Located on the west side of L.A., Venice Beach, California, is known for its beachfront walkway, street performers, canals and outdoor weight-lifting area. A throwback to the beatnik era, Venice Beach welcomes travelers of all types, including those with four legs. Pets are welcome at some area lodging properties, though hotels with a Venice Beach address are limited and none accepts pets. There are pet-friendly hotels in neighboring Santa Monica and Marina del Rey.
This art-deco boutique hotel is in the heart of Santa Monica and on the beach. Guests can walk to Venice Beach along the Strand, a beachfront walking trail, or drive down Ocean Avenue. The hotel has 100 rooms, all of which have ocean views, wireless Internet and sleek, upscale furnishings. As of 2010, dogs and cats under 30 lbs. are welcome in all rooms for an additional fee of $100 for up to seven days. The hotel offers a pet turndown service that includes a treat. As of October 2010, rates for this hotel began at $220 per night.
Reminiscent of a European hotel with hand-carved wood and rich fabrics, Le Merigot is a high-end Marriott property near the beach in Santa Monica. Guests can reach Venice Beach on foot or by car in 10 minutes or less. The hotel, which is rated Four Diamonds by AAA, welcomes pets of any size with a $150 refundable deposit plus a $100 non-refundable deposit. Dogs are also welcome to join their families on the patio of the hotel restaurant, Cezanne, which offers a beach view. As of October 2010, guest rooms at Le Merigot started at $279 per night.
Loews Santa Monica
Set on the beach in the heart of Santa Monica, the Loews is a resort complete with a luxury spa, beachfront pool and views of the Santa Monica Pier. Venice Beach is accessible by foot on the beachfront Strand walking path or by car on Ocean Avenue. Guests and their four-legged friends can watch the sunset next to a fire pit on the oceanfront terrace. Loews welcomes up to two pets per room for a fee of $25 for the length of the stay. The hotel provides an information sheet with suggestions for local vets, pet shops and pet sitters. As of October 2010, rates began at $325 per night.
Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey
Located south of Venice Beach, Marina del Rey is best known for its 19 man-made boat harbors, and the Ritz-Carlton sits right on one of these harbors. This area of Marina del Rey is unincorporated and might be referred to as Venice, but it is about a 10 to 15 minute drive to the center of Venice Beach. This Ritz is a full-service hotel with a pool and dining area overlooking the harbor. The hotel welcomes pets up to 30 pounds for a $125 fee that covers the length of the stay. As of October 2010, discounted room rates began at $269 per night from Thursday through Sunday.
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