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Hotel Erwin

Address: 1697 Pacific Avenue

Neighborhood: Venice Beach

City: Los Angeles

Phone: 800-786-7789

Website: www.hotelerwin.com

Expert Review

With quintessential SoCal surf and a carnivalesque boardwalk at your doorstep, plus a hipster-magnet, party-hearty rooftop lounge just overhead, Venice Beach's hip Hotel Erwin, part of the Cali-based Joie de Vivre chain, offers a home base that showcases a different face to Los Angeles. Revamped and rebranded in August 2009 (it was formerly a Best Western), most of the beach hotel's 119 modern guestrooms offer private balconies (opt for one on the top floors for the best boardwalk and ocean views), colorful design schemes etched with eclectic art and California kitsch, and modern touches like iPod sound systems and comped Wi-Fi. The laidback and artsy Hash restaurant offers seasonal, market-fresh dishes, while the rooftop lounge, High, is primed for Pacific sunsets - both have inspired a local following.

Tags: luxury | beach | moderate | editor pick | great value | trendy

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