The One about The Varden – A Boutique Hotel in Long Beach, California

For those looking to stay near Downtown Long Beach, definitely check out The Varden. Restored in 2014 by co-owners Larry Black and Charles Knowlton, many people passing by will notice the name “Dolly Varden” on top of the building. From what I have read, Dolly Varden was “an eccentric circus performer” and a wealthy admirer supposedly build the building for her.  Dolly Varden lived on the top floor of the […]

The One about Staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Near Long Beach Convention Center

Having stayed at several hotels in the Long Beach area, this time I decided to stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites near Long Beach Convention Center. What was surprising was it was located near where I lived in Long Beach as a teenager. This simple budget hotel is 5.1 miles from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, 4.5 miles from the Aquarium of the Pacific and 5.4 miles from California […]

The One about Sakura Hotel & Hostel (in Jimbocho)

With Japan coming down on Airbnb, I get asked the question of what hotel to stay in Tokyo, but also saving the most money and a room that’s not too small with good privacy. There are many places to stay throughout Tokyo but the cheapest would be Sakura Hotel and Hostel. There are four locations: Ikebukuro (which several of my friends have stayed at and enjoy), Hatagaya (close to Shinjuku […]