Muscleheads. Graffiti art. Skaters. Vendors and beach bums. Venice Beach is a place out of this world. Rich with its own history and identity, the California city feels like no other part of California or any place for that matter. Fittingly, Hotel Erwin, a delightful unique Joie de Vivre boutique hotel in the city, has its own look and feel as well. Located just 200 yards from the sand and infamous boardwalk, this too-cool-for-school hotel provides rooms with great ocean views, long balconies, and glass windows that offer a panoramic view of the city.
Walking through the halls of the hotel, you sort of feel like a rock star. Eclectic art and rocker images greet you on the walls as music from High – the hotel’s open-air rooftop lounge – vibrate (Try the hotel cafe Hash as well). Inside the room, you’ll feel funktafied (and yes I’m making that a word.) The closets come with leopard-printed robes and you can even purchase sunglasses which are displayed atop the dressers. They also had a super cool “honor bar” which offered an extensive list of local snacks and drinks (um, they also offer sex wax). The room itself was terrific. It seemed entirely renovated – especially the spotless bathroom. Another perk? A huge flatscreen TV faces the bed. Altogether, this hotel was a nice, hidden gem of Venice Beach. The staff were all attentive, and matched with the cleanliness and hipster feel, it was a wonderful place to stay.