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“A Repeat Visit”
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The Varden Hotel
Ranked #1 of 55 Hotels in Long Beach
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A Repeat Visit”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

I was in Long Beach for a meeting at the Convention Center. For the second time in 3 years I choose to stay at the Varden and I was not disappointed.

The Varden is small, comfortable and located about a 10 minute walk inland from the convention center. The bulk of that walk is along Pine Street which is the location of many nice restaurants. The rooms are compact but everything has it's place. As one person I was more then comfortable. There is complementary high speed internet that works quite well. The mattress was excellent and I slept very well.

The management and staff are what sets the Varden far apart. All staff greeted me by name within a day. There is a breakfast included of yogurts, donuts/muffins coffee and orange juice as well as well wine in the late afternoon. Bottled water and coffee are always available. Everyone is ready to help you with food choices or anything else.

In conclusion, if you are looking for a large suite, fully loaded room and being lost in the crowd, the Varden is not for you. But if friendly, helpful staff, a great vibe, and clean comfortable basic room works for you then the Varden works for you.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We stayed here for just 1 night prior to a cruise.
As most people have already said, The Varden is a gem of a hotel with absolutely incredible staff. Yes the rooms are tiny by North American standards but, very clean and modern with comfortable beds. Excellent value, complimentary wine and snacks in the early evening, muffins and fruit for breakfast, fruit, water, tea and Keurig coffee always available.
Long Beach is small and easy to get around with some very good restaurants. Both Long Beach and San Pedro piers are a short cab ride away.
We will stay here again but request a queen bed!

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Rooms is small and there is no elevator, so you have to carry your luggaeg to your room.
Breakfast is couple of cup cakes and drinks. Very simple.

However, room was very clean and comfartable and the staffs were very supportive.

Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

We love this historic boutique hotel right in the middle of all that is happening in downtown Long Beach. The manager, Larry Black, remembers your name and loves to spend time catching up with his repeat visitors. After venturing out to Long Beach adventures, you feel like you are returning home to your cozy room with chocolate kisses on your pillow. Everything you need is provided from water bottles to continental breakfast. While wine tasting, you often have stimulating conversations with other guests from all over the world. Don't pass this gem up!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Stayed here early April. On the one hand the hotel is small, the rooms are small, the bed small by US standards, no restaurant just a small area for complementary beverages and snacks, same area used for continental breakfast.

On the other hand, room was clean, tidy, had just enough space, functional wet room, TV, etc.
Location is good for the centre of Long Beach.

I guess the balancing factor relates to the staff. They were excellent; indeed, they could not have been any more helpful. This means that any initial disappointment with the room was soon put to one side by the confidence we had with the staff.

So, in conclusion, if you are staying one or two nights then this hotel is comfortable and has everything you will need. If staying over that time you would want more room for clothes, suitcases, toiletries, etc etc.

I would visit again for a short stay.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

We were very pleasantly surprised with the size of our room after comments on Tripadvisor, there is plenty of floor space for 2 large suitcases plus carry on etc, and furnishings are very modern and clean. Bathroom is very very small, but not a problem in fact a bit of a laugh :-) The air con/heat worked excellently and we were very comfortable and had a great nights sleep. Room 5 was very very quiet. Smoke and pet free hotel.

Complimentary wine and snacks are served near lobby between 5-7pm which is a great idea, and mini bottles of wine and ice are available at reception anytime. We would like to say BIG thanks to the very friendly and helpful blonde lady who checked us in and directed us to nearest shops etc, she is a star and made us feel extremely welcome so big thanks to her again.

We would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Marseille, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Once again I staid at the Varden Hotel during my last and short visit to Long Beach.
The staff is always helpfull and firendly and the management team is fantastic.

The room was perfect and I love the location in the downtown area.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Property: The Varden Hotel
Address: 335 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802-2353
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Region: United States > California > Long Beach
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Long Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Long Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Long Beach
#3 Best Value Hotel in Long Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Varden Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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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