Venice On The Beach Hotel
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Well 1 destination down, 6 more left! I've just left after spending 3 days with the beautiful citzens of L.A. I had a fun fulled time, cramming as much as I could in. I did the tourist stuff like Universal Studios and the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. The real highlight of the stay was going to see the Jay Leno show live. Front row seats enabled us to …
... amp; veg!! LOL! Having a beer & crisps then going 4 a walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame - don't think there's much action @ nite. But we'll c. Walked the walk of Fame - Wow!! Flashing lights. Neon. Posers & tourists. Walked about 30 blocks there & back another 30! Need 2 check out in the day also but saw lots! Fascinating but very esoteric. Made my own supper of spicy Italian Sausage stir fry with mixed veg - yum! Wanted 2 Skype family but now 2 late as I'm ...
... to one of the Kumar's who found it necessary to STARE at everything I do. From putting on my in-flight socks to moving my pillow an inch - she stalked me the whole journey. Reclined our chairs, more drama. As if an 8 year old behind me needs room? And then it all went tits up..... The term Run Forest Run was definitely appropriate because that's what Ria was doing to the toilet the whole 11 hour plane journey. Thank god ...
... end our trip. I will never fly overseas in anything less than business class :) Yeah right - it was $7000 a ticket!! We got to LA at 7:30 AM which was actually about midnight our time. LAX is our least favorite airport in the world. We have spent over 2 hours going through customs before, but today was a breeze since it was so early and we were free Americans again. We got in touch with our favorite people in LA, JT and Mia who moved out of the rain ...
... the uneducated. No, language is not coded in DNA. One of the nicest things about Mexico is that so few people speak English…or even care. Good for them; that’s the way it should be. If intermingling with the locals is the highest goal of travel, then passing for one is the Holy Grail. If we all could pass for local all over the world, then there’d be no racism. Racism in its vicious form is hatred—and fear—of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Venice On The Beach Hotel Los Angeles
New Management - Great Experience!!
What a find! I was skeptical about staying at this property after reading the reviews, especially considering the previous manager. I can gladly tell all who read that the manager was removed during our visit. The property ownership has installed a new management team, a couple who look to make every customer's experience more than satisfactory.
The location of the property speaks for itself, with easy access to restaurants, shops, and entertainment, as well as having the pacific ocean as your front yard. Guests share the open and immaculate ocean front patio and often can be seen in informal gatherings where a good time is to be had by all.
I have already booked my next stay for November.
I found this place through a company called westsiderentals and it was awesome. The location is to die for and the staff was super nice. The whole place had a great beach vibe and we extended our vacation one more week because we enjoyed it so much. The price was very reasonable and the ocean breezes were great to wake up to every morning. [-] I know this hotel has received some bad write ups on this site but believe me, the place rocks and is very clean and quiet, except for the waves!!!!
The manager from hell
"Even in the deepest valleys, there are pits".. this could be the perfect analogy for this nightmare.
We found this property through WestsideRentals and after getting the manager's phone number, we decided to drive there as she never picked up the phone.
It looked like we almost disturbed Jamie Walsh, the Scottish manager, when we arrived but she rented us a room.
We payed $700 for a week, with a window facing the construction next door. The workers replaced efficiently the alarm clock that.. didn't exist.
The room was redone and clean, but this was only an illusion as they do not clean the rooms. You need to ask the manager to ask the maid to come over. The first time, she didn't do it because she was not sure she would have time. Of course, the progress is pretty slow when you clean while on the cell phone, so doing all the rooms in a day is a challenge.
We also had to clean our own towels, etc but they told us that upfront. After all, what should we expect at $100 a night..
The phone and the internet connection worked only on the day of our departure, which was handy to find another hotel. From our little enquiry, it seemed like they hadn't paid the bill. Maybe if the manager wasn't busy chatting with her friends and promoting her hair extension business, the hotel would be run a bit better.
My request to have an electric outlet fixed sparked a problem because I made the mistake to ask one of the maintenance person and he talked to the owner. Something Jamie doesn't allow in her realm for fear her doings might be discovered.
When I wanted to contact the owner, things got even worse...
On our first day, we were told that the hotel doesn't take reservations, but, of course, our room was conveniently reserved soon after it was discovered we intended to complain...
In short, nothing works, the manager is rude and spends lots of energy to make sure the owner is not kept up to date with what is happening.
The location on the other hand is nice, but I would recommend to set up a tent on the beach instead.
Hotel and Manager from Hell.
This stay was the worst experience imaginable, an enquiry has been made through the local Councilman's Office for Venice Beach and the Housing Enforcement Office for the City of Los Angeles. As the complaint progresses hopefully the owner will realize what is happening there and make the appropriate changes.
Not only do I concur with what has already been negatively written on this site but for guests to be left feeling so afraid for their safety by the antics and menacing demeanor of the Manager, a Scottish girl named Jenny we were advised by concerned officials to call LAPD.
Part way through the stay which was paid for in advance and 6000 miles from home we had to start finding alternative accommodation.
In my opinion unless you want to go home and relay your personal horror stories of this place do not stay there. It is also my opinion that this hotel is unsuitable for families or those seeking rest and relaxation. At night it appears to be a local hang out for shady characters drinking and smoking dope in the shadows on the property of the hotel. In the most polite terms that I can write there were occasions when the manager also seemed incoherent, forgetful and unrefined in her communications with us.
Their web site is lovely and the locality is nice but our time at the hotel was ruined by rotten behaviour and poor conditions.
Nice location, but Atrocious otherwise
Cannot begin to say how bad of an experience this is. Dodgy clientele coming and going at all hours, unconcerned staff, and constant construction at any hour of the morning or night. This is rather more of a halfway-house than a "hotel".
Other reviews that found it cheap & dirty are correct --- though for some reason that doesn't seem to translate to inexpensive, by any means.
Please note that One Bubble Highlighted in the Traveller Rating equals --- "terrible".
A nightmare for couples or families.
Never Again Will We Stay In This Dump !!
This is NOT a hotel, morel like a Hostel and a very cheap and dirty one at that. The rooms look much larger on the website, the place is dusty and dirty. Try and call the managers phone when you arrive-NO ONE ANSWERS.
Take a drive a few blocks down the road and get a room at the Jolly Roger. Now they know how to run a hotel and it is alot cheaper than this dump.
We were treated like family
The location of this hotel is unbelievable we never knew that a precious peral could just wash up on the the beach but we know it's possible and it goes by the name of Venice On The Beach Hotel.sitting on the patio overlooking the ocean is a dream that has to be experienced to be fully grasped.and the proximity to all the cool shops and restaurants is spectacular.The only thing that eclipses the location is the wonderful staff.And at the helm is their amazing manager janie.From the moment we set foot in our vaction haven we were treated to an unbelievable level of service.Janie has a way of treating people that is so special it radiates ,because of her the whole atmosphere is just fun and upbeat.
we cant wait to return to the pink pearl
The Rogers Family
OK - This hotel is not a 5 star hotel and parking can be an issue but it is one of the VERY few hotels that is steps to the sand on Venice Beach. Venice is a very eclectic place and perhaps it takes a certain frame of mind to enjoy, but my stay at this hotel was very pleasant. The Manager Janie is very accomodating and goes out of her way to help you with ANYTHING you might need. I would recommend this hotel to anyone with an open mind who enjoys the fast activity and fun of Venice Beach. You could be in much worse places (like a Travelodge on Pico!)
It only received one bubble because I was unable to give it a zero!!! This hotel was completely run down on the inside. Upon arriving, there is no parking provided as it claims there is. Also, once you pay to park on the beach a few blocks away (where you can't park between 1-6am) since there is no street parking within about 8 blocks (hello, I'm carrying luggage!!!). Then you get into the hallway, which is missing ceiling tile and a wall panel (so there is a hose sticking out and you see baseboards). Then you pick up a phone, which the manager/owner tells us to go up to room 9 (after only taking my name to make sure I had a reservation), and says that when I get there to press 9999 to enter. Hello, how original???? and this is what keeps the room locked with all my stuff in it??? How many people who've stayed here before would know this? Then when we walk into the room, there is 2 holes in the ceiling with toilet paper stuffed in it to "conceal" one of them. Also, the place was extremely dusty on the desk, and nightstand. The ocean view I paid $200 for one night was a 2' wide by 4' tall window that was hard to open. Oh yea, and I walked into the bathroom where the shower was leaking and there was a red "party cup" that had a open bar of soap in it. Did someone use it already? Did they even clean the shower? Then I had to think, are the sheets under there even clean? Basically, I called up hotels where I booked, and left that place within an hour of arriving. Stayed at a very nice Travelodge on Pico & 32 or 33 for less than $130. I should have listened to the only other review on this site that said to stay somewhere else, and by the way, the pictures on the site (hotels) ARE NOT REPRESENTATIVE, stay somewhere else, yuck!
Fugetabout this place...
Got a reservation for this place on Travelocity... no address given, no directions, phone number doesn't work, after over an hour of driving around in a cab working with several of Travelocity's folks, finally found the place courtesy of another web site where someone complained about how freakin' difficult this place is to find.
Also, it's a fair dump, no parking to speak of, no hours posted, no sign stating that it is actually "Venice on the Beach" hotel, nothing.
Do yourself a favor: Don't Stay Here Under Any Circumstances!! You can do much better for about the same money.