Famed for it’s easy-going atmosphere, pristine sun-drenched beaches and buzzing boardwalks, it’s easy to see why thousands of visitors to Los Angeles flock to Venice Beach. Named for its canals and ocean front walk, today Venice Beach is home to a selection of cultural curiosities, from modern murals to maverick stores and from select street performers to famous skate parks. With that individuality in mind, we’ve put together some of the best boutique hotels for you to choose from on your next trip to the electrifying Venice Beach, California.
Based just off the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk and filled with the easy SoCal charm, Hotel Erwin has been a top destination in Venice for nearly 50 years. A firm favourite for California natives and first time visitors to the sunshine state, the Erwin with its kooky lodgings is the perfect base for exploring the city. Outside its carefully crafted rooms, the Erwin aims to provide nothing but chill vibes with it’s excellent rooftop lounge, homemade Venice way pizza and seasonal cocktail selections.
An intimate hotel just a short trip from Venice Beach, the Inn at Playa del Ray is perfect for relaxing respites and action-packed weekends alike. With a premium placed on relaxation, the hotel offers homemade breakfasts and an in-house massage service; you can also book a wine and cheese picnic. If you’d prefer to get your pulse racing, the guest house has a range of hikes, bikes and kayaking available to explore the area’s abundant natural beauty.
The expansive Edition in West Hollywood provides a retreat that allows guests to focus on their wellness and beauty from within at its spa and fitness centre. Found just off West Sunset Boulevard, the Edition is home to over 200 expertly furnished rooms, suites and penthouses. For a truly memorable experience, be sure to check out The Roof at sunset, a peaceful place to take in the amazing cityscape below.
Found in the middle of one of the city’s busiest shopping districts, Melrose Avenue, the Palihotel Melrose has the best of LA right on its doorstep. A favourite amongst professionals coming into the city and locals looking for a staycation, Palihotel aims to deliver an authentic neighbourhood guesthouse in the middle of bustling LA. Each room is fitted out with an extraordinarily comfortable custom-made bed and an inbuilt tablet for easy communication and daily housekeeping services.
One of the most famous hotels in California, the Roosevelt has welcomed some of Hollywood’s biggest names for nearly 100 years. Notable guests to this LA landmark include Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin and even Ernest Hemingway. Today the hotel offers its guests every bit of the glamour and glitz that made it famous, with a host of beautifully furnished rooms and suites available. For an extra special experience, book into one of the luxurious tropical Cabana Rooms, just a short walk from the famed David Hockney pool.
A stone’s throw away from the lively Sunset Boulevard, the Beverly Terrance, or “BT” as it’s known to its neighbours, gives its guests a refined rest stop for discovering the nearby city. The guest house has a European sensibility with its thoughtful decor and a staff willing to go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each room is decked out with premium toiletries, flat-screen HD TVs and a complimentary continental breakfast for every guest. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, head down to the inhouse restaurant Cafe Amici, which offers a traditional Italian menu which can be enjoyed alfresco on the sun-kissed patio.
Frequently touted as one of the best hotels in Los Angeles and a top award winner, the Proper Hotel in Santa Monica offers guests an unrivaled stay in southern California. The Santa Monica offering of the popular Proper Hotel group, the hotel stretches across Wilshire Boulevard and is just a short stroll from the nearby beach. The hotel’s facilities make it hard for guests to leave, with an exclusive rooftop pool, a beautiful outdoor restaurant and a world-class spa offering personalised massages and treatments. Not only that, but the hotel is just a short trip to a fantastic mix of farmers’ markets, prime shopping and some of the best dining in the city.