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Why Embassy Suites Anaheim South for Your Disneyland Vacation

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Hotel options abound near Disneyland. But how can you find the best hotel in Anaheim for your family? Here are 10 reasons to choose Embassy Suites Anaheim South for your Disneyland vacation.

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Why Choose Embassy Suites Anaheim South for Your Disneyland Vacation (Photo credit: Embassy Suites)

Why Choose Embassy Suites Anaheim South for Your Disneyland Vacation (Photo credit: Embassy Suites)

1. All Suites

Before a full day romping through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, you want to make sure the whole family gets a good night's sleep. A separate bedroom (with a door!) at Embassy Suites Anaheim South makes bedtime more peaceful for kids and adults alike. If traveling with a baby or young child that still needs to sleep mid-day, that extra room means parents and older siblings can watch television or chat during naptime.

At night, a pull-out sofa in the living area is great for kiddos. Choose from two doubles or one king-sized bed in the bedroom. Tip: If your kids don't like sleeping in the same bed, bring your own. My family brought a twin-sized air mattress with us so both kids could sleep in the living room together, but apart. The hotel was more than happy to provide us with extra sheets, pillows, and a blanket. (And we parents got the bedroom to ourselves!)

Mmm...included cooked-to-order breakfast at Embassy Suites Anaheim South

Mmm…included cooked-to-order breakfast at Embassy Suites Anaheim South (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. Included Breakfast

I love the Embassy Suites cooked-to-order hot breakfast, which is complimentary for hotel guests at all locations. Serve yourself from a buffet of cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, breads and pastries, pancakes and more. I always order a freshly cooked omelet, too. Even picky eaters (like my 7-year-old son!) are sure to find something they like from the spread at Embassy Suites Anaheim South.

Purchase all sorts of snacks, drinks and Disneyland souvenirs at the Embassy Suites Anaheim South on-site gift shop

Purchase all sorts of snacks, drinks and Disneyland souvenirs at the on-site gift shop (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Convenient Amenities

In your suite, you'll find a mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker and cozy kitchen table for convenient snacks, take-out meals, and room service. The bathroom comes stocked with shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soaps. Need something else? Just call down to the front desk to have extras like a razor or cotton swabs delivered to your room. I appreciated the vanity with mirror outside the bathroom, which made getting ready easier in the mornings for this mama.

My husband and I both made use of the on-site fitness center with a view of the pool. There's also a mini-mart on the lobby level with drinks, snacks, toys and Disneyland souvenirs for sale. The hotel even offers self-serve orange- or cucumber-spiked iced water in the lobby to quench travelers' thirsts.

The Embassy Suites Anaheim South fitness center looks out onto the outdoor pool

The Embassy Suites Anaheim South fitness center looks out onto the outdoor pool (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Outdoor Pool and Hot Tub

Take a break from the Disney theme parks to spend a day splashing in, and lazing by, the pool at Embassy Suites Anaheim South. The large pool is surrounded by cushy loungers. The hot tub will ease sore muscles after a long day of standing in lines and walking from ride to ride.

Quench your thirst in the Embassy Suites Anaheim South lobby

Quench your thirst in the Embassy Suites Anaheim South lobby (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

5. Magical Touches

Embassy Suites Anaheim South is home to waterfalls, a pond filled with colorful koi fish, and the signature Embassy Suites indoor atrium. Best of all for families with kids, though, is the animatronic lion reminiscent of Disney's Lion King, which periodically comes to life (during daytime hours) by moving his paws and lifting his head to shout out a regal roar.

This animatronic lion delights children with its royal-sounding roar at Embassy Suites Anaheim South

This animatronic lion delights children with its regal-sounding roar (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. Access to Disneyland

You can purchase Disneyland single theme park or Park Hopper tickets at the Disney desk in the Embassy Suites Anaheim South lobby so you don't have to waste time waiting in line for tickets once you reach the parks. Located about two miles from Disneyland, you can easily take an inexpensive shuttle to and from the theme parks. The shuttles ferry Disney-goers every half hour. Just sign up at the same desk in the lobby.

Purchase shuttle tickets and Disneyland passes in the Embassy Suites Anaheim South lobby

Purchase shuttle tickets and Disneyland passes in the Embassy Suites Anaheim South lobby (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

7. Happy Hour

Embassy Suites is renowned for their nightly Evening Receptions, complete with complimentary light snacks and beverages, including beer, wine and cocktails for mom and dad. At Embassy Suites Anaheim South guests can also choose to purchase affordable dinner items from the Evening Reception Kitchen, like a wedge salad, prime rib dip sandwich or pizza.

Embassy Suites Anaheim South's restaurant, Serengeti Grill, is open for lunch, dinner and room service

The on-site restaurant, Serengeti Grill, is open for lunch, dinner and room service (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

8. On-Site Restaurant and Room Service

Too tired to go out after exploring the Disneyland amusement parks? Embassy Suites Anaheim South offers an on-site restaurant, Serengeti. Choose from fresh seafood, gourmet burgers, fresh salads, kids' items and more. Room service is also offered for lunch and dinner.

Kids will feel at home at Embassy Suites Anaheim South near Disneyland

It took about two minutes for my kids to make themselves at home at Embassy Suites Anaheim South (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

9. Free WiFi

As with its sister locations, Embassy Suites Anaheim South offers free WiFi to its guests. This makes checking emails and posting your darling Disney photos to Facebook and Instagram a breeze.

Koi ponds and waterfalls make Embassy Suites more fun for families

Koi ponds and waterfalls make Embassy Suites more fun for families (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

10. Disney Good Neighbor Hotel

Don't believe me? Then listen to Disney! Embassy Suites Anaheim South has been vetted by Disney for its quality and customer service, and is listed among a select number of Disneyland Good Neighbor Hotels.

Staying at Embassy Suites Anaheim South added fun and convenience to my family's Disneyland vacation. I expect a lot from this brand, and they delivered.

#PrettyGreat Family Travel Hack: 7.Keep a hidden stash of toys just for travel. This makes packing for the next trip easier and your children will be delighted to be reunited with forgotten toys. (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

#PrettyGreat Family Travel Hack: Keep a hidden stash of toys just for travel. This makes packing for the next trip easier and your children will be delighted to be reunited with forgotten toys. (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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What would your family like most about a stay at Embassy Suites Anaheim South? Let us know in the comments section!

A Note from The Travel Mama: This post brought to you in partnership with Embassy Suites. My family received a complimentary stay at Embassy Suites Anaheim South for purposes of this review. All opinions are mine, as always. 

About Colleen Lanin

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. Katja - globetotting says:

    While it looks like the Embassy Suites offer a lot for families my favourite has to be the fact that all the rooms are suites and come with a separate bedroom. Finding family-friendly accommodation such as this that truly understands families (i.e. that you really don’t always want to share a room with your kids!) makes family travel so much easier!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      So true, Katja! A separate door for parents means better sleep for everyone…and maybe even a little romance for mom and dad! 😉

  2. Sarah Ebner says:

    This sounds so terrific for families. Love the fact that there’s a separate bedroom for the kids too – that can really make a holiday so much smoother (and mean the children actually go to sleep!). Also, the cooked to order breakfasts and evening happy hour would be much appreciated by all of us.

  3. I was hooked on Embassy Suites after a stay in Austin. You just can’t beat this brand for the space, happy hour and family-friendly amenities. Had no idea there was on in Anaheim. Will be hitting this up next time we’re at Disney.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Jody – My kids loved the animatronic lion at this one – I bet your daughter would too!

  4. You make a great case for this as one of the best places to stay for a Disneyland visit. I hope you all had a wonderful time, too!

  5. Heidi Wagoner says:

    This is just the type of accommodation we are always searching for. We love having a suite and allowing the family to have a little more space. I also love the atrium feel in a hotel.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Heidi – I love the atrium too. It makes the hotel feel like a little mini community and it’s so pretty!

  6. We haven’t been to Disney in California and would so love to travel there with our kids, now that they’re still young. This looks like a fabulous place to stay.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Maria – Disneyland is fabulous for people of all ages, but it’s especially magical with young children!

  7. Linette Waite says:

    Hi Travel mama,
    I just read your article about Embassy suites in Anaheim. We stayed here a couple of years ago for our DL trip and we really liked it! In your article you stated that the shuttle to DL was .50 roundtrip. Is this true? When we went it cost 3.00 per round trip and I read somewhere that the price has gone up since we visited. Also they didn’t have free wifi and their website says that wifi comes at a fee.
    Please let me know if what you’ve stated is correct? We are planning another trip to DL in a couple of weeks and will consider Embassy suites if the shuttle is .50 and if they are now offering free wifi.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi Linette – I just called Embassy Suites Anaheim South and indeed their shuttle cost has gone up. It is now $6 for adults and $3 for children. They do, however, offer free WiFi (as do all Embassy Suites locations). Enjoy your Disneyland vacation!

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