Venice Beach's New Hotel Erwin

It seems like Joie De Vivre Hotels are taking over California, with three new hotels opening in the past few months. What makes it doubly odd is the horrible economic climate that has other hotels, both chains and boutiques, scrambling for customers. JDV must be doing something right, though, with small properties catering to niche markets in out-of-the-way corners of major population centers. Interesting formula.

Their latest, the Hotel Erwin in Venice Beach, is set to open at the end of the month, so I did a little write-up on HotelChatter today. Maybe I'll try to poke my head in when I go to dinner at Gjelina on Wednesday...