Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton

Long Beach, California

Published on May 15, 2017 by: Edward Padilla / Photographs by: Debi Alvarez

EPCF / Hotel Review

Hotel Maya-a Double Tree by Hilton

Date: May 11, 2017

Room: Presidential Suite

Overview

Searching for a hotel to stay at while we were scheduled to attend a Conference in Long Beach, CA. We thought it was a great opportunity to try out the Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton. We had heard good things about this hotel, and are very familiar with the Hilton Hotel Family. We have been members of the Hilton Honors Program for over 20 years. If you haven’t heard of the Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton before, they are a part of the Hilton Honors Group and they provide suites accommodation which makes them a perfect choice for families.

Hotel facing the Harbor

This hotel reminded us so much of our stays at Hawaii, specially the Harbor Walks in Honolulu. The hotel is surrounded with lit Tiki-Torches at night. The area of the hotel that faces the Long Beach Harbor is covered with sand thus giving you a sandy beach feel.

Hotel Room

On arrival at the Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton we were greeted with the valet parking staff and bellman outside in front of the hotel. They quickly unloaded our luggage, and parked our vehicle. After checking in we were given warm cookies, along with bottled water. The two story Presidential Suite had a bedroom upstairs with a large king bed. Down stairs there is a full living room with a bar area with bar stools, a kitchenette behind the bar, sofa bed, nice size TV, sliding doors with a beautiful view. The suite has a nice harbor view from the balcony and view of the Queen Mary. The hotel accommodates a junior suite and a one king bed room, all with an amazing view and amenities.

Long Beach Harbor View

From our suite was a view of the city across the harbor, beautiful skyline. There are shops, outlets across from the convention center and the pier. Our room was a good size, 2 bathrooms and all amenities including a fridge, and one of our favorites, a Keurig coffee maker with all the condiments.

The spacious room and the rustic wood, iron furniture instantly makes you feel like you are vacationing on the shore. Floor to ceiling, wall to wall glass sliding doors, which takes you out to your own view of the hotel pool and the beautiful scenic harbor.

We left our glass door open and fell asleep listening to the sweet sounds of the harbor life. From watching a beautiful sunset to waking up to a gorgeous sunrise makes for a relaxing stay. Our room was very user friendly. The hotel accommodates us with free Wi-Fi, a large working area with a desk with plenty of electrical outlets to plug, chargers, laptops, etc.

Fuego Restaurant

After we settled in at the hotel we decided to head out, within five minutes we were walking around the popular Queen-Mary. Afterwards we drove to the outdoor shopping area across the harbor. When we returned that evening we retired to the Fuego Restaurant Lounge located in the hotel and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. The view from our table was magnificent. The food is delicious and the service was superb. The seating was a covered outdoor arrangement with an outdoor fireplace and outdoor heaters.

Pool Area

The pool is a very nice size and has a resort feel. We enjoyed the Jacuzzi after a long day. The pool area is very kid friendly, beach balls, croquet set, ping pong, live size chess and checker games. They provide large plush beach towels that we were welcome to use. There is plenty of lounging chairs for sun tanning, cabanas available. A beach setting outside of the gate area, lounge chairs, fire pits, romantic setting in the evening.

Experience the Reef Restaurant

A very nostalgic experience. This restaurant was founded in 1958 by themed-restaurant pioneer David Tallichet. We are told by the manager of this establishment that the Reef got its start as a local shack long before Long Beach landmarks like the Queen Mary and the Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton had arrived. The Reef is family-owned to this day and has made a name for itself as a favorite destination for locals and guests.

What a great tropical hideaway, just steps away from the Hotel Maya. You can choose to dine outside and take in the views of the Pacific Coast. We enjoyed delicious meals, refreshing cocktails, relaxing vibes and upscale service. http://www.reefrestaurant.com/about-us

We leave you with

We loved the Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton as it gives you a feel of a resort hotel, chic and an affordable place to stay in Long Beach, California. The staff was very friendly and helpful, nothing is ever too much trouble. One huge benefit was all the amenities the hotel offers, too many to mention. You will have to experience this hotel yourself, you will come back again.

As already mentioned, this is a great economical hotel for families. The location is great for Long Beach, plenty of nearby restaurants, shops, and only a five-minute walk to the Queen-Mary. Anyone looking for comfort and location should visit the Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton.

Environmental Friendly Green Hotel

The Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton is a friendly hotel, and rest assure that this hotel is environmental friendly. Hats off to the hotel for having the lobby, business area, bar, and restaurant located in a half open outdoor area, lending support to cutting down on the use of energy to cool, and heat the hotel lobby.

Management quickly supplied us with a copy of a Green Policy adopted by the hotel which include the following practices:

Meeting Green Policy

Meeting room equipped with recycle and composting bins.

China, glassware, ceramic creamers and sugar dispensers will be used.

Condiments will be served in large format (i.e. sugar packets, packaged butter squares, etc. will not be used).

Individually wrapped food items will NOT be used.

Paper pads on the table will be from recycled paper, using vegetable or soy-based inks.

Printed handouts will be double-sided and printed on recycled paper.

Disposable and plastic items will not be used unless requested by client.

Linen will be used where necessary versus paper unless requested by client.

Water will be served in large format pitchers and will not be pre-poured for participants.

Bottle water will not be used, with the exception of a large water dispenser.

CFL light bulbs (compact fluorescent lamp) to be used to illuminate meeting room.

Menu will offer local, organic, humane and sustainable foods.

Genetically modified foods will be avoided.

Any leftover food will be donated to the local food banks and shelters when possible.

When possible, a white board will be used, rather than flip chart package.

Lights and air conditioning will be turned off when room is not in use.

Live plants will be used when possible for center pieces, rather than floral, helium, and throw- a-away items.

Hotel Green Initiatives:

Switched all inside public area lights to LED lighting.

Replaced pool heater with 97% efficiency heater.

Installed EDC equipment to effectively monitor gas usage and control temperatures.

We have a linen and towel re-use program in all guest rooms for stay-over’s.

Re-cycle all cardboard and paper.

Faucet aerator Eco Friendly.

Sprinkler drop system in parts of the hotel.

The hotel provides shuttles, escorting a multitude of visitors to and from their destinations, makes it in less vehicle usage thus cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. The foods seem to be organic and locally grown. So many places to visit within walking distance leaving the car behind. Transportation causes 35 percent of California’s Greenhouse Gas Emission.

With all the beautiful shrubs, plants and trees surrounding the property this ensures on cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions, trees suck the carbon dioxide out of the air. Make your next trip a green one. If possible reserve your next stay at a green hotel such as the Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton in Long Beach, CA.

For more information go to http://hotelmayalongbeach.com/

Hotel Maya — a Double Tree by Hilton

700 Queensway Drive

Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 435–7676

Posted by Edward Padilla / Photographs taken by Debi Alvarez

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