Erwin Hotel at Venice Beach, CA

The Erwin Hotel is in the Heart of Venice Beach, feet away from the Ocean, the famous Venice Sidewalk Market and Ocean Walk. Valet parking is necessary if you have a car since there is no parking lot; the valets had no problem driving my car with hand-controls. Whether it was checking-in, talking the manager, waiting for my car or eating at the hotel, the staff was overall very curious and friendly.

The top 6th floor of the hotel was remodeled and includes one wheelchair accessible room with a roll-in shower. According to a few other hotels researched, the Erwin hotel is the only one in Venice with a roll-in shower. The hallways are nice and wide, leaving enough room for a wheelchair to go by even with a cleaning kart there.The room was beautiful and was layout to maximize space. Sunglasses were displayed on the counter for sale and the sun was gently streaming into the room. There was a flat screen TV was only the wall as well as an iPod dock/alarm clock on the nightstand. The table beside the bed was even high enough for my chair to roll under. The bed, however, was a little on the high side but managed to climb in every night. To my surprise, there was even an accessible patio large enough to sit out on and enjoy the view of the ocean. The bathroom had a roll-under sink and roll-in shower equipped with a wooden flip-down bench and hand-held shower nozzle. The bench was very hard so one may want to bring a cushion for extra padding. There was also no lowered peep-hole on the door.

The hotel features two places to dine at. One is a café called Hash, open for breakfast and dinner, and serves average home-style items. The other is the High Rooftop Lounge, which serves cocktails and munchies in the open air with amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and the city of Venice. During the week the lounge opens in the late afternoon and Friday-Sunday it usually opens a little earlier. With the incredible views, High Rooftop Lounge books up in advance, especially for prime-time evening hours, so it is a good idea to make reservations. The menu has “bar food” but it’s delicious bar food at that, including a duck confit burger.

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