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
- 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
Visiting colleges with my son, we opted to stay in Venice Beach. Hotel Erwin staff has been nothing short of extraordinary. Brooke provided us with a welcome churro surprise, and Norma in Barlo Cafe kept me company on lazy mornings and remembered my favorite wellness shot. Everyone treated us like celebrities, even though we were just your average East coast family. Thank you!
We booked this hotel last minute and were happy with our stay! Comfy beds, nice views, delicious restaurant, and great location. Brook at the for desk seriously the sweetest person and we felt very welcomed by her. Norma served us breakfast and she was funny, attentive, and patient. We will definitely be back!
Such a pleasant experience. Came back again with friends and Norma remembered us (or at least me). She told us about a new menu at the restaurant and couldn’t have been more pleasant about it, answering our questions. The only negative, if there is one, is the downstairs patio is still under construction.
This was a wonderful weekend visit! The staff was wonderful, accommodating and super friendly! I had breakfast two days in the hotel restaurant. Norma was amazing and takes special care of all her guests! I’ll definitely return!
i've stayed here countless times. fun location, low-fuss, chill spot. rooftop bar is sceney but worth the view.
normas eagerness deserves top ranking. watch out for the minibar tho - two of my nips were water, swear.
i always come back tho.