Obviously, I don't need to inform anyone of this VOTB's obviously spectacular location.
It is literally a stone's throw from the beach....amazing.
However, it is certainly nothing of the boutique hotel it claims so enthusiastically to be.
With it's sparsely scattered breakfast (packaged pastries - eugh - and bitter coffee with powdered milks....) on a narrow table next to the ageing computer facility, it doesn't even really qualify as a B&B.
We popped down to the cafe on the main corner of Venice for a coffee and a bagel.
At only a few dollars each, it was worth the small commute along the sand!
The room we had was pleasant enough...
Fully equipped with a microwave, fridge, iron and large plasma t.v.
Bed was reasonably though not extraordinarily comfortable and when I wanted a few pillows, I couldn't find the manager (for an entire day....) to ask.
Some people have mentioned the lack of sound insulation.
We found waking at 5 a.m. to the sound of quacking ducks on the street bemusing, but that was probably our jet-lag.
Less bemusing was the sound of people, nattering in the hallways or the next room.
It gave off a distinctly hostel-ish feel.
The roof terrace could have been amazing.
The view certainly was.
But the faded, bristly, astro-turf floor and total lack of charm was odd.
It felt more like a roof-top putting green.
Greg the manager was rarely to be found, and we felt brushed aside and something of a problem even when attempting to make pleasantries.
So bad was it that we had planned to stay again the next week, but checked out silently the next day and booked somewhere else.
Stay for the view, not the boutique treatment!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are pleased that you are considering the truly only Ocean Front Boutique Hotel in Venice California. Our Hotel is conveniently located between Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. We have Flat Screen TV, Refrigerators and Microwaves in each of our rooms. All the rooms are individual and well appointed with amenities that will always under promise and over deliver for you. Parking is very limited, we have a total of 8 parking spaces for guests to use, and they are done by reservation only. If there is no parking available, our front desk staff will be happy to assist you in finding free public parking in the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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