I wanted to LOVE this place...I wanted to give it 5 stars. I truly did. But the absolute BEST that I can give a hotel with musty smelling rooms is 4 stars. Plus...it is not convenient to walk to anyplace in Long Beach. This hotel is a bit funky, but in a good way. It feels very much like a hotel in Latin America.
The good stuff:
It is DIRECTLY on the harbor, with great sounds of the water and boats going by. It faces east - overlooking downtown Long Beach. The bars - both indoors and outdoors with fire pits - are directly out of a movie set...gorgeous and fun. The rooms are large and comfortable, the bathrooms small and functional. Great walking/jogging paths. The hotel is very near the Queen Mary (walking distance) if you want to check that out. Parking is free and close to the building. The staff is very friendly and accommodating.
The bad stuff:
Musty smelling rooms: When I walked into my room, it smelled musty. I assumed it was just my room. I was traveling with 3 co-workers...two of them had the exact same experience..the third didn't. I had a harbor facing room on the 3rd floor, so I slept with the sliding glass door open (very nice patio). Probably not safe (anyone coulda climbed up and bashed my head in while I slept), but it was wonderful to get the breeze in my room and hear the water on the shore. The breeze/fresh air also eliminated the musty smell.
Destination hotel: This hotel is GREAT if you want to walk/jog along the waterfront or just enjoy the outdoor area. It is NOT great if you want to walk to a local coffee shop or store. This is across the harbor bridge from downtown Long Beach, so you need to drive to anyplace if you want to dine or drink away from the hotel(other than the Queen Mary).
Be sure to get a room that faces the harbor, and a room on the 3rd or 4th floor (the hotel is 4 floors).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Maya is the first distinctive full-service, luxury Long Beach boutique resort hotel, located on the scenic downtown waterfront. A fusion of Latin American beachside Long Beach resort with modern Southern California style, Hotel Maya embodies the romantic, eclectic, and vibrant lifestyle of Long Beach, California. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maya Hotel Long Beach
- Coast Long Beach Hotel