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Park and cruise made easy at the Port of Los Angeles

Chilling out at the Crowne Plaza in San Pedro
J Lucky Hilderman

Imagine you’re taking a cruise out of Los Angeles, and you don’t want to fly to catch your ship. You plan to drive. But where can you leave your car for a week or more?

No worries. It’s smooth sailing when you stay, play and stow your wheels at the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel. We did, and we’re ready to do it all over again.

Just to be clear, the cruise port of Los Angeles is actually located in San Pedro. So if you’re looking for a convenient hotel close to your ship, San Pedro is the only way to go.

The hotel

The Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel is mere blocks from San Pedro’s cruise terminal, a.k.a. the Port of Los Angeles. You could walk to your ship if you didn’t have your cruise gear in tow. Fortunately, the Crowne Plaza has a free shuttle to transport you and your bags to the pier in time for boarding. When you return from your cruise, simply call the hotel. They’ll come pick you up.

We loved all the little extras at the Crowne Plaza. Upon arrival (after our long drive), we were greeted at reception with freshly baked cookies and chilled, citrus-flavored water. Another time, we discovered a bowl of apples at the front desk.

Our room was decorated with photos of the harbor. We could open our window for fresh sea air. And, we had the necessities—a coffee maker, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The only things missing were a fridge and an in-room safe.

In the afternoon, we decided to check out the rooftop’s jetted tub and heated swimming pool. The pool, to our surprise, was bath-warm in January; ideal for a bit of pre-cruise R&R. Of course, the hotel also has a gym.

If you want to venture out of the Crowne Plaza, San Pedro’s museums and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

Park and sail

As we discovered, cruising out of L.A. couldn’t be easier when you can park your car for a week, or even two weeks, as part of a package. The Crowne Plaza’s parking is underground, well lit and, best of all, it’s covered from the elements. An elevator from the garage leads right up to the hotel lobby for easy loading and unloading of luggage.

Here’s the deal: The Crowne Plaza’s “Park and Sail” package includes welcome house drinks for two, a full breakfast buffet for two, your room and valet parking for up to 15 days. The price of a double room (from $189 plus tax on the web for March) includes shuttle service for you and your luggage to the pier on embarkation day and back to the hotel (to retrieve your car or stay another night) upon your return.

If you prefer, you may be able to park yourself and take your car keys with you. Inquire at the front desk when you check in. You’ll receive a paper noting your return date to place on your dash while you’re away.

For more information, contact the Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel at 310-519-8200 or 800-972-2576. The hotel in conveniently located at 601 S. Palos Verdes Street in San Pedro, California.

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