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Hyatt The Pike Long Beach
January 3, 2015, 4:46 pm
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Is Hyatt The Pike Long Beach a Hyatt Regency? Or a Hyatt Place? It’s neither and therein reposes its awkwardness. Formerly the AVIA Long Beach, rooms are more comfortable and well-decorated than a typical Hyatt Place. The centerpiece is a rotatable TV console, which allows viewing in the working and lounging alcoves of the room, as well as in the sleeping area.

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The bathroom is especially spacious and the marble walls certainly add a touch of luxury.

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In terms of facilities, it’s a mixed bag with a beautiful rooftop pool but a paltry gym with but a few cardio machines and free weights. And unlike a Hyatt Place, there is no complimentary breakfast. Notwithstanding, Hyatt The Pike Long Beach is well placed for guests to enjoy the leisure options and commercial connectivity of the bustling port city of Southern California.

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AVIA Long Beach, California
December 30, 2011, 3:29 pm
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AVIA Long Beach, now part of the Hyatt stable of hotels, enjoys a strategic location astride downtown Long Beach on one side and mere strides away to The Pike at Rainbow Harbor and the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center on the other.

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The excellent location aside, during my check-in on Christmas eve, I found the front desk staff unfailingly polite and friendly, and I was upgraded to a Grand King guestroom, a contemporary, well-appointed facility whose highlights include a feature wall with swivel flat-panel TV that can swing to face the living or sleeping areaa, and a spacious white marble bathroom displaying toiletries from the bamboo creme collection of Pasadena-based Lather.

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Although the property has a modest collection of 138 rooms, the sun-lit lobby that adjoins the all-day diner (AVIA Kitchen) and bar (AVIA Lounge) invites in plenty of natural light that expands its confines.  The fitness facility, comprising only five cardio machines and a set of dumbbells, is disappointingly small.  The rooftop pool however boasts delightful views of The Pike as well as the surrounding business area, including the historical Queen Mary–a luxury ocean voyager-turned WWII troopship-turned floating hotel.

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Altogether, I found my stay very agreeable, and certainly look forward to being welcomed back by the hospitable staff and to be able to further explore the beautiful City of Long Beach.