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Last updated: 04 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Luciana Bellini

If your California dream is a vision of thong-wearing skaters and muscle-bound men doing their thing by the beach, then you’d do well to check into the Hotel Erwin.

The 119-room surfside property embodies all the funky charm of Venice Beach – the quirky, slightly gritty beach community where it’s located, right down to the graffitied bedroom doors.

Set in an amazing location just steps from the Pacific Ocean, the hotel is right in the heart of the neighbourhood close to Venice’s top sights.

After a day playing in the sand, there’s a rooftop bar (The High Rooftop Lounge) to retire to for catching the ocean sunset.

Surrounding area

You’re in the heart of this character-filled neighbourhood here. The streets around the hotel bustle with the area’s good and bad, from wandering performers and gym nuts on their way to Muscle Beach, to overly zealous panhandlers and ‘prophets’ with various apocalyptic predictions.

All of Venice’s top sights are close by – Muscle Beach, the Skate Park, the Surf Break the Venice sign, the thrift shops and the canals.

Pacific Avenue is one of the area’s main drags and gets pretty busy on warm weekends when locals and visitors make a beeline for the sand.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: On-site *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Venice Beach

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[1.3 miles]

LA’s most vibrant neighbourhood, beachside Venice is a unique blend of boho and kitsch. Surf lessons too.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

Getty Center

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[10.1 miles]

A marble-clad modernist complex, opened in 1997, houses the late billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty’s art collection. Highlights include works by Titian and Van Gogh, illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages, Louis XIV-era furniture and decorative arts.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[13.3 miles]

The world’s largest museum dedicated solely to the art of film, home to a collection of movie treasures, a rotating roster of exhibitions featuring industry creators and an experience where you can hold a coveted Oscars statuette.

Best for ages: 8+ | £22

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Cycle The Strand

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Best for ages: 6+ | Free | 2-3 hours

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Getty Villa

Getty Villa

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[10.8 miles]

John Paul Getty’s homage to ancient Rome and Greece is a Malibu gem, filled with ancient art, beautifully landscaped gardens offering up sparkling ocean views and a 500-seat amphitheatre that hosts some of the city’s finest outdoor classical productions.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Virginia Robinson Gardens

Virginia Robinson Gardens

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[12.1 miles]

For a fascinating insider look at a period mansion and estate in Beverley Hills, call ahead to reserve a tour of the Virginia Robinson Gardens. The Beaux Arts mansion from 1911 is surrounded by stunning botanical gardens in a range of styles.

Best for ages: 13+ | £12

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Greystone Mansion’s Gardens

Greystone Mansion’s Gardens

Los Angeles, California, United States of America (USA)[13.4 miles]

If this Tudor Revival mansion in Beverly Hills looks more than a little familiar it’s due to its stellar Hollywood lineage, having appeared in films including The Big Lebowski and X-Men. Come to explore its formal English gardens and elegant grounds.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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