Keeping the Dream Alive
The original Muscle Beach, started in the early ’30s to counter the Great Depression, was a monument to the raw power of the human form and celebrated the amazing abilities of weightlifters and gymnasts from all over the world. When Santa Monica bulldozed the oceanfront park area and stripped its name from the records over a local scandal, the little known Venice Weight Pen, a beach just two miles north, took up the torch and kept the dream alive. Though initially considered Muscle Beach by newcomers, the original body builders and purists knew that it was only a continuation of grand tradition and eventually the beach was given a new name to set it apart. Book a room at any one of the hotels near Muscle Beach Venice and you too can discover the beauty of strength and the power of exercise without traveling far from the hotels.
A Powerful Neighborhood
While Santa Monica finally accepted the original Muscle Beach back into the city where it flourishes as both a historic and modern landmark today, its northern sister in Venice remained a mainstay of the muscled elite. The hotels near Muscle Beach Venice will not only give you access to the sites and wonder of an outdoor gym that has been host to names like Hollywood celebrities Arnold Schwarzenegget, Danny Trejo, and Chet Yorton, it is also located in a neighborhood full of great things to do and see. Right beyond the barbells and balance beams is Venice Beach itself, also the site of the Ocean Front Walk and some serious people watching on the beach. In Venice itself, you can take in the local art scattered down almost every street in beautiful, enormous murals, the gorgeous Canal District, and an unbelievable history of architecture, art, and music. Whether you say with beach hotels like the Hilton, the Bayside, or any other of the hip hotels in Venice, you will get an experience in Venice like nowhere else in the world.