The Varden is a small and quirky boutique hotel. If you like a traditional Hilton - Hyatt - Marriott experience this hotel is not for you. My experience was mixed. The best part was the staff. They go out of their way to be personable and helpful - even remembering your name. They are truly accommodating and will help in any way they can. As just one example, they always asked if I wanted a bottle of water whenever I left the hotel. Now to the quirkiness. The room I stayed in was the smallest hotel room I had ever seen (and I travel a lot), I never thought that it would be possible to have a hotel room that was smaller than a standard cabins on a cruise ship, but this was. They did try some creative space solutions and the materials were first rate. But there was no closet and only one drawer. The desk was tiny and therefore very hard to work at. It had no outlets to plug in anything electronic! The bathroom was also tiny. The sink was so small that the shelf over it covered up 75% of the opening. As such, the sink was almost unusable - try washing your face or brushing your teeth when getting anywhere near the faucet means that you hit your head on a shelf. The shower was also so small as to almost be unusable. It was a square with about 18 inches on each side. You could not stand in it without both arms hitting the surrounding shower curtain (I kid you not). Again, I never thought that I would see a smaller shower than that on a cruise ship, but there you were.. Finally, although the hotel was generally quiet, I had the misfortune to have the room at the top of the first flight of stairs. That meant that all the noise from people talking at the reception desk funneled up to my room. So stay at the Varden if you want a quirky historic hotel with a great staff that gives you the tiniest hotel room you can possibly imagine.
- 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