28 Jul 2016 Hotel Maya is the place to stay in Long Beach, California!

I went to Long Beach, California in May for my first┬áSCUBA Show. I researched where to stay and was delighted to be invited to stay at the Hotel Maya, a Doubletree Hotel and part of the Hilton Hotel family. My room was spacious and had wood floors. It was really pretty, very large and had an incredible view of the water. I enjoyed sitting on my balcony and I loved taking my s’mores kit to one of the seven fire pits around the property. There were games to play, quiet nooks to sit in and a lovely pool.

Video: At Hotel Maya Long Beach

One of the best things for me was I could park my car and walk to all my Long Beach activities. I walked to the Aquarium of the Pacific for the nighttime event. I walked to the Long Beach Convention Center for the Scuba show. There were many other options, I could have taken a water taxi, the red shuttle, borrowed a bike or driven my car. I really like to walk and it was gorgeous out.

I ate at Fuego, the restaurant on the property, and loved the food, the flavors and especially sitting outside on the patio. If you are nearby, eat at Fuego and you can have four hours of validated parking for $2. That might be the best parking deal in all of Los Angeles County!

Hotel maya Doubletree Long BeachIf you like boats, this hotel will be perfect for you. They have kayaks on property, it is literally next door to the Queen Mary and just a few blocks from the Carnival Cruise Ship pier. If you have to pick someone up or drop them off for a cruise, definitely stop by for a drink but preferably stay overnight!

If you need a staycation this summer, plan your drive time carefully and Long Beach is only one hour by car! I highly recommend it!

Lisa Niver, We Said Go Travel

Video: Exploring Long Beach

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Lisa Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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