With so much to do in the city of Anaheim, picking a hotel to stay isn’t always the top priority. Many convince themselves all they need is a place to sleep, shower and change their clothes before they head out to theme parks, shopping centers, tourist attractions and beaches. But what if your hotel could be as much an escape as the rest of your getaway? On a recent trip to Southern California, we found our stay at Embassy Suites Hotel Anaheim – South to be a vacation within our working vacation.
This was our first stay in an Embassy Suites Hotel, and the lush, open-air atrium that welcomed us was a nice surprise. Koi ponds spanned a dining area where we discovered a Manager’s Reception was being held. Every evening the hotel offers free cocktails and snacks, so if you check in between 5:30pm and 7:30pm, you could find yourself heading to your hotel room with a buzz. But why shouldn’t you start your vacation with a free margarita?
True to their name, the hotel offers two-room suites. We found ours spacious and comfortably furnished. With a private bedroom and a separate living room, we had plenty of room to isolate work from vacation. We immediately turned the dining table into our workspace and made use of the WiFi. But after two busy days of running ourselves ragged at a convention, it was a toss-up between putting our feet up on the couch or crashing on the king-sized bed and turning on one of the two flat screen TVs. The bed won. When your agenda is packed with places to go, sometimes a comfy bed could be a detriment to getting your day started. But because relaxation was the goal, we had no complaints.
The suite also has a wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave and a single-serve coffeemaker. While there are plenty of dining options in the immediate area from fast food to sit-down restaurants, the hotel also offers room service and their own restaurant, Serengeti. In the mornings, to be able to enjoy a free cooked-to-order breakfast without leaving the hotel was a wonderful bonus. As this was the vacation part of our working vacation, we relaxed in the atrium surrounded by verdant flora, soothed by sound of the Koi ponds and 14-foot waterfall, with an animatronic lion watching over us.
If you’re so inclined, the hotel also offers a complimentary fitness center featuring impressive equipment that’s open 24/7. Just a few steps from the fitness center on the first floor was the exit to the swimming pool and Jacuzzi area. While we didn’t need it on this trip, it was comforting to know that the hotel came with a business center to provide guests complimentary 24/7 access to a variety of convenient services like WiFi, printing and faxing.
Business has taken us to Anaheim many times, but this was the first time we eschewed the more popular tourist spots to take leisurely drive down Harbor Boulevard to hit the beaches and enjoy the surf and sand at Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Embassy Suites Anaheim – South is conveniently located near many of the city’s most prominent attractions. With Disneyland Park®, Disney California Adventure® Park, and Downtown Disney® District nearby, expect a lot of families staying at the hotel. For shopping, entertainment and sports adventures, The Outlets at Orange, the Grove of Anaheim, Honda Center and Angel Stadium of Anaheim are all within three miles of this Anaheim hotel. Universal Studios® Hollywood is also an easy drive, while those who want more nature than film sets can take a ferry to Catalina Island from Newport Beach or Long Beach.
With their relaxing decor, accommodating staff, the restful suites, excellent location and hospitable dining options, making Embassy Suites Anaheim – South a part of your travel plans ensures an escape to make your getaway complete, whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure, or both.
For more information or to check out their latest offers, visit Embassy Suites Hotel Anaheim – South’s website.