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Hotel Erwin


Hotel Erwin is a Venice Beach hideaway that’s been around since the groovy year of 1975, offering a laid-back atmosphere, a chic rooftop bar, and ocean views from room their balconies.


BY: Alex Temblador Contributing writer

Most of us live in a world with expectations – wear a suit, do this with your money, be on time, drive this kind of car. Then there’s places like Venice Beach.

It shoots a Stone Cold Steve Austin middle finger to expectations and demolishes them beneath their skateboards, and it’s been doing that for decades becoming home to the West Coast skate culture, muscle beach, and all things weird or odd – and that’s why travelers like to visit.

From the graffiti near the entrance to the surfboards in the lobby, you’ll quickly discover the spirited nature of this West Coast sanctuary.

Since 1975, Hotel Erwin has watched Venice Beach become what it is, welcoming journeymen who want a taste of what Venice has to offer, who want to remove the expectations of life and just live in the moment of a place that encourages it.

Hotel Erwin has a laid-back atmosphere and a stylish design that brings elements of Venice indoors. From the graffiti near the entrance to the surfboards in the lobby, you’ll quickly discover the spirited nature of this West Coast sanctuary. Public spaces are welcoming with their colorful tones as are the rooms, which tend to feature funky wallpaper of drawn hands or pops of bright colors in the vintage style lamps.

Book a room with a balcony to enjoy Venice ocean views while you sip on something boozey from the in-room honor bar. While most visitors to Venice won’t stay long in their rooms, amenities like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers are there when you need them. Plus, we appreciate the little Venice-inspired items like the locally-sourced honor bar and BRYD toiletries, the go-to hair and body products of professional surfers.

Guests tend to coalesce at High Lounge most nights, one of Venice’s only rooftop bars that offers epic sunsets from the comfort of Hotel Erwin. And when they’re not enjoying a drink and a SoCal chill on the rooftop, they’re grabbing a cocktail and artisan foods from Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails.

Hotel Erwin pushes guests to get out and explore with free Gold’s Gym passes and custom Sole bikes to rent. They can even hook travelers up with a free electric shuttle with The Free Ride.

If you’re looking to shed expectations and kick back on vacation, cruise to Venice Beach and book a stay with Hotel Erwin. They’ll show you the true Venice way.


Morning or evening, there is no better place to be in Venice than the hotel’s High Rooftop Loung, an open-air deck with DJs day & night

Just two blocks from the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Make sure and find the drum circle on Saturday and Sunday evenings—right when the sun goes down

Abbot Kinney is a 10-15 minute walk depending on how fast you can shuffle

Booking a party in Venice? Congratulations, you just found your venue