an interview with Erwin
How did Hotel Erwin get its name?
Hotel Erwin is named after our founder, Erwin Sokol, the vision and manifester behind this hotel. He created one of America’s most unique beachfront hotels over 40 years ago and breathed life into Venice again. He is a one-of-a-kind, inspirational, ingenious, and brilliant man who helped shape the Venice we know and love today.
Why is the ‘R’ backwards in the logo?
A play on Venice’s wacky, weird, and wonderful inhabitants, we’re just as playful, expressive, and unapologetically Erwin – hence why our ‘R’ is backwards in the logo. Take it or leave it.
When did Hotel Erwin first open its doors?
In the summer of 1975, not many travelers were too keen on staying near the drug-ridden Venice boardwalk. However, it didn’t take long for tourists to be allured and attracted to the wacky and oddities that makes up Venice beach. Slowly but surely, Hotel Erwin created a name for itself, and has become the vibrant and witty place tourists, residents, and passersby’s have grown to love over the years.
What makes this hotel so special and iconic, even over the last 45 years?
Our people, the service, our guests, and the unbeatable location. Just like our OG neighborhood, we’re unconventional, a total original, and have all the vibes. We don’t greet two guests the same because we embrace what makes them different. And that’s what makes us unique.
What is Hotel Erwin’s tagline?
Never normal. Always Venice.