So, once upon a time, I thought that Venice could never, ever, ever be called a dull place. Now, I know better! At least for now, Venice, can be declared "blah" or a dead zone at night. It is not all quiet though. The canal waters still trinkle and run and a few urban hot spots are open, but only until 10 PM or so (but my Godness, even the Starbucks shuts down around 10PM). Also to mention is the "bang! bang! bang! "of criminal mischief (well, Venice has been better about crime lately, so this is a bit unfair to add in).
In Venice, there are very few places to attract visitors and locals to hang out after hours. As a city, she has not fully caught on to exciting zone revitalization, unlike grand neighbor Santa Monica and even not-so-grandioso Culver City. These latter cities have created entertaining downtown zones full of nightlife venues and people-watching friendly areas. Being in Venice at night you have a feeling of isolation as you wander around for something to do or somewhere to go. Sure, one can do some people watching here, but usually the kind of people one comes across is the kind that is overjaded (high), the kind that means trouble or the kind that has some "issues" (they're crazy). Don't totally dismissed Venice, however. Come during the bright, sunny, happy day!
Favorite thing: They are few and far between! When you have to go (and I specifically talk to the ladies here), it's hard to find a decent public bathroom especially at and even a few block away from the beach. Since the area gets really trashed and has transients roaming constantly, public restaurants (more liek hole-in-the-halls) do not have bathrooms available. So, basically if you "have to go", let it out in the buses (cafrefully ladies) or head away a few milesfrom the beach in inner Venice or nearby Santa Monica or Culver City and stop at a MacDonalds for a pee stop :-)
Favorite thing: If you are into art then you should check out the Sea wall at Venice beach. It is filled with graffiti. The good thing is, it is Legal here. You are allowed to bring spray cans and hit it up. Usually with murals and bombs and not just tags. Its a pretty cool thing to see, guys painting while cops just drive by. There are a few walls and there are even trees and trash cans that get painted on.
Favorite thing: There is an interesting mix of palm trees and architecture at Venice. A little bit of NY, a little of Spain, some Florida type trees, and mix this with all the people and you get this diverse community here.
Beautiful rooms with marble type surrounds to the sink and dressing table. Large choice of breakfast...more
We only used to hotel as sleeping place. most of the time we spend in LA. We could park the car...more
2819 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, Los Angeles, California, 90291, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples