Choura Events designs Hotel Maya’s ‘Lagunita’ waterfront pavilion

Hotel Maya, a DoubleTree by Hilton, located in Long Beach, California, opened the new 6,400-square-foot “Lagunita” waterfront pavilion, offering an 80 feet by 80 feet event venue alongside Queensway Bay, as well as views of the Pacific Ocean, Long Beach skyline and Queen Mary.

Lagunita, which means “ancient Mayan city,” has a cathedral-style ceiling that frames five oversized chandeliers and is accentuated by two, 13-foot-tall, floor-to-ceiling glass walls that open to the views of the waterfront and city. Lagunita can host 600 guests for standing receptions, 400 guests with a dance floor, and seat guests up to 450 in rounds and 350 for classroom-style.

To enter Lagunita, guests pass through “Vista del Mar” a 10,000-square-feet, pre-function, outdoor area with a VIP entranceway lined with eight towering palm trees and a red carpet that opens to a permanent outdoor stage, water and fire display, drought-tolerant foliage, along with custom outdoor furniture, fire pit, alfresco bar and open-air reception area. Vista del Mar can host 700 guests for a standing reception and up to 350 guests in rounds.

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Together, Lagunita and Vista del Mar can host more than 1,000 guests for standing receptions.

Hotel Maya invested more than $1.4 million for the venue.

Los Angeles-based Choura Events designed and constructed Lagunita.

In addition to the new Lagunita waterside pavilion and Vista del Mar reception area, Hotel Maya offers 15 meetings and events space with more than 30,000 square feet of flexible indoor-outdoor area.

For more intimate affairs, Hotel Maya offers three outdoor spaces including Jardin, complete with gazebo, waterfall, foliage and palm tress, seaside fire pit and views; Esplanade, an outdoor lounge area with a seaside fire pit topped by a 14 foot tall, 42-foot diameter umbrella; and Playa at the Maya, the 6,500-square-foot seaside beach featuring 285 tons of real sand, two four-foot fire pits, umbrellas, chaise lounges and a day bed.

Hotel Maya’s signature restaurant is Fuego, an indoor-outdoor setting at the water’s edge.

Hotel Maya, a DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802.