The Queen Mary Chill
A deep freeze takes over the Queen Mary this holiday season as CHILL returns. Our giant dome - once home to the legendary Spruce Goose - will be frozen over and transformed into a giant igloo and home to The Ice Kingdom - an awe-inspiring 13,000 sq ft walk-thru exhibit featuring larger-than-life ice creations some towering over 2.5 stories tall and made using over two million pounds of ice. But don't forget to grab a parka and gloves - temperatures drop to a numbing 9-degrees inside the Ice Kingdom.
In addition to the enchantment of The Ice Kingdom , CHILL will also feature Ice Tubing , Ice Skating*, an all new North Pole Village, Swinging Sleigh Ride*, Giant Rocking Horse, Polar Paintball*, Illumination Candle Making Shoppe, an Enchanted Garden and Hedge Maze live music, holiday carolers and so much more!
I wouldn't stay here more than a day or two but for a short stay it's awesome! The history is interesting and super fun and the ship herself is beautiful. You almost feel as if you have stepped into history! Everything is old and Art Deco! The boiler and engine rooms are super cool as well! We took the haunted tour at night which was fun but expensive. we even had our own paranormal experience in our room later on!! I really loved my time here and want to go back!
If you like history, the Queen is a great place to stay for a getaway. You can expect dated accommodations, but that's part of her charm. If you like a cocktail, the art deco lounge is a great place to have a drink. I take off one star for the high cost of parking, and the fading paint on the hull. I was married there one year ago and considering the cost for our event and the high number of events held at Queen Mary, it's hard to understand why the paint and other basic maintenance gets neglected. Having said that, I love this old girl. And I still recommend a visit or a hotel stay. Sir Winston"s is a great restaurant, and the champagne brunch is great; beautiful room. Tours are very informative, especially concerning her war history and link to American history.
We figured it would be a unique experience to stay on the Queen Mary during our visit to So Cal and it was that. The ship is a tourist attraction so be prepared for lots of people who are not hotel guests roaming around. Our six-day stay included a weekend and Saturday the QM hosted five weddings. To their credit they offered ear plugs for guests. The room was a good size and it was clean. The bed could have been more comfortable. The shower is made for people under 5' 10" so if you are over 6' like me take notice. Also take note that there are many events during the summer weekends. The one here on Saturday was a 9-hour rap concert that was in the parking lot next to the QM. It made for quite a headache getting to and from the ship. Parking for hotel guests is a pretty good hike from the entrance, especially since it costs $22 per day for self parking. I recommend planning to Uber if you are thinking of staying here. The best part of the hotel is the staff. Everyone was very helpful and friendly.
We decided to tour the ship and were pretty disappointed. The ship is in quite a state of disrepair. The areas most people would want to see are strictly off limits or have been turned into meeting areas and are restricted unless you have booked them. The are some repairs underway which make the walking tour an absolute nightmare. The Titanic exhibit is absolutely worthless. However, in the stern, with the engine displays is a wonderfully curated display of the time the Queen spent as a troopship. We were awestruck by several of the items and the many heartfelt testimonies of various servicemen displayed around this area. Seeing the submerged propulsion screw still attached the the drive shaft awoke in me an inner child I wasn't sure was even interested in such things. While not wholly worth the price of admission to the ship itself, this last area made up for the disappointment of the rest of the tour. If you have nothing else to do with your afternoon, its worth a gander. I hope they are able to finish the restoration efforts.
Stayed here for one night. Cute place. The walls are very thin, heard our neighbors every sneeze like he was in the room with us. After reading other reviews I thought we would have a hard time sleeping due to the noise, but night time was very quiet. Room was clean, comfortable bed. We didn't eat at the restaurants on site because they are a bit pricey, but there are plenty of options nearby.