The Queen Mary experience -- for it truly IS an experience, not just a hotel stay -- made we wish I had been there in the heyday. Such care has been taken to preserve the key elements of the decor that it's easy to play time traveller. The staff is simply stellar, from the uniformed valets and bellmen to the kind and helpful front desk, to the housekeepers and maintenance workers who always greeted us, to the shopkeepers who obviously love the ship and want to help others appreciate it. Everyone was friendly and eager to answer questions. That being said, my room needed some love. The upholstery was tattered on my vanity bench, with stuffing popped out. The bathroom was in dire need of some updating and tile work, and the gorgeous wood veneers were scuffed and scratched. The wall sockets were so old they didn't hold in the prongs of my electronic device chargers. Other family members had rooms that seemed in better repair. It's the sort of maintenance issue that I see a lot when I stay in historical properties -- it must be next to impossible to keep the luster on individual rooms receiving heavy use. But overall, the place is charming. Oh, and all the bars and restaurants were excellent! We went big on dinner at Sir Winston, and wow! We felt like royalty, and the food was superb.
- Also Known As:
- Queen Mary Hotel
- Queen Mary Los Angeles
- Queen Mary California
- Queen Mary Long Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Queen Mary is home to a 314-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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