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Hotel Maya in Long Beach

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Pool at the Hotel Maya

The waterfront pool outside Building 4 at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach

Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

The Bottom Line

The Hotel Maya is a refreshing boutique hotel in Downtown Long Beach. It's location across the bridge, near the Queen Mary and its luxurious resort atmosphere make it feel more like an island getaway than urban accommodations, but it is just minutes across the bridge to the Convention Center, Aquarium and other downtown attractions. For design fans, this hotel is a delight to the eyes without losing anything in the comfort department.
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Pros

  • Incredible decor
  • Close to the Queen Mary, LB Cruise Terminal, Long Beach attractions, 710 Freeway
  • Great on-site restaurant and bar with a view of the Queen Mary and city skyline
  • Free Passport shuttle to Downtown Long Beach (and Blue Line Metro Station).
  • Free WiFi

Cons

  • There's not much within easy walking distance
  • No screens to keep the mosquitoes out if you want to sleep with fresh air
  • Noisy old air conditioners
  • Pool loungers could use some padding

Description

  • Address: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Phone: (562) 435-7676
  • Neighborhood: Long Beach
  • Room Rates: $139 and up (compare rates at TripAdvisor.com)
  • Website: www.hotelmayalongbeach.com
  • Property Amenities: Restaurant, lounge, pool, hot tub, cabanas, fitness center, business center, waterfront wedding terrace
  • Room Amenities: iPod dock, fridge, coffee maker, mini-bar, balconies on most rooms, safe, free WiFi
  • Extras: Beach cruiser bike loans, boat rental, water taxi, free shuttle to Downtown Long Beach, live music on weekend
  • Parking: Self-parking for a moderate fee
  • Discounts: look for online specials on the Hotel Maya website.
  • Other: This is a non-smoking hotel, pets are welcome

Guide Review - Hotel Maya in Long Beach

I love what the Joie de Vivre hotel group have done with the old Coast Hotel in Long Beach, transforming it into the luxurious and trendy Hotel Maya. The modular buildings with their distinctive trapezoidal appearance are well suited to the Mayan theme. Splashes of tropical color overlaid on earth tones and exciting textures offer sensory stimulation in every direction. Unlike some venues where comfort takes a backseat to design, the Maya manages to accomplish both.

Lazing by the pool feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Long Beach, just across Queensway Bay. Glass panels around the pool help block the crisp breeze without ruining the view.

The Hotel Maya has 199 rooms and suites in 4 buildings, with the lobby, restaurant and function rooms in a 5th building. The pool is behind building 4. Most of the rooms have balconies with either a bay view or garden view, although the garden view is sometimes more parking lot.

The rooms are a comfortable size and the two-bed rooms have queen beds, which is nice if you're putting 2 people in a bed. Rooms with one bed have more seating. Coffee, a comfy robe, an ergonomic chair and plenty of desk outlets for my electronics made me a happy camper for the couple hours I needed to work in the room.

The Maya has great indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, although conference rooms with a view could lead to some serious daydreaming.

The hotel's Fuego Restaurant and bar has the best seats in town for a glass of sangria at sunset or brunch with live Latin music on the weekend.

There's a bike path that runs along the water's edge past the hotel, and you can borrow beach cruiser bikes to head over to the Queen Mary and the port, or across the bridge into downtown Long Beach, or to the miles of bike paths on the beach or along the LA River.
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