Marriott Long Beach Airport: Good Hotel, Fair Location
Apr 26, 2012 (Updated Apr 26, 2012)
by Steven Mrak
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:great fitness center, nice neighborhood, close to some businesses
Cons:distant from city center, expensive, not much within walking distance
The Bottom Line: The Long Beach Airport Marriott is OK if you're on an expense account and have a rental car. If neither is true, you might want to look elsewhere.
Unlike a former coworker who never stayed anywhere but Marriotts, I've never been particularly loyal to any hotel chain. In fact, I'm not overly fond of the Marriott chain - but when the VP of marketing says "everyone will stay here for the trade show next month," I'm disinclined to argue. That's how I ended up staying six nights at the Long Beach Airport Marriott: not necessarily by choice.
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In fact, if you're attending an event at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, as were we, the Airport Marriott is a poor choice, since it's a long six miles to the Center, and there are hotels a lot closer, including lodging on the Queen Mary just across the Los Angeles River's mouth. Still, he is the Veep... Now if you're visiting Long Beach Community College, the Boeing plant at Long Beach, or the L A fire training academy, this hotel's a pretty good bet (if you can afford it). That's not to mention that it's close - very close - to the airport.
The property is an eight-floor building at the corner of Lakewood Blvd and Spring St, slightly north of the San Diego Freeway (the 405). It boasts 308 rooms and two suites plus a bunch of meeting rooms (several with aeronautical-influenced names like "Lindberg"). Besides a lobby bar/Starbucks, there are three restaurants - finish dining (Mr. R), semi-casual (Garden Terrace) and Sports Bar (Corrigan's Tex Mex [Tex Mex?]). There is, of course, room service - all foodstuffs are at typical business hotel prices, such as the sixteen-dollar breakfast buffet.
Other public amenities include a full business center (most assuredly not free), outdoor pool with indoor spa, and a quite nicely-equipped fitness center. The center has a wall of treadmills and ellipticals, four bikes, and lots of weight equipment. One of the best hotel fitness centers I've ever seen, no lie.
Room-wise, I found myself in a standard king with a bed covered - as is Marriott's wont - by a humongous pile of pillows. I count seven in all, but four are pretty useless; the one I did use was of nice quality and not too massive. In the bathroom I found either four or five (depending on the day) good-sized and reasonably fluffy towels. The room featured the usual amenities: coffee service, hair dryer, iron and board, a couple of telephones and a good quality clock radio with iPod dock. The 42-inch flatscreen got forty or so channels, including the typical business fare (Golf and Fox News) as well as PPV movies. Available channels included HBO and HBO Family. Rooms all have wireless and wired internet ($12.95 per day, though for some reason I got it free). The wireless was mostly dependable, thought documentation and tech support were even worse than average. The television service left something to be desired, too, as the remote was balky and there was no way to access a channel guide (nor was there one in the in-room book).
All the furnishings - king bed, two nightstands, bureau, and desk - are cherry-finish mahogany, with "granite" tops that match the counters in the bathroom. There's also a side chair with ottoman and a floor lamp. The desk chair is an "executive" style instead of ergonomic. The rooms and hotel in general appear to have undergone an upgrade within the past couple of years, as most everything is still in good repair and pretty up-to-date. Housekeeping kept everything clean and shiny during my stay, both in the room and the public areas.
Noise-wise, the hotel is about average: you can sort of hear noise through the wall (the people next door one night had an infant – a very fussy infant) and the other door sharing the alcove can slam loud enough to rattle the shades. I did not, though, hear any traffic noise; and that includes the nearby airport.
There isn’t much nearby, probably because most of the surrounding area is either the Long Beach Airport or Sky Links Golf Course. If the restaurant prices seem too ruinous, there are a couple of restaurants at Spring and Clark, a quarter of a mile away, with reasonable prices. There’s semi-fast Mexican, semi-fast Japanese, and a breakfast/burger joint that’s only open about six hours a day six days a week. The same lisstle strip of shops includes a liquor store. If you have a car, which I did not, you can find plenty of chain restaurants near Lakewood Mall (3 miles north on Lakewood). The nearest grocery is a Pavillions (Safeway brand) 1.2 miles east on Spring and there’s also a K-Mart at Spring and Bellflower, ¾ mile east. Just about anything you want can be found somewhere nearby, as long as you have access to wheels. The hotel runs shuttle service to nearby attractions, including the Mall.
If you’re going, the hotel has an airport shuttle (Long Beach Airport, not LAX) or you can rent. If you’re driving, take the Lakewood Blvd. exit northbound, take a right on Spring (after you pass under the runway) and a right onto Airport Plaza Drive at the first right.
Plusses: quite clean, (mostly) quiet, and in a safe neighborhood that’s reasonably close to shopping and dining (and extremely close to golf). It’s quite a hike to Disneyland and to the sights around Beverly Hills and the studios in west LA or the Valley. The hotel has a much better-than-average fitness center.
Minuses: remote from downtown Long Beach, expensive restaurants, some technical problems with electronics. Very little nearby if you’re on foot (assuming you are resistant to walking more than a mile for a meal or a little shopping).
Overall: Not a hotel I would have chosen for my event, but it served my purposes. It’s not recommended for someone without access to wheels, unless you like to walk for exercise or don’t mind being semi-stranded in the hotel.
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