We've stayed in this hotel twice--once in October 2011 and once in February 2012, and both times for multiple nights over a weekend. Pros for us are the hotel's location: it is quite convenient to all of Long Beach and is nicely situated near the Queen Mary. The Aquarium area is a short walk away, which includes all the restaurants and whatnot over there. The free bus goes right by the hotel, so that is convenient too.
The tale of two hotels, for me, is this: one side face the Queen Mary and the ocean; the other the river and the port and overlooks a boat launch. I didn't much care for the latter view and found the boat noise to be bothersome (not a big big problem, but there was engine revving going on as boats were pulled out of the water in the evening; mornings were quiet, though people were launching at 5 a.m. -- we were up as we needed an early start). The Queen Mary and ocean view is superb and makes this a special hotel and location.
Otherwise, the rooms are the same--a decent kitchen, sitting room area, and decent bed, all of it quite new. We found the room to be a bit dusty (dust collected on the lamps), and there were some popcorn kernels on the carpet, so cleaning could be better--but it was overall quite clean so that isn't a big issue.
On our first stay, I was able to specifically book a Queen Mary view, but not on the second stay (only the expensive corner view rooms were book-able but not one side or the other of the hotel for the regular rooms). I asked about it at check-in and the clerk said you could just book the regular room and then the view rooms were first-come first-serve, which is too bad.
We'll be back in LB in a couple of months and I'm torn about staying here again. I think it offer much for the money, but I don't like not being able to reserve a specific side of the hotel.
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