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“Brand New, Tasteful, and Great Location”
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Living Room & TV
Living Room- Sitting area
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Living Room - Desk
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Dinning from Kitchen
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King Size Bed
Bedroom TV
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Private Back Deck - Where Smoking in permitted.
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Los Angeles, California

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binderdun...
Vancouver
Level 6 Contributor
181 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Brand New, Tasteful, and Great Location”
Reviewed 1 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013

This unit is even nicer than the photos indicate. It is tastefully contemporary and it feels much larger than its stated 680 sq.ft.. Everything is new and you can tell that Ray, the owner, didn't skimp on the furnishings, bedding, and appliances. The layout worked well for our family of three. The bedroom is private and has a very comfy king bed and lots of closet space. My teenage son claims that the sofa bed in the living room was comfortable. Although we only made breakfasts, the kitchen is really well stocked if you want to cook a nice meal (and has a pleasant eating nook that seats four) . There are plenty of fluffy bath towels supplied as well as beach towels. Internet connection was great and the unit has two large flat screen TVs (though there's so much to do, we rarely used them).
The location is awesome: just 2 blocks up from the beach and steps away from Washington Ave. where there are plenty of restaurants in walking distance. We rented bikes at Perry's, on the beach at the end of Washington, and enjoyed exploring Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, and the Venice canals. I actually preferred this location to being right in the hub of Venice Beach, which is fun to visit, but a bit loud and frenzied as a place to stay. Ray's unit is on a quiet street and it is a very serene place to come home to after a day of sightseeing.
It was very easy booking through Ray. He is prompt in answering inquires and provides thorough instructions with respect to the unit and access. He lives in the unit upstairs so if you have any questions or concerns, he is easy to contact. The unit contains a large assortment of brochures about LA attractions which is helpful. One thing Ray might consider is to prepare a small info guide with his own recommendations on restaurants, grocery stores, local market days, attractions, etc. (useful for guests and gives a personal touch).
We thoroughly enjoyed staying at this rental, and if we visit LA again (hope so) we will definitely book Ray's unit. Thank you!

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Liked best: location, comfortable bed, contemporary style
Liked least: nothing comes to mind
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Australia
Reviewed 26 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013

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Reykjavik
Reviewed 24 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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Saaga
Helsinki, Finland
1 review
“Excellent value for the price, helpful landlord, perfect location”
Reviewed 9 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012

I travelled alone, stayed for 5 nights in November.

As I do not like hotel rooms, I always try to find an apartment when travelling. This one was perhaps the best ever, and excellent value for the price.

"Best ever" because of the personal service before and during my stay. Among others.

I did not test the tub, but everything useful for me worked perfectly:

- the TVs (two of them, with sports channels and everything - and landlord Ray even helped me to find the channel with the match I wanted to see!!),
- the kitchen (with complementary coffee!),
- the Wi-Fi,
- the bed (bed linen 100 % Egyptian cotton!!!),
- the safe,
- the phone,
- the washing machine and the dryer (you do not have to bring your own washing detergent with you).

Ray even let me borrow his nephew's (if I remember right, it was his newphew's) hippie cruiser bike, (without which I wouldn't have made it to my destination on time one busy morning...)!!

And yes: it's just a five minute walk to the beach :)

The wooden floor and the furniture, the decoration etc. is made to please anyone who likes the Northern European style.

P.S. I did not notice until now: the apartment seems to be closest to Marina del Rey and Venice, not Santa Monica, according to Google maps. It did not bother me, though, as I chose this one because of the recommendations and the location - by looking at the map.

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Liked best: Location, service
Travelling group: Solo
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Jim D
seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“What a great place”
Reviewed 2 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012

Ray the owner has made this a top quality unit with all the fine furniture and finishes.
No detail is left out, from the comfy bed to soft towels fully appointed kitchen. This place has the quality of a five star hotel. Great location, walk to the beach and restaurants.
The only problem and I am sure Ray will address it is. The next door neighbor must be afraid of the dark..... They left their bathroom light on all night and since the buildings are very close and our bedroom window is only three feet from their bathroom window, we had a bright light shining in our bedroom all night.

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Liked least: the neigbors bathroom light left on all night
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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