I went to this hotel in August 2007 with my husband and 11 year old daughter. We had been travelling California and this was our 2nd destination. As we had just come straight from San Francisco, we were all looking forward to a slightly more relaxing time. So, we chose this hotel where we would be staying for 4 nights! When we arrived, the hotel looked massive, like a huge tower building in New York - yet it was extremely welcoming! When we arrived it was approximately 5:30pm and at 5pm every afternoon there would be a huge crowd of people in the lobby and dining area as it's when you can get free salted popcorn, free cocktails, free drinks like water, coke, lemonade etc, and also there was things like burgers, hot dogs whhich you had to pay for, but were very cheap but delicious! There are loads of children everywhere, literally jam-packed with them as it is a family hotel. Definitely nothing like a romantic getaway! Excellent for families though!
The reception was very kind and helpful too, always cheerful and great with the kids.
The hotel has 12 floors of suites. We stayed in a 1 bedroom suite which had a decent sized bathroom, 1 good sized bedroom and one lounge which had a television, a balcony leading from it, 1 chair and 1 sofa which turned into a double bed at night! (My daughter slept in this sofa bed). There is also 1 kitchen which comes with plenty of cupboards, oven, sink, fridge and anything you might need!
Breakfast at this hotel was great (if you actually got there before all the good stuff was takem!) as many people got up very early for breakfast there. Anyway, the choice was great, you could choose from many things such as toast, cookies, muffins, fruit cakes, water, lemonade, coffee, hot chocolate, yoghurts, fruit and plenty of staff going around to help you! :) Breakfast was the only meal we had there, so we don't know much about the other meals (except from the 5pm complimentary food and drinks!) as we were out at all the local attractions!
Opposite this hotel was a Starbucks which provided cookies, mugs, straws, girly plates and of course cakes, cookies, tea, frappachinos, cappachinos and all the normal things you'd expect to be in a Starbucks! Also near the hotel, about a 10 minute walk away is the beach which was lovely to go down to in the evenings to witness a breath-takking sunset!
The hotel had 1 swimming pool which was very small but did get rather deep! It was inside and heated, almost empty at daytime but at the evening it was full of children and parents! I guess it's because people were at the beach and attractions. At around 10pm kids had to leave the pool and allow adults only. In the pool room was also a hot tub with a bubble machine thing if you pressed a button!
There is a gift shop which provides cigarettes, cuddly toys, postcards, souveniers, drinks, sweets and chocolate etc...There is also an arcade there with a snooker table, racing car driver machines etc. These were not free though and not very busy because of the fact you have to pay to use them!
Overall, we had a wonderful time staying at this hotel and if travelling with kids again, would definitely come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Scenically located just two blocks from the beachfront in stunning Seaside, California, this Embassy Suites Monterey Bay – Seaside hotel offers spectacular bay views as well as fine accommodation options. Choose from an array of attractions on the doorstop of this stunning hotel; from hiking and butterfly watching to kayaking or surfing, you need never have a dull moment when you join us in Monterey Bay. Guests of this Monterey Bay - Seaside hotel choose from 225 stylish hotel suites, each offering a range of modern amenities such as high-speed wireless internet access, two remote control televisions and a wet bar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Seaside
- Seaside Embassy Suites