The 6 Best Hotels in Venice Beach

Soak up that LA sun on Venice Beach
Soak up that LA sun on Venice Beach | © AHowden – USA Stock Photography / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Molly Codyre
27 May 2020

For a slice of the more laid-back side of LA life, head to coastal Venice Beach, where the white sands are as beautiful as the boardwalk is buzzy. More relaxed than neighboring Santa Monica, with a trendier hippie vibe, this is California living at its best.

If LA is famous for its health-conscious, yoga-focused, green-juice sipping outlook on life, then Venice Beach is its epicenter. This beachside neighborhood has long been the home of artists and creatives, skateboarders and surfers, and plenty of budding actors, too. It’s also one of the city’s coolest areas and indeed renowned for exciting, health-centered eateries such as Gjelina and sister bakery Gjusta. Uncover this ultra-hip area with a stay at one of the best hotels around.

The Kinney Venice Beach

The mural-adorned exterior of The Kinney is a good indicator of the fun-and-games vibe you’ll find inside. The fairy light-illuminated AstroTurf courtyard is primed for rounds of rowdy beer pong with several ping-pong tables, while the dreamy pool is perfect for cooling off from the LA heat. Perch with a morning coffee, or watch the sky turn cotton-candy pink with a margarita cocktail at sunset. Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a 10-minute stroll away, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Be sure to book ahead to nab a table at local favorite Gjelina.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

Hotel Erwin

Wake up to views over Venice Beach’s palm-fringed boardwalk, or fall asleep to the lapping of the waves – this is about as close as you can get to the ocean while still being on solid ground. Pack your low-key beach gear to blend in with the trendy crowd – both at the beach and the hotel’s popular rooftop bar. It’s a prime spot for a cocktail and a late-night boogie under the stars, before retreating to your enormous comfy bed for a blissful night’s sleep.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Beach towels
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Smoke-free property

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  • Inn at Venice Beach

    The Inn at Venice Beach is all about friendly vibes and wallet-friendly prices. While rooms are kept simple with burnt orange feature walls, the communal areas turn heads with beaded light fittings and colorful murals. Venice Beach and its famous boardwalk are just five minutes away on foot, so you can beat the crowds and pick your spot for watching the tide roll in underneath a glowing sunset. And when you want to explore further afield, simply hop on the bus, which stops directly outside the hotel, to be whisked away to another corner of the City of Angels.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Concierge services
    24-hour front desk
    Dry cleaning/laundry service
    Terrace
    Smoke-free property

    The Rose Hotel Venice

    Boutique Hotel
    Map View
    Guest room at The Rose Hotel
    Courtesy of The Rose Hotel Venice / Booking.com

    In its former life as a roadside motel, The Rose Hotel Venice hosted famous personalities including Charlie Chaplin and Jim Morrison. Recently refurbished by fashion photographers Glen Luchford and Doug Bruce, the modern-day offering is a low-fuss, breezy option that suits its trendy beachside locale. Rooms vary from family-size to en-suite doubles and rooms with a shared bathroom – perfect for those who intend to spend most of their time exploring the area. Breakfast is a casual affair, served in the lobby with pastries, breads and jams from the much-loved Gjusta.

    AIR Venice Beach

    Overlooking the Venice Beach Boardwalk, this old building feels a little incongruous with the crowded beachfront and clapboard buildings that surround it. A thorough exploration of Venice, however, will soon reveal that this sort of contrast isn’t particularly unusual, so in that sense it doesn’t seem so out of place. Inside, rooms come with monochrome decor and sweeping ocean views – in fact, you’ll be so close to the Pacific you could more or less roll out of bed and into the water. But not before grabbing your surfboard first.

    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    Concierge services
    Smoke-free property

    Venice Breeze Suites

    Arty surfboards mounted on exposed brick walls give Venice Breeze Suites that laid-back surfer vibe you’re probably looking for, while the fully equipped kitchen adds plenty of self-catering appeal. After a few days, you may even start to feel like a local – and when you wake up to Pacific views each morning you might just be tempted to stay and make that a reality. When you’re not riding crests and swells, soak up the sun that LA is so famous for on a rooftop lounger, or head out to explore nearby cafés and restaurants like Felix – a delightful Italian transplant where fresh pasta is made right before your eyes.
    Everything you need to know

    At a Glance

    Free WiFi
    In-room accessibility
    Beach towels
    Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
    24-hour front desk
    These recommendations were updated on May 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.