I've wanted to visit the Queen Mary for years. My parents sailed on her to New York in 1937, when she was just a year old. I have Queen Mary stickers on the two steamer trunks they used. It was a nostalgia trip for me, to be sure, but it was also a lovely, comfortable getaway trip. We booked a first-class cabin with standard view but were upgraded to an ocean view. I loved the mix of old and new... the original wood paneling and fixtures, along with the modern comfortable king bed and decent plumbing. We had portholes, which helped with the temperature and the light. (The room light itself is pretty dim, except for the bathroom.)
We ate an elegant dinner at Sir Winston's, which is a little pricey but has the most courteous, old-manner service you've ever experienced. The food (chateaubriand for two) was delicious and perfectly cooked. You have to climb a lot of stairs to get there, though... much of the Queen isn't ADA compliant. The next morning we enjoyed a late brunch at the Promenade Cafe. The crab cake was great. And the Observation Lounge... wow! An Art Deco lover's dream. We didn't do any of the tours this time. Next time I will plan to stay longer and do more exploring.
- 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