Southern California hotel reviews
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( Joie de Vivre )
700 Queensway Drive
Long Beach; (562) 435-7676,
The 199 guest-room hotel is a clever and contemporary fusion of Mediterranean and Latin themes, delivered with a mix of hot colors, rich textures and inviting public spaces. The exterior partitions of the free-standing hotel buildings are painted bougainvillea magenta, and hand-carved wooden doors and metal-mesh lampshades provide texture and drama to what was once a blah décor.
My bay-view room with two queen beds cost $249 a night on a Saturday, much less than most boutique waterfront hotels charge but a jump above the starting rate of $159 weekdays. Sitting in the vivid yellow deck chair on my room's balcony, I could look out to downtown Long Beach or over to the nearby Queen Mary, arriving cruise ships and the enormous cranes at the Port of Long Beach.
-- Valli Herman
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