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Long Beach vs Seal Beach vs Huntington Beach

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Long Beach vs Seal Beach vs Huntington Beach

Staying in Dana Point and want to spend a night with friends from Marina Del Rey. Sharing a car with our party and don't want to leave them without a car and don't want anyone to spend a bunch of time on the 405. (Not from LA but been there enough to know to avoid the 405 as much as possible. Got to be a least an hour and a half from Dana Point to Marina Del Rey most times a day, longer in rush hour! Yuk)

Thinking of getting a room somewhere inbetween. We did the Hollywood and Beverly Hills night life last time we were there. Looking for a lower-key, unpretentious experience. Dinner & drinks primarily and maybe some Karaoke or a little Dancing to some 80's music (depending on how much alcohol is in us) LOL.

We may be in Disneyland with the kids one of those days and were thinking about hitting Long Beach to grab a bit/drink and let the kids roam around the Queen Mary a bit. So thought it might be novel/convenient to just get a cheap room there (just to crash, no high expectations for that old boat.) Saw some inexpensive quaint places in Huntington Beach also. Don't know much about Seal/Sunset beach but look maybe a bit too small of a community as we want to go low-key but not put-you-to-sleep, few places to get a late night snack, low-key.

Any insights are much appreciated. I'd like to way them against the opinions of our friends from the Valley/Marina.

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1. Re: Long Beach vs Seal Beach vs Huntington Beach

I'd go with Long Beach given the description of what you want to do. There are a number of decent hotels near the Aquarium that might suit plus quite a few restaurants and whatnot all close together. Just across the bridge on the Queen Mary side is also the Marriott Residence Inn that is has easy access to the area. The Hotel Maya is nearby too but is a bit pricier.

It's funny you should mention the Queen Mary as the one and only time we were on the boat (in October/11) we noted that it would be a nice place for a quiet meal and a drink. One of the bars actually had people dancing to 80s music, which is kind of funny as you say that is what you are looking for. I don't know about Karaoke, though. The hotel rooms will be a bit more basic on the ship than in other hotels.

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