The Rose Hotel springs from the minds of fashion photographer Glen Luchford and portrait shooter Doug Bruce, whose description of the place speaks for itself. Rooms range from very affordable shared-bath bedrooms to some properly luxurious residential-style suites, a bit of something for any conceivable budget. As for services, they’re delightfully minimal and delightfully well chosen: Stumptown coffee, exquisite croissants from Sugarbloom Bakery, and daily deliveries from Moon Juice. They’ll help you take advantage of the proximity to the Pacific, just yards away, with advice on all manner of sporting activities, aquatic or otherwise — and the city that surrounds you, don’t forget, is nothing if not unique, a one-of-a-kind California classic.
Venice, and especially the funky old boardwalk, is no place for white-glove luxury, and the Erwin is suitably budget-conscious — though you’d never guess it from the décor, with its bold, cheery colors and its stylish modern furniture. The better rooms have sea views, but even the ones that look out over the town of Venice come with private balconies and HDTVs.
The name of the rooftop bar, High, is a bit more literal than you might think; it’s the highest rooftop lounge in Venice Beach, and the views range up and down the coast and far out to sea. The cozy restaurant, Barlo, serves a fine home-style breakfast, as well as a slightly upscale American bistro-style dinner. With the beach just steps from the door, and the boardwalk even closer, it’s the quintessential Venice experience — which is a different animal entirely from the typical Southern California beachfront hotel.
This laid-back, family-owned hotel set along the vibrant Venice Beach Boardwalk was built in 1912, and is a 5-minute walk from Muscle Beach and 1 15-minute walk from the Venice Canal Historic District.
Homey suites with exposed-brick walls and hardwood floors feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus ceiling fans, screened windows and kitchenettes. Upgraded suites offer ocean views and/or living areas with recliners and pull-out sofas. Free amenities include coffee in the lobby, and boogie and surfboards, beach chairs, umbrellas and sports equipment for guest use.