Built while Venice’s founder, Abbot Kinney, was dredging canals and building boardwalks and piers, this two-story, National Register-listed Craftsman home is draped in ivy as if trying to ward off the cacophany of today’s Ocean Front Walk, a block away. But history and character trump sound-proofing and constant refurbs for legions of repeat guests. As one of Venice’s first mansions, it was plenty luxurious for 1911. Retaining the dark wood, latice-framed portico and other Craftsman hallmarks, it’s palpably lived in, as antique furnishings, shelves of vintage book and faded Oriental rugs attest. The least expensive rooms share a bathroom with his-and-her clawfoot tubs; “deluxe suites” are really large rooms with a sitting area and private bath. Of these, the Aimee MacPherson also has a separate entrance, while the bright, airy James Peasgood has a cathedral ceiling, double-size Jacuzzi and private balcony. The “super deluxe” Venice Pier is a true suite with a separate sitting room and a fireplace.
- Frommer's Staff