downstairs, food and service was always exceptional.
Entire Front Desk Staff was also extremely professional and helpful. All of you guys make Hotel Erwin so special!!!