by Courtney Elko
Located less than 30 minutes from Disneyland in Orange County, this completely renovated Embassy Suites features a modern design with plenty of amenities for families. With free breakfast and Wi-Fi, this is a great spot for families to stay before heading to the area parks or Disneyland. The onsite restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and there is a complimentary evening social for for families to enjoy. There is a Starbucks onsite for all caffeine needs.
The spacious two-room suites are ideal for families with a separate living room area, mini-fridge and microwave. The indoor pool is nice, even on a breezy California day, and there is an outdoor patio area, too. Families seeking a conveniently located, modern hotel with plenty of space to spread out in the suites will love a stay at this Embassy Suites.
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- Indoor pool
- Free breakfast
- Onsite restaurant and Starbucks
- Theme Park
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 296 guestrooms and suites at this hotel. Cribs are available upon request. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
The two-room suites, which are best suited for families, feature one king or two queen beds in the bedroom area with a flat-screen television. The separate living room area (some are separated by a door) features a sleeper sofa, a dining table for four, mini-fridge, microwave, sink, coffeemaker and a second flat-screen television. There are outlets by the bed and a shower/tub combination in the bathroom.
The guestrooms, which can accommodate two people, feature one room with one queen bed. There is a flat-screen television, coffeemaker, outlets by the bed and a shower/tub combination in the bathroom.
I had a very favorable experience during a business stay last week, and in fact am returinng next week for another stay.
The hotel delivers against everything you would want in a hotel: clean, comfortable, quiet room; nice ambience, pleasant and helpful staff. The complimentary breakfast has a variety of offerings, ranging from healthy (fresh fruit, oatmeal) to maybe not-so-healthy (French toast, pastries). I like that they have a soda fountain, recognizing that some people like diet soda instead of coffee in the morning. The fitness center and pool are pretty decent, though in my case I opted to enjoy the warm California sunshine and go for a run instead (the "San Diego Creek Trail" is about a mile away and makes for a nice run). Internet access was plenty good. Room was equipped with microwave and small refrigerator.
The rooms themselves are the customary Embassy Suites offering: a separate "living room", bathroom, and "bedroom". My only beef with Embassy Suites is that I wish they would flip-flop the bedroom and living room; I'd prefer to have the living room be the room with the outside window. I don't need to look out the window when I am sleeping, but it is nice to have a window when I'm working at the desk or just sitting around.
Here's a little story, though, that clinched the 5-star ratng for me. I had forgotten to pack socks on this trip. When I realized this the next morning, I took a look at an online map of the sourrounding area to see if there were a Target or some similar store that might sell socks. Seeing none, I inuqired at the front desk if there might be a good place to buy socks nearby. The lady told me that the shuttle driver could take me to a Wal Mart about 2 miles away. And that's what happened. The shuttle to the airport leaves every 30 minutes, but the driver agreed he'd take me to Wal Mart after dropping a couple of guests at the airport. So I went with him on the 7:00 AM shuttle run, we dropped two at the airport, then zipped over to Wal Mart, where he waited for me while I ran in, grabbed my socks, and ran out. And we got back to the hotel in time for him to make his 7:30 AM run. The fella who drove the van was kind of a funny guy and it was enjoyable to converse with him during my sock run. Yes, I could have taken an Uber or Lyft to Wal Mart, but I appreciate the fact that the hotel offered me the ride and that it worked out so well.
BY the way, if you don't have too much luggage, you can easily walk from John Wayne Airport to/from the Embassy Suites in about 15-20 minutes. I did that, even though it's a bit unusual in car-obsessed Orange County, where hardly anyone walks or bikes. You might enjoy so doing if you're coming to California from a cold place and just want to enjoy some outside time. There is a pedestrian exit from the airport parking garage to MacArthur Blvd but it is kind of hard to find.
One comment however: I returned to my room in the middle of the day when housekeeping was making up my room. The woman was working so fast, I felt sorry for her. I don't think I could possibly do what she does at the pace she does it. I hope the property treats its housekeeping staff well and does not subject them to unreasonable standards of work speed. I gave her a tip and I encourage all readers of this review to ALWAYS leave a tip to housekeeping staff . . . and wish hotels would enable the easy addition of a tip to the bill, like restaurants do.
as tourleader of a large Dutch group we have chosen the Embassy Suites for a stay of four nights. There are reasons to we choose and recommend the hotel. Ideally located,
rooms-en suite and spacious. Great breakfast and our group enjoyed the daily happy hours with free beverages to enjoy in the spacious atrium.
I worked closely with Jasmine Stewart, head of the sales department. Jasmine offered
an exceptional service and went above and beyond to serve my customers and was very involved. Highly recommended.
The indoor pool is a great place for the kids to splash and swim. Chairs and a few lounge chairs surround the pool area and there are restrooms situated nearby as well. Pool towels are provided and the pool is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Just outside the pool is an outdoor patio space complete with turf grass, cozy couches and lounge chairs. The is a nice spot for families to get some fresh air while enjoying the indoor pool.
Families will love to start the day at the free breakfast buffet. Things like eggs, cereal, pancakes, fruit, yogurt, bacon and more are available from 6 to 9 a.m. during the week and from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on the weekends. Don't miss out on the made-to-order omelet station either. There is plenty of seating in the large center atrium area called the Living Room, where families can relax with coffee or the newspaper before heading out to explore.
This onsite restaurant serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. The open-concept restaurant allows guests to sit at tables within the Living Room area.
A full-service Starbucks is situated in the lobby, making it a great place to grab a latte as you head out the door. Starbucks is open from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
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Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
There is a daily charge for parking.
A free shuttle is available to take guests to and from the John Wayne Airport, as well as anywhere within 3 miles of the hotel.
The fitness center, which is open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m., features cardio machines with individual TV screens and free weights. Gym towels and water are provided and the fitness center overlooks the pool area.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available to guests.
The Best Time to Visit
The summer months, from about Memorial Day to Labor Day, are the busiest at this hotel. February and March are usually a bit slower here, and may offer better deals for families looking to get away.
The John Wayne Airport is situated less than 10 minutes from this hotel. Los Angeles International Airport is about an hour away.
This hotel is conveniently located to the highway and many area restaurants and attractions. A vehicle is needed to see much of the area.
For Mom and Dad
The adults will love to grab a cocktail at Vibrante in the center of the hotel. Happy hour runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the week.
Complimentary beer, wine, soda, and snacks are available during the evening social, hosted in the lobby each night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families are welcome!