Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Current
Located 2 miles from the beach, Hotel Current is a comfortable jumping-off point for exploring Long Beach. The eco-friendly hotel features contemporary design, locally made artwork, and upscale furnishings.
- Spacious rooms feature flat-screen TVs and free WiFi.
- Complimentary shuttle to attractions within a 5-mile radius
- Heated outdoor pool stays open year round and features a relaxing cabana area
- Start the day right: complimentary continental breakfast served each morning
- Eco-friendly: The hotel uses sustainable materials and practices wherever possible.
Long Beach, California: Art, Architecture, and the Historic Queen Mary
Fewer than 30 miles from much-visited Hollywood and Disneyland, Long Beach offers a quieter experience distinguished by art museums, eclectic architecture, and ocean-front scenery. Take in the sights as you pedal along the Shoreline Pedestrian Bikepath, a paved 3-mile trail that hugs the coastline. The path wends near the Aquarium of the Pacific, which houses penguins, a giant Pacific octopus, and more than 150 sharks, in addition to other mammals and fish that live in the Pacific Ocean.
One of Long Beach’s most iconic attractions floats in the harbor across the bay: the Queen Mary, a former ocean liner and current museum-hotel hybrid. Built in the early 1930s as a luxury liner for the wealthy elite, the Queen Mary was transformed into a troopship and painted camouflage gray during World War II. After nearly two more decades of civilian service, the ship retired to Long Beach. Today, thousands of annual visitors flock to the boat—which is larger than the Titanic—to embark on guided tours along its decks.
Back on land, in the East Village Arts District downtown, independent playhouses and art galleries line the streets. On the second Saturday of each month, the neighborhood hosts an art walk, as galleries, boutiques, and cafés stay open late and local artists display original works. Long Beach's architecture also has its own distinctive appeal. Geometry buffs may marvel at the distinctive Walter Pyramid sports arena, as well as the aptly named Skinny House at 708 Gladys Avenue, an extremely narrow structure—only 10 feet wide—reportedly built on a bet.