Having spent 25+ years in the hospitality business, I have a tendency to subconsciously critique the hotels where I stay. Upon my lunchtime arrival I was met warmly by Larry and Jose. These two gentlemen epitomize the true meaning of exceptional guest service. Although my room was not quite ready, they found another room which would be clean in 5 minutes. They inquired as to why I was visiting Long Beach, and when I told them I was here for the 2012 Perform Better Functional Training Summit, they informed me that they had an agreement with a nearby Gold's Gym in the event I wanted to work out. After a brief tour of the property, an invitation to the nightly wine tasting, and directions to a variety of restaurants, I dropped my bags off in my room and was off to my conference.While the rooms are small, they are well laid out and very efficient. Locking the entrance door nightly at 9:00 so only hotel guests had access made me feel very safe and secure. Each morning I was greeted by Larry as I left for my event, and I received a welcome back each evening. Upon my departure, the Sunday desk hostess was warm and friendly, and ensured my transportation arrangment was running on time. I cannot recall finding a friendlier staff anywhere else.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Varden Hotel Long Beach
- Varden Long Beach
- Varden Hotel Long Beach