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The carefully placed graffiti in the carport should be enough to tell you that this isn’t a Best Western anymore. One block from the Venice Boardwalk, Hotel Erwin brings in droves of pretty young things with its rooftop lounge, High. Rooms are basic but cheery with splashes of bright color; request an ocean view and balcony. Barlo, the haute diner on the ground level, serves breakfast and dinner.