Hotel near San Pedro pier?

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#21
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Originally posted by cormike1
We just stayed at the BW, San Pedro pre and post cruise. Very nice, very clean and staff were great. There is parking under and inside the hotel. You could always phone the hotel and see what the parking rate is. I would think if you were inside it would be hard to steal a car. The room was a nice size and the bed and pillows were so comfortable. It was certainly not decorated like the usual BW's are. They served homemade waffles, scrambled eggs, pastries, cereal, toast, etc. for breakfast which is included in the room price. We walked to MacDonald's and the 711 and felt fine. The front desk clerk said it was safe to walk. There is a Hawaiin restaurant just up the street from the hotel that the locals enjoy going to. I would stay here again as it is way cheaper than the other 2 mentioned unless you get a deal on Priceline or something like that.
Thank you Cormike for posting this review! It's great to hear that you had a good experience so recently! We are staying there pre-cruise only on the 24th of this month.
LadyLeo, I will absolutely post on this thread when we return on November 2nd!

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Thanks from me too Cormike! Your info about the BW itself along with the parkng situation was very helpful and has relieved a whole lot of stress for me. I noticed that you were also on the Crown Princess. What were your thoughts about her as far as condition, etc. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Originally posted by calisilent
Thank you Cormike for posting this review! It's great to hear that you had a good experience so recently! We are staying there pre-cruise only on the 24th of this month.
LadyLeo, I will absolutely post on this thread when we return on November 2nd!

Cathy
Thanks Cathy! I will be looking forward to hearing about your stay at BW and the cruise as well.
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Originally posted by LadyLeo84
I noticed that you were also on the Crown Princess. What were your thoughts about her as far as condition, etc. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
I've sailed the Crown several times & most recently in January and everything was in great condition & I'm soon sailing on the Crown again.
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
I've sailed the Crown several times & most recently in January and everything was in great condition & I'm soon sailing on the Crown again.
Thanks ASTRO FLYER! Everything sounds so wonderful and I'm getting very excited about sailing on Princess again. I have a question for you that maybe you could answer. Some friends that have sailed on the CROWN in the past said there was some "different" about the public restrooms since the ship had been sailing around ASIA. But. . . he wouldn't tell me what it was and that I would just have to wait and see. Well, of course, the curiosity is killing me! Did you notice anything different?


Thanks!!
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Originally posted by LadyLeo84
Thanks ASTRO FLYER! Everything sounds so wonderful and I'm getting very excited about sailing on Princess again. I have a question for you that maybe you could answer. Some friends that have sailed on the CROWN in the past said there was some "different" about the public restrooms since the ship had been sailing around ASIA. But. . . he wouldn't tell me what it was and that I would just have to wait and see. Well, of course, the curiosity is killing me! Did you notice anything different?

Thanks!!
I check Princess cruises frequently however do not recall seeing the Crown in Asia. There were not any noticeable bathroom modifications in January & she has been on the West Coast since then. The only Princess ship that's had a major overhaul before going to Asia is the Diamond which included toilets.
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
I check Princess cruises frequently however do not recall seeing the Crown in Asia. There were not any noticeable bathroom modifications in January & she has been on the West Coast since then. The only Princess ship that's had a major overhaul before going to Asia is the Diamond which included toilets.
Thanks for the info Astro Flyer!!Maybe he's gotten his ships mixed up???
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#28
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Originally posted by LadyLeo84
Thanks for the info Astro Flyer!!Maybe he's gotten his ships mixed up???
You'll be surprised at how many people don't seem to know which ships they've been on. It's one thing if they had 40 or so cruises to their experience, but I don't think that's the case with many of these mistakes.

A few years ago, while waiting for my next cruise, I decided to check the recent reviews of the Golden Princess (which we were repeating the same ship/itinerary almost exactly two years later). One review on the front page of this site talked about a recent cruise (from the date) on the Golden, but a Med cruise. The Golden hadn't been to the other side of the world in some years but on the west coast. I emailed the editors of the site and they took down (or maybe figured out the correct ship) the review.

About a year after our Alaskan cruise I was at a kids' birthday party and talking vacation plans with somebody who said they had been on a Princess Alaskan cruise the summer before too. But she couldn't remember the name. I narrowed it down by asking if it was an one-way or RT and then asked which day they sailed...and then told her the ship's name.

Adding to the post above, it could have been the Sapphire too. It had some major changes done before switching to an Asian market. I think the Golden is about to (or has already) been diverted to Australia, maybe Asia.
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#29
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Originally posted by Cruisin' Chick
You'll be surprised at how many people don't seem to know which ships they've been on. It's one thing if they had 40 or so cruises to their experience, but I don't think that's the case with many of these mistakes.

A few years ago, while waiting for my next cruise, I decided to check the recent reviews of the Golden Princess (which we were repeating the same ship/itinerary almost exactly two years later). One review on the front page of this site talked about a recent cruise (from the date) on the Golden, but a Med cruise. The Golden hadn't been to the other side of the world in some years but on the west coast. I emailed the editors of the site and they took down (or maybe figured out the correct ship) the review.

About a year after our Alaskan cruise I was at a kids' birthday party and talking vacation plans with somebody who said they had been on a Princess Alaskan cruise the summer before too. But she couldn't remember the name. I narrowed it down by asking if it was an one-way or RT and then asked which day they sailed...and then told her the ship's name.

Adding to the post above, it could have been the Sapphire too. It had some major changes done before switching to an Asian market. I think the Golden is about to (or has already) been diverted to Australia, maybe Asia.
Cruisin' Chick
Thanks for the info. I wonder if it could have been the Diamond Primcess? They sailed on that particular ship earlier this year.
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#30
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I sure didn't notice anything "different" about the public washrooms and I was in quite a few of them over the 10 day cruise. The Crown is the largest Princess ship we have been on but we enjoyed her just as well. This was our first cruise as Platinum and we went up to SkyWalkers the first night and it was so packed and the music was awful....kind of rock stuff that we told our friends that they could go from now on but we were going to Crooners. Just love Crooners for pre-dinner drinks. Get Jorge or Rodrigo to mix you up a Martini and I had them shaking their booty for this old babe....so funny! Very busy at Anytime Dining between 7:00-7:45 p.m. so try and go before or after if you aren't doing Traditional. Loved our room R746....last room at the end of the hall, out the door and up a couple of stairs to the aft pool and up 1 flight of stairs to the buffet. How great is that lol. Have a wonderful time.....wish we were still on it!
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#31
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
I check Princess cruises frequently however do not recall seeing the Crown in Asia. There were not any noticeable bathroom modifications in January & she has been on the West Coast since then. The only Princess ship that's had a major overhaul before going to Asia is the Diamond which included toilets.
Astro Flyer. . .Well I asked my friend again if he was sure that it was the Crown that had the restroom modifications and not the Diamond instead. He 'fessed up and said he had forgotten and that it was indeed the Diamond instead of the Crown. Mystery solved.

I haven't sailed on the Diamond before, so not sure what modifications they would have made in the public restrooms. Would you mind sharing that with me??? My friend had gotten my curiosity up ever since he started telling me about the Crown even though it turned out not to be that particular ship at all.

Thanks!!
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#32
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My husband,I & a friend are going on NCL Jewel Dec 6th & flying in the day prior. We have booked the Crowne Plaza. We are looking for an inexpensive way to get from LAX to CP. I see ads for Super Shuttle & the hotel recommended another shuttle company which got terrible review from travelers. Actually Super Shuttle's weren't great either.

Any suggestions to get from LAX to CP? Any idea of costs? How about when we get off the ship. I'm guessing it's an expensive cab ride, especially if we get caught up in traffic. What have others done?

Also I read mention on here that Crowne Plaza provides a shuttle to the pier. They do but charge a nominal fee of $5. per person for them to take you. Actually the person at the desk when I called was a bit clueless insisting they have no shuttle. When we booked the hotel that person said they did have one. Finally she switched me to the bellhop desk & he said there is a shuttle but has a fee. Someone mentioned a cab being around $10. so if you have a few people it may pay to just take the cab at whatever time is convenient to you.

Thanks for any help with the transportation issue.
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Originally posted by LynneL
My husband,I & a friend are going on NCL Jewel Dec 6th & flying in the day prior. We have booked the Crowne Plaza. We are looking for an inexpensive way to get from LAX to CP. I see ads for Super Shuttle & the hotel recommended another shuttle company which got terrible review from travelers. Actually Super Shuttle's weren't great either.

Any suggestions to get from LAX to CP? Any idea of costs? How about when we get off the ship. I'm guessing it's an expensive cab ride, especially if we get caught up in traffic. What have others done?

Also I read mention on here that Crowne Plaza provides a shuttle to the pier. They do but charge a nominal fee of $5. per person for them to take you. Actually the person at the desk when I called was a bit clueless insisting they have no shuttle. When we booked the hotel that person said they did have one. Finally she switched me to the bellhop desk & he said there is a shuttle but has a fee. Someone mentioned a cab being around $10. so if you have a few people it may pay to just take the cab at whatever time is convenient to you.

Thanks for any help with the transportation issue.
Shuttle companies, in general, tend to get some poor reviews. It's easy for people to get disgruntled because, even when everything goes right, there tends to be delays, waits, extra stops...because the system is designed to be a shared ride...it's cheap, but to make that work, they need to fill the van...and that can mean circling the airport...but, OTOH, it's only $17 per person...

Taxis, OTOH, can be expensive...distances here can be long...and those meters keep running.

A good alternative is a car service...Look at Super Shuttle's "Execucar"...a little more expensive than a shared shuttle, but you don't share the ride, so less delays...

From the CP to the pier? A taxi shared by three is cheap enough...but, in reality, it's actually even walkable...I know because I've done it. You just have to have suitcases on wheels and not a lot of extra stuff. It's about a short block to Harbor Blvd., cross the street and turn left...in about one more short block, you'll be at the USS Iowa and the end of the parking lot for the Cruise Terminal...just follow along around the waterfront to whichever dock your ship is at...
But, if you don't want to schlepp your luggage, a taxi to go that short distance is cheap...

The CP, BTW, used to have a free shuttle until very recently...
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#34
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Also check Uber or Lyft. The fares are similar to a shuttle, but it's door-to-door and if you need to make an intermediate stop for supplies, no problem. For local errands or a ride to the ship I'd definitely use Uber.
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#35
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Originally posted by Bruin Steve
But, if you don't want to schlepp your luggage, a taxi to go that short distance is cheap...

The CP, BTW, used to have a free shuttle until very recently...
An FYI

On 10/3 We figured we would avoid the hassle of the 4 ships in port that day and asked the CP desk clerk to call us a cab. She replied the cabs will not come up here as they know it is a short trip to the port. She suggested we take their shuttle which happened to be out front. They were running two shuttles, one to pier 93 & 92 and the other to the other two piers that were a little further away. So off we went on their shuttle, smooth nice & easy.

Yesterday (10/18) we were off the ship and standing at the shuttle pickup spot at 8:50. The Crowne shuttle picked us up a little after 9:00 and we were in our car and pulling out of their drive at 9:15. Very Nice Very Easy Very Smooth
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#36
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We have used Super Shuttle from LAX to Long Beach and have had no complaints. We were 4 people in a van. The shuttle made a stop at the hotel near the Queen Mary before dropping us at our hotel in Long Beach. We quite enjoyed the "inclusive site seeing" and considered it as part of a tour!

In April we intend to use them again. We made prior reservations last time, but found out that there was no need to do that. For prior reservations, they had a coupon code for a couple of $$ off.
#37
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As most have mentioned here your options are Doubletree, Best western and Crowne Plaza. Crowne Plaza and Best western are in what is known as "downtown" San Pedro, thus offering you more options to eat outside the hotels within walking distance. With the Doubletree you do need transportation if you wish to go out and eat. Both the Doubletree and Crowne Plaza have decent restaurants on their premises.
#38
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We just got off the Crown on Saturday.

We stayed at the BW and agree with all of the positives stated in this thread. The manager was very visible during our stay and helpful to guests. The room was wonderful as was the complimentary breakfast! We just loved the hotel but would not stay there again, unfortunately. The hotel is in a very bad location where the freeway enters the city. Even with a traffic light I would not cross the street. The only restaurants nearby are fast food. ( I don't know about the rest of you, but after a day of travel I want a sit down meal with a glass of wine in a nice restaurant.) The terrain has hills making walking difficult if you have any ambulatory impairments as I do.

As far as transportation from LAX to San Pedro we used Execucar for the first time. Climbing into a van is now difficult for me which eliminates shuttle service. We used Execucar based on recommendations on the CC threads. My husband and I were very impressed with the service. Our plane arrived ˝ hr early. We were met in Baggage Claim by our driver who had a sign with our name on it. He gathered our luggage onto a cart and escorted us a short distance to the parking garage. He was friendly and courteous. He was an excellent driver. The cost was $75, not including tip. It was worth every penny. Look for discount codes online.

Coming back we used Ontime1 so we could compare companies. Their fee was $55 w/o tip. We did not get a call from the driver while on board waiting to exit. We had a difficult time connecting with him once we were outside the cruise terminal. We could not talk with someone directly at the head office, but rather had to leave a message and wait to hear from our driver. When he called we could not hear him well on the phone for some reason. The driver had a heavy accent which also impeded communication. The worst though, was that while driving on the freeway, he texted on his mobile for a few minutes. We will never use this company again especially after being so impressed with Execucar.
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Is everyone talking about the Best Western on Gaffey?
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