Owned by fashion photographer Glenn Luchford, famed for living with Kate Moss in the early days of CK fame. A stone’s throw from Venice Beach, more home apartment than hotel. The upstairs/downstairs Californian bungalow-style building painting in grey & white with simple signage & potted white roses, nothing too fancy but beautifully considered, understated & friendly.
Legend goes, it was built 108 years ago by visionaries, Abbot Kinney as a guest house, with Charlie Chaplain’s mother's house 2 doors up & still standing strong. This street is seeped in local history with the original pier & bathhouse once located at the end of Rose Ave.
We stayed in a downstairs queen room with a share bathroom for great value, simply & stylishly addressed.
The second night we stayed upstairs in The Abbot Kinney with a wide front veranda that spies the beach, a perfect spot to spill out of your room for sunset cocktails. More an apartment with series of rooms (I could so easily move in here!) with a beautiful grey pebble fireplace, vintage finds & great curation of furniture; perfectly chosen mix of high & low design. The walls are lined with fabulous selection of framed art & B&W photography.
The cool front lobby is staffed with super-friendly girls & guys, more photo assistants than traditional hotel staff. A long communal found table with a morning offering of flakey croissants, homemade jams & coffee or just hang out/work or read the mags & newspaper, all the time pretending its your kitchen sunroom!
"We never set out to create the perfect hotel; our walls are thin, and the building is wonky...
But it’s not like any other hotel. And we like it just like it is."
17, May 2016