The hotel was probably quite the place in it's day. While it's day has passed, the hotel has been kept up quite well.
There is what looks like a fountain in the portico. It is not a fountain anymore, but a desert garden in its early stages of growth. One way to save water.
Hotel lobbies in smaller European hotels are very functional- a desk or counter and that's about all. You don't hang around these lobbies. You check in, check out, and go to your room. Lobbies in most American hotels are designed to be spaces that welcome you, where you want to have a drink and hang out and if nothing else people watch. The lobby of the Holiday Inn was somewhere in between. Not inviting. But a bit more than the European lobbies.
The hotel will give you a ride to nearby attractions, restaurants, etc. And you can call them to pick you up. It is quite a walk to the harbor area.
All of the staff were very friendly, said hello, etc.
One guest review called the neighborhood scarey. I was definitely a minority in the neighborhood. But I never felt scared. And I walked to and from the hotel to the harbor area a number of times, during the day and in the evening.
The room was OK. Nothing spectacular, but no significant flaws either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Downtown Long Beach Hotel, Located just minutes from the Long Beach Convention Center, Carnival Cruise Terminal, The Aquarium of the Pacific, The Historic Queen Mary and much more. We offer complimentary shuttle services within 3 mile radius, free high speed wireless internet access, 24 hour fitness center, and a heated pool/jacuzzi. Your Constant Caring Friends at the Holiday Inn Downtown Long Beach Hotel are dedicated to providing you with extraordinary service assuring safety and satisfaction. ... more less
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