I stayed at this hotel recently for 3 nights, I chose it because of convenience, as the event I was attending was being held in the hotel.
I didn't arrive until about 10 PM, and I was checked in and up to my room in literally about 2 minutes, it was very quick. The front desk staff were very friendly, as were all the staff I encountered during my stay. I opened my room and this odd smell hit me right away--it honestly smelled like urine. I couldn't shake it, maybe it was just a strong smell of cleaner, but either way, that first night it didn't seem to go away. The next day that smell was gone, and after housekeeping was in there was a faint one of cleaner, but not as bad as when I first got to the room. The smells weren't good for someone like me who has asthma, bad sinus problems (which were bad that particular day) and allergies. That was really my only room complaint of my stay, though. The room was very nice and good size, king bed room 1031. It had the bed, a desk and chair, another chair with ottoman, dresser, nice flat screen TV, refrigerator, coffee pot. One thing I noticed the room didn't have was a safe, which I found odd.
I didn't use many of the hotel amenities. The pool is closed until March, and I didn't use the fitness center. I used the business center, briefly, which you need your room key to enter and then the doors lock behind you. Luckily, there was another woman in there with me, and a couple others came along, who showed us how to get out. I didn't use it anymore after that. I had my laptop, and they gave me complimentary WiFi because of being a HHonors member, but the connection was better on my Iphone than on my laptop. That could be from my laptop, could be the connection, I don't know. I went down to try the hotel restaurant for breakfast one morning, but didn't stay, as it was very expensive! I went in the gift shop a couple times also, which is also pricey, but most hotel gift shops are, so that was expected. The night I arrived, I was hungry, but didn't want to wait up for room service, so I thought I'd just get some snacks from the vending machines. The snack one on my floor only took change, then the drinks one the floor down wasn't even working, and the elevator kept taking me to the wrong floor when I tried to get to another floor to try another machine, so I gave up on it that first night. The elevator kept taking me to the lobby and not floor 8 like I was trying to get to!
Right outside of the side door is the World Trade Center, which had Jersey Mike subs, which was decently priced, and World Trade Cafe, also decently priced, there was also a couple other stores there, but overall, not much. If you wanted to find other restaurants, it was about a 10-15 min walk to a Chili's, Gladstone's, PF Chang's, Outback Steakhouse, Famous Dave's BBQ and a few others, they were all down by the harbor by the Aquarium of the Pacific. That is the same distance to walk, and it's a safe walk, and also not much further is the shopping/restaurant areas of Shoreline Village, and The Pike. I went to all of these attractions, I didn't go to the Queen Mary, as I had been there before, but that you could also walk to in about the same amount of time. The hotel had a shuttle, but they never mentioned it to me, so I don't know where it went exactly? I just saw it out front of the hotel. Cabs can be called and they arrive quickly, if they aren't out front of the hotel already. I didn't have a car, so I inquired at the front desk how much a cab would cost me to go to Disneyland. I got 3 different answers from 3 different desk clerks, and then a 4th different answer from a cab driver. I got quoted $45, $65, $52-$60 (3rd desk clerk, she called the cab company with me right there) and then the cab driver said $65-$70. I said forget it, too much for each way and then the cost of a park ticket. So basically if you want to leave Long Beach and you don't have a car, you'll be paying a lot to get anywhere. You can use public transportation to get there, but it's multiple changes and takes about 2-2 1/2 hrs per the 2nd desk clerk I talked to (which I figured, based on research I did before my trip).The desk clerks should all be on the same page with their information, and please make sure it's correct, as they could really mislead guests! The Cab rate from Long Beach Airport, which is where I flew into, was a flat rate of $23, going back he ran the meter and it came out to $26 and some change. They do have flat rates to LAX and John Wayne Airport also, but I don't know what they are.
Overall, it was a nice hotel and I was happy with my stay. The event I attended is held annually at the hotel, so I will likely be returning for the convenience. I think next time I may do a split stay between Long Beach and Anaheim though, so I can do other things, as the attractions in Long Beach, once is enough to see them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Long Beach Hotel and Executive Meeting Center is the perfect location for business or leisure travel, with over 40,000 sq. Ft. Of Executive meeting space and social function rooms. Located on Ocean Ave and just a few blocks from all the activities, restaurants, attractions and the Long Beach Convention Center. Rent one of our Fuji Cruisers for an enjoyable ride along the 22 mi oceanfront bike bath. ... more less
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