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Rating: 4.10

Address: 335 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA, 90802

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    Comments (94):

    1. Linda B.
    This  place  is stylish with a European feel.  Very clean.  Best bed I have ever slept in.  Will try to track down one to buy for home.  Friendly helpful staff.  Owner came up to introduce himself and tell us about his concept and Longbeach.  We stayed in Longbeach to catch the Catalina ferry, but will return to spend the night and more time in Longbeach. Great value, wish there were more of these hotels in the US!

    10/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. T J.
    Fantastic European style hotel.  Staff is incredible,  from the owners  to the lovely lady who checked us in,  to the night manager.  The Varden is a jewel,  beautiful,  clean,  superb  location and  a great value.    When you are in LB ,  this is it.

    05/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Amy T.
    Great boutique hotel! 35 rooms varying in size from a "standard full" that is perfect for the single traveler to the "urban queen" which I have not seen, but supposedly has more square footage to accommodate multiple guests. I stayed in a standard full on my visit during the Governor's Women's Conference and it suited my needs perfectly. The room is very clean and while simple, it has all of the comforts you might need. Wireless internet, flat screen television, ipod docking station alarm clock, down comforter, Gilchrist and Soams soaps, etc. They have "wine tasting" every evening and complimentary breakfast each morning. Bottled waters are always available. The staff is fantastic. SO FRIENDLY. Larry & Charles are the co-owners and they are fabulous. They make you feel like you are guests in their home. The ladies working the front desk were wonderful as well and extremely helpful. (One of them introduced me to a great Thai restaurant in the area that delivers!! Yum!) Conveniently located one block across from Pine Street where the restaurants are (and the Pinkberry). 5 minute walk to the convention center and a couple minutes more to the waterfront area. During the day I felt relatively safe walking around alone, but after dark, I definitely didn't feel safe. They have free passport buses that you can take that run along Pine Street and out to the Queen Mary, which proved to be quite convenient and easy to use, particularly after dark. I enjoyed my stay here so much that I canceled my reservations at the Renaissance later this month to stay here again. We'll be trying out the Varden Queen size room since I will have my husband with me this time. Room rates are reasonable. I paid $149 / nt to stay here during the Women's Conference and will be paying a similar rate when I come back later this month. Fantastic boutique hotel!!!

    03/11/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Sara D.
    I highly recommend this hotel.  I had personal time with the two hotel owners who redesigned the hotel.  They are interesting and know the importance of customer service.  The hotel is well designed. Rooms are all white and very bright inside with super comfortable bed and pillows (most hotels have awful pillows).  Sinks and showers are modern in design and work great. There are large mirrors and there is free wi-fi in the room.  It's a small hotel so your needs can be met.  The continental breakfast was great, simple but great.  fresh orange juice, good coffee, fresh fruit, and yummy muffins.  They have a wine tasting in the evening.  There is parking but you may not need it.  I walked to the convention center daily and enjoyed it, walking down the main street of the town.  
    I needed a razor and they offered me one.   There is not a restaurant in the hotel but there are many all around the hotel in walking distance and they provided me with menus to call in for room service which worked great.  I will definitely stay at this hotel again and recommend to friends.

    30/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Chris C.
    In a word: Delightful. Refreshing. Relaxing. Friendly. Comfortable. The staff is incredible, the rooms are clean and modern (think European), the location is central to the best parts of Long Beach and the rates are very reasonable. Who could ask for more?

    07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Jim B.
    I really enjoyed my stay at the The Varden!  Such a cute boutique hotel which was located near things I was doing in Long Beach.  They have a very friendly staff who were helpful when I had any questions on how to get to places and I loved upon check-in that they showed me to the room which was a nice personal touch.  I'm not sure when this property was remodeled because it's sparkling clean and maintained.  The room I stayed in was small but well designed using the space quite well.  The rooms are similar to hotels in Europe.   I liked that they had iPod access and free Internet access.  I couldn't manage to access my computer but really didn't need to and so I didn't call the support desk.  The bed was small but very comfortable with nice bedding.  My room with tax cost $125 which I think was very reasonable (+$10 for parking.)  Having worked in the hotel business, I left the Varden thinking this place really got it right.  I will recommend to friends and would return for sure!

    17/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Summer H.
    I loved my stay here.  The customer service is fantastic!  Everyone was so nice and helpful without being overbearing.   As many people have said, the room was very small, but because it was set up so well, it didn't really matter.   The bed was unbelievable!   So comfy!   I came here for a conference at the Long Beach Convention Center.  The walk was less than 10 minutes, really no problem at all.   I was able to get great food along Pine Street on the way to or from the convention center.  While my fellow attendees were going to the bland chains around the convention center, I was eating great food along Pine and coming back to a comfy bed!  Half the price of the other convention hotels!   Didn't get to try the afternoon wine and snack, but the morning breakfast was very nice.   Loved the fruit bowl out all day long!

    27/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Dane F.
    Sleek boutique hotel with a great personality. From the time we walked in the service was great with Larry and Charles greeting us with smiles. Only  a block away from the action we had fun hanging out at the hotel.

    03/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. chris a.
    My girlfriend and I stayed here for our 2 year anniversary, and had a great experience!

    This is a boutique hotel (Think cute Swedish/European ), not too small, but not like the Hilton.

    Very friendly concierge, and there is a wine tasting and continental breakfast.

    The rooms are white and very clean. A studio apartment would be the best description.

    The front door locks at 9pm so you will need your room key to enter the building.

    Also, parking is $10/night, and is located right next door.

    In downtown Long Beach, this place cannot be missed!! ;)

    02/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Peter G.
    A perfect small hotel experience.  Super friendly and helpful owner / managers.  Impeccably clean and well designed rooms.  Only a couple blocks further from the conference center than the big 4 hotels that are twice the price and not nearly as nice.  What a find!

    16/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Adeel O.
    In a landscape full of large-scale chain hotels and cost-effective, efficient hotel operations, The Varden stands in a class all by itself. I cannot recommend this place enough.
    From the moment I entered the front door, it's as if I'd run into long-lost family - Angela gave a mini-tour of the cozy lobby and "living room" while walking all the way to the room. When was the last time a hotel was designed to provide that level of personalized service?
    The owner, Larry, was genuinely interested in getting to know all his guests, helping them out with local errands (even offering to make reservations for restaurants) or just making smalltalk during breakfast. It's as if every person at the Varden is a friend and concierge all the time.
    There is incredible attention to every little detail in the hotel - from the room's sinks/faucet/mirror and the incredibly comfy mattress to the maintenance of the unique character of a 1930s building.
    If I'm ever going to the LA area again, I'll probably go out of my way to experience the Varden.

    09/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Jen K.
    We would stay here again in a heartbeat. This hotel is quiet, quaint, well maintained, and has excellent service. It was relaxing and peaceful. We walked to bars, restaurants, and shops within 10 minutes and had a great time every night. Aside from average hotel noise (doors, vacuums, etc.), we slept peacefully on the comfortable beds and pillows. Don't be shocked - the rooms are SMALL but they make efficient use of space. To compare, if you have been in a cruise ship cabin, this is about the same size. But if you are just needing a place for two people to sleep, shower, and unwind, this is perfect. The staff is extremely cordial and went out of their way to offer us anything we needed. Wine at night and a light breakfast in the morning was perfect. We were a little surprised by the parking lot which charges about $10/night, however that is not bad given the going rate in LB. If you are wanting a big, spacious room then don't book here. If you can function in a small, compact space then you will LOVE this hotel. We were SO glad we chose this property over a chain hotel - it was a fun experience and we enjoyed the serenity.

    12/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Gary W.
    I recently had the pleasure to meet the owners of this fabulous gem of a hotel in downtown Long Beach, Larry and Charles, and they were gracious enough to take time out of their busy schedules to show us around the property. The attention to the small details is phenomenal - abundant lighting in the bathrooms, space for luggage storage under the beds, iPod docking stations in the alarm clocks. Speaking of the beds - beyond Heavenly!
    Great for out of town guests, or locals who want to experience a European style boutique getaway!

    05/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Chris C.
    as has been stated in many reviews...cute boutique hotel...small rooms...updated...clean...good service...great change of pace from standard chain product.

    30/12/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Holly T.
    We were looking for convenient, affordable and easy and ended up with much, much more at the Varden. The rooms (bright, airy and funky) were a refreshing change from the usual boring hotel room; the location was ideal for exploring (the pike, Shoreline Village, retro row); and the staff made us feel like long-lost friends (Jose - thanks for going the extra mile, Melissa - thanks for the wine tasting that turned into a cocktail party, Larry - thanks for breakfast!). We loved our four days at the Varden. It wasn't just a place to stay, it was an adventure.

    27/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Leticia B.
    Lets see, where do I start. I hate to be critical and leave bad reviews, but I gotta be honest. The husband and I wanted to spend 2 days and do the tourist thing in Long Beach and we love small hotels. When we got there the neighborhood is a little shady but I figured its downtown and the bums and homeless are a given. The hotel was built in 1929 and has 3 floors. Kind of charming building from the outside. When we went in I was taken back by the size of the small hotel lobby, the size of a private  house, small house. Odina, the receptionist was very warm and polite. she gave us a room in the 3rd floor. She took us there and opened the door for us. I was shocked at how small the room was, and how white, sterile. This room was described as 200 sq ft but not even with the tiny bathroom it amounted to that. The bed is full size but strangely very short. Im 5'5 and my feet reached the end of the bed. My husband is 6 ft. Well, the feel of the room is very claustrophobic and stifling. They have an A/C unit above the bed that is hard to reach. The room is so small that they butted the bed against the wall so if one person wants to get up, they have to climb on the other one. The carpet was clean but outdated. There is no closet, only a hook sticking out of the wall that can hold like 4 items of clothing. The Tv is on the left side of the bed so you have to be laying sideways toward the left to watch it. but then if you hang clothes on the "clothes hook" your view is blocked!.The sink is awfully small and the problem is there is a small glass shelf above it that makes it very hard for you to wash your face and or brush your teeth. The shower has a curtain that you have to keep on fighting so it doesnt stick to you while showering. There is no door, only a sliding door that doubles as a mirror to the room. No art or decorations of any kind . There is a small desk, but is about 10 inches deep. My biggest complain is that the room felt stifling. I could not open the windows. All rooms are the same size. We asked for an upgrade, but there was no upgrade. I have never been in prison but this room made think of  a prison cell. they offer breakfast. (Continental) Polite staff though! Free wi fi.

    28/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    17. Sarah L.
    TINY. Staff was gracious and helpful; decor is just fine; it's clean. It's a charming story, having the place refurbished from a historic hotel. But the rooms are not just on the small side... they are for dwarves. My boyfriend said it best, "This is beyond European small." If I were staying alone, I wouldn't mind so much, but we were running into each other and couldn't even brush our teeth without hitting our heads on the glass shelf above the sink.

    19/08/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    18. Zacharias B.
    Very cozy and clean, but also tiny rooms. Definitely a Euro feel. ;-) Might have given five stars except for the full-size bed (a queen would have fit in the room). I'd gladly stay here again.

    The Varden is a cute hotel, offers yummy automatic coffee and tea, a small continental breakfast (yogurt, fruit, oatmeal and minimuffins). The bathroom and shower is very small - think closet - and the 'closet' is just a hanger device in the room. Maybe by U.S. standards that sounds bad but by Euro standards it's a typical room, the cleanliness and a cozy bed goes a long way too. Also the good air conditioning system.

    07/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Jim W H.
    Very clean, romantic, great place to sleep in, location is perfect for those who like to stroll for evening walks. Complimentary wine in the evening, fresh coffee, orange juice in the morning. Modern Ikea Feel of modern European . My stay was more perfect as I shared it with someone that I like.

    11/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Corrin R.
    There's a reason why, on their web site, they mainly show pictures of their (tiny) lobby area. There was very little in my room to see. To their credit, the bed was comfortable, crammed into the corner as it was. Service was good (should be as it seemed there were very few travelers). The bathroom was awful, with a sink 8" wide, with a 4" wide shelf above it where (1) I bonked my head on when brushing my teeth and (2) was only big enough for a toothbrush, paste and cup. The shower was literally only 2 feet by 2.5 feet in size. It was extremely claustrophobic as the shower curtain gets sucked in and sticks to you. I could not get out of the water and jostled the "sleek" water handle constantly, changing water temps. Their idea of a place to hang your clothes is a metal stick poking out of the wall with room for about 7 items. Falling asleep with the tv is not a problem as it is so high up the wall (at the ceiling) your body is flat on the bed trying to watch it. The windows could not be opened or fully closed, which was a problem as revelers from Pine Av came through in the middle of the night, shouting and laughing, waking me up. Never mind the bird-sized moth that crawled through the can't-be-closed-all-the-way window. Given a choice, I would opt for the Travelodge next time.

    20/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    21. Angela D.
    This place was pretty fun. My husband and I stayed here for a romantic evening... we live down the street. It was perfect, very quiet and the rooms were CLEAN! The room was small but cozy and the tv was a really nice flat screen.

    We enjoyed the fresh fruit and water bottles, however I never saw the wine and cheese they were supposed to have out and they had no hot water for tea. Also, there were only two pillows on the queen bed. That's why it got 4 stars instead of 5.

    Overall it was nice, I'd recommend this place to anyone staying in LB. It's cheaper than a nice hotel with the same cleanliness and hospitality.

    24/08/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. LaShawna T.
    I stayed at the Varden Hotel last weekend with my boyfriend and we couldn't have been more impressed.  The rates were very reasonable, the staff was first rate and the room was comfortable, modern, clean and beautifully appointed.  The hotel is centrally located near restaurants, clubs , bars and is walking distance to the waterfront.  They offer, free wi-fi, a complimentary continental breakfast in the morning and a wine tasting in the evenings.  I will definitely stay there again.

    25/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Doug N.
    I was going to surprise my wife for her birthday and had made plans in Long Beach. My Yelp search led me to our stay at The Vardan Hotel.

    Approaching the area of the hotel I told my wife that there was supposed to be a historic electric sign on top of the building. We both spotted the sign at the same time and she read aloud, "a bath in every room." She laughed and looked at me like, "what kind of crappy place have you brought us to?!" We both laughed and I said, "uh oh."

    I should say upfront that there is a parking lot directly to the right of the building in which the spots are marked "permit parking only" are parking spots for the hotel. There is a $10 charge for overnight parking however the option is looking for street parking.

    The lobby is stark; clean, modern and white with the colored furniture adding contrast. The girl at the desk was very personable and friendly. She checked us in and showed us the "living room" where they serve a light breakfast in the AM and wine and snacks in the evening. Unfortunately we arrived too late for the wine and cheese and woke up too late for the breakfast the next day!

    We grabbed some coffee and tea from the bar in the living room and headed up to our room. I really enjoyed the balance of the 60 year old building and the modern interior design. The halls were carpeted with a cool '60s-ish pattern.

    When we opened guest room door, we were excited to see that the small room looked like a little showroom! The clean, white vibe extended to the guest rooms. Minimalist EVO furniture appointed the room and a flat screen TV was wall mounted. There was an iPod dock/alarm clock on the night stand. A small table would have been nice but there really wasn't room. While the hotel is touted as smoke-free, there was a fairly strong fragrance in the room associated with an odor "cover-up" carpet  powder. We opened the window and turned on the fan to air it out a bit. By the way, the room had a very nice wall mounted Toshiba HVAC system that I'd love to have at home. Vanity and a really cool rectangular sink with a "waterfall" faucet were actually in the room. A sliding full size mirror/door gave way to the wee bathroom consisting of a toilet and shower. Oddly, there was a window in the shower which extended from about knee height to head-height. This window is in full view of the apartment (hotel?) next door! Letting the hot water in the shower run a few minutes steamed the glass up to obscure a free peep show.

    The bed was wonderful! A thick pillow-top mattress with a single sheet and thick down comforter. The linens smelled very nice. We slept great! The lobby, the room, everything was very clean and bright.

    My wife and I both agreed that we would stay here again. Now I must offer a caveat because I realize that not everybody will be able to abide with some of the neighborhood "ambiance." When we arrived, I noticed that the Metro Blue Line station is right on the same block, which is pretty great if you'd rather take the train down. The Blue line has a stop right near the convention center (near the Aquarium of the Pacific). The train is pretty audible in the room (remember we had the window open). Also, the local trucks/busses/sirens were pretty noticeable. Did I mention the flight path for the airport and the local nightclub crowd letting out at 2:00AM? Yeah...but still, we really enjoyed the room and the service and we will be back.

    15/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Nora M.
    Stayed at the Varden for one night in early August (2011) for a wedding. The hotel is centrally located. Everything was clean and we were shown directly to our room. The room was immaculate. The price is very good for the location. However, this is not a lounge-around-your-room type hotel. The rooms are very small. My boyfriend splurged for the most expensive room (which really wasn't that expensive), thinking that those rooms might be bigger, but didn't appear so. Our room was tiny. The shower was tiny. It has a cute decor but that couldn't really make up for the fact that it was so small. If you're one person, who doesn't need a lot of space, this is a great deal as it does have a unique style. I think the price reflects what you pay for.

    18/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    25. Alan R.
    The style of this hotel is excellent.  Everything is extremely clean.  The owners and desk staff are very friendly and accommodating.  Continental breakfast, Keurig coffee 24 hours and wine in the evening make it a pleasant stay.  The historic building is now has great modern design.
    I will say that it is a little hard to see when you are driving.  It is also kind of loud outside the room with the train, airplanes and sometimes helicopters.
    However, an excellent stay and I am glad I found this boutique hotel.

    15/04/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Joseph S.
    The Varden defines why boutique hotels are so much better than the cookie cutter hotels. The rooms were designed with great care, patience, insight, and love of the task to be done, and it shows.

    The bed was smallish in our downstairs room, but I was told that there are queen sized beds on the second floor. The bathrooms just made me grin with pleasure to see; Swedish faucets on a rectangular lav with a circular mirror backlit over the sink. Free Wi-Fi. Some of the best fresh-brewed coffee I've ever had in a hotel.

    And the praise goes on; ask for recommendations for dinner and you'll be steered to the best of whatever you want one block over on Pine Street. I wanted to drop by Whole Foods and was provided with a fresh print-out from Mapquest. Service as an art form still lives at The Varden Hotel.

    There were pleasant conversations with the staff every time I asked for help, directions, whatever. A follow-up thank you email with a remembered nod to conversations we had at the hotel.

    The Varden Hotel takes care and service to the top level, and the rooms mirror those same qualities. When in Long Beach, you've got The Varden; don't miss it.

    01/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    27. Eclectic C.
    Speaking as a Long Beach native (born and raised), I have passed by this hotel many of times and have never thought once about it. I assumed that it was a seedy place, where people that were down on their luck came to lay their heads at night. Even after I noticed out the corner of my eye while sitting at the traffic light that this place was undergoing renovation, my assumption remained the same, until...

    I came back home this weekend for my year anniversary of moving away to San Francisco and my boyfriends Martial Arts tournament at CSULB. Initially I was going to stay at the Custom Hotel in LA, but convenience won over and awkwardness began... Honestly it's weird staying at a hotel in a city you grew up in. I searched on line for the best rates, and the Varden popped up. The rates were awesome! The location of course was perfect. Hmmm... I still dunno. I went on their website and the photos and description of the rooms were catching. Hmmm... still. I read reviews on Google, Trip Advisor, Expedia, my handy dandy Yelp and they were all really good! Hmmm.... Ok. Screw it, I'll give it a try.

    I walked into the hotel and wow, did I put my assumptions to death. It was very quaint and Euro. The minimalist design and soothing color choice of White, blue and silver, was very refreshing calming and quiet from the bustling city outside. I knew this hotel was going to be good when I noticed they had the same expensive white leather chairs in the lobby as the ones we have here in my office. The front desk staff was always friendly and helpful the entire trip! Major kudos to them for hiring people who know what customer service is all about! Our room was on the third floor, which somehow could have sucked since there isn't an elevator, but it didn't. The room was small in actual size (we had the full size bedroom), but my boyfriend and I never once felt cramped. They definitely know how to make use of space. I was like, this is really f-ing cool! I love this hotel! My 16yr old brother came with me to check in, and he said the same, without the f word of course. Immediately he noticed the I pod clock radio and hooked up his nano to it. lol Aside form that, the room has a flat screen TV and AC, and the bed is way comfy... The complimentary breakfast was pretty good, but I thought it was neat that they keep a bowl full of fruit throughout the day for guest to eat.

    Overall, it was a wonderful stay! Hands down the Varden Hotel is now my go to place for visits back home...

    18/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Nika M.
    It was the weekend of Ink-N-Iron, and I had to make a hotel reservation very last minute. I found this boutique hotel and I must say it was one of the best among all in LB. My friend and I were greeted with smiles, and were shown to our rooms by the lovely lady who check us in (which normally- I'm used to getting lost in a larger hotel without the guidence of a staff member).

    The room was rather small, but it was very clean and comfortable. I Ioved that there was free wi-fi! The staff was so kind, and they made you feel like you were welcome. When I return to Long Beach for future trips, I do plan on making The Varden THE place to stay.


    01/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    29. Lj B.
    How in the world can so many people rate this hotel 5 stars or perfect?  The room is so small you can use the sink while sitting on your bed. There is no closet,  no drawers for clothes and a total of about 5 hangers in the room. The work space consists of a 1 foot by 4 foot glass shelf hanging off the wall. As for everyone raving about the white and cleanliness?  The curtains are so sheer and the room so white its like sleeping on the surface of the sun. In short,  if you want to work or sleep in your room this place is terrible.

    12/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    30. One P.
    Had to do an overnight in LB. On government rate, presentation was at the Convention Center.  

    Overall, staff, the high quality beddings make it a return to place. Walking to work, is always a plus. The idea that a rehab of a former smallish hotel, with modest quality fixtures all makes for a good value.

    At the complimentary continental breakfast, I heard couples, mother and daughter speaking (European and So. Asian language) non-American English.  As a regular traveler, who see the value of being at a place, is not about the hotel, but to experience local, this place exudes the new local.

    BTW, I arrived past midnight with Jet Blue delays, the conceirge staff was most helpful and welcoming. The following day, the pair at the register were amicable and highlighted local destinations.

    A true value for proximity, helpful staff, high quality beddings.

    FYI, the room pictured with my post was the room I occupied. Efficiently designed and tasteful without pretention.

    22/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    31. Lalla S.
    My partner and I stayed at this historic gem for two nights while attending a conference in Long Beach. Next time I stay in Long Beach, I will be sure to stay here. The four rather than five star rating is only a matter of size and bad breakfast. I wish I could do a 4.5/5 rating.

    Accolades: convenient, central location, superbly friendly and helpful service, cheaper parking relative to nearby hotels, nightly wine tasting, round-the-clock coffee and tea, free wifi.

    Detractors: very small rooms -- any longer than two nights and it might have felt too cramped. While breakfast is included (always a perk), it consisted of sticky little sweets and oatmeal, with nary a savory/salty item. A bagel or toast would have been perfect.

    31/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Cyndi C.
    Great for a weekend in Long Beach. The Varden is a meticulously renovated Historic Hotel. The design, staff and small touches is what makes it a MUST Stay while in Long Beach.

    The owners and staff are very knowledgeable of the area and are warm and welcoming. Services such as wine tasting in the evening, free continental b-fast and coffee available all day. This is not your typical hotel stay, more of a B&B feel.

    I loved the post-modern aesthetic design along side historic fixtures, each room has LCD TV, Rain shower head, Free internet and iPod docks. While the beds are a little small.. the mattress is WAY better than any pillow top in a chain hotel. The pristine white beds are triple sheeted and topped with down comforters. Wow! It was like we slept on a cloud bed.
    The rooms are small but the use of the space is so well done you see past that and realize less is more! We will stay here again if back in Long Beach. Can't beat the price for the service!

    -Pine street is a block away and a Free Passport shuttle will take you to all of the Long Beach sites.
    -George's Greek restaurant nearby is so good, we went for lunch & dinner while there.

    22/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. kara y.
    Anyone who appreciates good design will love the Varden Hotel. The remodel is impeccable.

    In addition, the owners and staff are all about service. Change of rooms needed? No problem! Water is consistently offered as you pass through the lobby... local highlights are freely given.

    Not a world class traveller, this hotel helped me to consider boutique hotels in the future!

    28/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Sharon C.
    Perfect for a short stay. Owners/staff are excellent.

    04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    35. Michael C.
    A hidden little gem.  Was not expecting such a cute boutique hotel with unbelievable service.  Decided to stay for the weekend since I had to be in Long Beach Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They were so helpful in accommodating me in everyway they possibly can.  Upon check in, I was offered a glass of wine while they checked me in.  What more could I have asked for.  Wait, the girl who got me the wine helped me up to my room so I can keep drinking it.  I will definitely be back whenever I'm in Long Beach.

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Michael C.
    I couldn't have been more impressed with the Varden. I loved how almost everything was painted white in the hotel. It definitely made the small room look bigger. What really set this hotel apart was the amazing staff who was more than accommodating (free bottled water every time we passed the check in counter).They were very helpful in giving us restaurant advice and good places to drive to. The continental breakfast was great too. We paid about $150 a night and that included the parking. they have free wifi too! The only small criticism was that the bathroom door is very thin if you are staying with someone else.

    12/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    37. Amy T.
    Loved our night at the Varden Hotel!

    The staff is SO friendly, nice and helpful! They really made our experience there go from really good to great. Everything is clean and fresh and although the rooms are small, they are meant to be. It is a European inspired boutique hotel, which translates to extremely simplistic, modern and generally best for a single person, rather than two people. But even with that said, the two of us very much enjoyed our stay there and will be back soon.

    13/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    38. daniel v.
    I stayed at the Varden with my GF on a 3 day jaunt to Southern California.  We parked in their clean, and well-lit lot right next to the premise ($10 a night), and were otherwise able to walk to entertainment and nightlife.  

    The hotel staff were super friendly, and courteous throughout our stay.   Our room was pretty cozy - with a bit of an unconventional bathroom layout - but it didn't deter from the overall experience.   With parking and tax, our rate came to about $150 a night.  I'm not generally very cheap, but it seems expensive considering the room size.

    We had a great time, and would definitely recommend the Varden to friends from out of town. The staff gets brownie points for just being generally awesome, and they are deserving of recognition for making it a care-free trip.

    16/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Erin J.
    As I scoured the Internet the week before my trip to Long Beach (yes, I am a last-minute planner), the Varden Hotel kept coming up on every website. I did not want to spend an arm and a leg on lodging for this trip because the airfare and conference had already eaten up a good portion of my budget. At the same time, I did not want to stay in a dirty "affordable" motel/hotel. The pictures of The Varden looked too good to be true for the price. After weighing my comfort v. economy issues, I decided to check out The Varden. After all, they were only about $20 more than the other hotels

    I am so glad I made that decision! The staff was friendly and helped me with everything from restaurant suggestions to directions. The room was small, but not too small. And although my one complaint would be that the shower doesn't leave any room to move (and I'm a rather small person), at least I had a private bathroom unlike some European hotels (in Europe - hahaha!). The room was clean and you could tell because everything was white. Loved the decor!

    Some of the perks:  comfortable bed, large flat screen screen tv, wireless Internet, very good complimentary continental breakfast, nightly wine tasting w/comp snacks, and close proximity to convention center and downtown restaurants!

    I will most definitely stay here again the next time I'm in town!

    21/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    40. Jennette B.
    This place is super cute!  We loved the fun clean friendly atmosphere.  The bed was oh so wonderful.  The service was impeccable - they even called me when I left my ferry tickets at the front desk.  That saved us so much hassle.

    The one thing I would say is if you have sensitivity to noise - request a room away from the main street.  

    I would recommend this place to everyone I know!

    19/10/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    41. Hapto T.
    You know, I really like this hotel.

    Like a lot.  I slept well on the OMG comfy bed, the size was quaint, but it never felt small (the beds, were full size so it may inspire cuddling)  the whole thing was all sorts of white, and the huge mirror was much appreciated... Everything was very well designed, ergonomically for moving around the place.  

    The staff was amazing. remembered who my dad was when he dropped me off, and knew our relation, and any casually mentioned preferences...and it seemed earnest in a way that LA usually isn't.  it warmed the cockles of my midwestern heart.

    The breakfast substantial enough (yogurt, fruit, coffee, muffins, etc) though i would have liked a few more mini tables in that area. (or it could have been that I just hit the morning rush)  Its location is cute and touristy... not far from Pine Street and the free! bus that takes you the the Harbor/ Queen Mary... its all good.

    I enjoyed my stay there and would hope to stay again!  And at a 100 bucks a night, its a deal!

    22/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Gretchen W.
    I lived in Long Beach for two years and never had to stay there as a guest. When I found this hotel I was so excited as it was close to major restaurants on Pine and the Convention Center as well. The rooms are so clean and modern. It was worth every penny ( and they are reasonable!) I would definitely stay there again. Who doesn't like a nice clean modern hotel that the staff is extremely pleasant and accommodating? If you don't like that- well there are a ton of places for you to stay in! I will stay at the Varden!

    04/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    43. JeongEon K.
    I've known that there are 3 type of room type(Classic/Varden/Urban) in this hotel after I backed home from my travel.

    My room which was booked through the Orbitz is Varden room.
    They explained that the Varden room is 2nd floor room on their reservation website- goo.gl/UCLC6 .
    I paid $129(exclude Tax) for that.
    But I stayed classic room on the 1st floor. OMG.
    Classic room is too small to stay with 2 people.
    I was being so sorry to my wife whole that night.
    I think Classic room is just only 1 person absolutely not 2 people.

    Bathroom is too small and there was no sink in there. Sink is in the room beside by the bed and really small. So really difficult to using it.
    After shower, whole room becomes humid. There is poor air circulation system.(Actually No)
    Free wi-fi Internet speed is slow but I'm thanking as I can just use internet.
    Carpet on the floor in the room didn't looks clean because there were some big stains on that.
    I want to use slipper I didn't have.

    I didn't complain those kinds of thing to the Varden Hotel because I don't know Varden room is 2nd floor room.
    But I am not sure it is their mistake or not but I have an very bad memory of this my travel and Orbitz and Yelp.

    There are good experience reviews on the Yelp.
    ( yelp.com/biz/the-varden-… )
    Those good experience review encourage me choose this hotel.
    But now, I can't those reviews on the yelp.

    30/05/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    44. matt h.
    I stayed in a second floor room, and it pretty much is as the Yelpers say. Small rooms, but they mostly work. Bathroom is quite small--be careful you don't trip over the shower enclosure (I almost did)!. Very friendly and helpful staff.

    My only quibbles with other reviews--

    1. The neighborhood is typical of that bordering downtown Long Beach. There are few homeless people, but you're also next to some yuppie condos.

    2. Plenty of light, and mostly insulated from street noise, at least on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

    Two small complaints: First, for a remodel, they oddly have no free outlets near the bed, and only one in the main room.

    Second, I did hear my neighbor on one side coughing and on the other snoring, so be aware that the walls are not all that thick.

    Overall, pretty nice, and a very good value for Long Beach.

    06/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Jess C.
    My husband and I stayed at The Varden Hotel as a stopping point prior to taking to ferry to Catalina Island for the 4th of July. I chose this hotel because of its close proximity to Long Beach Downtown Landing and because it was relatively inexpensive. The fact that it's a boutique hotel was a bonus!

    We arrived in the early morning hours and parked in the small lot next to the hotel, which is located in the downtown area of Long Beach. Some reviewers have called the area sketchy, I can't say I would disagree but it's to be expected in downtown areas. We did notice that security circled the parking lot so I didn't feel like it was unsafe to park our car.

    The staff was very friendly and helpful, they showed us around and even walked us up to the room. The lobby was very nice and the rooms are up a flight of stairs on the 2nd floor. The hotel itself appears to be an updated version of a very old hotel, it reminded me a bit of a college dorm. The room we stayed in was nice, had updated decor which was wall to wall white. The bathroom was located behind a large sliding-door style mirror which was new. The bed was a bit small for two people, I would say it's a double size rather than the queen or king you would normally get at a hotel.

    Overall the hotel was nice enough, I would probably stay here again. I do think the price is a bit high at $120-$130/night.

    14/08/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    46. Tina D.
    OMG~My husby & I stayed at a most amazing hotel in Long Beach! we attended the Joyce Meyer conference at the LB Arena~we booked thru Hotels. com~ at first we were a bit skeptical before arriving, as we both really wanted a pool & jacuzzi.  However, this place by far superseded our skepticism.  We were treated soo warm, welcoming & very very special!  The staff was personable,  kind & very hospitable  to our needs.   The room was like s'thing we've never seen in a small, quaint, cozy hotel.  Everything was "just right" w/their accommodations.. we learned that one does not need a large room to be happy. This place certainly enhanced our peace & comfort.  The bed was like a huge feather bed w/pillows, the A/C was soo quiet u didn't even know it was on.  The location was w/in walking distance to e'thing....  Applauds to Larry & his staff for all they did to make our visit there one worth remembering because of our stay at the Varden, we will certainly look forward to coming back again & again.... No more big hotels for us!!

    24/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    47. Mike A.
    Love this place! Stayed a night prior to boarding a cruise. It was a little cozy but very comfortable. The staff are excellent and extremely helpful. If we return to the Long Beach area we will stay here again.

    05/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    48. Alicia D.
    First time customer who will definitely be back! The customer service was outstanding. The staff were very friendly, talkative and welcoming. They were informative about the area transit and restaurants. The hotel is a small boutique hotel that has been recently renovated. The hotel itself is small and so are the rooms. But I feel like the hotel made this very clear at booking. It may be small, but staying in this hotel is a unique experience, so keep that in mind.

    For the amount of space they have, they do a good job using it well. We had s room towards the back on the 3rd floor that was nice and quiet. The windows in the room were a bonus, as we were able to keep them open and enjoy the sea air. There was complimentary continental breakfast and wine, but we missed out on those during our stay. But we did take advantage of the fact that you can get coffee in the lobby 24 hours a day. They charge $10 for parking in the lot next door to the hotel. I missed the lot and parked across the street for $5 a day. The only problem is that the meter expired at 4am and there were no other options. I did not receive a ticket and am hoping on will not be arriving in the mail.

    Although I really loved this place and will definitely be back, I think there are a few things you should know before booking. There is no ice machine - but there is a store a block away where you can get ice, so it was no big deal. Secondly, the bathrooms are very small. I am a small person about 5'5, 130lbs and had to actually turn off the water in the shower to shave and lather because it was so small. It isn't something that would deter me from returning, but if you are a larger, taller person, this might be an issue for you.

    The location was also great! Walking distance to so many great bars & restaurants. We also found out that the Passport Bus runs downtown for free! And if you are in need of a good morning meal to cure your hangover, The Omelet Inn will fix you right up. Thanks to the staff for the recommendation!

    To conclude, this is a great property. It's not your run of the mill hotel. It is quaint with a lot of personality. The pros heavily outweigh the cons, so give it a try!

    24/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    49. Mariana R.
    Excellent service!!.. The people is sooo friendly and always able to help!.. Also the hotel decoration is very beautiful!!... The room is pretty but very tiny. My biggest concern was the sink. It was so tiny that you can hardly use it. But if you like a good location, and a very clean room, only to sleep, this is a great place. The hotel doesn't have big common areas. That's why I recommend it only to sleep if you are going for vacations in long beach.

    21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    50. Sara V.
    Got charged a $200 *smoking* fee for *vaporizing* in the room. I called management but they did not honor said distinction. Smoking IS NOT vaporizing which is why you are allowed to use one indoors and in non smoking areas. Why? Because it is not smoking. I didn't smoke in the room but got charged a hefty smoking fee.

    28/11/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    51. Dawn D.
    Had to spend the night in Long Beach this past weekend and I found this place on the Internet. I loved every minute and every aspect of my stay. I do not like large hotel chains and I do not like cheap hotels. The Varden is the perfect balance of a small, quaint, personalized hotel that was not tacky or low class or icky (for lack of a better term). It was small and quiet and very nice. When I get a hotel, I want four things. I want a quiet, clean, comfortable room and a reasonable price. The Varden nails it.  The rooms are small and ridiculously well designed, with cool contemporary fixtures and design features. They have small space utilization absolutely wired, very well laid out small rooms. Not the slightest amount of wasted space. The windows opened for fresh air and the heat and air conditioning ran super quietly. My room was so cute and perfect it's crazy. Even the sink was bitchen! The bed was very comfortable and the sheets were buttery, including the down comforter. The whole place was so clean I could have eaten off the floor. In addition to all these things the staff was very down to earth and friendly. They put out wine and snacks in the afternoon and they put out coffee and snacks in the morning. They had a parking lot right next door that was $10 a night, cheap for LA. I'll never stay anywhere else in the Los Angeles area.

    09/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    52. Jen D.
    We booked this through Expedia on our way back home from Burbank to San Diego for an overnight stay in Long Beach.  We asked for something that had 4+ stars and was affordable.  They said the Varden would be $119 for the night and it came highly recommended at 4.5 stars, and for the life of me I can not figure out why.  We arrived late and the neighborhood was not exactly something you want to wait out front of a scary hotel with your luggage waiting for them to come open the door for you.  First thing I noticed, NO elevator... so we had to haul our luggage upstairs. Second, when we opened the door I was like WTH? Where is the rest of it?  I actually thought I was being "punk'd" somehow.  We slid the HUGE mirror panel back to see the tiniest bathroom I've ever seen.  The cruise ships I've been on had bigger ones, heck even the last airline wasn't too much smaller.  I actually had to shower with the curtain open because it kept touching me.  And like one of the other reviewers said, it smelled musty and moldy in the room because of no real air circulation.  I couldn't even spit in the sink good because there was a 4" deep shelf over a 6" deep sink.  I also cracked my head on the oddly placed soap dish in the tiny 2 1/2' x 2 1/2' shower.  I swear the camper showers are bigger.  The bed was comfy but it didn't even feel like a true "full" size bed. It was crammed in the corner under a window with a view of a brick wall.  My partner cracked her knee in the middle of the night on the window sill and I cracked my knuckle on the side table that was crammed beside me on my side.  It felt more like a dorm room than a "boutique" hotel.  If you are traveling alone for ONE night this might be acceptable.
    Everything was decorated in white and no artwork on the walls.  It only had one accessible outlet to use for the cell phone charger & laptop.  Walls are paper thin so if you want to get your groove on make sure you put a pillow over her mouth so you don't disturb your neighbors.  Don't even think of making boom-boom in the room because there is no real door to close to keep the funk from coming in the room with you (thank God neither of us had to!).  Breakfast was a Keurig coffee maker with several k-cups to select from along with a small assortment of store bought (Costco) mini muffins and sliced breakfast loafs (blueberry, swirl, etc).  Oatmeal, yogurts, and juice.  Wasn't bad but not great either. (Bagels & a toaster would be nice to add)  The front desk clerk was nice but got a little defensive when I mentioned how tiny the room was.  She actually asked if I had read the reviews.  I was driving and had counted on the overall rating.  Well I guess from now on I won't take the star ratings as I'm assuming for every ONE star review they have to be having their friends or family write some 5 star reviews to counteract these TRUE reviews.  There is NO WAY this place should have 4.5 star rating.

    25/05/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    53. Victor M.
    This is the spot where I chill out in LBC. The staff is friendly & the management very accommodating. The room was nice & the bed heavenly. I'll be back.

    22/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    54. Lance R.
    I've stayed here multiple times on business. Service is excellent. Room is modern, clean and comfortable. I especially enjoy the free wine during happy hour. Location is great. Walking distance to great restaurants and nightlife. The only negative is that the bathroom sink is a little too small. You can't shave or brush your teeth without getting some water on the floor. Other than that, I will likely keep returning to the Varden.

    31/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    55. Brian B.
    What a cute hotel.  Very clean rooms.  The staff was extremely friendly.  Plus, all the free wine and goldfish crackers you could consume from 5p-7p?  Please!!

    05/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    56. Jessica B.
    Sometimes when you visit these chic little boutique hotels the staff can be snobbish or off-putting, but I just have to say that the people who work at the Varden are some of the nicest people we've ever met while traveling. Very friendly, courteous and helpful.  They definitely help you feel welcome. The rooms are clean and comfy, very minimal design.  Comfortable beds, yummy coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon.  They even printed us out an alternate route to the Long Beach Airport so that we could avoid traffic.  Highly recommended, will stay here again if we are in the area!

    25/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    57. Kimberly C.
    Was a bit skeptical at first upon pulling up to the parking lot.  No windows on one side.  But on entering, it was bright and clean, and the staff was great  The room was tiny and the view, well.. a brick wall from neighboring building.  The shower fit one person and the sink was too close to the mirror shelf it was difficult to wash the face.  The alarm clock was an ipod dock and the soaps and shampoo were of a nice quality.  

    The owner we met, Larry, was Awesome and made up for what it lacked.  He catered and chatted it up with the guests during breakfast and on NYE they had wine and goodies.  I cant speak for the rest of the rooms, but assuming they are all small.  One person would be ideal, for two..just keep in mind how close you are to everything and that this is not the room to "live" in.  Get out and explore!

    I would highly recommend this place.

    08/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    58. Jeremy T.
    My wife and I just stayed at The Varden last weekend for a wedding. We live local but thought it would be a good excuse to get out for a date night. Thank goodness I have a Smart car because the parking was pretty tight. The area was very scary! There is an alarming amount of homeless that accumulate in this area. I understand that is not the fault of the hotel but I thought it would be a good thing for someone to know. I was nervous walking to the market that is a half a block away. When we walked two blocks in the opposite direction we came across a park that was full of homeless over 100. A few months back we stayed at the Hyatt by the beach and did not encounter any of that and it is three blocks away.

    Once we walked in The Varden it was bright, airy, clean. The lobby was inviting and had comfortable couches to sit in while we waited. The woman that helped us out was very nice and friendly. She got us to our room very quickly. Just passed the lobby is a small kitchen / seating area. We walked down a tight corridor to get to our room it reminded me a bit like a college dorm with the line of doors all in a line.

    We opened the door to the room and were a bit set back by how small it was. All of the unique fixtures that in the room are nice. The bathroom is a 5'x5' that has a drain in the center if you don't shut the shower curtain the shower would flow right onto the toilet. The bathroom sink is very small maybe 8" deep by 12" wide. The bed was comfortable but very very small I am thinking it's a double. They don't have closet space. The air conditioner worked well. They offer free wi-fi although we did not stay in the room for long. They serve a small breakfast in the morning with juice, muffins etc. that is ok.

    My wife and I travel quite a bit and enjoy some of the finer hotels we were excited to find this Boutique Hotel so close. Unfortunately we were not impressed at all. I would not recommend this hotel for $100 a night if you have high expectations for Boutique hotels. I do recommend the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach we spend our anniversary there every year although the price is in the $350 range but well worth it.  

    All in all this was a very clean hotel with very nice people working there in a bad location and a bit small. We had a good time but were a bit claustrophobic. I understand I have high expectations and if you don't set the bar so high you could enjoy this hotel.

    07/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    59. Quentin A.
    A pleasant surprise.  The room and bed was clean.  The staff extremely attentive.   It's small but definitely a great value.  They even have a Happy Hour.

    11/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    60. Rebecca P.
    We checked in on a Saturday afternoon the front desk was very nice and helpful. They even go outside and point you in the correct direction when showing you how to get some where.
    The hotel is cute and little but not uncomfortable. For two people and only one night it was just right. When walking us to our room the attendent told us it was a hotel orginally in the 1920's which was nice. The seals on the windows are shoddy but what do you expect from a building that is about 90yrs old. The AC in the room did its job. The bathroom is a little small but if you are of average size it shouldn't be a problem. Over all we had a great experience.

    Only 2 no so great things to note: 1) The door to our room #7 on the first floor, I swear this thing weighs at least 40pounds. I am a tiny 5' nothing with joint problems and I couldn't get the door open at all on my own. The BF who is 5'8 165lbs or so had to slam his body into it and then brace to get the door open. 2) The pillows are 100% awesome feather. This is great till you actually want to go to sleep then your head just squshes them down in to flatness. So bring your own pillow if you can.

    I will stay here again, with my own pillow.

    28/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    61. Clarence J.
    Very nice.  Very clean and bright.  Friendly, knowledgeable staff.  Somewhat 'sterile' in atmosphere, but it does follow the pattern of many modern European small hotels.  And speaking of "small" . . . the rooms are tiny but comfortable.  I would be concerned about staying here with more than one person in a room - _way_ too intimate when it comes to the bathroom - but for one person it's perfect.  I was a little frustrated by the tiny bathroom sink (which is beside the bed in the main room) but it's workable.

    It's amazing to remember that this is a renovated 1929 building.  They did an excellent job.  The great stairwells, thick walls, and 'melting' windows (due to time) all tell the tale of its age in a good way.  And the location is outstanding - a block from all the restaurants and shops on Pine St., within walking distance of everything downtown, plus right across the street from a streetcar stop.  (Not to mention a few steps from the outstanding donuts at Colonial Bakery & Coffee.)  Parking is $10 a day - the fee is added to your bill afterwards - in a lot beside the hotel with a pass from the front desk.

    I'd definitely stay here again.  Well, "definitely" if I wasn't sharing a room with anyone; I'd have to think a bit otherwise.

    04/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    62. Todd F.
    My gf, who grew up in LA but had never been to the Varden, recently stayed at this boutique hotel. It was very quaint, had mucho history, and had the Most Friendly staff ever~!~!   Melissa Fisher, Adina Powers, Mike Chavez and Jose Castillo were all eager to provide directions, snacks, extra complimentary room service, or just lend an ear when we wanted to blab. We were also privy to a delightful little nook just behind the front desk area where we could enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, even a glass of wine.

    While the rooms Are small as mentioned by a few other guests, the ambiance is worth checking out. The location is superb and there are numerous night spots, restaurants, and even the beach is only a short jaunt away.

    We would recommend this for those looking for a bit of a different flavor and something "out of the box".  Enjoy~!

    24/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    63. Mike P.
    Amazing people working in this place. The room was clean and to me perfect. This might have been my best over night stay experience ever. We will defiantly stay again.

    30/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    64. Steve D.
    I'd really like to give this hotel a nice rating because the owner and staff are friendly and they are trying the best with what they have. Unfortunately, what they have is an old building in a borderline part of town that looks as though free soup was served there not so long ago, with room sizes that would be considered small even by city mission standards. No amount of earnest boutique dressing can disguise that.

    The experience is rather like having a standard cabin on a cruise ship, with the same ergonomic attention to making the most of a claustrophobic lack of space. My room was barely twice the size of my bed, which seemed a tad smaller than a double. There was no desk, just a glass ledge about a foot deep with no outlets nearby. The bathroom was ridiculous, with a sink so shallow that I couldn't put my face over it without smacking my head on a glass ledge that was just 6 inches deep. The shower wasn't even 2' square, just a drain in the floor with a very high wraparound curtain that stuck to me like a giant condom while I showered. And every biological activity from every room that borders you can be heard in excruciating clarity.

    I go to Europe often so I'm used to cramped, modest facilities. Nothing quite prepared me for this.

    11/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    65. Marcia W.
    We stayed at the Varden while in town for a wedding at the Acquarium of the Pacific.  It's easy to find and close to points of interest around town.  Parking is in an adjacent lot for $11 bucks a night.  Our cab ride to the acquarium was only 3 minutes and Joseph at the front desk arranged that for us.  Speaking of Joseph, he was very helpful and made our stay pleasant! He pointed us in the right direction for after wedding fun and we ended up at a fun nightspot called Sevilla.  As noted in other reviews the rooms are European in style and yes the sink has some issues if you've got a big noggin...but the bed was the comfiest ever!  I want that bed! In short, Go!

    15/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    66. Laurie N.
    I generally stay in Costa Mesa when I'm working in SoCal, but I could only get one night at my usual hotel so decided, since my Day Two meeting was in Long Beach, to try out the Varden. I'm so glad I did -- what an unexpected little hotel. I'm an Ace Hotel fetishist, and the Varden really reminded me of Ace's hotel in Portland. Love the clean, contemporary decor and styling. My room was cozy, but perfect for one person and had everything I needed, even as a business guest.

    I'm a fan also of room service, but I realized that the set-up at the Varden beats typical room service. The small kitchenette stocked with coffee and tea was a major attraction for me. After a couple of days of making presentation, I was in serious need of some herbal tea, and I helped myself to several cups to unwind during the evening. In the morning, I felt perfectly comfortable slipping my hoody over my PJs and going to make myself a cup of coffee first thing, when is exactly when I need my coffee. So much better than waiting half an hour for a pot of coffee to be delivered by room service!

    The bed was small but dreamy, the air conditioner was easy to operate and well positioned, and the hotel was quiet enough for me -- though granted I live in the middle of SF and seem to sleep better when there's some signs of life in the airwaves. There is the issue of the sink, which made me laugh since I'd read a review ... and yes, it is impossible to rinse your face in the adorable little sink without bonking your head on the adorable glass shelf. Just get in the shower to do it.

    Finally -- location! The night I stayed, I asked the concierge about a place a friend had recommended nearby, George's Greek Cafe. She gave me walking directions and I headed over to find a street party going on, with a live band right across from George's. I sat at the outside bar and people watched while I ate my meal, then walked back to the Varden. There were many, many, many fun bars and restaurants on the street.

    The next day I needed to move on to a meeting in LA before flying home, and my kind hosts helped me with my luggage, made me a cup of tea to go, and made sure I had directions. You definitely don't get that at the big-name hotels ...

    So, yes, thanks for the great at the Varden! I'll be back!

    07/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    67. Topper S.
    Surprising that this place gets such reviews. It was formerly the Dolly Varden Hotel, a flophouse for local drunks, located next to the L.B. Fire Department headquarters, with all their trucks, going in and out. Glad to see someone likes it now!

    15/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    68. Jim S.
    I have nothing but great things to say about those that work here, I found my room to be clean, modern, and comfortable given the price of the place.  The location is pretty fantastic, too.  Really, aside from one gaping problem, it's a 5-star no-brainer yelp review.

    But I had to knock off two stars for the bathroom.  It's not possible to take a shower and not flood the rest of the floor, no matter how hard you try.  This is a huge problem as I don't want to have to leave the bathroom to dry off my feet, nor stand in a puddle to brush my teeth.

    But other that that, this place is great.

    09/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    69. Leah G.
    This is an adorable hotel in a cute location. Be warned: at night and if it's rainy there's no illuminated hotel sign or number. It is literally a plastic banner you would use to support your favorite team at a football team. They informed me they are limited to what signage they can use because it's a historical building. Also, 0 elevators. The room is comfy but I did not care for the attitude of the hotel clerk. She insulted me by using the phrases "boutique hotel" "historic property" and "unique" over and over. She actually told me not to use my GPS. She also explained they have never had a guest complain about their temporary sign banner plastic non-professional non-illuminated sign. Another bizarre thing is that they insist on "showing to your room." I've never had that anywhere I've stayed. And the "well we have to show you how things work" was an explanation of the TV remote. I've never had a hotel staffer be so incredibly rude. She asked if a wanted a new hotel nearby when I told her the sign was not lit. I just spent several days at Disney and there's "regular nice" and there is "I'm on a power trip and I'm not going to give you the key. I'm going to walk up 3 flights with you and show you the buttons to NOT press on your TV remote."

    I really like this hotel but the woman checking me in tonight is the most ridiculous hotel staffer ever.

    I kindly explained that "I drive in blizzards it's not the weather." She told me CA is not like my state and they don't have to make numbers or signs illuminated.

    I actually refused the free wine so I did not have to hang out with this person a moment longer. I've never refused free wine.

    I knew she was clueless when she asked me if I liked wine and I'm holding a winery bag.

    This hotel needs to have some secret shoppers or something.

    I will stay here again but I will be sure to tell everyone I know to expect super awkward behavior from the staff. I almost had to say "please put down my TV remote and get out of my room now so I can use the bathroom."

    Lastly she said the women before me did not get shown to their room because they have stayed there before.

    01/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    70. Sal H.
    Dont stay in the LBC much but when i do...
    It is a Very Cute Comfortable Contemporary Hostel looking Stay - late checkouts - it is central to All the happening spots. Definitely  a Must Stay!

    13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    71. Tori B.
    I will start by saying that I don't like hotels.  But I loved this one!
    The Varden is a restored boutique hotel.  They did an amazing job!
    The staff was AMAZING.  Larry and his staff made me feel very welcome and was very helpful with everything.  The room was immaculate and very comfortable.  Even though it was in downtown Long Beach, it was very quiet.  The hotel is also just two blocks from some good places to eat.
    A couple of nice perks: wine tasting each evening and Keurig coffee in the morning.  YUM!

    27/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    72. Mary S.
    My boyfriend and I just stayed at this hotel, The "Dolly" Varden, and were, for the most part, very pleased. It was certainly clean, and the hotel staff were very polite, treated us very nice. They do happy hour with wine, which we were not able to attend because we were at the beach, but we did get to enjoy their continental breakfast. They have good coffee (Keurig), muffins and fruit. It was quite nice. I had read a review on them that said they had bed bugs, so of course that was the first thing I checked, and there were none! Again, it was clean. Our only gripe was the shower. The bathroom in general is small; I would not recommend this place to obese people, or older people who aren't flexible! I had to pull some rare moves in the shower it was so tight! LOL!  The hotel is in a GREAT location! There are nice restaurants around it, all in walking distance. They do charge $10/day for parking in the lot beside them, but it's not THAT bad. We took the Catalina Express over to Catalina, and the port was only like 5 minutes away, if even that. I would go back. I want to add some pictures, but I don't see an option here on Yelp. I'll have to figure it out and add some later. It was a pretty and clean hotel.

    01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    73. HerJadeness B.
    I stayed here for the Long Beach Half Marathon last weekend.  

    Check-in was at 3, but I got there early and asked if I could just park my car in the lot for now while my friend and I explored on foot.  The man at the counter, Norman, said he'd check if our room was ready so we could check-in early. Ta-da!  Our room would be ready in 10 minutes and he asked if we would like some water while we waited.  Norman gave us a quick background of this boutique hotel and in no time helped us with our luggage and we were sitting in our room.  

    I knew the room would be small from reading the reviews.  And yes, they're all true!  The room I booked was one bed (full size) and the entire room was about the same size as my 10 year old daughter's room back home.  But it very, very clean and the bed sheets were very comfortable ( I should have asked what brand for myself).  The room was equipped with an iPhone docking station, so that's nice if you have an iPhone.  The bathroom is on the smaller side, with a stand-up shower.  The showerhead is so high, that a short person like me get's hit in the face or the top of my head (I think it's made for taller people, and no, I couldn't reach it to adjust it).   There's a hairdryer, too.  The sink is very narrow, so you have to be careful if you bend over it to wash your face, you might hit the clear counter that is above it.  The room also a flat screen tv with cable, and ac/heat.

    24 hours a day there is coffee available in the lobby/sitting area via 2 Keurig machines, and every morning there is a continental breakfast (free) of muffins, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, milk and juice.  In the evenings, there is wine and crackers (free) in the sitting area so you come down here and hang out if you're feeling couped up in your little room.  There's no gym, but they've partnered up with a Gold's Gym up the street where you can workout for $10/day.

    Logistically, the hotel is near just about everything.  Next door is a Mexican/Salvadorean restaurant, but also a couple blocks in every direction is: California Pizza Kitchen, a Kabob place, Rock Bottom, Johnny Rockets, Sevilla, 2 nail salons, Walmart, Game Stop, Ross, Nordstom Rack and more!  

    The biggest selling point of The Varden Hotel is the unbelievable SERVICE from a great group of people who are there to take care of you.  Norman, took care of us from the minute we got there, and even located for me: 2 nail salons after I ran the Long Beach Half Marathon.  Melissa gave me directions for the shopping center and was always eager to help.  If you are looking for a large, spacious room to stay in, this is not the hotel for you.  But if you want a clean comfortable place to stay and be treated like ROYALTY within walking distance of the Long Beach convention Center, then this is the place for you.

    If the rooms were about 5 feet wider or longer, I would give 5 stars.  Otherwise a great place to stay.  Parking is $10.00 a day.

    17/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    74. Corey D.
    What's not to love?

    1. Decent rates for a good location.
    2. Free wine and snacks from 5-7pm.
    3. Clean smartly laid out room.
    4. Super friendly folks at the desk willing to guide you anywhere you want to go.
    5. They love Long Beach, like LOVE Long Beach so much that they nearly convinced me to live there.
    6. Front desk staff Yelps.
    7. Parking at meters close by or $!0/day in their lot.
    8. Free WIFI
    9. Right off the metro.
    10. Bottles of water behind the desk if you come in at 2am and need a little... uhm... hydration.

    And I was the duke after one weekend.

    Nothing wrong with that.

    17/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    75. Erin F.
    Stayed her for 2 nights and loved it! The place is immaculately kept and the rooms are extremely comfortable. Found it on Hotels.com and so glad we did! You can't beat the location, it's close to everything that matters in Long Beach, had free wifi, cheap parking and great coffee in the morning. What more could you ask for?

    Now, read closely because our experience with the staff is very different than Leah G's and, coincidentally, my partner and I were witness to her interaction with the staff when she checked in. The girl at the front desk bent over backwards to try and accommodate her, but I guess some people just can't be accommodated. When Leah G. turned to us and tried to pull us into her negative space we tried to shed a positive light on something, anything positive, but failed miserably. The girl at the front counter remained professional and calm throughout the whole interaction. All the staff we came in contact with was fantastic, extremely friendly and professional.

    We'll be back, for sure!

    03/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    76. Rose C.
    My boyfriend and I were going to stay at some ghetto Holiday Inn or something in Long Beach, but then we realized that it only had one star. So my boyfriend looked for something in the area with a higher rating, and we found the Dolly Varden.

    We checked in around 3 AM and there was a really nice guy, Mike, waiting for us. He was really hospitable and polite, even though it was such an odd time for us to come in. He offered us coffee and water right away. Since we reserved our room online, it was quick and easy to get in to our room. The room was bright and clean with a fresh smell. Large enough bed, and a small shower and toilet.

    My boyfriend and I were there to apartment hunt and since parking is such a pain in Long Beach, the Varden allowed us to park our car in their lot free of charge until 5pm, even though we checked out at 12 in the afternoon.

    It would be five stars if the sink was not so tiny. Also, the bed was kind of short and my boyfriend's legs were dangling off.

    28/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    77. Monique M.
    Great place to stay. Staff is extremely nice and make you feel at ease. The prices are very reasonable and the provide complimentary breakfast and snacks. Definitely recommend.

    31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    78. Jill and Ying J.
    A very boutique hotel.  Boutique in the purest sense of the word.  Very European,  both the good (the hors d'oeuvres hour, breakfast, and quaintness of it) and bad (the comically small bathroom, that's comically too close to the bed, with a comically to small sink).  

    Overall, a very amusing stay, and the staff is SUPER NICE, but sometimes you just want the Marriott, y'know?

    01/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    79. Eric D.
    Ok...booked this based on being #1 on trip advisor.

    Pros:  free wine 5-7pm, friendly workers, not super expensive.

    Cons: rooms are as small as a closet,  no dressers, no room to move, bathrooms are small, NO counter space, shower is literally 3x3 feet with 2 corners being walls and the other 2 the curtain. If the room was any louder I would be in a construction zone.

    This place was not comfortable at all.  

    I will NOT return.

    17/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    80. Cody S.
    My wife and I are currently staying here for 2 nights. At first glance, I was a bit horrified by the appearance of the hotel, it is very old and on first look appears to be a roach motel. The guy at the counter instantly made me feel better with amazing customer service, and as the other reviewers said, carried out bags to the room and showed the room. Once he led us back, I was pleasantly surprised at the obviously remodeled interior.

    The beds are amazingly soft and quite comfortable, but the small size of the room makes everything less comfortable overall. The bathroom is located so close to the bed that it makes doing any bathroom business quite embarrassing, as you can hear everything that goes on. The sliding bathroom door was also quite a negative, as it leaves a crack that anyone else in the room can see through, totally eliminating any sense of privacy.

    The showers are laughable, and the bathroom sink is actually out in the main part of the room. The bathroom facilities are probably the worst part about this hotel.

    The final thing to mention here is the smell. It smells clean, but it smells like it was cleansed in oven cleaner or 409 bathroom cleaner, or both. This hotel could have gained another star by using something to make the smell better.

    Overall, the saving grace is the customer service. It's definitely a unique experience, for better or for worse. Location is perfect!!

    14/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    81. Sascha R.
    First up - the Varden staff are PHENOMENAL!!  Very informative, very very friendly- just all round good people.  There is an element of an "I really have tried to excel in life but I've failed so now I am going to try and lord it over you" attitude from one of the female staff - but you just roundly put her in her place and she backs off.

    The Hotel has some awesome little touches: free wine (I don't drink though), coffee, wifi (a DEFINITE PLUS - but I actually think hotels should be compelled to provide free wifi these days anyway) and a continental breakfast laid on (I don't eat breakfast but for those of you do - there you go).

    Some "boutique" pros - this place is both Gay and TV/TS friendly.  It actually makes you feel comfortable to dress up for a night out at Hamburger Marys (very close by) and not feel like you are being judged!!  It is meticulously clean and tidy.  I know some reviewer had an issue with there not being an illuminated sign(?!?! - yeah - for reals - that was her complaint!!) but I used my GPS and found it straight away with no issues whatsoever and the outdoor sign is plenty big enough to see so I just wanted to address that.

    the cons: precious few but...

    the rooms are TINY - the shower is EVEN smaller and it is right next to the toilet and the sink (even tinier sink).  Although the place has full length mirrors - there really is no place to sit and work in your room - literally - it seems like they were designed to sleep, shower and leave - not to enjoy a comfortable stay
    I am not sure if any of the rooms have bathtubs - but the one I was in did not.

    precious few electrical outlets too - so that can be a bit frustrating.

    I think the price should be lower - i don't really feel the free wine and breakfast (wrapped up in the price of the room anyway) merit the prices they charge for the room and parking is ADDITIONAL - that fact alone almost made me walk away - if they went to valet parking  to squeeze more money out of you - I would definitely find an alternative.

    If I could change three things about the varden I would lower the room prices to something more reasonable like $99 pppn; make the parking  free for guests and make the bathrooms bigger.

    Would I recommend this hotel - absolutely - but I would always caveat it with the above which may color some people's opinion.  

    It is super close to Hamburger Marys for those of you going to t-girl nights and having to wear super high heels.  Bring your own makeup mirror though - you will certainly need it!

    06/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    82. Kate W.
    My boyfriend and I really enjoyed staying here. All the staff we talked to were really corteous, friendly, helpful and wonderful! The room was small, no surprises there though, but it was clean and nicely designed. If I'm ever in Long Beach again, I'm staying here! Highly recommended!

    30/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    83. Michelle S.
    Stayed at The Varden Hotel for my Birthday weekend, it was very vintage which is my style, clean and the staff was amazing!!!! Complimentary waters and was offered wine when we walked in the door with a cute Birthday song!!  Nice touch...  Went down stairs and enjoyed the complimentary snacks and wine in the evening and nice complimentary spread breakfast in the morning.  Walking distance to everything and a Mexican restaurant next door and the Blue line.  Thank you!!!

    28/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    84. Britt C.
    Whoo hoo, my 100th review :-)

    My husband and I went to Long Beach for a wedding over Labor Day weekend. After reading the great reviews, and the price being right at $119 per night, we decided to stay at the Varden.

    The Pros:
    - Amazing staff, the front desk was manned for 24 hours, they were super helpful, offered help with bags, and complimentary water every time we returned to the hotel
    - Clean modern decor
    - Comfortable bed
    - Free continental breakfast
    - Free happy hour of wine and snacks
    - Free wi-fi
    - Great location, within walking distance of locally owned restaurants, gastropubs, bars, and the convention center

    The Cons:
    - Small shower, I had to turn the water off to use soap
    - The room was on the smaller side, but was very clean

    This hotel was very similar to a European hotel, so if you're looking for a lot of space this isn't for you. As for myself it wasn't a problem as I don't need too much space and would rather have a clean and comfortable room. I highly recommend the Varden Hotel and will definitely stay there again if I'm in Long Beach.

    05/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    85. Jaz J.
    Staff is super friendly and really cares about your experience with them. Free continental breakfast in the morning and wine tasting in the evengings. And very affordable! If i ever need to stay in a hotel in long beach, I will definitely be coming back!

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    86. Jenni N.
    I will absolutley stay at the Varden again... Everything about our stay exceded my expectations! The staff genuinely care about the guests and I can say its by far the best customer service Ive ever had! On top of that the room was awsome! Melissa gave us some history of the hotel and its cool that they built the rooms around the original 1920's layout. Its quite charming yet still ultra modern. I couldnt believe the 5 star quality we got at such an affordable price! I could go on and on about the Varden and its staff but see for yourself.. you really wont be disappointed!

    04/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    87. Mati M.
    I was traveling to Long Beach for business the first week of December. Having never been to the area I didn't know what to expect. Well, the Varden Hotel was just what I needed. The style is very European. Meaning the rooms are very modern little studio type rooms. The room was very clean. And I loved the modern decor. The front desk was very helpful. My first night there Shaun checked me in and gave me wonderful suggestions for restaurants in the area. He was great! The wine tasting was perfect after a long day of meetings. The breakfast spread was good to grab and go. If you want Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn type of experience, you should look else where. If you want a no fuss stay in a cool modern hotel look no further! Also great location!

    16/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    88. Donna P.
    What a nice property.  Great staff; small but convenient rooms; nice continental breakfast.  ( I missed the wine tasting).  Clean, clean, clean and reasonable rates.  
    I think the thing that stands out the most to me is the staff; so personable and friendly.
    Note: only stairs, no elevator but the staff will carry your bags up and down.

    17/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    89. Jeffrey R.
    I'm writing this as I sit in their small, meeting area where they provide wine and appetizers between 5-7 pm.

    My wife and I stay in a lot of hotels. Each year we come here for the LB Marathon. the Hyatt was too expensive ($300) so decided to YELP for an alternative. We found The Varden.

    Location: The varden is 0.4 miles away from the Shoreline Village which was an easy walk.  It's only 1 block away from 4th street where all the bars and restuarants are, so in my book, the location is great.  Yes, there is one block you have to walk that is visited by a couple of transients, but come on. Don't be paranoid unless you grew up in Beverly Hills with a silver spoon.

    Parking: Super easy, People complained about the $10 fee? All the hotels along Seaport Village charge $20-$30.

    Staff: OUTSTANDING. I don't care if it was fake or not, they were wonderful. Water and coffee upon check-in, helped with bags to room. Always friendly and upbeat.  One reviewer said they were fake? what are they supposed to do, tell you their personal problems? All servants are supposed to do one thing, make you feel comfortable and appreciated for your patronage and that's exactly what the staff did.

    Rooms: Tiny. It is an old boutique hotel and it reminds me of a dorm room. The rooms are about 10' by 12'.  they are perfect for one person, or 2 people for a night or 2. I wouldn't want to spend miore than 2 nights in the cramp conditions since there is nowhere to stretch out and relax other than the bed.  They provide a chair, but these rooms are definitely meant for sleeping only, not socializing in. the only true negative is the dampness of the room. A little humid especially when your partner is taking a hot shower.

    Ambience: Awesome. they provide a little area for appetizers, wine and coffee from 5 pm till 7 pm. I enjoyed it.

    Overall, I would stay there again. Any negatives about the place are based upon the building itself and the confined restrictions. But, that's the way they are in Europe, so it's not a big deal to me.

    15/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    90. N B.
    The 1 star goes to Tracy, the only personable staff member.  $200 a night for a smelly 8' x 10' room, with a queen bed shoved in the corner under a window that doesn't fully close?  No thank you!  This place was awful!  The TV didn't work, nor did the heater.  The shower was smaller than one you would  find at a shady campground.   We felt cheated and will NEVER let anyone we know slum it in the Varden.  During the "wine tasting " the other guests discussed how their "prison cells" were so small, they had to go out, just  to get away from the confining walls of the Vaden.

    26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    91. Dara Y.
    I was aimlessly driving trying to find a place for the night near downtown. Seeing this boutique hotel, I called, and the amazing girl at the desk hooked up a room at a very reasonable price for me. She took me to it, set me up, explained everything and made sure I was completely comfortable. Clean. Nice. Very New York meets Europe ambiance. Complementary wine and crackers from 5-7 and a 24 hour guest assistance at the front. And I was less than 2 blocks from all the resaraunts on Pine St. Perfection. Couldn't have asked for a better situation. Thank you!!

    08/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    92. Sunny S.
    Fantastic staff & hotel. Small rooms with only a full size bed, but you're in Long Beach, how much time are you really staying in the room?  Nice continental breakfast, free WIFI, and wine tasting in the evening. Great value for business travelers.

    02/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    93. Andrea M.
    Great staff! So nice, and remembered my name and why I was visiting. Hopefully the hefty room rates are mostly going to staff wages; the staff are the best thing about this place.

    Perfect location. Near shops, restaurants and walk-able distance to the convention center.

    Very clean. Air fresheners everywhere.

    TINY. If you stay here, think about asking for one of their bigger rooms- my room seemed much smaller than the pics above. My husband and I stayed, and only one of us could be up and walking around at one time. The other had to be sitting on the bed; there just wasn't enough space for two people to move about freely.

    The bathroom sink is about 1/3rd size of normal sinks, so I kept hitting my forehead on the little shelf above it while washing my face. The shower is also about 1/3rd size a normal shower, so I kept hitting my elbows on the soap dish, and my limbs on the curtain and walls when trying to lather up. You may be thinking "well, maybe you are a giant!"  I certainly felt like that at this hotel! but I'm pretty average at 5ft 6 inches and normal weight.

    If this were labeled as a "hostel" and the rates were cheaper, I would have given it 5 stars. It's great as a hostel, but everything is too tiny for it to work as a real hotel room.

    01/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    94. Steve S.
    First time traveling to Long Beach (on business) and wanted a boutique hotel.  Traveling on a government budget, the Varden Hotel fit within the federal rate and could not have been a better choice.  A perfectly charming 35 room European-style boutique hotel - a clean, well-lit stylish place with a top drawer staff.  

    A historic sign advertising the Dolly Varden Hotel (Bath in Every Room) is atop this slightly seedy building (from the outside) disguising the sleek modern interior.  The front desk clerk (Tracey) showed me to my room, demonstrating the remote for the TV and the thermostat, pulling out the luggage rack from under the bed (no space is wasted), demonstrating the kind of attentive, personal service that seems to have gone out of style.  There is a happy hour of wine and snacks every 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a continental breakfast every morning.  

    The hotel is a block away from the restaurants of Pine Street and a 10 minute walk to the waterfront.  Less than a bock away is a Gold's Gym, which can be used for a $10 daily fee.

    27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0