Visitors to Long Beach, California, congregate at Shoreline Village because it is home to restaurants and bars, souvenir shops and tour takeoff points. From this maritime theme waterfront park, shopping and amusement center right on Long Beach Harbor, you can see the Queen Mary at dock on the water and a variety of lodging within walking distance.
The Best Western Hotel at the Convention Center caters to both business and leisure travelers. It is located in the Long Beach business district, close to the Long Beach Convention Center, the World Trade Center, Shoreline Village, the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific. The hotel, with 66 guest rooms on three floors, has received the AAA three diamond rating. The front desk operates 24 hours a day with a staff fluent in English and Spanish. Paid parking is available for guests. Continental breakfast is provided. Smoking is not permitted and pets are not allowed.
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Across the street from the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. Guests at this AAA three diamond hotel earn Marriott rewards points. The hotel’s In-The-Know service provides recommendations about local sites, restaurants, trends and events, with information updated weekly. The 374- room hotel includes 14 suites, with ocean or city views available. Upgraded bedding in all rooms includes pillow top mattresses and 300 thread count linens. Other amenities include Starbucks in the lobby, complimentary continental breakfast, appetizers and dessert Sunday through Friday. Smoking is not permitted. Pets are allowed with hotel permission and a $75 non-refundable sanitation fee. Paid parking and valet parking are available except during Long Beach Grand Prix, set for April 14 to April 17, 2011, when only valet parking is permitted.
AVIA Long Beach Hotel
The seven-story, 138-room AVIA Long Beach Hotel provides guests with pampering that includes premium linens, waffle-textured robes for in-room lounging, plush towels and walk-in showers with multiple shower heads. The swimming pool is on the roof. Breakfast includes barista service, and guests can partake of nightly AVIA Kitchen + Dining Room food and wine samplings.
In its founding days in the 1920s, the Varden Hotel was known as Dolly Varden. The fully renovated 35-room hotel has kept its original front desk, it historic railings, windows and archways, and blended them into its contemporary style. The Varden Hotel is only a block from Pine Avenue with its row of restaurants, four short blocks from the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, and an easy walk to Shoreline Village and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
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