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The Varden Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   335 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802   |  
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Ranked #1 of 58 Hotels in Long Beach
West Covina, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Would stay here again”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

My husband and I needed a room for an all-day wedding celebration in Long Beach. After finding that most of the major hotels were going for upwards of $200 for a Sat night stay, we decided to check elsewhere and found The Varden through Trip Advisor. The rate was really reasonable for this boutique style hotel. The property has that sleek European sensibility in the decor and furnishings throughout the hotel. The room was, without a doubt, small, but it actually worked best for us since we mostly needed the room to recharge during the day, freshen up for the reception, and then sleep. A/C worked great, everything was clean, and the full size mattress was very comfortable. They did have the wine tasting in the evening, but we didn't have time to check that out. Continental breakfast had a pretty good selection. The free wi-fi was a cool plus. Front desk and management were all attentive, friendly and made us feel welcome. Parking in their lot came with an add'l fee, but that was nominal; parking area is tight so be careful especially when backing out. Probably the only downside is the general area that the property is located in. While it is near the Financial District, the Pike, and all the restaurants and bars on Pine Ave, this part of downtown can still be sketchy as there are more than a few homeless / mentally unstable roaming around in the surrounding blocks as we saw the following morning walking back to the hotel from La Creperie. At night, they do secure the hotel so that only guests can access the building with their hotel keycard. Although we did see a family at the hotel, I would still say that this hotel would be best suited for couples or someone traveling solo / on business. All in all, we really enjoyed this hotel and would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Avalon, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Living on Catalina Island, my husband and I frequent Long Beach as a break from island life. This hotel is perfectly located in Downtown Long Beach and well within walking distance of the East Village Art District, as well as an array of great shops and restaurants. The rooms are very clean and comfortable, and the bed was just a dream. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this chic and modern hotel is the hotel staff. Everyone went well above and beyond to make sure our stay was as enjoyable as possible. Every staff member greeted us with smiles, offered complimentary glasses of water and coffee and were attentive to our overall experience. With so many large chain properties in Downtown Long Beach it was a true pleasure to patron an independently owned hotel where the staff and ownership take such pride in the quality of service and product they provide.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012 via mobile

The most amazing staff I have encountered in a hotel. Nothing was too much for them. We wanted to order a pizza and they had an account. We wanted a taxi they called. We wanted to call our airline they assisted. They even gave us 2 double rooms because there were no twin beds for my mother and I. Really comfortable beds and bright rooms. It's a perfect space for touring around southern California. Wine tasting is a bonus. Would totally come back
Thanks guys!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed at The Varden recently and were extremely happy with all aspects of our stay. The accommodation was very clean and the complimentary breakfast a great start to the day.
However the “outstanding achievement award” would have to go to the staff they could not have been more helpful and friendly…nothing was too much trouble…..from where to do the best shopping to how to get to Anaheim by public transport!
Should we ever return to Long beach our accommodation WILLL BE The Varden Hotel.
Thank you Varden

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We've traveled quite a bit over the last 10 or so years and we've never been so pleased as we were with our 3 night stay at the Varden. Yes, the room was very small - rather like some we stayed in in Europe - but very clean and comfortable. We think its outstanding feature, though, is the staff. Larry, Melissa, Jose and Adina could not have been more helpful. Always friendly and cheerful, they added so much to our enjoyment. It was certainly a happy experience. Thank you Varden!! Joan and Bill

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We were looking for convenient, affordable and easy and ended up with much, much more at the Varden. The rooms (bright, airy and funky) were a refreshing change from the usual boring hotel room; the location was ideal for exploring (the pike, Shoreline Village, retro row); and the staff made us feel like long-lost friends (Jose - thanks for going the extra mile, Melissa - thanks for the wine tasting that turned into a cocktail party, Larry - thanks for breakfast!). We loved our four days at the Varden. It wasn't just a place to stay, it was an adventure.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 335 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
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Location: United States > California > Long Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Long Beach
#1 Business Hotel in Long Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Long Beach
#3 Best Value Hotel in Long Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Varden Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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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