The beauty of Long Beach, California, is in its cultural variety. It’s rich in maritime history and home to Snoop Dogg, renowned street art and the acclaimed Aquarium of the Pacific – not to mention sandy beaches, beautiful parks and top-class restaurants. Art lovers will make a beeline for the East Village, the city’s arts district, while fans of naval history will love the Queen Mary; a hotel and a museum. The diverse offerings of this SoCal city are reflected in its hotels – here’s our pick of the best accommodation in Long Beach – all bookable with Culture Trip.
This Long Beach hotel may be a corporate crowd darling thanks to its prime location across from the convention center, but vacationing fun-seekers will also find plenty to like. How about a heated rooftop pool, trendy wining and dining on nearby Pine Avenue, and proximity to blockbuster attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific? And if you find yourself sleepless in Long Beach, such round-the-clock features as the fitness center and room service are winning perks as well.
A towering glass landmark at the western end of Long Beach, the Hyatt Regency, as is so often the case with this brand, sets the bar for high-end hotels in the city. The contemporary guest rooms look out over the harbor, and the outdoor pool makes a refreshing alternative to the ocean. Meanwhile, the poolside fire pit is perfect for keeping toasty warm in the evening. Within walking distance is the Aquarium of the Pacific, home to some 11,000 marine critters from 500 species.
A stylishly modern hotel in Long Beach a couple of blocks back from the ocean, the Renaissance is perfect for exploring the cultural attractions of downtown Long Beach. Be sure to check out the Museum of Latin American Art – the only museum in the United States dedicated to contemporary Latinx art – and the tree-lined walking trails of Cesar E. Chavez Park. Spend the evening at the SIP Bar + Lounge, famed for its ever-rotating “secret” cocktail menu – clues to which are available in your room.
A traditional hotel in the Sunrise neighborhood, which is noted for its Craftsman architecture, the Cove offers spacious rooms and suites with clawfoot tubs in the bathrooms. The heart of hotel life is the large outdoor pool, with a fire pit and cabanas where you can put your feet up. The giant chess board in the courtyard is a hit with guests of all ages.
With a prime location on the eastern end of the beach, the Belmont Shore Inn in Long Beach offers unfussy but stylish rooms overlooking the ocean. Pay your respects at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier just a few steps away, which offers lovely sunset views over the city, and take a dip in the Belmont Plaza Pool if you’re looking for a change of scenery from the beach. Nearby, the Belmont Brewing Company serves a fantastic range of home-brewed craft beers.
Andrea Schulte-Peevers contributed additional reporting to this article.
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