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“Nice Location, pleasant place to stay”
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The Retreat's spacious living room with queen sofa bed, and dining room beyond
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The Retreat's spacious living room with queen sofa bed, and dining room beyond
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The Retreat's spacious living room with queen sofa bed, and dining room beyond
The dining room seats up to 8 comfortably
Enjoy breakfast in the Retreat's sunny and fully-equipped kitchen, looking out to our lemon tree
The master bedroom with queen bed, en suite bath and large closet (unseen here)
The view from the master bedroom, looking out towards the living room (left) & en suite bath (right)
Our master bath with shower and jacuzzi tub
Italian tile docorates the master bath
The front of our historic California Craftsman home on Beethoven Street
The Retreat's guest bedrrom with vaulted ceiling and skylights (unseen here)
Mirrored closet to the left of queen bed
The Italian-tiled guest bathroom
Our queen sofa-sleeper with Temperpedic mattress can be closed off from the other bedrooms
The Retreat's writing desk
Our green and flowering backyard is nestled under orange and lemon trees
A view towards our Italian fountain, framed by our backyard garden and orange tree
Our Lion Fountain is an exact replica of one from Tuscany
The backyard's tiered Italian fountain is a hit with the hummingbirds!
Hop on our complimentary bikes to ride to the beach or explore the neighborhood
View of the backyard from the top of the house
Our front porch is steps away from the corner bustop & over 25 neighborhoods cafes and boutiques
Beethoven's Retreat and driveway, which can park up to 5 cars
Laughing Buddha offers some home-grown lemons to our visitors!
World-famous Santa Monica and Venice beaches are right down our cross street
Take a walk down the colorful Venice Canals, 10 minutes by bike
The peerless Santa Monica Pier
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Santa Monica, California

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familytra...
Hong Kong, China
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice Location, pleasant place to stay”
Reviewed June 30, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Convenient to Venice, Santa Monica and the Airport. The house is nicely decorated, everything was clean and ready for us. Two bedrooms and a sofa bed worked well for our family of 4 with young adult children. Sofa bed was comfortable, kitchen well equipped.

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Maureen C
South Killingholme
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful week in this beautiful home”
Reviewed September 24, 2016 for a stay in September 2016
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Spent a week in this lovely quirky home from home. Found Beethoven's Retreat very comfortable with everything and more we needed to get away from the busy hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
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holeczek
Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Did We Luck Out!”
Reviewed July 7, 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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Superb home, safe, quiet, wonderfully decorated and the big plus of us: super convenient to beach and all the cafes, shops in the beach area. James was a great host. His backyard is awesome, quiet and green and peaceful that we wanted to stay there the whole day instead of braving the freeway traffic of LA! The BBQ made a great bonus for us and or kids loved watching the hummingbirds visit the fountains and lemon trees…With all the dozens of choices we had to choose from on Homeaway and VRBO, we really did luck out on this one. So thank you James for allowing us enjoy you lovely home and make some wonderful memories. Alex & Veronica & family

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Liked best: Super host, super convenient, very homey and quiet
Liked least: LA freeways!
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Veronika...
1 review
“A REAL WINNER IN THE BEACH AREA”
Reviewed April 8, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Such a WONDERFUL home and host! We knew we were in for something exceptional with “Beethoven” in its title and James’ home lived up to its name and then some. The home is so beautifully decorated with artistic details from Venice, Europe, India — James has clearly traveled all over the world in his work as a journalist. James was able to meet us for a very thorough & enjoyable orientation of the house, which was a bonus for us . We both love to cook & the kitchen was fully stocked, clean & perfectly equipped for our needs and we appreciated the two kinds of coffee makers, too! But the best part was looking out at the gorgeous view of the backyard while doing the dishes — a lovely lemon tree and orange tree behind it, and the occasional hummingbird in the fountains — what’s not to love? LA traffic is never fun and we had to time our outings for the rush hours (James was very helpful in his hints about this!) but the property comes with a long driveway which accommodated our mid-size van very nicely. The home is unique and most importantly QUIET with very comfy queen beds so we could always feel relaxed even while dashing around the city. We can’t recommend this home enough and will return most definitely in the fall with our daughter. Full marks all around, thank you so much James!

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Techlady
Santa Monica, California
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful Stay, Terrific Host”
Reviewed December 13, 2015 for a stay in December 2015

What can we say? I brought my family from Michigan to stay for five nights, and we were blown away by Beethoven’s Retreat. It’s so close to the beach and the boutiques that we love on Abbott Kinney. There’s a great backyard with fountains (and hummingbirds!), a spotlessly clean home with all the amenities including a bottle of wine to greet us when we arrived and plenty of free parking. James was an ideal host with lots of helpful suggestions on what to see in the area (don’t miss Corral Canyon in Malibu — spectacular views), things even I didn’t know about. And he was always available to answer any questions. The neighborhood has lots of cafes and restaurants within a short walk and the house is QUIET, so peaceful that we never thought we were in the middle of a busy beach town. If you are looking for a charming, beautifully appointed rental that truly feels like home, look no further. You have found it. Thanks again James. We certainly will return next year!

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Liked best: The quiet homey feeling with some luxury touches
Liked least: My family might have stayed longer, but it was booked.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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62anne201...
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Look no further, you've found the perfect place.”
Reviewed March 10, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We were lucky enough to experience both of the apartments on Beethovan St. They are absolutly perfect. Each is decorated with great taste. They feel like home rather than "We just put some random stuff around". The location was also ideal. We could easily get on any freeway we needed to use. There were many interesting things to do that were close by. The best part of the experience was the owner, James. He is friendly, and readily available. His suggestions for things we would enjoy were right on. As another reviewer stated, the yard is gorgeous and a perfect place to sit and enjoy some peace. My husband worked everyday when we were there. We really appreciated the handy desk space and wifi in each apartment. I would heartily recommend this rental to anyone! (Except when we want it!)

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Liked best: The overall quality of everything.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Camano Island
Reviewed May 8, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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person found this review helpful

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