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Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA

Hotel Maya, Long Beach, CA

Hotel Maya, Long Beach, CA

July 25, 2012 // In California

An industrial city with a pretty downtown, Long Beach is a main port for the Los Angeles area, and the starting point for many vacationers headed to the open sea. Whether they’re visiting the Queen Mary, boarding a cruise ship, or catching the Express to Catalina, many travelers use Long Beach as the “gateway” to their getaway.

A lot of cruises leave the dock before noon. I had booked an early ride on the Express to Catalina, and the last thing I wanted to do was fight LA traffic the morning of. So, I decided to arrive the evening before, and booked a room at the Hotel Maya.

I’ve been to resorts in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, and lemme tell you – Hotel Maya has done a muy bueno job of providing a little slice of luxury to the west coast. An extremely unique Doubletree by Hilton, it’s a resort-styled boutique beauty on the bay with a buffet of complimentary amenities:

  • restaurant
  • bar
  • outdoor pool
  • sand volleyball court
  • tennis courts
  • faux beach
  • fire pits
  • outdoor dance floor
  • room service
  • free wifi
  • fitness room
  • plush white robes

Their colorful interior decor is art-deco glamour mixed with old-world mystique, and so many secluded lounge areas you’ll most likely score one all to yourself. Take in a panoramic view of downtown Long Beach on one of several patios – My favorite had an outdoor chandelier above, fire pits to the left, and a tiger-lily lined waterfall to the right.

You could order breakfast in bed to your room, but where’s the fun in that? “Bedside” food and drink service is also available all day at their pool, which is lined with cabana beds overlooking the bay.

The hotel is surrounded by shipyards… which are cool to see for the drive in, but then just look and smell really ugly. I was worried that the Hotel Maya had pulled the old bait and switch, but was surprised at how well they shield themselves from the surrounding eyesores with a proper placement of 400 palm trees. My only complaint was that the shipyards started clanking at about 9am… but most hotel guests will already be up waving bon voyage by then, so… who cares!

 

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