Venice Beach Suites & Hotel
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We loved the Venice suite
We stayed at the Venice Beach Suites for our honeymoon for two days last June, 2005. The staff were very friendly and helpful, Mrs. Tina has been very kind with us and gived us a lot of info on Los Angeles thinks to do! The location on the boardwalk is great (except for the litter, the forlorn homeless, and the lack of street parking).
No complains! we really loved it!
A HUGE disappointment
Before I booked my two-night stay at this dump, I read all of the wonderful reviews and saw the pretty pictures. But when I got there, everything was exactly the opposite. Even though I was "upgraded" to a suite with a partial beach view, it was still terribly disappointing. Here is a summary of the problems:
-no maid service
-loud music from a room down the hall
-construction/renovation noise and dust
-hair in the shower and kitchen
-dirty blinds, floors, closets, etc.
-an extremely small, old elevator (circa 1900)
-an unpleasant neighborhood
I listed my compliants on the customer survey form, but received no apology from the management. This hotel is definitely NOT worth the $100+ price tag.
Loved the Venice Suites
We stayed at the Venice Suites, 417 Ocean Front Walk, (not to be confused with the Venice Beach Suites at 1305 Ocean Front Walk) from April 28 - May 2, 2005, and we loved it. My only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer.
They offer one bedroom and studio apartments with full kitchens. The apts. have been completely renovated. They are small, but perfect if you prefer an at-home feel to a hotel. The rooms have hardwood floors and modern, contemporary furniture. The kitchens have maple cabinets, granite countertops and electric cooktops for preparing meals, which we did several times during our stay. There is also a rooftop sundeck with lounging chairs and a BBQ grill. The beach views up there are superb!
I was initially worried because I had read other reviews about hotels in Venice Beach being described one way and turning out to be dirty, rundown and/or outdated. This place, however, was clean and the prices were affordable. The studio was $120 per night, which is relatively cheap for the area. It's located right on the beach, in the middle of the action, but was surprisingly quiet. It's also in close walking distance to a number of restaurants, cafes, clubs, and even Blockbuster. It's a perfect place to enjoy the the laid-back Venice beach lifestyle. I would definitely recommend!
Get your tetnus shot first
Old, outdated, and overpriced. Never again.
This is a find.
Spur of the moment trip with no reservations to stay any where brought us from Disney to Venice for a couple of days. We stumbled on this place and the owner/ manager had a great beach view room he rented us. I dont think I would want one of the inside rooms as a view of the beach is what we were looking for. GREAT location, fun, you have to want to be in Venice in the first place and youll understand the sceen. Check out our photos youll see. Next to a great park, bike rental place and good food and deals on things on the street. Great for a quick trip to weirdsville.
Be careful which room you get
We stayed at the Venice Beach Suites for a week in the Spring of 2005. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the location on the boardwalk is great (except for the litter, the forlorn homeless, and the lack of street parking), but be very careful which room you are booked into. We were placed in one of the worst hotel rooms I have stayed in in North America and certainly the worst one ever in the $100-125 range. (I often stay in a Motel 6 sort of place and think a Holiday Inn is pretty nice) This was a $40 dollar room, not a $125 room. We are kicking ourselves for not marching down to the office the next morning and insisting on something better.
This is an old building that is supposed to have been renovated, Maybe that is the case for the rest of the building but to be blunt, our room was a dump. The very old and rather small room smelled, the ancient carpeting was so badly stained I felt uncomfortable in bare feet, and there was only one rickety bedside light and bedside table. The easy chair was worn out and shabby. The furniture was in general simply junk and much of it would be hard to sell at a yard sale, although the bed and the table and two wood chairs were fine. No decorations, and nothing on the bare white walls. The bath was about 3 feet long. The shower head was about 4 feet off the ground. The bathroom was not big enough to stand in without touching the wall, shower curtain, or the sink while drying off. There was no bathroom vent, opening window or fan. I could hear the toilet noises of our neighbour through the wall. Only some of the windows opened, and the blinds were so old and dirty that when we got some rain in, dirty water ran down the blinds onto the window ledges. Previous attempts to pry or at least damage the door were evident around a bashed up frame. In general the room was beaten up, worn out, and needed to be gutted and rebuilt.
On our last day we saw into one of the rooms on the front of the building and it was quite nice and worth the price. Ours was not.
On the plus side, there was no traffic noise at night. You can see surfers from your bed and hear the waves at night, and you can walk to lots of neat spots in the area. The boardwalk scene is very interesting during the day (NOT at night), and of course there is the beach and the clean air. We had a microwave and small fridge, more than enough kitchen gear, and the bed was comfortable. Just make sure you get one of the good rooms.
In the middle of things
A great location with fun days and quiet evenings and awesome view.
Super great and helpful owners and staff
Good value and a great time had by all!
We had a great experience even though it is a budget rather than a posh Hotel. Our room was less expensive than the "family rooms" at the local hostels, with better amenities as it has a private kitchen and en-suite batroom with shower and bathtub. We stayed for 16 days and were given a great long stay rate.
We had a room with a view of the beach although not facing the front of the hotel as these more popular rooms were unavailable for the length of our stay. Even though we were right in the middle of Venice boardwalk it was very quiet at night. Very Lucky indeed to be far enough away from The Cadillac Hotel as the shops near it are competing with each other ... one playing trance and the other playing rock/metal at amazing decibel levels...WOW! I can't imagine how people could sleep!!!
The combination of sea breeze and the ceiling fan made this a very comfortable room even during very hot weather. The facilities were clean and it was great having a kitchen even with the abundance of reasonably priced food just steps away on the boardwalk. The location is great if you are looking for something right on the beach. The skate park is right out front so my 18 year old was very happy. The staff was courteous and helpful. I would definitely stay here again particularly in the rooms facing the front of the hotel overlooking the beach. The exposed brick walls and wood floors are charming. It's very nice to see an older hotel renovated well.
The best in Venice
Fantastic location directly on the beach front, vibrant and entertaining during the day, quiet at night. Despite the building having stood for some 100 years it is well maintained and has clearly gone through well planned renovation at some point.
Apartments excellent, clean, modern with everything required for a weeks self catering (tho with the wide range of very reasonably priced restaurants in Venice and nearby Santa Monica we only ate in once. The welcoming bottle of Californian wine, glasses and corkscrew was a nice touch and much appreciated.
We had two rooms (3 adults and one 12 year old ) both equipped to the same high quality. Our daughter was provided with a Z bed (tho like all things American it far surpassed the standard of the ones we have at home) She shared our room at no extra cost even tho the weekly rate was already very reasonable with a 20% discount given for a weeks stay
Safe, quaint and right on the beach
I stayed three nights here with my teenage son and loved it! The rooms are newly renovated and very clean. Ther is a small kitchenette, cozy bathroom and hardwood floors. The front door is right on the boardwalk.
This is the place to stay for the complete Venice beach experience.
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