lived in venice for 25 years and interior designer fron london.
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What a wonderful time I had at the little cottage, it was perfect in many ways. The Lush gardens, nice company and good location made it feel like a home away from home.
I cannot wait to come back
I had a lovely time at Meriel's Venice Back House. It was cozy and had everything I needed. Meriel left some wonderful treats like fresh fruit, milk, eggs etc. that made me feel right at home. I would certainly stay again. It was also a pleasure meeting Meriel's son.
We had a pleasant stay here. The space is cozy, comfortable and incredibly convenient. Meriel is a fabulous host and made us feel right at home. We plan on staying here as often as possible when travel back to Los Angeles.
Nous avons passé un très bon séjour dans la jolie maison de Meriel. Le quartier est très sympa et tout est accessible. Meriel était très attentive à notre bien-être. Nous gardons un très bon souvenir de notre passage à Venice et notamment de nos dîners dehors autour du feu!
This was my first ever AirBnB booking and it was great. The location could not be better. If you know Venice beach at all you know how crazy it can get over near the beach and Abbot Kinney. This is located in a quiet, chic neighborhood of Venice just east of Lincoln.
The apt was cozy, clean and quiet. Meriel is super friendly and non-intrusive.
Parking is free and everywhere in this neighborhood. The icing on the cake is that just down the street there is a new bakery/coffee shop that just opened called Superba Food and Bread. Within walking distance.
The location is also close to freeways, Santa Monica, the beach and Marina Del Rey.
Meriel's guest house is a lovely, tropical oasis! My boyfriend & I loved sitting outside at the end of each day, drinking wine and snacking on items Meriel left for us in the perfect little kitchenette. Every morning we enjoyed the eggs & juice left in the kitchenette, accompanied by freshly picked clementines from the tree just outside. Meriel has some beach cruiser bikes available for use, so we'd hop on those and tool around the neighborhood all afternoon! Abbott Kinney, the canals, and the Venice boardwalk are all within an easy 10 minute bike ride. You can also walk to these places but it takes maybe 20 min? Bikes are more fun anyway! We used Uber a couple nights to get to other parts of Venice and Santa Monica, so we didn't have to worry about drinking and driving. At under $10, it was perfect!
Meriel has the ideal LA guest house - nicely decorated, clean, relaxing, and airy in a perfect area. We can't wait to come back. Thanks for a great stay!!
Response from Meriel:
Thanks for such a great review with wonderful descriptions of everything- very
helpful to any future guests. Yes please come back anytime. Meriel
We enjoyed our stay at the Tropical Venice Beach Back House, clean and quiet rooms in a beautiful neighborhood. It was wonderfully close to our son's home and surprisingly provided everything we needed to enjoy a good breakfast each morning including fresh fruit, eggs, half and half for our oatmeal and coffee, and a bonus of dark chocolate to enjoy in the evening. We even left with a box of delicious fresh fruit picked by Meriel from the tree near our door. We will definitely be checking to see if we can stay here again when returning to Venice. Thank you for everything.
Response from Meriel:
Thanks for a great review!! See you again one day I hope, Meriel
Slap bang in the quite part of Venice with easy access by foot or car to any other part of this delightful part of LA. Meriel was on hand to greet and meet us with all kinds of hints and help to make our stay enjoyable. The gardens have a wonderful smell of plants and fruits, unfortunately we did not get a chance to sit by the fire in the garden but enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone that wants to sample local life.
Lovely, quiet, private place with all the mod cons, mini kitchen, wifi. Meriel is sweet and ever-helpful without hovering. The Garage Majal features her hand-made curtains and furnishings in mid-century modern meets urban cool style. The neighborhood felt safe and close enough to everything I needed. I had a great time while staying here for six weeks while attending a specialty training.
We are so glad that we booked Meriel's oasis for our weekend trip from SF to LA. From the first peak around the wooden door into the space, we knew we were in for a treat. Meriel greeted us and gave us a quick tour around the space and helped point us in the right direction for places to visit in the neighborhood of Venice as well as helpful directions about catching the bus and navigating the city. Her delightful notebook of tips and hints was a treasure to read and full of great advice. This is a great location for accessing a lot of LA without doing too much driving or waiting around in traffic. We were also close to a lot of the interesting restaurants and activities going on in Santa Monica and Venice, which made staying in the neighborhood easy and fun as well. Enjoying the twilight and her delightful garden on our first night really helped set the cool and easy tone for our visit. A wonderful find for our visits to LA, we look forward to coming back again soon!
This is the best place I've lived in Los Angeles. I lived there for more than a year when I moved to the US from Europe. It is great people and an even greater location! It is minutes away from the beach (you will have to learn to surf) and even closer to bars, restaurants and shops with Abbot Kinney just down the street. Venice is a real hub for young creatives and people who enjoy the beach lifestyle. There is no other way to experience the real Venice life than living with an original Venice family!
I'm close friends with her son so Meriel is like a mother-figure to me. She's immensely generous and brilliant in her work. I've spent tons of time on this property and absolutely love being there. The garden, the house, the room: all of them sooo tasteful and comfortable and clean. Truly a charming place to be and right in the sweet spot of Venice. The room they made is brand new and renovated with a kitchenette and a claw-foot tub in the bathroom. French doors open onto the deck and backyard, complete with a tangerine tree and beautiful planting. So much attention to detail, both in landscape and design. Wish I could stay there myself! Wonderful people, wonderful spot, with restaurants nearby and a direct line to the beach. This is a total treasure and as the word spreads, this room is gonna be booked solid. It's just that good.