The boutique beachfront Hotel Erwin is as much a destination to sleep as it is to socialize. With the best rooftop terrace in Venice, you can watch the sunset over the Pacific while sipping on one of their signature cocktails.
The hallways are lined with photography of rock-n-roll greats and local scenes from the beach to body builders. The entire hotel, curated by artist-in-house Larry Bell whose original art hangs in the rooms and fills an entire conference room, exudes a cool gallery vibe. The driveway entrance even greets you with a bright graffiti-ed interpretation of the hotel's logo.
Most rooms have ocean views and embrace beach decor with hues of blues and polka dot blinds. Downstairs you can enjoy an artisan breakfast at Barlo or step outside to discover the beach, boardwalk and beyond.
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Roof with a View
This is the outstanding coastal view from High, the rooftop bar at the Erwin Hotel in Venice Beach. The Erwin is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Venice. It is an easy and convenient place to meet or socialize after an afternoon of fun in the sun. The drinks are great and the food, tasty. I can't reference the rooms or accommodations. I haven't stayed there. But, I'd say that the vibe is casually mature, laid back and sexy.
The Erwin is walking distance to other cafes and restaurants, and a stones throw away from the main strip of Venice Beach where you'll find your stereotypical California beach scene and feast for the eyes--street performers, skateboarders, roller skaters, bike riders, body builders, souvenir shops, thrift stores, boutiques and kiosks of all sorts.
Venice Beach is a great place for people watching, photo taking or to watch sunset. It's an active community, though on an off-peak day, you can still find a quiet place on the sand to just sit and daydream. That's what I did.
Only in Venice can you conveniently stroll to high quality bars, boutiques, restaurants and the beach. The cross sections of Washington Boulevard, Abbot Kinney, Main Street and the rapidly developing Rose Avenue are packed with character and have created a close-knit community like no other in LA. Walk, bike, skate or segway the unconventional Venice Boardwalk; wander the serene Venice Canals; lay out with a book on the beach; or simply let your feet dangle from a lifeguard stand as the sun sets into the horizon with the crashing waves as your soundtrack.