When we go to book a hotel for a family vacation, we always look for three things:
We recently chose the Radisson Suites Hotel Buena Park when we went to southern California because it offered all three of those amenities (plus more!).
The 500-square-foot suite included a living room/kitchen area with a pull-out sofa, dining room table, microwave, and sink. In the back, there was a spacious room with two double beds, another television, and an adjoining bathroom with a sliding door. Suite style rooms are ideal for us because we can put our daughter to bed in the room and then come out and watch a movie, talk, eat dessert, etc. In a "normal" room, we would have to either keep our daughter up late and all go to bed at the same time or we would have to put her to bed and then talk really quietly with all of the lights off. Not very intimate or relaxing, to say the least. Needless to say, we do our very best to avoid "normal" hotels...even if suite-style hotels cost a tad bit more.
Radisson Suites Buena Park also offers a complete complimentary hot breakfast with eggs, sausage and bacon, and potatoes. Fresh fruits, bagels,pastries, coffee, and juices were also available. The food wasn't gourmet, but it WAS free, convenient, and satisfactory. My husband and I appreciate hotels that offer complimentary breakfasts not only because they are a great money-saver, but also because it's so nice to just be able to walk downstairs. We could even leave our daughter in her PJ's!
Finally, the Radisson Suites Buena Park has a large pool, a jacuzzi, an on-site restaurant, and a shuttle service to-and-from Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and nearby malls. The hotel also offers complimentary wireless internet (shouldn't every hotel offer that?).
Although our stay was fantastic, here are two things that I think RS Buena Park can do better:
1. Make room service a little more affordable. Macaroni and Cheese off of the Kids Menu really shouldn't be $8. It was delicious, but still...
2. Offer a special treat for kids upon check-in - a toy, a snack, a coloring book and crayons, etc. I promise parents will think you are positively awesome.
In sum, we had a very enjoyable stay at the Radisson Suites Buena Park hotel. It is a family-friendly and affordable option for your next stay in Southern California. I know we'll definitely consider staying at the RS Buena Park next time we're in the area (and, actually, we'll Google Radisson Suites no matter where we go next...).
Nightly summer rates appear to range between $150-$200/night.
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