I stayed in the Eco Cottages prior to the sale. My local friend sent me the listing after I stayed there. I am glad to see that the new owners decided to keep it as a vacation rental business. It is really such a gem of a place.
I spent a week in the Aunty Zoe's Cottage. (The middle one) Small but so much better than any hotel room. My favorite part was being able to keep the double doors open to the tiny little deck in the evenings. It opens up the space and it still totally private.
The parking was great though sometimes my dedicated spot was taken. I then parked on the street until it opened up. The shower is amazing with a rain shower head. It is a five minute walk to venice beach and just a few blocks to uber hip shopping and restaurants.
The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, I really did not have any major disturbances. I live in San Francisco so my sense of quiet maybe different. I did use the kitchen for simple meals, it is well equipped. There are cups, mugs, dishes, bowls, pans, utensils, napkins, cleaning supplies, soap, tea etc.
I have the same gripe as another reviewer, the bed is HORRIBLE. I was staying for the week so I took a trip to the Marshalls and purchased a mattress pad it was that bad. I still slept poorly. I know it is organic but it is truly the worst mattress I have ever slept on. Hostel beds in the Dominican Republic are better than this. Considering how well done everything else is the bed was the one HUGE disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Venice Beach Eco-Cottages, which offer visitors to Los Angeles the chance to live like a local, while enjoying an inspired, cozy, healthy and green alternative to the standard hotel experience. These three solar-powered urban retreats are only four blocks from the beach and the hip shops and eateries of Abbot Kinney Blvd. The cottages may be booked for short or long term stays; private events and location shooting. Choose from the sleek candied baroque feel of the Le Bébé Cottage, to the cozy lakeside cabin kitsch of Aunt Zoe’s Place to the warm, woodsy feel of the Papa Hemingway Cottage. A visit also offers guests a chance to do good while feeling good at VBEC, 3% of the revenue from each visit goes to charity. Each of the one-bedroom retreats was restored from the ground up using earth friendly, organic and re-purposed materials – from a flea market find bugle turned into a pot rack; to a vintage record cabinet turned into a bathroom vanity to a large bird cage turned into a cozy swivel chair. Modern conveniences blend beautifully with vintage accents at VBEC. Each cottage features EnergyStar washer, dryer and dishwasher, WiFi, 42" HDTV and a discreetly placed home theater system. In addition to the beauty and comfort of the cottages, they're also extremely healthy for you and the planet. All building materials are sustainable and non-toxic, all paints and finishes have no/low VOCs, linens and mattresses are organic, cleaning supplies are all natural and fragrance free. The whole house water filtration system means you'll draw drinking water from the faucets and even be showering in purified water. The cottages are the entrepreneurial dream-come-true of husband and wife owners, Cynthia Foster and Karel Samsom who blended their respective backgrounds as an environmental economist and an actor/artist to create the cottages as a beloved art project. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Venice Beach Eco Cottages Hotel Los Angeles