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Area Guide

One of the great things about the LA Crystal Hotel is its prime location between three freeway entrances, the 91, 710 and 110 freeways. Visitors can easily reach the depths of LA County to the edge of Orange County all the way to the shores of Long Beach within 20 minutes. All of these areas offer great options for dining, shopping, and popular attractions. In addition, the LA Crystal Hotel is located close to some of the best beaches in Southern California including Hermosa, Redondo, and Manhattan Beach. An amazing SoCal experience is only a short distance in any direction!


The LA Crystal Hotel is surrounded by a wide cultural range of culinary options for guests. Enjoy the best soul food in the area at Bludso’s. Here you can delight in some Southern-style barbeque such as ribs, hot links, mac & cheese, and much more. If you’re looking for simple Italian dining, try Johnnie’s New York Pizza. Take a trip to Long Beach and enjoy high-class Chinese cuisine at P.F. Chang’s. If you’re into the Latin flair, try Tequila Jacks in the Long Beach Marina and devour some tasty tacos as you overlook the water. Is a juicy burger more of your preference? Then take a short trip west and stop by Fatburger where you can sink your teeth a huge hamburger and thick cut fries in this 1950’s inspired hamburger joint. There are enough dining options to keep you full during your stay at the LA Crystal Hotel.


You can’t visit Southern California and not take advantage of the beautiful beaches. All of these beaches are less than 20 miles from the LA Crystal Hotel which makes it an easy commute for our guests. Keep warm with a late-night bonfire at Dockweiler Beach. Manhattan Beach is surrounded by many great shops and restaurants. Admire the ocean from the pier and do some fishing at Seal Beach and Hermosa Beach. At Redondo Beach, you can partake in many fun aquatic activities like sailing and diving. Also, visit the world famous Venice Beach and immerse yourself in artistic culture and shop from the dozens of independent vendors stationed on the boardwalk.


While you’re in the LA Crystal Hotel, you can take advantage of the numerous shopping centers in the area. These shopping centers offer different stores for different fashion styles. Some feature high-end stores while others feature shops that are more common and popular. Located directly behind the LA Crystal Hotel is the Gateway Towne Center. This convenient center is walking distance from the hotel and features stores like Target, Best Buy, and Lane Bryant as well as restaurants like TGI Friday’s. The Lakewood Fashion center features both popular and niche stores to satisfy all style preferences. It it also surrounded by popular restaurants. Go to the second story of the shopping center a visit Round One: a Japanese-style arcade and bar. Take a trip to Long Beach and visit the Shoreline Village. This coastal shopping center provides a market-like environment with unique shops and boutiques and delicious seafood restaurants. There are also plenty of fun activities at the Shoreline Village. Visit the Los Cerritos Shopping Center for your upscale fashion needs. This mall hosts stores like Michael Kors, True Religion, MAC Makeup, and Nordstrom. The Lakewood Center also features your standard stores but is also equipped with a Target. Another great thing about the Lakewood Center is that its top floor is a giant Japanese-influenced arcade called “Round One.”


The surrounding area to the LA Crystal Hotel is home to a lot of popular attractions. Visit the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, a U.S. historical landmark the celebrates early California history and provides information about the first Spanish land grant in California. A fun museum for the kids is Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum. Here, children can gain an appreciation for aerospace and aviation technology and history. The Watts Towers are a popular artistic landmark and art center of 17 unique structures constructed in steel and mortar. Another fun family-friendly attraction is the Aquarium of the Pacific in the Long Beach Marina. Here, guests can explore the beauty of aquatic life and admire hundreds of sea animals. Also in Long Beach is the historic ocean liner the Queen Mary. Take a tour, enjoy some delicious food, and join in on some fun activities while aboard the retired ship.


There are plenty of great things to do in South Los Angeles for our hotel guests. If you’re into gambling, come to the LA Crystal Hotel’s in-house casino and try your luck at our Bingo, BlackJack, and Poker tables. Do you have a need for speed? Visit K1 Speed and Go Kart World and blaze up the tracks as you race one of their high speed go karts. If you’re into sports, visit the StubHub Center and catch an exciting soccer game. The center also hosts HBO Boxing so our guests can check out the best brawlers in an exciting boxing match. If you want to catch a hilarious comedy show or enjoy some live music check out the Berubians Theatre Company. Another great comedy choice is the Laugh Factory in Long Beach. Laugh the night away with some side-splitting stand up comedy in the place where many of today’s comedy legends got their start.


The fun continues when the sun goes down. Enjoy a night out with your friends at one of the great local bars and lounges close to the LA Crystal Hotel. Take a trip to the Cowboy Country Saloon for some Southern fun and take a ride on the mechanical bull. Enjoy a night of Jazz Funk and Cabaret at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. Alex’s Bar, one of the most popular bars in Long Beach, features a myriad of great events including 90’s Hip Hop night and Combat Karaoke. If you’d rather dance the night away, visit Sevilla in Long Beach for a wide range of music to boogie to. Board the Queen Mary and visit the Observation Bar where you can enjoy your favorite drinks while overlooking the water and an illuminated Long Beach cityscape. Gallagher’s is a popular pub, grill, and sports bar in Long Beach that shows the biggest games in every sport and features live performances by amazing local artists.