This is the 5th year in a row that I have enjoyed several days of lodging in early November at The Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach, California and I have only just realized that I have never posted a review so I'm taking care of that right now. I absolutely love staying "on" The Queen Mary. This is a very unique experience that I highly recommend, especially if you love history and atmosphere. However, it is probably not for everyone. While the beds are very comfortable, the average cabin (room) is a little smaller than the usual hotel room. The walls are very, very thin, basically just plywood between rooms. You really can hear pretty much everything in the adjacent rooms. The bathroom fixtures appear to be original, while fun, not necessarily the most convenient. There is adequate space for storage, flat screen TV's and portholes for windows. The hallways are quite long and a bit narrow. There is no swimming pool for guest use, however, there is a wonderful spa offering a variety of services including massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, etc. which I have personally enjoyed. There are numerous, unique shops and several restaurants to meet the varying needs of guests. There are a number of tours offered which are very interesting, however, taking a self-guided, leisurely tour is the most fun.
The staff is efficient and helpful, housekeeping is considerate and thorough, and wait staff is friendly. I prefer self-parking over valet, and although there is self-parking near the entrance, I always returned to the hotel late and had to park a bit of a distance away from the entrance. I've never had any problems walking from the parking lot to the entrance.
The hotel is across the harbor from the City of Long Beach so the view is quite lovely especially at night. It is situated near a cruise ship terminal, so you sometimes see actual large cruise ships which is fun.
As I said this is unique lodging, more of a tourist destination rather than a place for quiet relaxation.....but I definitely recommend it.
- 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. Don't miss your chance to visit an iconic landmark! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen Mary Los Angeles
- Queen Mary California
- Queen Mary Long Beach