Originally built in 1929, this reborn Urban gem was suggested by the Delta Sky Miles folk. A trip for the solemn purpose of memorializing a colleague and friend in the vicinity followed by another meeting 1 hour away was made more comfortable by this unique boutique Hotel. Upon my arrival, I was greeted with the original rooftop marquee proudly announcing "The Dolly Varden Hotel - A Bath In Every Room." That beacon, soon to be brought back to its original best, made me smile. The staff is happy to greet guests personally, and is attentive to requests, is knowledgeable about the area and eager to please. My single room was smaller than those of large chains, but in keeping with the Hotel traditions of the 1920's,= when the building catered to the Naval yard clientele up the street.. Everything was new and fresh--very tech-savvy and bright: windows really open to the fresh air, an HE air conditioner is super quiet and efficient for my space; the appointments from HD flat screen TV to the minimalist desk, chair, sink and lighting , complimented the comfortable platform bed. All of this reminded me of a Cruise ship cabin for one, perfect to reflect the Naval history -they who once used the Hotel. A wine bar (good cab and chard) and munchies is offered from 5-7 pm nightly; a breakfast bar is open daily (and throughout the night)--as part of the daily rates. On site outdoor parking for a modest fee is an option which competes well in a city where parking is premium. While I appreciate the large chains and resorts, I am equally happy to enjoy a property loving brought back to life--especially in this day of impersonal and corporate indifference. I will be back, next time with my wife to enjoy it and the Pacific Avenue (should I say Melrose?) neighborhood which The Varden graces.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Varden is downtown Long Beach's first European style boutique hotel. After an extensive renovation , The Varden's unique design evokes the casual elegance of an upscale, boutique hotel incorporating the blend of historic and contemporary details with all the modern conveniences anticipated by today's traveler, blending style and afordabilty. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Varden Hotel Long Beach
- Varden Long Beach
- Varden Hotel Long Beach