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Hotel 508 a Short Walk to Historic Venice Beach

69 Reviews
Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment

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Apartment, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

This is a newly remodeled unit located in a quiet central Venice neighbor hood. There is a Queen bed with memory foam mattress and individual reading lights. 600 count sheets are provided.

There is a seating area with a love seat for two. Dining area and a complete kitchen. Outdoor Patio. Marina del Rey is close by as is Santa Monica. Abbott Kinney Blvd. is right next door. Good restaurants and a hot bar scene are within walking distance.

Owners, who live right next door are friendly and very willing to help you experience a great visit to Los Angles in general and Venice Beach in particular.

No Smoking, Please.

Keywords: Bedroom Suite

  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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About The Owner

We are your hosts. Sandy Toshiyuki and the husband Frank Soracco. Frank has lived in Venice since 1969 and I have lived here since we married in 1979. We worked at a restaurant we owned in Marina del Rey for many years. We gave up day to day management recently but we still keep our hand in a bit. However we can still make a great Martini. Our Vacation rental is a Father in Law unit, in our house, where my dad lived for 8 years until he died in 2004. After he died Frank remodeled the unit as a guest room for friends an relatives. When so few came to visit and Frank couldn't stand having an idle asset so when friends told him about VRBO, he joined up. Having HOTEL 508 next door has been a great joy for us as we have met many wonderful people from all over the world and we look forward to meeting many more.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1973

Why The Owner chose Los Angeles

When I first moved to Southern California in 1969 to open a restaurant with my bother Peter I rented an apartment in the Venice Canals. Two years later when the landlord raise my rent to what I thought was an amount that might cover a mortgage payment I went house hunting. Venice was an almost a slum back in those days and prices were cheep. Venice is now one of the hippest neighbor hoods in LA.

What makes this apartment unique

We live here all the time and never go on vacation for a change of climate only for a change of scenery.

Guestbook comments from the owner

10/10 - 10/17, 2016

Frank & Sandy,

Thank you sooo very much for HOTEL 508. Our stay here has been fantastic. There is everything you need & feels like home. Visiting the beach multiple times a day and eating great pizza @ ABBOTT PIZZA will forever be a favorite memory. All you local info was helpful. We were even visited by a lovely squirrel , we named "

"SQUIRT". He is very friendly and loves his morning cracker. The Ice Cream, Tomatoes, wine $ Olive Garden are all new. We came from BC, Canada to celebrate our 20yr Anniversary. We really don't want to go home. :(


Much Luv, Mike & Lisa
Oct 2016
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Hotel 508 a Short Walk to Historic Venice Beach
average rating of 4.927536 based on 305 reviews
New England

very satisfied

  • 5 of 5

It was everything advertised and more. I have already recommended to friends coming to LA area. Frank was very gracious and helpful.

Parking was easy. Property was clean. Hope to make it back again.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2008
  • Stayed: Jan 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Cute and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Frank was great to work with, and he and his wife were friendly and accommodating. The rental is as pictured, and the bed was surprisingly comfy (I have back problems). It's ~10 min walk to the beach down Windward Ave and only a block or so from Abbott Kinney. I used Lyft, but I noticed that street parking was not bad during weekdays. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. I wanted to come back in October but they book fast! And for good reason. Looking forward to my next visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed 5 nights here and it was the perfect location walking to the beach, canals and Abbott Kinney with plenty of shops and restaurants. We used Aloha Brothers surf School for lessons and they met us right near the house. Frank was right next door if we needed anything. We will definitely be back and stay right here. Thanks Frank!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy bungalow

  • 5 of 5

Easy walking distance to beach,canals, shopping,dining. And yet you still have a quiet ,shaded street with easy parking. This was our second visit and loved it just as much as the first. If you are with car, Santa Monica, Malibu, and the pacific coast highway are close by and offer incredible views. Frank and sandy are very welcoming ,helpful,and responsive(frank even went out and got a nightlight upon suggestion).all comforts of home,bed very comfortable. Definitely hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks John! It was great having you visit again. Frank
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I booked hotel 508 6 weeks prior to arrival. I spoke to the owner, Frank, who said that I did not need to give a deposit, because he did not trust the VRBO site since he thought they could get hacked into. He assured me that the dates I picked were free and even sent a confirmation e-mail.

One week before our arrival I decided to contact the owner since I had not heard from him. He wrote back that he had somehow double booked and someone else was staying there so we had no place to stay!! I should have insisted on putting down a deposit.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The people who wrote this review are correct. FRANK DID A VERY, VERY BAD THING. He double booked. I have been living in fear that I might do this for the ten years since we have been renting out HOTEL 508. I have bad dreams about two sets of guests arriving on the same day and I would have to put one of them up in the near by Ritz Carlton. I have no idea how I made this mistake. I think I forgot to up date the on line calendar and didn't consult my paper one when they made their request. Regardless I had to honor the people who had booked first. I try and run a tight ship and this one time I didn't do it. I try to run HOTEL 508 like a Starwoods hotel in that I don't ask for a deposit. The reviewer is also correct in stating that I don't like to use the VRBO reservations system as they ask for a deposit and I see no reason why guest should have to put up their money for the length of time before their arrival at HOTEL 508. VRBO prefers to handle the money transactions because it serves their financial interests. This is fine but I prefer not to have them act as a middle man in my relations with my guests. YES I MADE THIS, I HOPE, ONE TIME VERY BAD MISTAKE. I apologized to them and offered to help them find another vacation rental nearby but they never got back to me. What can I say other than some times bad things happen to good people and in this case it was I who did the bad thing for which I am truly sorry. Take a look at some of HOTEL 508s other reviews and you will see that most of the people who do end up staying at Hotel 508 find it to be a great experience. YES, FRANK DID A BAD AND HE IS STILL BEATING HIMSELF ON A DAILY BASIS. I am so sorry I caused these people this trouble, Frank Soracco
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Perfect home from home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and i needed a few days in the sun but did not want the hassle of car hire so short taxi ride from LAX and plenty of places to walk to were our main aim. This rental fitted our needs perfectly, it was just like home only smaller of course. Frank and Sandy's hospitality was great and we had everything we needed in the suite for our few days in the sun. We walked many miles up and down the beach and found many places to eat and drink and never once felt we needed a car. The location was nice and quiet and the bed was so comfy after a days walking we wanted to take it home with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: not necessary

Studio is a short walk to the heart of Venice Beach and an even shorter walk the the heart of Abbott Kinney Blvd. There are many good restaurants near by and a couple of very good ones as well as a hot bar scene. Abbott Kinney is a wonderful street to walk while looking at the people and shops. There are very interesting shops offering everything from home furnishings to hip clothes for both men and women. A little longer walk gets you to Santa Monica or Marina del Rey. The Venice Canals with many outstanding contemporary homes is close by.


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Venice Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Satellite TV with 50'wide Screen Hd TV, Blue Ray DVD Player, Toster Oven, Blender,microwave, Rice cooker, Two bikes for guest use

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