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Basically Venice beach is wicked. Originally conceived by tobacco millionaire Abbot Kinney in 1905 as the US version of the real Venice in Italy, complete with it's own specially dug canals, nowadays it comprises a long beach front walk with stalls, backed by hotels and grungy digs, palm trees, and a pretty deep beach.
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Great to stay in my old 'hood in Venice.
4 days to go. Boo hoo..... In LA now, our final destination before heading to Australia. We're at the moment staying in Venice Beach in this awesome hotel on the Beach called the Cadillac Hotel. It is very cool. A bit like a hostel with a bright pink exterior and a really relaxed feel with lots of young people like ourselves staying here. := ) So …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cadillac Hotel Los Angeles
Wow, what a great hotel! Right on the beach in Venice. You won't find too many hotels right on the boardwalk. The owner invited us to the hotel bar at their sister hotel The Cotel and if you love to meet attractive Europeans on holiday, this is the place to meet them.
Clean, comfortable and Friendly
Me and my finacee spent 2 weeks at the Cadillac Hotel whilst travelling around America in 2002. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel itself was clean and comfortable. Nothing too flashy but just what you need, afterall it's only a place to rest your head after a busy day seeing the sights of Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Hollywood etc. The location is second to none with the beach just steps away and only a short walk from Santa Monica Pier and Muscle Beach. Overall a great place to stay and we are thinking of returning when we visit L.A again this year!
They made fun of us when we couldn't park.....
A friend recommended the Cadillac if we wanted the "true Venice Beach experience." He warned us it would be loud, and it was. People on the roof were hooting and hollering and we finally turned the TV on to a no-channel to provide some white noise. (Couldn't close the window--too hot with no A/C.) Still, that would have been OK, because we wanted to enjoy the sights of Venice Beach. But the second night we didn't get to. There was no parking and we waited forever, hoping something would open up. When we turned to the desk in desperation, the person rolled his eyes...later a parking lot attendant (? not sure if he was) made fun of us and said "Oh, you're the ones who were whining." Finally we drove somewhere else to park, much later.
Great staff, cool location
I returned from staying at The Cadillac almost a week ago and have not been able to function this week. We had SO MUCH FUN that it's been very difficult to get back into my everyday routine. I find myself thinking about the atmosphere and people I met and got to know from all the different countries while I was there, daydreaming about the trip and fantasizing about my next one! I work in the travel industry so I have visited many hotels. But THIS has never happened to me before! What is it about The Cadillac?! I CAN'T STAY AWAY AND HAVE TO COME BACK SOON!
I would agree with mostly everyone you have previously given reviews. The 'Hotel' is more like a hostel than a hotel. I didn't have the worst experience, but also not the best either. I stayed there for 3 nights there and I would not recommend the hotel to people. I stayed during Sept of 2003 and it was an experience! The negatives are that the room was small, there was a sign above the toilet stating that the toilet tends to back up(very comforting thought), very cramped elevator, they charged for everything including local calls or you can use a community payphone in the stairwell, no amenitites that you may find at other hotels like a clock, ironing boards, blow dryers, or refrigerators, the shower had no curtain so they gave you an extra towel to lay on the floor to catch any excess water, the beds and decor were barebone and not impressive, the tip envelop for maid service was laughable, room service would cost you an arm and a leg, their valet parking was a joke(yes the parking was horrendous!), and yes I really did feel unsafe there when the sun went down. I should have seen this coming when I took the shuttle the hotel offered from the airport and the driver asked why I was punishing myself by staying at the hotel! He was the one who clued me in about there being no AC or fans of any kind. Yes we roasted! I was with a group of ladies and when some saw what was supposed to be our hotel they checked out right then and there and found a more suitable place. Anyways, the plus side was that the shuttle from the airport to the hotel was reasonably priced at $8, the staff was exceptionally nice, right next to the beach, and yes it had a artsy/funky atmosphere. The lounge area was very amusing with the pool table, piece from the Berlin wall, vending machines, the maybe broken community refrig(didn't look like it was functioning), the jukebox that sporadic played music, the internet that costed you ten cents per minute to be online, and especially the restrooms there that most people couldn't tell unless looking carefully which was for males and females that have toilets that you look for a lever to flush and instead you eventually figure out that you have to pull the knob that is located on top! Way too funny! The atmosphere is definitely for artists who play music which you can hear outside your window and sell their crafts along the beach walk! It was nice to be serenaded! Across the street, there was a cute corner market, a mysterious abandoned looking building(that we figured out was a movie theatre of some sort), and a ritzy restaurant. I would not recommend staying at the hotel, but am planning on visiting the hotel and area on a visit to CA this summer just to say hi. Basically good for people not looking for lots of frill and comfort. Actually I did notice lots of people from different nationalities came and went there so I would say this place is more for those who are traveling through on a tight budget.
Found out about the Cadillac hotel on a hostels web site and it looked like a neat place to stay and cheap too at $15 for a dorm bunk. Well it turns out they actually charge $22 for a bed. I was there with my girlfriend and we didn't feel like sharing the tiny room with two other people so we opted to get a private room instead (these go for $88 plus tax). The towels were dirty looking, there were no mattress covers on the beds, and the sheets were ill fitting and kept coming off the mattress. The best part of all was that I woke up covered in bedbug bites the next morning! I counted about 60 bites all over my body and it's been six days and I still itch. Stay away from this place. I am never going back. I'll also second what the other poster said about bad parking and a kind of scary area once the sun goes down.
You get what you pay for
The position of this hotel can't be faulted. Access to the lively Venice Beach Boardwalk is but a step away, but a short walk gets you to Main street and some really excellent Resteraunts. It is basic, and the lack of Air con in summer would be a problem, but the facilites were adequate, and the staff were always helpful and very friendly. It could do with a face lift, and a bit of TLC, but then it would probably cost double.
My family stayed at the Cadillac Hotel for 3 nights in April 2004. We chose it for it's location on the beach and the Family Rooms with bunk beds for our kids. The hotel seems popular with Europeans. On the plus side: the roof top view was wonderful, the staff was helpful most of the time, and the lobby was a fun place, with internet access, a pool table & a piece of the Berlin Wall to muse over. But on the Negative Side: The parking was terrible and we got blocked in once (the morning we had to catch a flight). The "Cable TV" had about 6 channels. The toilet backed up twice. The sheets were dirty & stained. The worse experience came on our last night, when a car parked on the street outside our 2nd floor window at 2 a.m. playing AC/DC at full blast. The car's occupants then played several games of pool in the lobby below us, shouting & yelling above the "music". As far as we could tell, the party-ers were not even guests of the hotel! My husband went down to complain - the manager on duty was somehow sleeping through the whole thing. He said he'd take care of it but he never did. The party continued for another hour. We complained again in the morning but the staff gave me the impression that they thought we were over-reacting.
The Cadillac is not for everyone, but it is so Venice Beach. I loved the energy of the scene that permeates the very walls of the hotel. It is a hip place, from the location to the decor to the staff. It is right on the infamous boardwalk almost touching the sand of the beach, the sounds and smells of the crowd and surf are omnipresent. Parking, although free, is tight, but I managed an Expedition in and out. There was no AC in our room which did not bother me, but hampered my partner's mood somewhat. Leaving the window open brought the vibe even closer. Sitting on the rooftop late at night, facing the crashing tides, overlooking the scene as it settled itself, was as good as it gets. It isn't the cleanest of places; the recycled and inscribed tip envelope left in the room by the housekeeping party made me laugh a little. I planned to succumb to the solicitation until I spotted body hair not belonging to my family left over in the tiniest shower ever.
Nightmare on Venice Beach
Possibly the worst hotel in which I've had the misfortune to stay. my daughter thought it looked "funky" and "hip," so we gave it a try. Yuck. Dirty blankets (one with blood stains), raggedy towels, no toileteries and noisy -- during the night there were fights amongst homeless people outside on the boardwalk. Parking was also nightmarish. Neither daughter nor I felt safe. View was good, sound of surf was great -- but the threatening, dilapidated "vibe" of the place was simply the overwhelming memory we carried away from the place.