Our family of 3 stayed for 7 nights with only very minor issues 4/12-4/19.
Let's start off with the pros:
We booked a King Studio Suite on hotels.com for about $50 less PER NIGHT than booking through La Quinta or other travel sites. Give it a try! When traveling with children, I would always recommend getting a seperate sleeping area no matter where you stay. In this case, it was wonderful to have 2 t.v.'s! Our daughter loved that she had her "own room" even though it technically was the room with a couch, tables & t.v.
Location, Location, Location...it was minutes from all the things we wanted to do or see. We chalked up the $200 to rent a car through Hertz that was equipped with a GPS 'NeverLost'. Let me tell ya - it was SO worth it! We ventured out more than we would've w/o it. La Jolla Cove aka: Seal Beach(a must!), Seaport Village (---), Coronado, Sea World, Legoland & even Tijuana Mexico! We drove to the border, parked & took the bus to Tijuana for $8 pp round trip. Personally, after witnessing the city as you cross the border and the line to get through customs on the way back - walking is not the way to go! You can save $8 pp or be happy (safe, too) and fork over the money to enjoy Tijuana without all the hassle of border crossing and the walk itself.
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The pool was heated..not just luke warm but actually enough that you could plunge right in. The hot tub was plenty hot - sometimes a bit too much. Still, it was a welcome sight after long days on the feet.
Breakfast is simple yet satisfying. Free USA Today too. To help cut the cost of eating out, we bought food at Target & Food 4 Less. Stocked the 'frig & (very) small freezer 2-3 times. It's amazing how creative you can get when you have to! Because there is not enough room for a 1/2 gal. of milk, we each took a cupful of milk back from breakfast with a cover to have later on. I also made our daughter a PB&J for later on. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!
They offer underground parking. We chose to park outside only because I didn't care to be in a parking area in the dark. I like the lighted parking area where you can actually see people & even your own room. (if you're facing the parking lot, that is).
The staff was friendly & really did the best they could when we did have an issue come up. And yes, we did...
And now for the cons: Our hot water seemed to not work every day. It was hit & miss b/w 7a.m. - 9 a.m. That did become frustrating. Especially when you need to be somewhere & 3 people need to shower. They did offer us keys to an empty room to shower because the maint. guy was off that day. (never heard of that!) A short time later, we ran the hot water in the sink & then the shower warmed up...??? It became a joke after awhile. We just decided to make the best of it. ;o)
Another bummer - the pool was under repair on our last day. Not that they could help it - but it was a bummer!
Suggestions - ask for a room facing the parking lot NOT the car dealership next door. I would rather heatrsuitcase rolling down the outside hall than pages over a PA system all day.
Also - we used the AAA card. Saved lots of money at Legoland & Sea World. No deals at Disneyland, though!
Overall, it was well worth the $91.00 per night. It's difficult to find what we had for that price in that part of town.
'Hope this helps!
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