It was exactly what we expected; but the courtesy & helpfulness of the staff exceeded our expectations. Great meeting other guests during the complimentary wine get-together @ 5:00 PM!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice little place"
In the downtown area and walking distance to nice restaurants. Clean comfortable rooms. Staff was very friendly and welcoming.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Cool little hotel near the waterfront in LB"
My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our short stay at the Varden. If you are ok with economy of space, then it's a great place to stay. My only gripe was we had kind of noisy neighbors, but that isn't the fault of the hotel or it's staff. We thought the staff was extra helpful and friendly. Recommended!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great place to Stay while in Long Beach"
We had a group of us from the South Pacific for a travel show and we had 6 rooms and they could not have done enough for us! Thank you to all the staff. WE shall be back!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Room way to small !!"
Staff was nice but the room way to small to b call a hotelGenuine Expedia guest review
"Better than 4 stars, not quite a 5."
Travel weekly on business, this met my needs. Quiet room with comfortable pillow top bed and high quality sheets. Fluffy towels and nice toiletries. Free parking on street until 9am. As solo traveller, bed against the wall and tiny sink was adequate for me. A little discoloring in the shower grout, the only maintenance issue. Only wish they supplied […] an egg (hard boiled would be fine) or sliced meats/cheese like European B&Bs, something more than the juice, mini muffins, yogurt, packaged oatmeal, apple/orange. All in all, fine. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice Service! Just too small!"
Very friendly people and nice services! Just the room is too small!Genuine Expedia guest review
"A comfortable boutique"
The hotel itself was amazingly nice and clean for such a low price. A great authentic donut shop just at the corner to add to it. But the best part of the stay was the super nice and very friendly staff. All staff members, including the owner, were on hand and very nice to chat with. Morning coffee and snacks in the mini lounge area were a nice treat. […] If avoiding super corporate and boring hotel experiences interests you, then the Varden is your spot. Thanks to all. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Nice hotel near transportation and freeways. Close to restaurants and attractions. Rooms were smallish but had comfortable and esthetically pleasing decor, well thought out. Wifi with no extra charge, which was pleasant. Great staff, made the visit a smooth and better experence.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice Chic hotel."
Staff was wonderful and very helpful. Rooms were a little small but we knew this going in..... Room was very clean and comfortable. For the hotel prices around Long Beach you can not beat it. Nice wine and snacks in evening. Windows open for nice salty beachside air at night.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great for one night, one person"
Booked this for one night during a business trip. Arrived late and was well taken care of by the night person. She carried my bag up the stairs and opened the door for me. The bed and pillows were very comfortable, it was quiet as well. I needed an iron and ironing board in the morning and that was quickly provided. Overall nice for the location and […] price. It would have been crammed with another person. The sink is super tiny with no easy place for makeup bag, hair dryer, etc. The bathroom reminded me of Europe (specifically rest cabins in the Copenhagen airport) where the shower is open to the rest of the room (enclosable with a curtain of course). Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good Hotel and Good Service."
I was impressed by the excellent and knowledgeable staff. They did their very best to make my stay a good experience. I enjoyed the breakfast and the afternoon snacks, perfect for me as a way to start and wind down at the end of my working day. The hotel was close to transportation services and local highways that made for easy access. The placement […] of the hotel was ideal for diversions and dining access. All sorts of stores and services within easy reach. My room was clean and well tended by the housekeeping staff. All the staff exhibited a friendly and helpful aspect. The room was a bit small to do work in for me, but the hotel was quiet and the public spaces were useful. The room appointments were tasteful. The bathroom was a bit small as was the shower, but was clean, functional and attractive. I was disappointed by the wall ceramic next to the television, the only off item in the decor. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Comfortable and clean and friendly"
It was comfortable and clean and cute. The staff was very friendly and helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
CLASSIC , COZY , COMFORTABLE , CLEAN . WARM ATMOSPHERE . GREAT SELECTION ON COFFEE AND TEAS . AVAILABLE 24 / 7 FRUITS AVAILABLE " ALWAYS " THE BEDS ARE SSSSSOOOOOOO ' COMFORTABLE ...... WALKING DISTANCE TO JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE . WONDERFUL STAFF . THE OWNER IS A GEM . I WILL RECOMMEND IT FOR EVERYONE . LOVED IT ; SINCERLY ." DONNA ....Genuine Expedia guest review
"Ok if you like camping..."
The Varden is definitely a European type hotel... of the uncomfortable kind. If you like camping, you then willingly go rough it in the woods. If you like uncomfortable European hotels, then stay at the Varden. Otherwise, I recommend you stay at a regular "American" hotel. The rooms are tiny and crowded. I absolutely HATED my shower, as it is so small […] the curtain sticks to your body as you are washing: I had to turn off the water, open the curtain so that it would not stick to me, wash, close curtain, open water, rinse. The bed was a full size and comfortable; however, both days I stayed there I woke up with a sore back. The night manager instructed me on how to use the TV in the room but I was never able to make it work. The staff is very nice and very willing to make your stay a pleasant one; hence, I hate writing this semi negative review. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Charming boutique, excellent staff"
I stayed here for a convention in November. For $130 a night, I wasn't expecting a lot, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well the staff took care of me, from check in to check out. The room was small but clean, modern, and just fine for a two-night stay. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom area was large and well stocked with towels. […] I had trouble with the free wi-fi on the first night (lost connectivity often), but the problem was resolved by the next day (they use a great third-party service, which was very attentive to my service request). The best part was the free morning coffee and pastries and evening wine and snacks -- sometimes these little details are all you need to start off and end your day right. The front desk staff were fantastic, very polite and professional. On check out, they stored my bag so I could attend the rest of my convention and then called a cab for me to catch my flight back home later than night. I would definitely stay here again for another convention. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The Varden-A is indeed a "boutique" hotel and, in this case it means TINY rooms. Good luck navigating the bathroom! Other than that, the room was clean, the bed comfortable and the staff quite nice. The breakfast nook has room to seat about 6 people maximum which can make it very uncomfortable if there is a rush of people to get to the coffee pot. I […] guess the good thing is that the price is right for what you get. I won't stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Sweet, European style Hotel with the best staff!"
This was a great find! The Varden is a very sweet European style space with the most delightful staff. It has a sweet romantic vibe and I highly recommend a stay here if you are looking for a place in the area.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Ultramodern hotel with free wine tasting"
We enjoyed our stay at the Varden Boutique Hotel, where the staff members were extremely helpful. We went to the wine tasting in the evening, which featured two kinds of wine and snacks, and then walked to the Wokcano Restaurant for some delicious Mongolian Beef. Staff members gave us lots of good tips about what to see and do in the area. The room […] was clean and ultramodern, although somewhat quirky. The bathroom sink is positioned in such a way that you need to be a bit of an acrobat to wash your face or brush your teeth, but we managed. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great service, excellent value"
So, would you rather stay at the Varden or at the Megalopolis Chain Hotel on the water? Let's compare: The Varden is small and so are the rooms; Megalopolis is big and so are the rooms. The Varden staff is small and friendly; Megalopolis has a large staff that is generally professional. The Varden is intimate; the Megalopolis isn't. The Varden is a […] 3 floor walkup; the Megalopolis is many floors with elevators that you wait for. With the money that you save nightly by staying at the Varden, you can have 2 excellent meals at some of the fine restaurants that are close. I am a fan! However, you, the knowledgeable traveler, need to be aware of the following issues: 1) No elevators, so this is not a good place for the elderly or infirm; 2) small rooms mean that you are intimate; 3) you are on the edge of town, so you will need to walk places (5 blocks to the waterfront). This said, I really liked the hotel and the staff and I would definitely stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to the ocean"
Very comfortable bed .. More like a European style room smaller but very efficient layout . Would stay again . Staff exceeded all of my expectations 4 star plusGenuine Expedia guest review
"small and COMFORTABLE"
It was a small room but well worth it.. It had new modern look and walking distance to the metro, WalMart, bars, and restaurants.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Manhattan in Long Beach"
The decor is very clean, but the disinfectant smell was a bit strong. I think the compact design is cute, but at the same time I felt a little too confined. A good place for just crashing for the night; otherwise, it's a little suffocating. I have no doubt people who love sampling wines appreciate the hotel wine hours, but the noise is noticeable in […] some rooms. The staff was wonderful. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We enjoyed the hotel. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Our room was small but nicely decorated. It was a short walk to restaurants and the aquarium.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Hotel staff was very nice and accommodating. The rooms were so SMALL, it was more convenient for one of us to go to the lobby while the other got dressed. If you took a shower the whole bathroom floor was wet, as the shower is not separate, so was inconvenient if you wanted to be in the bathroom area after showering. Evening wine/snack/social time was […] fun, met some interesting folks. Centrally located for our purposes but probably won't stay here again due to room size. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Good Value / Comfort"
Don't expect anything fancy at the Varden. The beds and linens will not disappoint but this hotel is not the Hyatt, but you are not paying the rate for the Hyatt either. Its alson close enough to walk to the downtown restaurants. Great value for guest if your not expecting to hang out at your hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Fantastic service and quaint room!"
My husband and I came to California for our one year anniversary and spent a night at the Varden Boutique Hotel. If you travel and visit many hotels you will truly appreciate the quality of this hotel. A boutique hotel means a small stylish hotel and this is exactly what the Varden Hotel is. From the moment we walked through the door we felt like we […] were the most special people. The staff took their time to explain and show you around the hotel and your room. They made us feel right at home. Yes the room is small, however they are very honest with their advertising and to be honest the size was perfect for the purpose of being there, to sleep for the night. The white decorations and cleanliness of the hotel makes you feel like you are in a brand new hotel. Although my husband is 6'6 tall, the shower was small for him but it worked out perfectly. Thank you to all the staff at the Varden hotel for making our one year anniversary a wonderful memory. We hope to travel back to California and come visit you in the future. God Bless!! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Got what I paid for"
It was nice over all. Very small room but I was pretty much in there just to sleep and shower so it wasnt that bad.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent customer service. Very friendly staff."
Hip and cool and the centralized location makes it very worthy of staying here.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Small, but charming"
The rooms, while a tab bit small are very comfortable, but what really stood out was the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. EVERYONE was incredible. In spite of the small rooms, I will definitely stay there whenever I'm in Long Beach. The rates are great, but it's the people that made our stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cute little room- Great value for the price!"
Excellent staff. Friendly service. Went out of their way to help us. We only stayed one night and could possibly stayed two max since the room is very small; however, very well designed to optimize the space. Continental breakfast was a plus.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Everything you need, nothing you don't."
The service was absolutely incredible. Every employee we came into contact with was well-versed, professional and actively looked for ways to make our stay better. Offering water before we asked upon check-in, offering two types of rooms and showing us both, recommending great eateries (Parkers Lighthouse) and even carrying our tray of breakfast we […] got from the complimentary Breakfast up the stairs. The rate was affordable and really provided a great landing spot which allowed us to walk to the aquarium, lunch and dinner spots, etc. I have already recommended the hotel to a friend who is looking for a place to stay in a few weeks in the area. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Love this place"
My wife and I stayed for 2 nights and wanted to stay more we loved it so much. The staff was wonderful they really made us feel at home. the hotel is very nice. The rooms & entire ambiance was warm, welcome & very inviting...the staff was the main reason we would like to return.. their personalities were unique, friendly, caring & kind. The hotel's […] complimentary breakfast & Happy Hour of wine & snacks also enhanced our moments & desires of being anxious & excited to return! Which we Will!!! we give it a HIGH THUMBS UP & APPLAUDS TO ALL that work there! ♥ oh~ and Location, location, location.. we walked everywhere! (our trip was to visit the Joyce Meyer conference LB Arena)... returning to the Varden very soon! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Modern but tiny"
The staff at this place are very helpful. But the room was tiny. The sink was so small and had a shelf directly above it so it proved impossible to brush our teeth, wash our faces even our hands without splashing water all over the floor or banging our heads on the ridiculously positioned shelf. Boutique hotels in my experience are expertly designed […] so the rooms are charming and unique but also work for the guest's comfort. This didn't. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Small but clean and friendly"
A nice hotel but very small bed for 2 of us especially by American standards! it felt a little like sleeping in a caravan. breakfast although complimentary was just cakes and coffee from a machine. would have been nice if they had suggested other places you could go for breakfast like the Omelette Inn which is just a block away and the food great. Room […] clean and staff very friendly but it is only a place to sleep. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Cute little boutique hotel"
My girlfriend and I stayed here for one night and felt like we were in Europe for our stay. Great place tj stay for couples. "We love this place"Genuine Expedia guest review
"Close to anywhere we wanted to go.Lovely!"
Great Hotel and service was wonderful!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Walking distance to everything we wanted to do"
Didn't even need to get a cab or rent a car. Took the public bus from airport to downtown, and walked maybe 4 blocks +/- to the hotel - it was easy. Exceptional A+ service. Great staff and one of the two owners was always there when we were...very friendly and helpful with suggestions and directions.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"very nice and clean hotel"
stayed there a few times and prefer it to other hotelsGenuine Expedia guest review
"AMAZING HIGH CLASS AAA service, style quality"
This was a gorgeous high end artsy hotel, right in the perfect location in Long Beach, close to everything. The staff was beyond extra kind and helped with so much extra information. Very polite staff, AND they have a complementary wine tasting in the evenings!!! great breakfast. Everything I needed in a stay. I will definitely stay here again on my […] next visit to Long Beach California. the ONLY negative, would be that the room was extremely small, BUT I wasn't planning on doing gymnastics, lol every bit of space was used to the maximum and I truly am a huge fan of this hotel.honesty the BESt on every level. GREAT JOB people.oh and FREE parking, and no extra hidden fees at this location, something many other hotels in the area WILL charge you. also, very quiet. loved it!!!!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Small and incredibly friendly"
Great location, every single staff member was friendly and offered help and suggestions for sightseeing.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Such a great HOTEL"
you gonna love it for sure, people are so nice and the hotel are so clean!!!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Loved this hotel! Although the room was small, it was clean & comfortable. And the price was right. Two thumbs up!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Owner and staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Convenient location. This is a European boutique hotel - rooms are small, but it was a wonderful experience!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"We stayed over after the 4th of July"
Everything was perfect including the wine tasting and parking. We were happy to hear more queen size beds are soon to replace the full sized beds.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Staff is excellent"
This is such a sweet little hotel. The rooms are SMALL but well set up and clean and comfortable. The pics are very accurate. The service was great; I was treated like I was in a 5 star resort. I arrived late in the evening to a wine tasting, which was very welcome after my long day. The neighborhood surrounding the hotel is a bit questionable at night. […] It's within walking distance of the convention center. One of their staff was even waiting at the front door at my departure, ready to direct me to wherever I was trying to go. I would stay here again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
We stayed here for a convention. Close to the convention center...easy 10 minute walk. Room was very small for two people but staff and owner Larry made up for any inconvenience. Offered to move us but we declined. Whole atmosphere is welcoming and safe. Don't be put off by size (35 rooms). You are a pampered guest. Boutique ambience is charming. Complimentary […] breakfast and evening wine. Impeccably clean!!!!! Great coffee shop around the corner...Birdcage Coffee is a great place to relax. Again owner very gracious; makes his shop available to non- profits...knows sign language and hosts classes for the deaf. This hotel is a real find and we look forward to a return visit! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"The staff is amazing"
I stayed for a conference in LB and this was a quick walk to the conference (about 10 mins away). The staff was so accommodating and friendly, I'd recommend this hotel based solely on hospitality, hands down. The rooms are European style (also if you're used to living in big cities, you're used to small compact spaces). There aren't a lot of frills […] in the rooms but the beds are comfortable and the space was fine for me. I'm not one to spend a ton of time in my hotel room anyway. The only thing I would say is that the sink is a tiny one and washing your face and brushing your teeth might force you to learn a little grace while at the Varden. A thousand kudos to the staff! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Cute, clean boutique hotel with friendly staff."
This is a small hotel - it's 3 floors (the bottom is just the lobby and breakfast area), has no elevator, and has a total of 35 small rooms; the one I stayed in didn't even have a closet for my clothes, just a drawer under the bed and a bar with hooks mounted on one of the walls. The bathroom was tiny, with a tiled stall-style shower, and the sink was […] outside of the bathroom, by the bed. At first, I was a little put off by how small the room was - I'd describe it as a clean, well-lit dorm room for one - but I acclimated quickly and found it surprisingly cozy (unlike the darkish, too-big, musty hotel rooms I'm used to at larger chain hotels...although I do appreciate the closet space and big bathrooms with counter space). The staff was extremely courteous and helpful, and the room was very clean. The windows open, which I consider a must for ventilation, and the remote-controlled HVAC system in the room did a great job of warming my room up/cooling it down as needed. Overall, I had a great stay, and I'd definitely consider staying at The Varden again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Lovely boutique hotel"
Cozy, efficient room with a soothing rain forest shower. I slept great here and the location was super convenient.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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