We were not quite sure what to expect as we were planning our overnight visit to the Queen Mary. We know that there are many other hotels we could have stayed at, but the history of the Queen Mary intrigued us.
We arrived at check in time, and there was only one other person in front of us and they had three people working the desk. We were checked in and given a map of the ship. Let me just say that this is a beautiful ship and before you book you need to realize that it is a ship, a piece of history - virtually untouched. We went to our stateroom. I was blown away by all the beautiful wood work and the super comfortable bed. The bathroom is quite unique. I read the hand out given to us about the room. I opened our two port hole windows and let the cool ocean air in.
As we were dressing for an onboard party that we were attending we kept looking out our holes and watched as the fog rolled in. So beautiful. We walked to the restaurant where the event was and it was so foggy. Eerie as we could hear others talking, but you could not see them. We had a great time at the party and went back to our room. I would give a review on the restaurant...I just want to say that the food was great and the person who arranged it did a wonderful job. They really picked a unique experience. The restaurant has some issues with timing and serving, but it did not put a damper on our evening.
So back to the room. Though the bed was comfortable, we could not keep the room cool enough. So we had to open our port holes. It was strange since there were no screens on the windows. (Of course there wouldn't be). My husband decided to hop on to the internet which was an extra charge. The room was extremely noisy. I could hear everyone in the hall and the person hacking in the room next to us. Poor thing coughed all night...I mean all night. I didn't get any sleep. Somewhere in the middle of the night we heard several loud bangs. Maybe people opening or closing their port holes. Just not sure.
In the morning I showered. The bathtub is very interesting as it was sloped and narrowed sides. The water pressure was strong and I had plenty of hot water to get me up and going. Did I mention that the room was really clean. We ordered room service and we would do that again. Breakfast was great. Nice and hot.
After breakfast we packed up, but decided since we had some time before check out we would walk around the ship. We soon realized there was a self guided tour and finished the last bit of that. We went into one of the gift shops and picked up a book on the history of the ship. We checked out just before 11am and headed home.
Bring earplugs and a fan. Don't bother getting the Wifi and remember this is a piece of history, NOT a luxury hotel. If you are expecting great luxury stay elsewhere.
- 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