Quirky, wacky, zany, idiosyncratic: any of these words could be used accurately to describe various aspects of the architecture, fittings, furniture and facilities of the Hotel Maya on the shore of Long Beach Harbor in California. But the sum of the parts adds up to a most enjoyable, comfortable hotel.

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The city of Long Beach in Southern California has plenty to entice the visitor: really terrific restaurants, superb attractions, an enormous beach and excellent weather most of the time. I had a blast visiting Long Beach in December 2012. I’m sure I’ll go back there to explore the city further and I hope it happens soon.

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