I needed to be in Long Beach for a conference and the conference hotel (one of the chain ones on Ocean) was sold out. I found the Varden through yelp or tripadvisor (I forget which). SO glad I did. Everyone else was at the corpo hotel. I had nice strolls back and forth to the hotel. Allowed me to stop in to Recreational Coffee and and Made by Millworks on my ambulations. Parking is right next door and easy (no giant structure to deal with).
What they've doen exceedingly well is balance modern amenities with the early 20th c charms of the hotel. The neon sign is fandamntastic. I even loved the walk up to the rooms. It made me feel like I was in another era, but then I had wifi and a nice bed. I didn't partake in the breakfast or happy hour, but those are nice adds. The staff were nice and helpful. Not fawning, just attentive. I regularly do business in Long Beach (I live about an hour north) and have found my new go-to place. Sorry Hotel Maya--the cookies are nice--but I'd rather be in DTLB at the Varden.More