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Venice Beach History

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Built in 1914, The Cadillac Hotel has been a Venice landmark for more than a century. Come stay with us and explore the unique Venice neighborhood.

Abbott Kinney set out to create a Venice of Italy here in California in 1905. His vision was not shared with the local developers and eventually, Venice became known as the "Coney Island of the Pacific." Venice had become a unique blend of culture, complete with canals featuring gondola rides, amusement piers, trolly services, and of course the freak show. The city became a popular destination and rapidly spread north towards Santa Monica. To help house the boom of travelers, The Cadillac Hotel was built in 1914. Venice beach has seen it changes over the years, but it maintains its unique characteristics. It was once a favorite spot of Jim Morrison, Janice Joplin, and Charlie Chaplin, a Cadillac Hotel guest. The city remains a modern-day bohemian destination.

The boardwalk bubbles with life on any given day. There are rows of vendors selling all kinds of unique treasures. Performances such as flame throwers, glass walkers, comedians, and dancers can be seen on any given day, to name just a few. Of course, the most popular destinations include the basketball courts featured in many movies, the famous Muscle Beach which Arnold made famous, the new skatepark, and of course the "Freak Show."

Venice welcomes travelers of any age, culture, or personality.

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