This independently run boutique hotel is a gem amid a sea of corporate chain properties. I was in Long Beach for a conference and chatting with the warm staff members on my way in and out of of the hotel during my four day stay added a personal touch to the trip. On a practical note, the staff was helpful in finding me a nearby cellphone store and vegetarian restaurant. I did not have a chance to partake in the evening wine tasting, but would have loved to!
The rooms are a bit small, but they include everything that you need so I didn't really mind as I was traveling solo. This also gives the place a bit of a European feel. I slept very well, enjoyed the shower, and the complimentary coffee and tea which are always available in the lobby.
One of the things that I enjoyed here was the free wifi in the rooms. There is nothing that is more annoying than paying a lot for a hotel and then having to pay a few extra dollars to be granted access to their crappy wifi.
The Varden has managed to maintain a graciousness that is no longer common in service (certainly not in an industrial area like downtown Long Beach in the vicinity of that massive convention center) and it is a genuine graciousness that I really enjoyed.
I would certainly stay here again!
- 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