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The Queen Mary vs Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows and The Queen Mary are both praised by professional reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows scores significantly higher than The Queen Mary. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows ranks #19 in Los Angeles with recommendations from 15 sources like Fodor's, Star Service and Zagat.

The Queen Mary
8 / 10
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
From $119 /night
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Restaurant
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Fodor's
"Docked for more than 40 years, the on-ship hotel attracts a mix of tourists and those attending events in the floating hotel's many party spaces." Full review
Lonely Planet
"There’s an irresistible romance to ocean liners like the Queen Mary, a nostalgic retreat that time-warps you to a long-gone, slower-paced era." Full review
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Avoid the cheapest cabins on the inside – claustrophobic!
Frommer's
"If you're too young to have traveled on the old luxury liners, this is the perfect opportunity to experience the romance of an Atlantic crossing -- with no seasickness or cabin fever." Full review
Michelin Guide
"Permanently docked at Long Beach Harbor, this luxury liner boasts three decks of wood-paneled staterooms."
Star Service
"For visitors who fear California's tectonic tantrums (earthquakes) there is no better hotel than The Queen Mary. With that said, this floating flagship is in many ways more of an attraction." Full review
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Note: No matter what you do, be sure to avoid the viewless and dark inner state rooms at all costs.
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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
8 / 10
101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
From $321 /night
  • Pet Friendly
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
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Frommer's
"The hidden Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is for people who prefer their luxury hotels low-key and unobtrusive, yet within walking distance of the area's best attractions." Full review
Fodor's
"Low-rise and extremely luxurious, residential-style bungalows built between 1920 and 1946 are outfitted like minimansions, complete with butler service." Full review
Oyster
4.0
"Luxurious (though small) rooms, an excellent spa, and a devoted staff make this five-acre, 302-room property one of the best hotels in Santa Monica." Full review
DK Eyewitness
"On the site of the private home of Santa Monica’s founder, Senator John Jones, the Miramar has welcomed guests since the roaring 1920s."
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For the ultimate in luxury, book a poolside garden bungalow.
Rough Guide
"Swanky hotel that’s a fixture near the north end of the Promenade, with designer-furnished suites and tropical-flavoured bungalows."
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