Hyatt Regency Long Beach
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 beach. Meanwhile, the poolside firepit 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.