This extended stay hotel boasts a hip beachside vibe and design-friendly details like hardwood floors and state-of- the-art appliances for business travelers who want a cut above your typical residential hotel.
If you’re booking an extended stay and feel tired of the typical assortment of airport-adjacent chain hotels, Venice Suites is a refreshing balance of functionality and trendy ambience; the residential hotel offers studio and one-bedroom suites that cater to young professionals looking to balance their meeting schedules with surf lessons or a stroll down the canals. In addition to fully equipped kitchens, all suites sport hardwood floors, queen beds with high thread count linens and techy perks like iphone docks and free wifi. There’s also self-service laundry facilities and a rooftop terrace, ensuring that both your chores and your R&R are taken care of once you’re off the clock. The most appealing part of the Suites, however, is its location: close enough to LAX for a quick commute, Venice is a world-renowned travel hub known for its quirky, uniquely SoCal take on beach culture. Stay at the Venice Suites, and you’re guaranteed beach bunnies, burners and at least one Top Gun-esque beach volleyball game, all at your doorstep.
Location: Close to souvenir shops, surf and bike rentals and, of course, the beach, Venice Suites’ boardwalk location is a fun mix of yoga-devoted millennials and old school weirdos. The neighborhood is also extremely walkable, and if you’re looking to explore the rest of the city, you’re a short bus ride from Santa Monica and the metro east.
Rose Cafe: This neighborhood mainstay slings fresh California cuisine with a comfort food twist; think hearth roasted brioche French toast with whipped creme fraiche for brunch, butternut squash tortellini for dinner and a formidable cocktail menu to wash it all down.
Venice Beach Boardwalk: This sunny stretch of sand is dotted with shopping, snacks and prime people watching. Rent skates, grab a corndog or pick up souvenirs in this kitschy beachside marketplace that seems delightfully stuck in the early ‘90s.
Gjelina: Nosh on artisanal pizza—seasonal toppings include wild nettle, confit tomato, and housemade chorizo—and mingle with Venice’s young and beautiful at this Abbot Kinney hotspot (hint: the “G” is silent). There’s always a line, but if you’re feeling especially peckish, you can pick up your pie to go at the Gjelina Take Away next door.
Venice Canals: Venice is naturally named after the famed aquatic Italian city, and visitors may be surprised to discover that the neighborhood has its own set of canals. On an afternoon stroll, you’ll take in rows of ducklings, lush foliage and well-appointed beach cottages.
Good for: Residential hotels usually attract business travelers, and film and tech industry insiders, in particular, will flock to Venice Suites’ stylish digs, efficient amenities, and chic locale.
Amenities: Free wifi, laundry (self-serve)
Time Out tip: Take advantage of the oft-empty rooftop barbecue area—alongside the sunning lounges you’ll find a DIY grilling setup that makes every sunset feel like a summer kickback.