Venice Beach is the hippest area of Los Angeles, so it’s only fitting that its hotels embody the bohemian, Cali-cool vibe that it’s famous for. While searching for the perfect boutique stay in the area, I came across The Kinney and was immediately sold. Boasting 68 colourfully-decorated rooms and signature Crash-Pad Suites, a splash pool and jacuzzi, plus ping pong tables and an outdoor seating area – The Quad, I knew it would be the ideal base for my three-night stay in the city.
We felt at home as soon as we arrived, fresh from an eleven-hour long-haul from London. The friendly staff greeted us with a smile and a homemade cookie, gave us an overview of the location, and showed us to or room; our freshly baked treats in hand.
We were delighted to find out that we had been upgraded to a suite, complete with a living room area, mini-refrigerator and two TVs! The vibrant room was one of the most colourful I’ve ever seen. An eye-popping mix of retro 1970’s accents (including a bright yellow dial-up telephone), bright décor and bold pop-art prints, it certainly lived up to its self-proclaimed title ‘The Most Colourful Venice Beach Hotel’.
I couldn’t get enough of the vibrant colour scheme splashed wall-to-wall throughout the hotel; it brightened my day from the moment I opened my eyes in the morning. All three-floors of The Kinney are awash with primary colours and fun, vintage touches, which really adds to the hotel’s charm. From the cosy hammocks adjoining many of the rooms, to the glass-fronted fire warming late-night drinkers at The Quad, and the giant mural of a man, painted to look like he’s jumping into the pool. The lobby even features an old-fashioned record-player, complete with a Taylor Swift vinyl and the minibar is stocked full of brightly-coloured American treats. Whilst there is no restaurant on-site, you can bring your own booze to enjoy at The Quad after-hours or start your day with an in-room order of healthy smoothies and acai bowls from café The Breakfast Club.
Situated just steps from the shopping and dining outposts of famous Abbott Kinney Boulevard, and less than a mile from Venice Beach, the location couldn’t be more perfect. If you’d prefer to get around on four-wheels, the hotel offers a bike rental service. Simply pick up a colourful cruiser and cycle around town in style.
This small hotel makes a big impression and is the ideal place to stay in Venice – whether you’re looking for a fun-filled city stay or a laid-back beach getaway. www.thekinneyvenicebeach.com