Amazing!!! If you have an interest in history, this is it. There are so many things to see on this once famous early cruise liner, I suggest a stay of 3 nights to get it all in. Upon arrival, guest parking is difficult to navigate. We stayed in rm A143 (a stateroom - a respectively larger room). Our rate was $162 a night (with discounts). Rooms maintain the feel of 40-60 years ago. Beautiful woodwork on the furniture. The whole ship is immaculately maintained. There are a few areas that are left in their original condition for purposes of historical notation or to add to the haunted affect (more on this later). For the best outside view, get a room on the Long Beach side of the ship (where we were). We could see several dolphins out of our portholes in the early morning hours. We visited during the off season, and I was amazed that when I went to check out the upper levels on the ship, there was hardly anyone else on the whole level! I practically had the entire level to myself!
Our room had two large port windows (~16in dia). The room was very clean and well maintained. The decor takes you back in time. We had a comfortable king size bed and good size bathroom with a working shower. There was a small desk and table. Wifi is available for an extra fee.
There is a crew on this ship of about 200 people. No continental breakfast, but breakfast is available at several on-board restaurants. We had breakfast at the Promenade Cafe. 14$ /person for the buffet - and one of the best breakfast buffets I have ever experienced. It includes hot food, coffee & juices. I loved it. Seems a little expensive, but when you consider traveling off the ship to find something in Long Beach, it really is a good deal.
The ship has many historical markers. Room M119 once housed Sir Winston Churchill and can still be reserved today. Mind you, there have been past reports of a strange cigar smell in that room, which brings me to my next topic...
If you go to the information desk, they can supply you with a list of rooms that have had reported "activity" in the past. Some examples from the list:
1. A guest in room M217 reported "Room's temperature drops and voices are heard in the bathroom. A gentleman with a beard suddenly appears at the left side of the bed."
2. In room B430 "Multiple guests have reported seeing a man walking around the room and disappearing right before their eyes."
Our room was not on the list (dang!). Some folks believe there may be paranormal activity on the ship. There are several "Haunted" tours available where you get to see & hear some of the more "insidious" history of the ship. We took the "Haunted Encounters" tour (Best if taken after dark). We never witnessed any paranormal activity though :-(
$5 day for "Tourism Assessments"
$17 day - Self Parking
$20 day - Occupancy Tax
I would have given 5 stars, but I felt the parking situation and additional fees were detrimental to the overall experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Queen Mary is home to a 343-room Art Deco Hotel, where guests relive the excitement of cruising in the style of the 1930's without ever leaving port. Now permanently docked, yet still afloat, the Queen Mary is a must-see attraction which offers a variety of historical, paranormal and educational tours, unique shops, meeting & banquet facilities, three award-winning ocean view restaurants, unique hotel rooms and much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen Mary Los Angeles
- Queen Mary California
- Queen Mary Long Beach