The San Vicente Inn, a “clothing optional” gay motel at 845 San Vicente Blvd. north of Santa Monica that has become known as a haven for drug users, has been purchased by the owner of Sunset Tower Hotel.
Jeff Klein, whose Sunset Tower is one of Sunset Boulevard’s most famous hostelry’s because of its Hollywood clientele, already has undertaken a rehabilitation of the 26-room property. While it once was a popular destination for gay travelers, Yelp reviews of the San Vicente Inn in recent years have focused on the poor quality of the rooms and the drug use by visitors.
Oddly, Klean, a drug and alcohol rehab facility, has occupied the westside units of the motel, which have an entrance from Hilldale Avenue and will remain there. Klean itself has been controversial, with the residents of the Norma Triangle neighborhood unhappy about the presence of recovering addicts on the property. The city filed suit against Klean, claiming that it was taking over units designated for affordable housing.
While West Hollywood has numerous other hotels and motels that cater to gay visitors, the San Vicente Inn is the only one that operated as “clothing optional,” a practice common among gay resorts in Palm Springs.