We spent two nights on the Queen Mary before leaving for a conference in downtown Los Angeles. Reaching the hotel was easy (GPS, and it can be seen for miles, and it's well marked with highway signs). Parking was easy. We got there very late (well after midnight, delays at LAX) but the check-in staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a lot of fun, lots of the old charm and grandeur still there, and our bed was incredibly comfortable. We slept like babies. Unfortunately the QM is getting tired, lots of the ship is off limits, and some portions are in desperate need of repair -- like the aft deck, and some of the lifeboats need to be renovated before they fall to pieces and hit somebody below. Breakfast in the Promenade restaurant was good, although badly overpriced. We did have dinner at Sir Winston's -- that was fantastic, impeccable service, excellent food, one of the highlights of our trip. Nothing shabby or tired about Sir Winston's.
Maintaining a ship that's pushing 80 years old, even permanently nailed to the pier, is incredibly expensive and I don't know how much longer the QM is going to last without another huge investment, but for now the stay was very fun. It's not a five star hotel, and it's been hacked and chopped and reconfigured to just a shadow of its former self through the years, but if you try real hard once in a while you can get some little flashback of 1936.
- 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