Sunday brunch and sunset dinners draw a crowd at the Reef Restaurant, a top spot for happy couples to toast their nuptials against the Long Beach skyline. A short cab ride or walk leads you to an assortment of lodging choices with all the comforts of home. The surrounding area offers designer shopping, gourmet dining, vibrant nightlife and pristine beaches.
Kids get a kick out of the Nickelodeon Getaway program at the Residence Inn Long Beach Downtown, just a fourth of a mile north of the Reef Restaurant. If you visit on a weekend, Friday night features games by the pool and dive-in movies complete with Slimeade and popcorn. Eat breakfast with SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer on Saturday mornings for a small fee, and participate in contests, arts and crafts, and shows by the pool. Guest suites offer generously furnished, separate living areas typical of a family home where you eat, play, lounge and sleep in comfort. Stylish, trendy interiors and super-extended bathroom vanities highlight the suite design.
Historic Bed and Breakfast
Beachrunners' Inn offers five guest rooms in a 1913 Caftsman-style home just 2.1 miles northeast of the Reef Restaurant. The family-owned property in Long Beach's Bluff Heights Historic District consists of cheery rooms dressed with quilt bedding and wall colors of brick, mustard and lemon. The landscaped courtyard has bistro seating and a brick path leading to a whirlpool. Enjoy morning continental breakfast in the sun-drenched dining room, and check your email by the fireplace on the living room's laptop. Access the paved Long Beach bike path three blocks away for a beachside stroll or cycle.
The AVIA Hotels Long Beach, located a seventh of a mile north of the Reef Restaurant, combines urban and seaside sensibilities for a totally new type of luxury experience. Bedrooms have feathery beds with Italian cotton duvets. Wrap yourself in a waffle weave bath robe after relaxing with sensuous soaps under the waterfall shower head. Choose from double queen, king and master suite accommodations, just steps from the vibrant Pike at Rainbow Harbor shopping and entertainment complex. The rooftop pool and terrace have sweeping views of the city skyline. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day for your convenience.
If you've ever dreamed of sailing the seven seas, the Dockside Boat and Bed on Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor may be for you. A couple of avid boaters developed the concept to make use of beautiful yachts that owners used infrequently. Less than one mile north of the Reef Restaurant, choose from one of five docked yachts turned floating hotel suites. A housekeeper makes a daily cleaning visit. Cook dockside on a gas barbecue or use your boat's microwave. Rates are based on double occupancy but accommodate additional guests for entertaining up to a total of six.
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