I typically stay at the Marriott or Hilton properties when in the area. however due to a conference they were all booked. I stumbled on this "boutique" property and thought I would give it a shot.
I almost missed the hotel when I drove down the street. The primary signage was above my view (or at least where I was looking). Upon arrival you will learn that you park in the lot next to the Varden which is very convenient. The front desk gives you a sign to put on your dash.
The property is immaculate, the staff is exteemly accomodating and friendly. It is apparant they are all proud of the property
The unique quirkiness I referenced in the title specifically relates to the narrow hallways and tiny rooms. The room was very clean and the furniture was well scaled for the small size room.... and it worked. However if you typically stay in a "normal" hotel the room will be shockingly small... but again,,,it was really all the space you need while on business travel.
When I called home I told my wife I felt like I was staying in an hotel run by IKEA.
The location was GREAT. I walked one block to dinner and returned to the hotel.
The only TRUE negative is the fact that there is NO exercise facility. They have an arrangement with a Gold's Gym a block away, which I tried - but the facility was in poor condition so I elected to run outside instead.
While this property is not my first pick due to lack of exercise facility, I can certainly see how many people would find this hotel unique and enjoy it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Varden is downtown Long Beach's first European style boutique hotel. After an extensive renovation , The Varden's unique design evokes the casual elegance of an upscale, boutique hotel incorporating the blend of historic and contemporary details with all the modern conveniences anticipated by today's traveler, blending style and afordabilty. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Varden Hotel Long Beach
- Varden Long Beach
- Varden Hotel Long Beach