The hotel is in such a great location, walking distance to a lot of cool places--bars/restaurants-- in Venice Beach including the beach and the strand (bike path). Also super close to Abbott Kinney Ave, a great, artsy neighborhood shopping area with cute one-of-a-kind boutiques, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. And it's pretty close to Santa Monica pier and 3rd Street Promenade. SO all in all, this location is perfect!
The hotel is nice too. It's in good shape for being just off the beach. The roofdeck bar/restaurant is amaaaazing. We went in December, when it was chilly, but they have tons of heat lamps and blankets which is a cool touch. Enjoy a sunset up there FOR SURE. The view from south of Venice up to Malibu was awesome and the sunset, super picturesque from that vantage point. :) That was a memorable part of our trip.
The hotel staff is very helpful. The front desk folks were always willing to help and give us advice where to eat, drink or shop. The rooms are clean and nicely decorated. You get a mini-bar fridge and free coffee with coffee pot to brew up in the morning. THE BEDS....WOW, super comfortable. What a great sleep and considering its location, it was quiet too. Peaceful and comfortable. Ate breakfast in the morning and had a drink or two in the evening at the little bar/restaurant downstairs as well, and it was delicious, but a little pricey.
The only other downside in need of mentioning is "watch the extras" (I agree with MissAnd123 reviewer). The price per night is reasonable UNTIL you find out you pay for wifi and parking!? $30 for two nights!? A bit shocking and something they should definitely mention up front, not at check out. To allow the option to find street parking nearby. They did however comp our wi-fi, after raising an eyebrow, so good customer service at least. And overall still a great stay. Would stay there again.