at Hotel Maya
In Long Beach
By Greg Aragon
otel Maya is so close, yet feels so far away. Located on the marina
Beach, the property reminds me of a hip, Miami Beach location. I
say this not just because the hotel was used as a backdrop for the television
show CSI Miami, but because it captures such a cool and relaxing vibe.
Hotel Maya sits on the water in a beautiful Long
I escaped to Hotel Maya last week and coupled my overnight
stay with an exciting and delicious dinner aboard the historic Queen
Mary. The result was an memorable and easy getaway.
Situated near the giant bow of the Queen Mary, and squeezed
between a beautiful bay full of colorful boats and hundreds swaying
palm trees, Maya is an enchanting fusion of Latin American and Southern
Californian design, with a modern flare inspired by the colors of land
The waterfront hotel boasts memorable views of Long
Beach and the historic
The DoubleTree hotel by Hilton sits on 11 waterfront
acres across the bay from Downtown Long Beach and its iconic skyline.
The place resembles a Latin American resort, with sloping, pyramid-like
lines, bold colors, lush gardens and inviting public spaces. It has
everything one might expect from a boutique hotel, including what I
call the three Cs: charm, chic and chef. The latter
refers to Fuego, the hotels award-winning, eclectic Latin waterfront
restaurant, which specializes in the coastal cuisines of Mexico, Latin
America and South America.
My room at Maya came with two queen beds and a large
patio overlooking the gorgeous bay, 35 steps away. I know it is 35 steps
because I opened the glass patio door and counted the steps myself,
walking across the grass and over the hotel's white sand beach to get
to the water's edge.
Views from the rooms at Maya are also pretty cool
The room also boasts the cloudlike comfort of the DoubleTree
Sweet Dreams beds, richly appointed bathrooms, with plush bathrobes,
a 37" TV an efficient workstation with ergonomic chair, and wireless
Beyond the room I found many things to enhance my stay.
I swam in the pool and relaxed beneath a canopy, while watching yachts
bob just out of reach. I worked out in the state-of-the-art fitness
center, examined the hidden Hookah Lounge, and took the hotel's shuttle
to the Queen Mary.
The hotel has a hip, Miami Beach feel
At the Queen Mary I joined some friends for dinner
at Sir Winston's Restaurant & Lounge, the legendary vessel's signature
five-star restaurant. Named after one of the ship's most important passengers,
Sir Winston Churchill, the restaurant boasts incredible seaside views
and a mystic and historic elegance that must be experienced to truly
My meal at Sir Winston's began with fine red wine and
a lobster bisque with truffle scented tamale roe butter. For the main
course I devoured an incredible surf and turf plate with succulent lobster
and perfectly cooked steak, accompanied by fresh veggies.
Sir Winston's restaurant was named after one of
the Queen Mary's most important passengers
While dining, I listened to waves splash against the
ship's hull and I thought of the all the history that went on inside
this magical ocean liner, which this year is celebrating the 80th anniversary
of its maiden voyage.
The surf n turf at Sir Winston's is fit for a prime
After dinner my friend and I took the shuttle back to
Hotel Maya and concluded the night with a drink at Fuego Restaurant.
While sipping modern and potent Mojitos, we watched the city lights
bounce off the bay and reflect off the bow of the majestic Queen
Hotel Maya is a relaxing getaway
Hotel Maya is located at 700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach,
90802 for more information or reservation, call (562) 435-7676 or visit:
For more info on dining aboard the Queen Mary at Sir Winston's,
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