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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
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Great value hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

If you are fed up with those big chain factory hotels this is a very nice alternative. The hotels is pretty small but therefore the personal touch is great: staff is very friendly and helpful. Rooms are fairly small but well designed and how much time do you spend in your room anyway? Long Beach city center (if something like this exists in most cities in the US ;-)?) is a 5-10 min. walk. Breakfast is included but do not expect a big buffet or so, which again is fine to me... I just need something small to eat before hidding the road. Coffee is available 24/7 :-).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

In all fairness, The Varden is limited by some pretty harsh restrictions by the Long Beach Historical Commission (or whatever the local commission is called), but it doesn't even live up to the billing of "A Bath in Every Room," unless you call a shower a bath. The original (?) chicken-wire reinforced windows don't keep out much of the sound, and even though my room was on the far end, I could hear the light rail on Pacific Ave at all hours, as well as, early one morning, a drunk? drugged? crazed? individual yelling all sorts of profanities. Did I mention that the Varden is several blocks from the overly sanitized LBCC area, and a block or two past the funky revitalized stretch into the "don't be overly concerned, but keep an eye on everybody within 50 yards" that seems to make up most of Long Beach.

Breakfast was the same EVERY day- mini-muffins, blueberry bread, OJ (if it wasn't from concentrate, they were able to achieve the same effect) and bagels and toast. The breakfast area was tiny, but not overly crowded- i think most guests foraged elsewhere, as i did after a couple days. There was a wine and cheezits reception that could have been upgraded a little bit.

All-night Keurig coffee was a blessing for this escapee from the Eastern time zone, and the wireless was fine and free.

Staff were very friendly, and able to recommend appropriate places to go.

Room Tip: I'm sure the rooms closer to Pacific are even noisier. Not really handicap friendly, and floors...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised with the Varden! The sign and location will make you scratch you head and wonder if you made the right decision but once inside you'll know you made a great decision. The front desk was more than helpful, kind, and funny! Most of the guest were in for the Phish concert so they were ready for the phans. The room was amazing! Tiny BUT efficient! A giant sliding glass door revealed the bathroom which I thought was a wonderful idea. The glass makes the room feel twice as big! The bed was a euro type bed...comfortable!! The tv was mounted in the corner of the ceiling (again efficient)!
Complementary wine and snacks!
Overall I would come back again! And you MUST take a picture of the sign! Pure vintage!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

I've spend five excellent days in Long Beach. I felt very comfortable at the Varden Hotel! They have such a great staff!! It is a very clean place and close to the main city atractions. I highly recommend the Varden Hotel .

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

One of the truly memorable hotel experiences! Larry and the staff at the Varden make you feel at home from the moment you walk in to the lobby. They really look after you - do you need to check in early? find a cab? find coffee? figure out the fastest/cheapest route to LAX? did you remember to take your conference badge to the conference center? - you don't even need to ask - Larry anticipates your requests and has you sorted out in minutes - if all of life could be like this. I have stayed at hotels large and small from Shanghai to New York to London and I can honestly say that may stay at the Varden was the most memorable in years. As noted elsewhere, this is a boutique hotel and the rooms are small - but beautifully outfitted and very functional. Unless you feel the need for more space - and the indifferent service that will inevitably go with those larger hotels - do not miss the Varden. It is a rare treat!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

My team and I stayed here back in September. Larry Black and his team at the Varden have done a great job of restoring the hotel. I can honestly say that I've never met more friendly, genuine and helpful hotel staff than those at the Varden. The hotel is a short walk from the Long Beach Convention Centre and makes a really nice change from the faceless, corporate hotels that line Ocean Boulevard. Yes the rooms are compact but the are clean and fully functional. A nice idea is the free wine-tasting each and every afternoon and the coffee and fresh fruit available 24-hours a day. I would definitely stay here again if I return to Long Beach.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Nice boutique hotel in easy walk to the Long Beach convention center and restaurants. Wonderful front desk staff, comfortable bed, coffee and fresh fruit available 24 hours/day. Wine and snack happy hour. I would definitely stay again if I am back in LOng Beach.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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