My wife called me on Friday from work to say that she had Saturday and Sunday off and wanted to go somewhere for the weekend. I thought maybe San Diego or maybe our time share in Las Vegas. Then I remembered that she had wanted to stay on the Queen Mary some time back.
After checking on the QM website a deluxe King bed room with view was chosen for a Saturday night stay. We used the valet parking that was $20.00 a night (self parking is $17.00) and the bell hope service. Check in was fast and informative. We did ask for a haunted room but the one assigned to us was not haunted. We were given a paper showing rooms and areas where hauntings have been reported.
The Hotel does have a "Facilities Fee" of $14.95 per night that includes an audio tour of the ship, children’s scavenger hunt, WIFI, access to the fitness center and 50% off of select guided tours and attraction tickets. A portion of the facilities fee is designated for the restoration and preservation of the Queen Mary.
We had a room on "A" Deck on the starboard side of the ship "122" that had a view of the parking lot. (next time it will be on the Port side with a view of the harbor)
The room would have been a first class cabin if on a cruise so it was larger then a standard room. Now I know I have read that this hotel is not up to date but if you want a modern hotel then go stay somewhere else. The QM Hotel takes you back to a time when she sailed the high seas but you never leave the dock. It does have wifi and a flat screen tv' in the room so that is more then you would have when she sailed.
The room we had was nice. The bathroom was smaller then my wife liked but would do for our stay. We did have to have a burned out light bulb in the bathroom but this was replaced by the "engineers" within 10 mins. of my call to the front desk. Also make sure you bring a power strip being the room only has a few outlets
After checking in and unpacking we walked the decks and toured the ship. We explored the different decks and had some snacks and drinks at the Observation Bar and Art Deco Lounge.
Dinner was at the Chelsea Chowder House and a cigar and drinks on the sun deck watching the boats come in. In fact we even got see the firework show at Disneyland at 9:40. In the morning a cruise ship had docked behind the QM and we watched the unloading and resupplying of this ship as it was made ready for another cruise.
We did opt for the late check out (3:00 pm rather then 12:00 noon) to give us more time to sleep in and leave when we were ready. No rush..
We will be coming back for another dock side cruise. Might make it a extra night so that we can take the water taxi over to the other side of the harbor.
Overall the stay was nice and we left relaxed and ready to return to the modern world.
You need to remember that the QM Hotel is part of the Museum and this adds to the stay.
- 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:
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