Friday, August 14, 2009

wedding forecast by JM :: AVIA (Long Beach, Ca)

Urban sophistication and beach culture have been fused together to bring you AVIA Long Beach. Only a couple weeks old, AVIA Long Beach is one of the four properties in LodgeWork’s boutique hotel collection.

Photo source: all photos are from Avia Long Beach

The staff here takes on the role of your local host introducing you to all of the city’s highlights and hidden gems. Unlike your commercial and mainstream hotel, boutique hotels strive to provide their guests with a true experience like no other. AVIA is the only Long Beach hotel with a seductive rooftop pool where guests can soak in the breathtaking views with a signature cocktail in hand. Nestling in their intimate seating like their private cabanas and hammocks amidst swaying drapery need no formal invitation.

Guests are treated to a mini cocktail reception daily from 5–6pm in theAVIAKitchen & Wine Bar. Evening tastings are hosted alongside one of the Chef’s favorite starters. After attending this sneak peek soirée, one may get inspired for their next small scale event and with five distinct venues, options are endless. (Images of their spaces will be shared once they complete their photo shoot)

AVIA Long Beach is an integral part of the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. The waterfront promenade is full of bustling restaurants, shopping, and a variety of entertainment. You can unwind inside a stadium seating movie theatre, find your inner child on the giant ferris wheel, visit the Laugh Factory or splurge on a concert or Broadway musical at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The Shoreline Village, the Belmont Shore and Naples Islands are within walking distance so it looks like you may need to call in sick to extend what you thought would be a weekend getaway.

I’m already sold. Perhaps working at IVY Hotel is to blame for my bias toward boutique hotels ;-P. AVIA Long Beach has three different room categories with an average rack rate of $159–209. Not bad for all that class, but they are currently offering 25% off their best available rates for Southern California residents. Now, I’m double sold.

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