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Dicecatt
11-09-2010, 09:02 AM
For those of you that have already booked your pre cruise hotel stay, where did you choose and why?

Kirbo
11-09-2010, 09:17 AM
We picked the Sunrise Hotel in San Pedro. I honestly forgot why we chose them. But they will take us to the port in the morning and it was only $100 for the four of us for the night :thumbsup2

AZPirate
11-09-2010, 09:28 AM
We chose the Crown Plaza because we are leaving our car there and it's the only hotel we could find in the area with covered, secured parking. Also, we like that it's close to all the downtown restaurants so once we park the car for the night, we can leave it there.

NancyIL
11-09-2010, 09:41 AM
I was on a Royal Caribbean cruise out of San Pedro in April, and got a Priceline hotel (Doubletree Irvine Spectrum) near the Orange County Airport. My husband and I met in CA, and I wanted to stay close to the airport because our arrival times were several hours apart. The next morning we took Prime Time Shuttle to the port.

LKFan
11-09-2010, 10:48 AM
If you are staying in San Pedro, there are a couple of restaurants with coupons on Restaurant.com. San Pedro Brewing Company is walking distance from the Crowne Plaza and Ports o Call restaurant is in the Ports o Call shopping area.

Right now, restaurant.com has 80% off their gift certificates. Enter "GIVE" at check out. :hippie:

bethnkatesmom
11-09-2010, 10:58 AM
We are flying in late Saturday night so I Priclined a hotel near LAX. I couldn't justify the cost of a hotel closer to port for a couple of hours of sleep. We are staying at a Holiday Inn Express and having Sav-on Shuttle pick us up Sunday morning.

Stinkerbe11
11-09-2010, 11:21 AM
We are staying at the Doubletree in San Pedro. I am using Hilton points for a free stay and it includes parking, shuttle to the port and breakfast. We actually live nearby but it's a better deal for us to use the points than to pay for parking at the port.

one princess
11-09-2010, 11:56 AM
We stayed at the Long Beach Hyatt. I chose it because there was lots to do around there and we went over to see the Queen Mary. Loved the little boardwalk area across from the hotel. Not too far from the port.
I should add this was in 2008.

dilbysmommy
12-31-2010, 09:13 PM
We are staying at the Best Western in Long Beach, they will pick us up from the airport (LGB) and take us to port in the morning.

LKFan
12-31-2010, 09:18 PM
We are staying at the Best Western in Long Beach, they will pick us up from the airport (LGB) and take us to port in the morning.

I didn't realize they offered transport over the bridge to San Pedro. The operator said that you need to book through the hotel for it to be free of charge. If you book through a third party, they charge for transport.

Goofy39.3
12-31-2010, 09:21 PM
We are staying at the HOJO outside of Disneyland because we are doing our first trip to Disneyland the 5 days before our first Disney cruise.:cool1:

lmhall2000
12-31-2010, 09:28 PM
We chose Best Western Avita Suites in Torrance, we wanted to be closer to the port...there's a shopping/movie place around the corner so if the kids want to explore we're in a safer area....it also offers a full breakfast, less than $100 per room and traveling with almost 6 teens, the full breakfast saves us $$$$! :) And it is fairly brand new with great reviews...just don't want to take a chance the night before...we have kids with asthma so rooms that say 'non' smoking need to be that! :)

Tara

aldarowa
12-31-2010, 09:31 PM
We are staying at the Hilton in Anaheim. We will be driving down from the Bay Area and plan to arrive early afternoon so we can spend the evening in Downtown Disney (this will be a surprise for our daughter). We choose to park at the port so we can leave at the time we want and don't have to wait for a shuttle and then drive back home along the coastline and have lunch at the beach.

LKFan
12-31-2010, 09:35 PM
We chose Best Western Avita Suites in Torrance, we wanted to be closer to the port...there's a shopping/movie place around the corner so if the kids want to explore we're in a safer area....it also offers a full breakfast, less than $100 per room and traveling with almost 6 teens, the full breakfast saves us $$$$! :) And it is fairly brand new with great reviews...just don't want to take a chance the night before...we have kids with asthma so rooms that say 'non' smoking need to be that! :)

Tara

I've never been inside but drive by them almost daily. They look nice from the outside.

jaurban
12-31-2010, 09:42 PM
We picked the Doubletree in San Pedro. Need a shuttle there, but will take their shuttle to the port the next morning. Wanted to be close and will arrive mid day the Sat. before.

keaster
12-31-2010, 09:45 PM
We are staying at the Disney grand Californian all the Disney hotels are offering a 35% off deal up to the end if march.

lmhall2000
12-31-2010, 09:49 PM
I've never been inside but drive by them almost daily. They look nice from the outside.

Thanks! I usually priceline every hotel stay but just didn't want to risk it with as quickly as areas change and we have no clue what is a nice area! :)

Tara

dilbysmommy
12-31-2010, 09:52 PM
We booked on their site then called to confirm, they said it would be no problem. :)
I didn't realize they offered transport over the bridge to San Pedro. The operator said that you need to book through the hotel for it to be free of charge. If you book through a third party, they charge for transport.

ibouncetoo
12-31-2010, 09:53 PM
We're spending the night before our cruise on the Queen Mary! :woohoo:

Can't wait!

http://www.queenmary.com/Stay-Aboard.aspx

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pppiglet
12-31-2010, 11:19 PM
We're spending the night before our cruise on the Queen Mary! :woohoo:

Can't wait!

http://www.queenmary.com/Stay-Aboard.aspx

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The Queen Mary's Sunday Brunch is amazing, but you'll probably be too excited to get on the cruise early and have to miss it!

ibouncetoo
12-31-2010, 11:39 PM
The Queen Mary's Sunday Brunch is amazing, but you'll probably be too excited to get on the cruise early and have to miss it!

Actually, we're on the 2 day cruise right after the Panama and get OFF the ship on Sunday morning! We'll decide the Thursday before (the night we are on the QM) if we want to pop back over for brunch or head right off to Downtown Disney (and possible Storytellers Cafe for lunch) before driving back to Arizona. It's little sister's birthday, so she'll get to decide.

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Meghatron
01-01-2011, 12:30 AM
We are staying at the hotel where we are having our post-wedding reception gaming party. I am guessing we won't have slept at all when the car comes for us in the morning to drive us to port! :D

averysmom
01-01-2011, 02:55 PM
We pricelined and got the Crowne Plaza.

Cruisee
01-13-2011, 03:27 PM
The Quality Inn Near Long Beach offers reasonable Park and Cruise packages to the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro). Will take you to and from the Port and also Long Beach Airport. Have a Subway and a pizza place on the property. Can park your car there. Cameras overlooking parking lot. It's a quiet area and close by to many Long Beach attractions. Rooms are clean and the service was good.:cheer2:

(562) 597-3374 Quality Inn Near Long Beach Airport

TexasGirl
01-13-2011, 11:18 PM
Ditto for Doubletree San Pedro. Based on location by the marina and free shuttle to the port the morning of the cruise. Also it has positive reviews on Trip Advisors & Cruise Critic.

lmhall2000
01-13-2011, 11:31 PM
Once I priced all of our transportation needs (8 travelling) I cancelled the Avita Suites (they were so nice about it) and pricelined Crowne Plaza for $65 a night..no free breakfast but we'll just get to the port as quickly as possible so we can eat a late one on the ship...I guess I'll have to pack some granola bars for everyone! :)

Tara

dopeyfanatic
01-14-2011, 12:51 AM
We're doing DoubleTree San Pedro. I'm not worried about the area. It's a nice hotel, good reviews and close. If we want to do something that afternoon/evening before (besides maybe swim) we'll drive there.

I wanted to do Queen Mary but my kids know it's haunted so that was a no-go lol.

EricaG
01-14-2011, 09:37 AM
We are staying at the HOJO outside of Disneyland because we are doing our first trip to Disneyland the 5 days before our first Disney cruise.:cool1:

Us, too! We're flying in Friday and won't land 'til evening, so we'll have 2 nights at the HOJO--only one day at Disneyland, but one is better than none!
Going on a Saturday we know we're going to have to pack our patience, but we're just going to focus on the things that are at Disneyland and not WDW, since we're regular WDW-goers.

We sprung for the "Park View" rooms at the HOJO (which were still a ton cheaper than a Disneyland hotel)--hoping we can see some fireworks from the room, since we know that our 5 y.o. will be totally sacked out by that time of night.

LKFan
01-14-2011, 10:09 AM
Going on a Saturday we know we're going to have to pack our patience, but we're just going to focus on the things that are at Disneyland and not WDW, since we're regular WDW-goers.



I think the biggest surprise for regular WDW fans is the castle. DL has Sleeping Beauty's castle which is significantly smaller than Cinderella's castle at WDW.

I'm sure you can find a lot more information on the the Disneyland boards but the rides that (IMO) are obviously different are Small World (facade better at DL), Spalsh Mtn (better at WDW) and, of course, the Matterhorn (not at WDW). You will probably have to get switch passes for the coasters but, if this is your only trip to the park, you should probably do it.

GoofItUp
01-14-2011, 10:33 AM
4 nights at the VGC pre-cruise. I never would have stayed here if we didn't own DVC, so I'm very excited!!