Upon arrival at Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach, I was greeted with the iconic cultural landscape that is the Windward Circle neighborhood. With the old and quaint California store-fronts and the letters V-E-N-I-C-E lit up in beautiful big white lights, I felt as if I were entering a different era.
The unassuming façade of the Hotel Erwin, located on Pacific Avenue in Venice, merely hints at what lay beyond. After riding the elevator to the top floor bar and restaurant I was overcome with feelings of whimsy and enchantment. The bar, like a floating peninsula, extends out toward the Pacific Ocean and is lit by a magical crescent moon and a litany of stars. Each table was accompanied by a plush and cozy couch, a personal heater, and soft lavish blankets. I felt that I had been returned to quintessential 1970s luxury without all of the pretension of so many other Venice/Santa Monica hotel bars.
The wait staff was extremely attentive; relaxed yet supremely efficient with your cocktail of choice. In addition to your Watermelon Margarita or Blackberry Collins at sunset you should definitely try the delicious Wagu beef sliders, the ahi tuna “hash” tuna tartare, the Mediterranean Mezze Plate, and the amazing Guinness-braised short ribs. An amazing roof-top lounge cocktail and food menu will indefinitely ensure your desire to stay at the Hotel Erwin for the night and you would not be wrong to do so! I loved the simple, clean, hip, and current feeling the rooms had.
Aside from being less than a block from the infamous Venice Boardwalk and just minutes form historic Abbott Kinney, the rooms themselves were a comfortable and refreshing way to end and begin the day. The iconic Café Collage sits on the corner of Windward and Pacific and fabulous thrift stores wait below the hotel for the adventurous fashionista to make her entrance.
Visit Hotel Erwin and experience the magic that always was and still is Venice Beach, California.
1697 Pacific Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90291