Weekend Getaway: The Cove Opens in Long Beach

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)

L.A. tends to get all the attention when it comes to Southern California destinations.

That’s why Long Beach, the coastal city 30 miles south of the City of Angels, is dusting itself off and changing its reputation as “that place where the Queen Mary is docked” (according to one acquaintance of ours).

Part of the city’s transformation involves upping its hospitality game just in time for summer, and that includes giving most of the hotels in the area a much-needed facelift. Case in point: what was once a Comfort Inn & Suites on the commercial strip of Willow Avenue is now known as The Cove Hotel, a 76-room boutique property that is minutes from the city’s most popular attractions and downtown offerings.

Designed in a “contemporary coastal style” with spacious guest rooms and suites (the largest in Long Beach), The Cove resembles what the apartment complex from Melrose Place would look like if it received a 2018 upgrade. It’s a relaxing hideaway filled with light, warmth, and friendly service.

Guests will enjoy a host of complimentary amenities while staying at The Cove including: WiFi, continental breakfast with coffee and tea, and use of the business center.

The bar located within the lobby transforms from a coffee and smoothie bar in the morning to a rendezvous spot serving a host of cocktails, wine, local drafts and light bites in the afternoon — just in time for happy hour.

Upon arrival, guests are also invited to relax and have a seat during the unique check-in experience where they can unwind over a complimentary glass of champagne or chilled juice.

Visit The Cove‘s website for rates and more info.

About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early 00s. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko can currently be seen in the roles of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2017), film critic for ScreenPicks.com, and contributor for The Huffington Post. He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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