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
Super hip hotel, amazing views, great staff, and friendly service. The on-site restaurant is magnificent. Special shout-out to the wonderful Karen and Alejandra, who looked after us and gave us such amazing food.
Customer service = exceptional!! Super accommodating without any hesitation. Every interaction was delightful. 100% recommend and it's in a great walkable area close to Abbot Kinney. The roof is also a great scene!
I visited the restaurant at Hotel Erwin and just had to remark on the fantastic service given by Norma and Kaley - outstanding
And the food was great as well
The Hotel itself is very social with a great rooftop bar - fantastic views and atmosphere
Rooms are very spacious and clean and well presented
Amazing service from Norma and Kaley specifically! Great food, drinks, and service! Perfect spot in Venice - a Jem in a tough area! Great waitresses, fun staff, awesome in house restaurant and quality across the board!
Very helpful staff from front door to check in, to food service and housekeepers, just the best.
Pleasantly surprised with the rooftop patio/lounge. Great view of sun set and expanse of Venice Beach, the Pacific Ocean, and surrounding LA. Though this venue is a major beacon for the younger set, we were the oldest couple up there.
Bring bar soap if that’s a key comfort of yours for traveling because only liquid soap available in the bathroom.
Sleep quality was excellent, from bed to quiet.
We really enjoyed our one hour morning bike ride, bikes courtesy of the hotel.
Somewhat of a sketchy back alley drive as our gps directed us this way. Many homeless people getting ready to settle for the night on the sidewalks. However, good access to the Venice Beach, pathways etc.