Stayed at the Erwin over Christmas 2012 recommended by our agent. After a long flight from London, all we wanted was dinner and a comfy bed. First impressions weren't good. The hotel matches its Venice location by being a little "edgy" (manga style murals not our thing). Unfortunately, we were given a very poor room on the third floor (small, grotty and next to the lift shaft), looking into an alley with a live band playing in the shop opposite. If we'd been stuck wi the original room, we'd not have stayed for more than one night. The restaurant was closed too (it was the Cougar Town wrap/Christmas party) and bumping into Courtney Cox in the lift was little consolation (though has been great story of our trip)! We considered moving hotels, but Ryan on the front desk sorted things.
We were moved to a room on the fifth floor which was much better for the night, then moved again the following morning to a partial ocean view suite (again on the 5th floor no full ocean views available), which was a great improvement for a discounted upgrade fee and given complimentary valet parking. Ryan - you turned our trip around!
Location was good for the sounds and sights of Venice, though if this is not your thing, then try hotels in Santa Monica.
Barlo was great for breakfast - try the breakfast tacos, the eggs benedict or the lox.
Roof terrace great to catch views of the ocean.
Overall, choose the right room (the higher and further away from the main street and closer the the ocean the better) and you'll enjoy your stay and the staff are friendly and accommodating.
- 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
- Los Angeles Best Western