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It's time for a walk down memory lane with a HotelChatter flashback!
We've chronicled the births (and deaths) of a lot of hotels in our 10 years of reporting on the hotel scene. (Yes, 10 years. We know. We can't even.) But in looking through the archives, we found this snapshot of the grafitti mural by tattoo artist, Norm, going up at the funky fresh Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach, Calif., during its first days open.
Kinda cool considering that the mural today is so much a part of the identity of the Erwin. Why, it's all over their Facebook page. Just so you can see, here's what the finished piece looks like today.
And interestingly, the Ink & Stay package that Erwin offered when they initially opened back in 2009 is still available. If you've booked it, we wanna know what sort of tatt you got so send us your story!
[Photos: HotelChatter and Hotel Erwin]
Getting surfers and skateboarders to stay at the Hotel Erwin in Venice, Calif. has never been a tough sell for the hotel, thanks to its beachfront location along the Venice Boardwalk, its spunky style (a wall of grafitti art greets guests upon their arrival) and a killer rooftop scene like no other on the beach.
But now there's a whole new way for skaters to go all out at the hotel--The Red Bull Dogtown Suite.
For $1,500 a night, guests can stay in this 750-sq.ft. suite decked out with surf and skateboard decor, a 52" TV, a big round bed and a giant two-person tub. The suite also has a large private balcony with killer ocean views and even a custom DJ turntable should guests want to spin some tunes. And of course, it's stocked with cans of Red Bull.
Every time we think Snuggies have gone the way of mom jeans, they seem to pop up again. Now, they are being worn at the Hotel Erwin. But this time there's a good reason for donning the blanket with sleeves: Locals who come to the hotel's High Rooftop Lounge in a Snuggie will get a free drink.
Wearing a Snuggie outside of your home is a horrible form of public humiliation, but it just might be worth it for free alcohol. It's part of the Venice Beach hotel's Snuggie Snuggle Fest. June nights are usually chilly in Los Angeles, so the hotel's hoping that being wrapped up in a Snuggie will make you brave the cold and hang in the open-air rooftop bar.
Last month, we told you about the opening of Hash at JDV’s Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach. Now that we’ve had a chance to go in for a meal there, we wanted to let you in on all the delish menu items you can expect to help stave off the munchies.
True to its name, the restaurant serves up four different kinds of hash for breakfast (including one daily special like the one with apples and house-smoked turkey bacon) from Monday-Friday 7:00am-11:00am, and Saturday-Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm. You can also get your standard egg and pancake dishes along with some house specialties like the artery-clogging "Chicken Fried Steak ’n Eggs ’n Biscuits" ($13.95), or the colorful “Green Eggs & Ham" smothered in tomatillo salsa ($10.95).
Monday through Friday 7:30am to 11:30am, and Saturday-Sunday 8:00am to 1:00pm, you can crash the 44-seat restaurant for dishes like the “Snooze-You-Lose” omelets, buckwheat pancakes, and Angus corned beef hash.
We’ve also just learned that dinner service will be starting next Friday, July 17th, and the hours for that will be Tuesday-Saturday, 6:00-9:30pm, with the hotel’s bar open from 5:00pm-late night (weather permitting). Some dinner dishes we’re preparing for: red beet ravioli and spiced Korobuta pork chop. Everything will be made from scratch and will be market-fresh, with nightly dinner specials taking center table.
That should take care of your munchies.
A grafitti mural in progress at the Hotel Eriwn.
Their "Ink & Stay" Package, “for free-spirited Venice visitors with high pain tolerances ONLY,” is valid when you book a room at the Erwin for a stay between July 4-31. The $329 rate includes a $100 voucher for a tattoo at the famous House of Ink on the Venice Beach Boardwalk, a House of Ink hoodie (so everyone will know how badass you are), Lubriderm lotion and an ice pack to help in the healing process, and a bottle of Corralejo Tequila Reposado to take away the sting.
Spectators, tagalongs and wusses will get a packet of temporary tattoos to play with.
For a long time, Venice Beach has been lacking in providing a hip but upscale beachfront stay. The only choices were hostels or those luxe beachfront hotels in Santa Monica at $400+ a night. Sadly, some of us just don't have that kind of cash. Nor do we want that stuffy, big-box hotel experience. And you can forget about having us spend a night in a hostel.
Thankfully, JDV Hotels have taken over the old Marina Pacific Hotel in Venice at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Windward, giving us a hipper, happier, cleaner and more affordable place to stay on the beach. It's also got a new name: The Hotel Erwin.
The Joie De Vivre Hotel Group is slowly taking over California with its chain of stylish boutique hotels, including the new Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Later this month, JDV will also be opening the Hotel Erwin right in the heart of Venice Beach, just blocks from the ocean, the Venice canals, and shop-filled Abbott Kinney Boulevard.
The 119-room "urban beach hotel" is set to open sometime in late June (we have yet to learn the exact date) after completing an extensive re-design. It was previously the Best Western Marina Pacific.