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The Queen Mary vs Shutters on the Beach

Both properties are endorsed by expert reviewers. On balance, Shutters on the Beach ranks significantly better than The Queen Mary. Shutters on the Beach ranks #1 in Los Angeles with approval from 22 reviews like Time Out, The Telegraph and Lonely Planet.

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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Shutters on the Beach
9 / 10
1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
From $495 /night
  • Pet Friendly
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Free Internet
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
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Concierge
"Shutters feels like a rambling seaside villa that's been plucked from Martha's Vineyard and dropped onto the boardwalk below Santa Monica Pier."
Fodor's
"The beachfront location and show-house decor make this one of SoCal's most popular luxury hotels." Full review
DK Eyewitness
"This delightful hotel right by the sands of Santa Monica takes the beach cottage to new heights."
Rough Guide
"This white-shuttered luxury resort south of the pier is the seafront home to the stars."
Frommer's
"The views and sounds of the ocean are the most outstanding qualities of the spacious, luxuriously outfitted rooms." Full review
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