I just booked a pre cruise hotel through Hotwire. The blind bid was 3 1/2 stars with a 95% "Loved It" rating. The price was $82 plus tax and fees.
When the hotel was revealed in turned out to be the Crown Plaza which is a great hotel with high ratings and very close to the cruise ship terminal. This is a great deal because the rack rate is about $160. If you are taking a princess ship put of L.A. this may be a good pre cruise option for you.
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