Welcome to another installment of Hotels We Love, this time we’re going to tour The Kinney in Venice Beach, California!
We’ve visited Venice Beach now more times than I can recall, but we’ve never really stayed within the city. On a recent trip to Palm Springs where we flew in and out of Venice Beach, we decided to spend a day in this unique beach town and found a hotel with a crazy style that fit right in.
While staying at The Kinney, you’re within minutes of some of the top Venice Beach attractions. It’s a little more than walking distance so you’ll want to borrow the hotels’ beach cruiser bikes or take a car. You’ll be minutes away from the ocean, the Venice Canals, Muscle Beach, and The Boardwalk, Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Santa Monica Pier is about a 15 minutes drive away.
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The Hotel Room
The Kinney took over an existing hotel and did a pretty good job at adding its own personality to the basic hotel style that existed. Your room will greet you with a bold blast of color from its paint-splattered accent wall, neon yellow accents, pop art, unique decor, and extras like a vintage-style rotary phone. I loved the C.O. Bigelow toiletries and they are a cruelty-free brand which is important to me.
When booking I read reviews that you should request a room with an inside window due to the street noise, however, our room faced the road and I barely noticed the noise from cars.
Inside The Kinney
The inside of The Kinney’s lobby is inspired by Mid-Century Modern style and is surprisingly neutral. One of the more fun elements is the giant “Wanderlust” spelled out in neon letters in the lobby.
Outdoor + Community Spaces
The outdoor space is actually primarily inside due to the layout and style of this hotel. There are several outdoor spaces with open roofs. You’ll feel as if you are outdoors but are contained within the hotel’s limits.
You’ll find a small pool and hot tub perfect for soaking. “The Quad” is the adjoining outdoor space. You’ll find a bar, ping pong tables, a fire pit, and lounge chairs. We were pleasantly surprised to come across a nook between some hotel room units that had hammocks and an open ceiling. This space is extremely photogenic!
The exterior walls around the entire hotel are filled with colorful murals and art. In fact, art everywhere is one of my favorite parts of this hotel. If you want to take a dip in the pool, keep in mind it closes at 10. That was one of the biggest bummers for us. We were hoping to soak in the hot tub before ending our last day on our trip.
The Hotel Location
The Kinney is located less than a mile from the Venice Beach Boardwalk and is closer to the Marina del Rey side of town. The hotels’ address is 737 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292
Some favorite things to do nearby. Visit the boardwalk and people watch, stroll through the Venice Beach canals, shop Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Eat some good food at C&O Trattoria (those garlic knots, though!). Superba Food + Bread, Wanderlust Creamery & Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and don’t forget to grab a breakfast sandwich at Eggslut.
That’s a wrap for this Hotels We Love The Kinney tour. Have you stayed at this awesome hotel before? Let me know in the comments!
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