Crazy story: this super-cute boutique hotel in Venice Beach used to be a brothel! Designed by Abbot Kinney in the first decade of the 20th century, The Rose Hotel used to serve as a home of debauchery for some of the biggest names in the country: over the years, visitors included the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Dennis Hopper and The Doors’ frontman Jim Morrison!
Nowadays, the place is owned by fashion photographers, which you can definitely tell in the interior design, which is simplistic and yet filled with personality. With a dorm/hostal sort of vibe, this little gem is small and sweet, with basic amenities – and they are all done right!
1. Design & Boutique Feeling: 4
2. Room & Other Facilities: 3
3. Food & Drinks: N/A
4. Service: 5
5. Location: 4
Design & Boutique Feeling
With a Scandinavian touch and a combination of bright and subtle colors (think white, beige and grey), the Rose Hotel’s décor is simple and to the point, with fantastic little details that make it unique. A feast for the eyes and a treat for boutique hotel aficionados!
Room & Other Facilities
This is an old building and one designed with a very particular purpose in mind, so the standard rooms are pretty small, even if you’re used to European lodgings. In fact, some of the rooms have no bathroom.
Still, they’re pretty sweet, with a cosy bed with white and blue bed sheets, a cute bath tub, Aeos skincare products and a desk with a cool lamp. The bigger suites include a living room and kitchen, so they’re definitely the best choice! Bear in mind that it can get a bit noisy at night, but you’ll receive earplugs when you get to the hotel, so it’s really not too big a deal.
Beyond the rooms, the reception is really nice and perfect to hang out or have breakfast, in full Venice hipster design, and with a lot of earthy colors, like a wooden table, and beige sofas. They serve French-pressed free coffee and tea all day long.
Food & Drinks
There’s no restaurant, but they do serve a very light breakfast that includes coffee, tea and very tasty croissants from the local Sugarbloom bakery.
Top notch, perfect service: everyone is really nice and helpful, the sort of graciousness that doesn’t feel remotely forced. At the front desk, Vanessa and Sophia were always happy to help and hand out recommendations for Venice attractions and hip and cool restaurants. They were very sweet and welcoming, without ever being pushy or unpleasant in any way.
Cool extra: they have skate boards, surf boards and other equipment for rent, and the prices are really good!
The place is just one block away from the beach, right on the spot where Santa Monica and Venice meet. This makes the location fantastic, because you’re only a few steps away from the Pacific, and yet in a more quiet spot of the area, as opposed to downtown Venice, which is always noisy and full of people. Still, if you’re looking to embrace the Venice lifestyle during your stay, the Rose Hotel is only a ten-minute walk away from Abbot Kinney, the street with all the cool restaurants and boutiques!