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“Stylish boutique hotel with an amazing view” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Erwin
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90291 (Venice)   |  
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Ranked #30 of 339 Hotels in Los Angeles
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Paris, France
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“Stylish boutique hotel with an amazing view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

I stayed there with friends last October for 3 nights and we really enjoyed our stay! The hotel and the rooms are nicely decorated in a cool retro style and the staff was really nice too.

We had a big room for 3, with a separated double room with a bathroom, a sleeping coach in the main room and a little kitchen, it was perfect for 3 adults!

If you go there, you must have drinks on their rooftop terrace, the view is amazing and the bar is really cool too! I would definitely love to go there again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is one of my favorite hotels and I'm sad I won't be staying here on business anymore! Friendly staff, great accommodation, fun decor, great views, and a fantastic rooftop bar (who gives priority to hotel guests) with an amazing view, great drinks and warm heaters and blankets at night. The restaurant downstairs is also amazing (especially for break - eggs Benedict!)

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

stayed for 2 nights in the Erwin in late march, enjoyed the hotel, the rooftop terrace was great as was the restaurant. However did not enjoy Venice, full of weirdos , tattoos and homeless.

we travelled from the erwin as our base as we just did not get Venice, I would stay at the hotel again if I was happy to stay within the hotel, but if I was looking for a base maybe I would not choose Venice again

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Altrincham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We loved staying in this hotel on Venice Beach after a long drive from Las Vegas. The location was perfect for the beach and promenade areas and there were plenty of great restaurants within walking distance

The staff were incredibly relaxed and friendly, the food, drinks and ambience of the restaurant and bar areas fabulous.

The rooms were quirky but very pleasant.

Loved our stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

One of those moments when I know i am getting older-on my recent visit to Venice beach with my 18 yo son looking to move to the area. i dont know the previous history, however the current Hotel owners definitely gave it a valiant effort to renovate over an old no frills three star type of hotel to its current existence. the room i was in (304) was small but updated with a decent tv, mattress, clean crisp sheets, small bath separated with a slider( not optimum with a roommate) kept clean from what i could see. the downstairs restaurant, though tiny, had a decent breakfast and the hotel has made every attempt to offer full service with the space they have to work with. The roof is gigantic and is a great party spot for sunsets, although it was just too cold on our visit to enjoy. Walls were on the thin side and not the best for light sleepers. the room was priciey- i didn't enjoy my view and the dumpsters smell lining the alley outside my room- ask for the other side, needless to say i didn't open the door for fresh air. valet was convenient but on the expensive side at $30 a day.
the area around the hotel is where is was feeling my oats- very dirty with lots of trash from the beachgoers and a carnival like ( not in a good way) atmosphere with all the stalls selling tourist junk. Wasn't the safest feeling getting coffee early morning and walking around at night with lots of what appeared to be homeless people. I think next time ill stay down the beach and ride a bike to the boardwalk if i want to visit the carnival for the day...

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

What can I say? From the moment I arrived for an impromptu visit until I left everything was truly fantastic. I am a seasoned traveler and event planner (Domestic/International) and have high (but reasonable) expectations.Hotel Erwin has an amazing team (Michal, Steve, Aaron, Athena,Erin, housekeeping, valets, front desk, barlo staff- to name a few). The valet staff -awesome, front desk well informed and friendly, room service took under 20 minutes, the Barlo burger and truffle fries? to.die.for... High rooftop Lounge is- a- must, curl up with a blanket in one of the seating areas (killer view no matter where you are ) and tuck into some wonderful small plates and drinks (they accommodate gluten free diets), the view is simply perfect. My room was lovely (very roomy, the colors, bedding, toiletries, and artwork top notch) private deck with sliding doors created an outdoor living-nice touch! Michal was the perfect host for my stay- plan to come back soon to stay and hold a meeting or two in the hotels versatile meeting space! Not your typical hotel to say the least! Thanks for making my first visit to Venice Beach a memorable one!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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scastady, Manager at Hotel Erwin, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear Shetravels468,

We all agree here that the Barlo burger is the best in town. Thank you for the staff mentions, we will make sure to pass them along. I see this was your first trip to Venice Beach; hopefully it will not be the last.

Best,
Sean Castady
Hotel Erwin
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

I stayed for 3 nights at Hotel Erwin in April 2012.
There were 4 of us (girlfriends) and we shared a Partial Ocean View Suite.
STAFF: The valet and front desk team are fabulous, even when I backed my rental car into one of the pillars out front! Very helpful in recommending places to hire bicycles, bars, eateries. They printed us off a map to help us get to Hollywood because we didn't get GPS!
ROOMS: Very modern, funky... Bright yellow bathroom! The beds were comfortable, the sofa bed was alright too & big enough to accommodate 2 adults females! The view was gorgeous, even with only a part Ocean View but you have to expect that you are in a city and there are car parks, alleyways immediately below. Ask for a high floor!
LOCATION: The ONLY hotel that is right on the front of Venice Beach. Literally 20 seconds walk out the door and you're on the promenade with all the street vendors and entertainers everywhere. 4 minute walk to Muscle Beach ladies!!!!
NIGHTLIFE: I didn't eat in the hotel restaurant (Barlo) but we did get to experience High Rooftop Bar, if I get the chance to stay here again, I will reserve a table for one night. The view at sunset is incomparable, rumour has it the bar at High attracts some celebs during the summer although I didn't see anyone famous. The sofas all have heat lamps and the waiters provide you with blankets on a chilly evening. The cocktails are POTENT! Also, right around the corner is 'The Townhouse" has a comedy & burlesque night downstairs on a Wednesday evening with no cover charge. For the music fans out there 'The Townhouse' is where LMFAO filmed the video for "Sexy and I Know it"
All in all a great stay and I hope I get a chance to stay again some day!

Room Tip: High Floor & Ocean View. Also the suites are great as they have extra space for families/fiends
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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scastady, Manager at Hotel Erwin, responded to this review, March 29, 2013
Dear BrightonTA2012,

Thank you so much for such a great review about your trip to Venice Beach. We love to read comments about our staff and the hotel like this. Your feedback is very much appreciated. Hope to see you back soon!

Best,
Sean Castady
Hotel Erwin
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Address: 1697 Pacific Avenue, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA 90291
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Venice , Westside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Los Angeles
#8 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
#21 Green Hotel in Los Angeles
#27 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#29 Family Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Erwin 3.5*
Number of rooms: 119
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you are looking for an energized, personable, legendary guest experience and luxurious escape in an unbeatable location Hotel Erwin is your home away from home. Located in Venice Beach, California, Hotel Erwin overlooks the Pacific Ocean and endless expanses of sand and entertainment. While relaxing with us be sure to check out our breathtaking rooftop bar High and to take in a sunset that will last a lifetime. Our restaurant, Barlo, serves up breakfast and dinner and provides a stimulating alternative to the normal bland hotel dining experience. Close to Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Culver City, Beverly Hills and Marina del Rey, this Venice Beach luxurious hotel is your doorway to explore the beauty of Southern California. Nearby freeways and Los Angeles International airport give you easy access to come and go. A mere 200 feet from the sand and overlooking the famous boardwalk, Hotel Erwin is a pure Venice Beach experience with a level of customer service excellence that simply can't be beat! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Erwin Hotel Los Angeles
Best Western Los Angeles
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