Historic luxury ocean liner turned floating hotel with ocean-view fine dining; Churchill exhibit tickets included
Hotel at a Glance: The Queen Mary
After its maiden voyage in 1936, the RMS Queen Mary became one of the most famous ocean liners in the world. In its heyday, celebrities such as Bob Hope, Audrey Hepburn, and Fred Astaire boarded the luxurious ship. During World War II, it was converted into a troopship, and after that, it became Winston Churchill’s carrier of choice. The Queen Mary has since retired to the docks of Long Beach and is now a glamorous floating hotel with an Old-World vibe. Some say it’s even a little haunted.
- Elegant dining: Enjoy a contemporary take on the traditional fish house at Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, or try chateaubriand steak amid ocean views at Sir Winston’s Restaurant & Lounge.
- Observation Bar: Housed in the boat’s former first-class lounge, this is the place to go for classic cocktails. The bar retains its 1930s vibe with torchiere lamps and original Art Deco artwork.
- The Queen Mary Christmas Events Village offers festivities and fun for the entire family such as live entertainment, train rides, Christmas carousel, meet and greet with Santa, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts, and an elaborate outdoor ice skating rink surrounded by concession stands offering sweets and treats (additional charges may apply for some attractions).
- Queen Mary Champagne Brunch: Named by Conde Nast Traveler one of the best brunches in the world, and also a local favorite, the Queen Mary Champagne Sunday Brunch takes visitors on a worldwide culinary adventure, featuring over 50 unique dishes from around the globe and plenty of champagne (for an additional fee).
- Multitude of attractions: Choose from many additional experiences, including the Steam and Steel Tour, Glory Days Tour, Haunted Encounters Tour, and more. Your stay includes two tickets to the Churchill exhibit.
Long Beach, California: Art, Architecture, and the Historic Queen Mary
One of Long Beach’s most iconic attractions floats in the harbor across the bay: the Queen Mary, a former ocean liner and current museum-hotel hybrid. Built in the early 1930s as a luxury liner for the wealthy elite, the Queen Mary was transformed into a troopship during World War II. After nearly two more decades of civilian service, the ship retired to Long Beach. Thousands of annual visitors take guided tours of the boat, which is larger than the Titanic.
Back on land, independent playhouses and art galleries line the streets of the East Village Arts District. On the second Saturday of each month, the neighborhood hosts an art walk where galleries, boutiques, and cafés stay open late and local artists display original works. Long Beach’s architecture also has its own appeal. Geometry buffs may marvel at the Walter Pyramid sports arena, as well as the aptly named Skinny House at 708 Gladys Avenue, a 10-foot-wide structure reportedly built on a bet.