When planning a trip to Long Beach, there are literally hundreds of options for overnight accommodation. Yet if you are searching for a unique place to lay your head, those are a bit more hard to find. Needless to say, you can rest easy, because we have come up with eight of Long Beach’s most unique places to spend the night.
Of course the most famous of Long Beach’s hotels is the Queen Mary. Docked permanently in the Long Beach Harbor, this ship was once a high-class ocean liner. Maintained in pristine condition, you will feel like you are stepping back into the 1930s with the wood paneling, vintage artwork, and Art Deco style. Each stateroom aboard the Queen Mary is unique and gives guests a glimpse into how transatlantic travel was for the passengers. If you are into the ghost stories that the Queen Mary is known for, you can choose to rent out room B340, which has the largest volume of reported paranormal activity.
If you are looking for something a bit more low-key than the Queen Mary, check out Dockside Boat & Bed. Located in Rainbow Harbor, this is Long Beach’s only Bed & Breakfast on a houseboat! This “Boat & Bed” has five boats available to stay in, and it is conveniently located to Shoreline Village, the Pike, and Downtown Long Beach.
Long Beach is full of history. And if you look close enough, you will get to be a part of it. At least, where you sleep will be! Keeping on the theme of Bed & Breakfasts, Beachrunners’ Inn is Long Beach’s premiere B&B. This 1913 restored Craftsman Home is located along the Broadway corridor in Bluff Heights. The home has 5 distinctive guest rooms, each with a private bath.
For a bit more space to spread out during your stay, check out this historical landmark home in Alamitos Beach. This home is very special to the history of Long Beach, as it is only one of two mission revival homes that survived the 1920 earthquake. The owners have renovated much of the home but kept as much of the historical elements as possible – including the original hardwood floors. They rent out the majority of the home on VRBO, and include guest access to the jacuzzi and driveway parking.
For a more hotel-type stay, look towards the Broadlind Hotel. Located in the East Village Arts District, the Broadlind Hotel was built in 1928 and is recognized as a historic landmark. In fact, it was originally known as “The biggest little hotel in Long Beach.” However, this is not your normal hotel – it is an ApartHotel! As the name implies, this European concept is part apartment, part hotel. Each apartment is unique, with touches of home, but with all the amenities of a hotel. And of course, the Broadlind Hotel is just full of vintage charm.
There are some places you will encounter that are truly one-of-a-kind. We have found some hidden gems within Long Beach, that range from down to earth (literally) to luxe living. For nature lovers, check out this Private Cottage and Botanical Garden in Wrigley. The beautiful cottage has a rotating selection of art, like a small private gallery. Outside, guests are welcomed by a beautifully designed garden by famous Taiwanese landscaper, Mr. Huang. The garden features 20 kinds of cacti, 40 kinds of organic fruit (you are even allowed to pick them!), and 15 kinds of flowers. Enjoy this small oasis day or night on their beautifully lit patio.
For action-seekers, skaters specifically, this is the place for you. You can rent out this newly-built guest house in Rose Park that has a private skate ramp in the back! If skating isn’t your thing, don’t rule this place out yet. This modern space also features vintage arcade games and a covered patio with a BBQ.
For those looking to enjoy the California sun, this oceanfront home is what you need. This 3-story, 5-bedroom house in Belmont Heights features a 180º ocean view and is literally steps away from the beach. The large backyard features a modern outdoor BBQ area and gazebo as well as a full-sized tennis court! It is large enough for family gatherings, but could also be the quiet resort-like retreat you desire.