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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The city of Long Beach in California has come a very long way since the early 1990s, when, in the words of current Mayor Bob Foster, it was experiencing “depression-like conditions”. Today Long Beach has something to tempt every visitor and millions of visitors come to the city annually.

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The renovations modernize aspects of the ship, but care was taken to preserve the famous ocean liner’s art deco heritage.

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