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About Our Hotel

Thank you for considering Venice Beach Suites & Hotel. When you stay with us, we hope you relax, explore and “be as you are”, which is the spirit of Venice.

Andy Layman, Proprietor

Venice Beach Suites & Hotel was built in 1912 by J.D. Armstrong in a five-month process that used 290,000 bricks, originating as “The Potter Hotel”. The location was the key to the property’s initial success, as it was built across from community founder Abbot Kinney’s “Plunge”, a central point in his visionary “Venice of America”.

Over the years, the hotel endured many economic and cultural cycles – both good and bad – along with Venice; surviving the Great Depression, fostering the Beat Generation and bearing witness to the birth of skateboarding, all the while doing its part in attracting visitors to this vibrant beach community. Having forty feet of frontage on the world-famous Ocean Front Walk has helped sustain over a century of vitality and longevity that was recently honored by the Venice Historical Society.

Venice Beach Suites & Hotel has frequently appeared in the media, most recently as the primary location of the music video for “Favorite Song” by Colbie Caillat and most prominently in the title sequence and as a recurring set location of the television show “NCIS: LA”.

Andy & Rose Marie Layman, along with their son-in-law Matt Moore, have spent the last 20 years restoring the property, taking care to retain its historic character while introducing the modern amenities that today’s travelers demand. The experience is, as a cherished guest once said, “Where the past and the future collide in the now.”

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  • "I love stepping out the front door and being on the Boardwalk. If you want to experience Venice Beach, this is the hotel for you." Penny H., Vallejo, California
  • “I absolutely adore this place - exposed brick and a certain rustic charm. Perfect location. The staff is attentive yet not intrusive and very friendly.” Zara Z., Miami, Florida
  • “Don’t expect a "Hotel Chain" type experience in a clinical location. Expect an individual experience in a bohemian neighborhood and you’ll have a great time." Rinky dink pink panther, London, United Kingdom
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