Venice, California is known for its unique and eclectic mix of skater culture, artists, musicians and performers. The Rose Hotel is a true reflection of its quirky location.
Nestled on one end of the Ocean Front Walk, this is a perfect destination for anyone who enjoys art, history, or wants to take advantage of some of the best people watching in the country.
The hotel was designed by Abbot Kinney, creator of “The Venice of America”, in 1908. It has played host to many a famous name, boasting Charlie Chaplin, Jim Morrison and Dennis Hopper among its previous guests. The hotel itself mirrors the culture of Venice Beach perfectly; a mash-up of skater, beach and art culture that creates a unique haven unlike anywhere else in the US.
Décor at the hotel is understated and minimalistic, with an expected beachy vibe. The simple, airy aesthetic allows the large pieces of artwork featured in the rooms to be the focal point. The many room options include the Abbot Kinney suite, which boasts an immense black fireplace and ocean views. Not all of the rooms include televisions, but who needs TV’s when the hotel provides beach cruisers, and Ocean Front Walk is but a few pedals away? And you don’t have to worry about a disappointing breakfast spread here; Stumptown coffee and flaky French croissants from the local Sugarbloom bakery will make an excellent start to your day.
Stop in for a craft beer right around the corner at the Venice Ale House, enjoy a bite with ocean side views at On the Waterfront Cafe, or get a taste of true Venice beach culture at Kapowui Surf Lessons. Visit the meandering boardwalk for sights of street performers, artists and vendors, or visit the Venice Canals; the few remaining blocks of Abbot Kinney’s attempt to create a Venice within America.
As may be expected, the beaches and boardwalk are overrun with tourists in the summer, so this unique boutique hotel may be best for a fall visit. Try April or October for a less crowded experience with clear, sunny skies.
Written by Becca Bliss