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Review: Hyatt Regency Long Beach

Hotel Overview:
The Hyatt Regency Long Beach has a prime location in Long Beach on the waterfront with dining, shopping, and entertainment options available all around.  The hotel provides easy access to all of the main area attractions including the Convention Center, Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village and the Pike Entertainment Center.  It would also be a great place to stay pre- or post-cruise if heading out from the Long Beach cruise/ferry terminal.   
The lobby area is large and open, with the check-in desk located at the back end of the lobby as you walk-in.  If arriving early before the standard check-in time, your luggage can be held for you, allowing you to enjoy the area activities while you wait.  Access to Shoreline Village is a breeze over the skywalk from the hotel to area dining and shopping.   

The hotel features 528 guestrooms with water/ocean views and a modern coastal California style of decor featured throughout the hotel and guest rooms.     

A large lagoon wraps around the 17-story glass tower building and during the warmer months you can take a canoe out on the lagoon for a nice relaxing ride on the water.  

There is a heated pool, hot tub and fire pit available for guests, as well as a fitness center.  

The club lounge is located on the top floor, with access reserved for Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond members or guests who booked into a Regency Club Level room.  Having access to the club lounge can help save you money as you will have access to free breakfast, snack/drinks throughout the day and hors d'oeuvres and desserts in the evening.

Parking is available in a covered garage, with self parking running $26 and valet parking available for $29.        

I would say the hotel is equally geared toward the business/leisure traveler and is a good reflection of the Hyatt Regency brand of hotels.

Dining Options:
There a few options for on-site dining at the Hyatt Regency that include:

Tides: Casual restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring coastal California style cuisine

Cove Coffee Bar + Lounge: Features on-the-go snacks and drinks or casual quick-bite fare and more of a comfort food menu for dinner

There are also lots of great dining options with walking distance from the hotel which we were able to take advantage of during our stay:

Restaurants near the Hyatt Regency Long Beach
(courtesy of the Hyatt Long Beach website)

Area Attractions:
There are quite a few attractions and things to do within walking distance of the hotel including:

Aquarium of the Pacific: One of the world's largest aquariums home to more than 11,000 creatures from the Pacific Ocean 

Shoreline Village: Features waterfront shops, dining and a nice pathway for a stroll along the boardwalk that extends towards the city beach area. 

The Pike: Features restaurants, shopping, a movie theater, and a ferris wheel.  There is also another Hyatt hotel located at the Pike, the Hyatt Centric the Pike Long Beach, which is more of a trendy boutique stlye of hotel similar to the Andaz.

The Queen Mary: Visit the historic ocean liner near the ferry/cruise terminal or consider staying the night as part of the older cruise ship is also a hotel now.  

Long Beach Cruise/Ferry Terminal: Princess, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines are docked here.  You could stay at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach pre- or post-cruise or go out on a dinner cruise or take a ferry to nearby Catalina Island.

My Experience:
There are lots of of things to do in Long Beach and for our recent trip here, we visited the Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Village, and the Pike, before heading over to Anaheim and visiting Disneyland for the second part of our trip.

The main advantage of this hotel and the area it's located in is it's within walking distance to all of the things you'd want to experience in Long Beach and also conveniently located near the cruise terminal for easy quick access to a cruise you may be planning on going on.

I was able to book this stay using a points+cash rate and was upgraded to the Regency Club floor lounge, given my Hyatt diamond status, which is a great perk to have.  Rates will vary depending on the season, so using points or a points+cash rate, as part of the Hyatt Gold Passport Loyalty Program, is a nice option to have.  

If you'd like to check for deals and current rates be sure to check out my travel booking website, which you can learn more about here.  You can also contact me and I'd be more than happy to help you with any questions or tips on how you can get the most value possible for your next trip.