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We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.
Ok. Let's be honest. The only good thing that we can say about this old room at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Long Beach, Calif. is that we're loving the Queen Mary outside the window. Everything else though, can go. And fortunately that's exactly what happened.
The Renaissance has just finished an $8 million renovation that upgraded each of the 374 guest rooms, including the 14 suites and the presidential suite, as well as the lobby, the Club Lounge and the fitness center. Work on the pool is set to begin soon.
Well, what are you waiting for? Take a look at how the rooms look now!
We hit up the hotel on Sunday during the first day of brunch service by the hotel's indoor/outdoor resetaurant, Fuego, which serves coastal Mexican cuisine. The views, especially on clear sunny day, are awesome.
You can see the docked Queen Mary cruise ship off to the right as well as any other cruise ships docking in Long Beach for the night. You can see downtown Long Beach across the bay, including the city's aquarium and right in front of you are sailboats galore. Even the city's Aquabus makes a stop here. If you're really lucky, you might spot a seal or two.
Fresh off a $20 million renovation, today marks the opening of Joie de Vivre's Hotel Maya in Long Beach, California. We've been talking a whole lot about JDV Hotels lately mostly, we have the hots for the Cali-based boutique hotel company because they've got decent rates, clean and quirky designs and usually-free WiFi and this 197-room property is the latest addition to the group to keep an eye on.
Hotel Maya's got a seafood bistro called Fuego, a fitness center, and a business and events center right on the waterfront plus a heated lap pool and Jacuzzi, and a water canal with floating cabanas.
The "Mayan Journey" package is still bookable (and recommended), a $149 per-person rate that includes a room, breakfast, a three-course dinner, parking, and water taxi to downtown Long Beach (but schedule that excursion around the free daily sangria tastings at 5:00pm).
It looks like rooms are still available tonight, starting at $159.00, though this weekend seems to have limited availability (it looks like the night of the 4th is totally sold out, but give 'em a call just to be sure).
The property now sports 197 ocean- and garden-view rooms with private balconies, designed as a “fusion of Latin American beachside resort and modern Southern California style.” That means airy guest rooms decorated in creamy and earth tones, with a few splashes of color on the walls and pillows.
The new hotel will also house a seafood bistro called Fuego, a fitness center, and a business and events center right on the waterfront. For your leisure time, there is a heated lap pool and Jacuzzi, and a water canal where you will find floating cabanas to while away your time.
The Hotel Maya, a JDV Hotel in Long Beach, is set to re-open after a massive $20 million renovation this summer (the date of the big unveiling is supposed to be July 1st, and the website still says work will be completed on June 30th so we think this will happen on time) with totally revamped rooms and a new restaurant, Fuego at Hotel Maya.
While standard rates at the South-Waterfront-district-located hotel will run you $159-$249 most of the time, they're celebrating their big re-opening with a special totally all-inclusive opening rate. Booking the "Mayan Journey" Package available July 15th through the end of the year for $149 per person gets you a room, breakfast, a three-course dinner at Fuego, some Mexicali Chocolate at check-in, a Sangria tasting every day at 5 p.m. (ooooh), water taxi transportation and free parking.
Looks like Joie de Vivre's newest boutique baby, Hotel Maya, is getting a $20 million dollar facelift to help reinvigorate its, um, joie de vivre. The hotel was, as far as we can tell, formerly "Coast Long Beach" but JDV snapped it up and renamed it, and apparently there is more work to be done to pretty it up.
The Maya will remain open, but renovations are going to be done in "semi-isolated phases" up until the slated completion date of July 1st.
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Last-minute Thanksgiving planners, rejoice! Nowhere is more forgiving of large groups and indecisive diners than a hotel restaurant with an overpriced holiday buffet. So as we prepare to give thanks for bountiful candied yams and cornbread in all forms, we did some dirty work to dig up the details on the country's best Hotel Thanksgiving Buffets.
Hold onto your wallet and unbuckle your belt, because these buffets aren't skimping on the stuffing.
Read the Top Five Thanksgiving Buffets at Hotels after the jump.
Travelers longing for a change of pace might consider a stay on the Queen Mary in Long Beach harbor this Valentine's Day. Listed in the National Register of Historic places, the Queen Mary has 365 hotel staterooms, a locally famous Champagne Sunday Brunch, three full service restaurants, a wedding chapel and sixteen Art Deco reception salons for private celebrations. Hotel room rates range from $109 from an inside state room to $660 for a royalty suite.
Lovers, take note: on Valentine's Day, the Queen Mary will offer a "Get Re-Married with Gary Valentines Party." The Art Deco observation bar, with live entertainment, is a cool way to begin your romantic evening. On Saturday, February 12th, the evening will begin with a special group ceremony officiated by radio personality and ordained minister (Internet minister?), Gary Bryan at 6 p.m., followed by a four course dinner and dancing, and Queen Mary Champagne. If you get re-married at sea, are you still subject to California divorce laws?
This story comes to us from Kat Smith, who emailed it in to us. Thanks Kat! Hopefully we will see more from her here in the future.