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Hotel Maya Long Beach Review

I'm irrationally excited to be writing this review of Hotel Maya, A DoubleTree by Hilton in Long Beach, California. As some of you may know, I've worked in the hotel business for 8+ years - started as a Reservations Agent and ended as a Director of Sales & Marketing with several other positions in-between. I've stayed at hundreds of hotels between business and leisure yet the Hotel Maya is one of my (if not THE) favorite hotel I've ever stayed at. Trust me, that's saying a lot.

I enjoy the big-box hotels for their reliability but if you're looking for a boutique hotel in Long Beach, California, Hotel Maya is the spot. Let me take you around! Here's a full review of the Hotel Maya.

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Hotel Maya Wedding

Hotel Maya Long Beach Review

Hotel Maya Review

Location:

Hotel Maya is located in Long Beach, California which is about 20 miles south of Los Angeles. The hotel sits on the waterfront of the Queensway Bay on the opposite side of downtown Long Beach. So naturally, Hotel Maya has beautiful views of the water and the downtown skyline. If you're familiar with Long Beach but still not sure where it's located, the Queen Mary may ring a bell. Hotel Maya is walking distance of less than 1 mile from the Queen Mary.

If you couldn't figure it out already, Hotel Maya is a Latin American themed boutique hotel and not your typical DoubleTree Hotel although it is one. When you drive through the gates, you're welcomed by a huge Hotel Maya sign next to a bright, fuchsia stained glass lobby with a large door.

The interior of the lobby is bursting with color, spunky pop art pieces and carefully curated Latin-vibe decor. The exterior is lush with greenery, palm trees and seating while colors light up each building at night.


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Hotel Maya Waterview Room

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Hotel Maya Long Beach

Room:

The first time I stayed at the Hotel Maya, I was on the ground floor with a patio which I loved. Who knew it could get better? The hotel generously upgraded me to the 1 King Deluxe Water View Balcony room and it was glorious! The room was so spacious it made the King size bed look tiny. The ceilings are vaulted, the walls are decorated with succulents and Latin American art - completely unlike any other hotel I've ever stayed at.

The amenities didn't disappoint either. Outlet plugs on each bedside lamp, a widescreen TV, robes (the softest!), in-room dining menu, information on activities, a mini fridge and a Keurig (yes, please!) were all readily available in the room.

As if the room and bathroom weren't impressive enough, what got me was the patio and view. The view of their Playa (manmade beach), the dock, the Queen Mary and downtown Long Beach skyline hugged by towering palm trees was to die for.


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Fuego Long Beach Bar

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Fuego Long Beach

Dining:

By far, one of the highlights of Hotel Maya is their restaurant, full bar and hookah lounge, Fuego. Southern California is known for their high quality Latin cuisine but Fuego truly is one of the best I've ever had. Fuego serves breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner along with their popular Sunday Brunch. Their guacamole is a staple for me, as well as their tortilla soup and variety of tacos.

In the evening, I enjoyed my time at the Fuego bar where I always face the dilemma of choosing between their margarita or sangria. I ended up trying their Pineapple Sangria for the first time and loved it so much, I'll be serving it at my wedding! I haven't made it to the Fuego Happy Hour yet but I'm dying to - hopefully soon.

If you're interested in Hookah, there's a dedicated area outside for Hookah. I haven't tried it personally but I often see people enjoying hookah there while relaxing in the cozy outdoor seating.

Also, the same kitchen is used for Fuego, in-room dining and catering so however you choose to dine at Hotel Maya, it's going to be a winner!

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Hotel Maya Pool

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Hotel Maya Room

Amenities & Activities at Hotel Maya:

  • The "Playa" is a manmade private beach overlooking the harbor with luxury outdoor seating, firepits and the softest sand! Hotel Maya sells a s'mores kit in their shop for the firepits. How fun is that? 
  • Hotel Maya's pool is no typical hotel pool! Their outdoor, perfect 80 degree pool overlooks the water with plenty of seating for relaxing. But wait - they also have a jacuzzi, a full bar and luxury cabanas. The cabanas can be rented all day for only $150! 
  • The Hotel Maya is full of games. Throughout the hotel, you'll find giant checkers, giant chess, ping pong, croquet, bocce ball, ladder golf and bean bag tosses. You can rent out boardgames from the front desk, too! 
  • Want an exciting day? The Hotel Maya provides Jet-Ski rentals from their private dock. It costs $95 per hour. I didn't have time but next time, it's a priority! 
  • If a Jet-Ski is a bit intimidating, you can rent bikes! $30 for a full day, or $15 for 3 hours or less. 
  • Don't want to drive to Shoreline Village? Take the AquaBus to Shoreline Village for only $1 each way from the Hotel Maya dock! 
  • Last but certainly not least, since Hotel Maya is a DoubleTree, you'll get the famous DoubleTree Cookie at check-in. Yum! 

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Information:

  • Address: 700 Queensway Dr, Long Beach, California 90802 
  • Phone: (562) 435-7676 
  • Website: http://www.hotelmayalongbeach.com 
  • Parking: $26 per night 
  • Rewards Program: Hilton Honors 

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Hotel Maya Long Beach Review
Disclaimer: I paid for my own stay. However, Hotel Maya kindly upgraded my room and hosted me at their restaurant, Fuego. 

21 comments

  1. What a gem of a hotel in Long Beach. Thanks for giving me another hotel to check out. Your pictures, as always, are gorgeous. #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Of course! I bet you would love it; hope you make it out here sometime soon - I'd be happy to get some margaritas with you :D xo

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  2. Oh, I love the look of those pink glass panels! And the view over the harbour is excellent. I could use a week or so at this place!!
    #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Right?! I love love love the glass panels, I take pictures of it every time haha! Thanks for stopping by, Esther! xo

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  3. Kana, I am surprised by one of your initial comments. I know you are an industry pro, so, I believe when you say this hotel is one of your favorites. That really makes me want to stay. At least, I would like to try the restaurant. I believe Long Beach is very underrated. I have had so many great experiences there (lately). And, I want that cookie. I have stayed in other DoubleTree properties and that cookie is to die for! #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Haha! You'll have to check it out someday, at least the restaurant Fuego :) I think you would enjoy it and it'll be a little staycation getaway for you! And YES Long Beach totally is underrated; everyone thinks it's ghetto but I think that may be an image from the past, don't you think? Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  4. Your photos are stunning Kana! Looks amazing :)

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    1. Thanks so much Sheree! Appreciate it! :) xo

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this review, especially because of how your genuine enthusiasm and excitement about their services and amenities carries through. Makes me want to stay there too! I think their Latin-American theme is really admirable and representative of their location, and I love how they present a luxury Latin package that still aligns to standard DoubleTree branding. Great review! #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Coming from you, I'm completely flattered! The way you write is magical and I can tell it's your profession. I need some tips and tricks from you soon :) Thanks so much for stopping by! xo

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  6. This is a truly lovely and cozy hotel. What are your highlights of Long Beach, Kana?

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    1. Isn't it? There's a lot of things to do in Long Beach but I do love their little bustling pier. Lots of fun things to do and good things to eat! Thanks for stopping by, Agness! xo

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  7. I love a fun themed hotel! What a great view too. If I make it to Long Beach will definitely check it out. #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Me too! Themed hotels are so fun and unique! Thanks for stopping by, Liana! xo

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  8. That view! I actually remember your pictures on instagram from here and thought then it looked nice but iy YOU are giving it your seal of approval with all your experience then it has to be good. I've bookmarked it in my West Coast file. Thanks for the info! #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Haha good memory! I'm glad you bookmarked it - I think you and your kids will adore the hotel. There's so much to do for kids as well....and then the margaritas for you :) Thanks for stopping by, Alex! xo

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  9. This hotel looks so awesome! I love the design and architecture!

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    1. Right?! It's so unique and fun! Thanks for stopping by, Natalie! xo

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  10. I felt like I was reading an interesting book. The pictures are so beautiful! I can't wait to visit the hotel!
    Looks so exciting. Can't wait for the cookies :)

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    1. That's so nice, thank you so much for the kind words! Hopefully you'll get to visit Hotel Maya soon! The cookies are delicious! xo

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  11. This hotel looks epic! I love all the amenities and would seriously consider staying there!

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