Think of this as an experience, not just a lodging, since there are many equal and better hotels in Long Beach if all you need is a good bed for a quiet night. (4* for entertainment value, 3* with caveats as a hotel.) A stay aboard the Queen Mary is a visit to a the age of great steamships, like a romp through Turner Classic Movies where Niven and Hope, Garbo and Astair once lounged with the Windsors. Tens of thousands of soldiers and war brides crossed on her as "The Gray Lady" in WWII, a ship so fast and agile she out-maneuvered Hitler's submarines. Wandering through the ship and the onboard museums is a journey into relics of elegance past and riveted boilerplate from the great age of machines. The staterooms have been preserved largely intact from the 30s build and early 50s refit, for better and worse; many original art deco fittings and woodwork. Unfortunately, that includes wafer-thin walls - we could hear the neighbors unzip their luggage, bang coat hangers, clock radios turning on, etc. And in order to have just adequate ventilation from a vintage air handling technology, doors have louvers which let all hallway noise in. In an earlier, more genteel time, perhaps ladies and gentlemen spoke in hushed voices so it wasn't such an issue. Today, without the muffling white noise of a running ship, corridor racket is a problem. (Ear plugs provided at front desk, or BYOBose.) If you like fresh air, spend a little more and go for an outside cabin with two port holes on the harbor side. (Look at several - they vary.) Dockside is busy and uninteresting; inner cabins are cell-like. Staff was professional and friendly in the hotel and restaurants. Prices are reasonable for a specialty venue, and food quality was fine throughout; comfy bed/linens. Shops, spa, business center. Several meeting/conference rooms and wedding chapel. Also a popular overnight for Carnival Cruise pax since their dock is just astern and check-in is aboard the QM.
- 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