Recently, I had to find lodging in the neighborhood due to my home being exterminated for termites, and I chose this place, because it was so close to home. I was quite surprised to read a recent review about Carson being so far from Long Beach, and it being a boring town. This may have been the perspective of that traveler; however, Carson has one of the counties largest outdoor arenas-the Office Depot Center, and there are many sports and entertainment events that are taking place year round. Another thing about Carson is that it is centrally located in the South Bay area.
I thought that I would give the Doubletree hotel a try, because I know that it has changed names and had some renovations over the last year. The rooms are okay for the money, and I have no complaints. Before I forget, those cookies were very good. Also, I had an event at this hotel in April, and used the restaurant for a prayer breakfast. The service was good, but the food could have been better. I was a little disappointed, because I have had my club's Christmas luncheon at this location for the last 3 years, and it was great; however, it was under different management. I will have my Christmas party here in December, and I will update you on the food.
This hotel is only 3 to 5 minutes away from the city of Long Beach, and it is about 10 minutes from the Long Beach Airport, which is actually located in Lakewood. What is good about this hotel's location is that it is at the 405 freeway's exit of Carson St., so there is no problem finding it, and this freeway is taken to get to Los Angeles Airport, Long Beach Airport, and to John Wayne Aiport in Orange County.
Less than 1/2 mile from the hotel is the South Bay Mall, or some call it the Carson Mall. It is currently being updated; it has a couple of department stores, smaller stores, Target, and Ikea. And, there is a Tony Roma's in front of the mall. Across the street is another family restaurant-the Sizzlers. Other restaurants in the area about 1 mile west on Carson Street, Baker's Square. Or, if you go a couple of more miles you will be in the small, but quaint downtown Torrance. If you go there, you have to eat at La Capilla's Mexican Restaurant, and afterwards, you must visit Torrance Bakery. Many folks who live here do not realize that downtown Torrance is in its location, that's because about 3 miles from the old downtown Torrance, accessable via Carson St, is a large retail area, Del Amo Mall, and a restaurant plaza on Hawthorne Boulevard.
If you are staying at the Doubletree on a Thursday, there is an open air, farmer's market in the the next parking lot over.
Oh! It is true that we do have an industrial area and we do have oil refineries, but that is certainly not all that the City of Carson has to offer.
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