12 Highly Rated Hotels Close to the Los Angeles & Long Beach Cruise Ports

Headed for a cruise from the Los Angeles cruise port (World Cruise Center) or the Port of Long Beach? You’re likely looking for a hotel near the cruise terminals, and that’s a smart idea.

Hotel in Long Beach and Los Angeles near the cruise port

Imagine this scenario: It’s the day of your cruise, you wake up early, head to the airport and check in. You’re at your gate with plenty of time to spare. And then you see the words no flyer wants to see: delayed.

Between weather, congestion, or a breakdown, there are any number of reasons a flight can get delayed (or cancelled) these days. And if you are planning to fly into Los Angeles the day of your cruise, you run a big risk of having a delay mean you miss your ship.

And even if driving in, the traffic and congestion of Southern California traffic can make it a headache.

That’s why we always recommend coming into the area the day before your cruise. This provides you with extra time and reduces the stress of starting your vacation.

Of course, that means you need a place to stay. If you are only staying one night, we recommend finding a hotel near your cruise port. This way you don’t have to worry about traffic in getting to the port on cruise day.

It’s also nice in that it allows you more time to wake up and get ready for your trip, including having a few extra minutes to run any last-minute errands for things you might have forgotten.

To help you out, we’ve rounded up a list of hotels in the immediate vicinity of the cruise ports. These hotels all get good reviews, but most importantly they are near the ports. That makes getting to the ship a breeze on cruise day.

Driving in an need a hotel with cruise parking? We have hotels with park & cruise offers for the LA ports here.

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Hotels Close to the World Cruise Center (Port of Los Angeles)

Located in San Pedro, the World Cruise Center is the jumping off point for cruises departing Los Angeles. There are several hotels near the port, many which offer a shuttle to the ships.

DoubleTree by Hilton San Pedro
A beautiful hotel sitting next to the Los Angeles Yacht Club, this spot offers a chance to stay right at the water’s edge, while also being close to the cruise port. Highly rated, the DoubleTree sits just a three-mile drive from the cruise terminals. In short, if you’re looking for somewhere upscale that’s also close to the World Cruise Center, it’s hard to beat this spot.

  • Price: $$
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Distance to World Cruise Center: 3 miles

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor
This Crowne Plaza mixes a nice blend of affordability, solid reviews, and being close to the port. And did we mention it also has shuttle service to the World Cruise Center for guests? The hotel is nice without being stuffy, and it won’t break the bank. We found rooms in the mid-$100s for a weekend night. As well, it’s less than a mile from the port. From the upper rooms you might even be able to see your ship.

  • Price: $$
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Distance to World Cruise Center: 1.5 miles

Vagabond Inn San Pedro
Just a 1.5 miles to the port, this spot is ideal if you’re looking for somewhere that is close to the ships and affordable. It isn’t on the water or a fancy hotel, but if you just want somewhere to stay that’s no-fuss, then this might be it. The hotel has all the amenities you’d expect of a budget option, including continental breakfast and wi-fi. It also offers a free shuttle to the World Cruise Center and Long Beach cruise ports.

  • Price: $
  • Rating: 3.5 out of 5
  • Distance to World Cruise Center: 1.5 miles

Best Western Plus San Pedro
Right across the street from the Vagabond Inn is the Best Western Plus. It receives a 4 out of 5 rating on Google, and puts you just minutes from the port. Like its neighbor, the hotel also features a shuttle to the port, but only to the World Cruise Center (Los Angeles port). Simple and convenient to the ships, there’s a lot to like, but expect to pay a little more to stay here than some other budget options. 

  • Price: $-$$
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Distance to World Cruise Center: 1.5 miles

America’s Best Value Inn Rancho Palos Verdes
Around three miles from the cruise port in LA, this hotel is a little farther than the rest of the list, but still a close option. It’s an older hotel, but still gets strong reviews and is affordable (we found weekend night rates in the low $100s). The location is also nice. You aren’t far from shops, restaurants, the ocean, and you’re across the street from Peck Park. 

  • Price: $
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Distance to World Cruise Center: 2.5 miles

Hotels Close to the Port of Long Beach

Sailing from Long Beach? The port is right near the city and offers a number of spots to stay within close proximity.

Hotel Maya
Right near the cruise ship and on the water, if money is no object, then it’s hard to beat Hotel Maya. The hotel is superbly rated, but it’s also among the most expensive options for staying near the ships. Expect to pay at least at least $200 per night, with some nights above $300. Still, for a cool hotel with a great location, it could be worth it to you.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Distance to Port of Long Beach: 0.5 miles

Residence Inn Long Beach Downtown
Sitting across the bridge from Hotel Maya and just a short distance from the cruise port, this Residence Inn is on the water. In fact, get a room facing the right direction and you’ll be able to see your ship on cruise day. The hotel offers suites, making it ideal for those that want a little more space, such as families setting sail.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Distance to Port of Long Beach: 0.5 miles

Hyatt Centric Long Beach
This hotel is across the river from the cruise terminal, but still just a few minutes away. It sits in the middle of “The Pike” — an outdoor shopping mall with a number of retailers and restaurants — giving you plenty to do the night before you sail. There is also the Aquarium of the Pacific close by. As well, don’t miss the rooftop pool.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Distance to Port of Long Beach: 2 miles

Hilton Long Beach
With the Hilton name, you know that you’ll get a nice place. This hotel is rated 4 out of 5 stars on Google and sits just a few minutes from the Long Beach cruise terminal. While there isn’t as much to do right outside the hotel, The Pike, the waterfront, and a ton of restaurants are just a couple of minutes away.

  • Price: $$
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Distance to Port of Long Beach: 2 miles

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
It’s hard to beat this location. You’re minutes from the cruise ship, and within walking distance of tons of local restaurants and the aquarium. The hotel itself is updated and trendy, leading to some of the highest reviews of any on our list. Want to see your ship? Check out the “Queen Mary View” room that comes with a balcony looking out toward the terminal.

  • Price: $$
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Distance to Port of Long Beach: 2 miles

Best Western Plus Hotel at the Convention Center
Not everyone needs to stay at the swankiest place available. Sometimes you just want something low-key, affordable, yet convenient. This edition of the Best Western is just that. It’s near the heart of things to do in Long Beach — including walking distance of the beach itself. Still, it’s less expensive than many nearby hotels that are higher end. Maybe that’s why it earns 4.5 out of 5 stars on Google.

  • Price: $$
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Distance to Port of Long Beach: 2.5 miles

Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown
This hotel can get a little pricey, but offers strong reviews and is just minutes from the cruise port in Long Beach. From here you can have a great night before your cruise, as it’s close to the beach and restaurants, features an upscale vibe, and well-appointed rooms. Nearby you don’t want to miss the Blind Donkey, a welcoming bar with great reviews.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Distance to Port of Long Beach: 2.5 miles

More on Cruising From Los Angeles

Getting to the Port of Los Angeles — Directions, maps, and information on taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Los Angeles Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

More on Cruising From Long Beach

Getting to the Long Beach Cruise Terminal — Directions, maps, and information on taxis and shuttles. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Long Beach Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Dropping Off at the Port — Dropping off passengers for their cruise? Not sure where to go once you get to the port? We have turn-by-turn directions to find your cruise terminal.

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