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Old 07-05-2009, 03:08 PM   #16
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We love Embassy Suites South on Harbor! We have stayed here many times and have never been disappointed. This was our hotel of choice before we starting staying at GCH. This is a great hotel! We love the great breakfast and the extra room! I must mention the free wine/beer, cocktails, juice slushes and snacks ( pretzels, popcorn, etc.) served in the evening! I love those slushes! I am in line with all the kids for those slushes!

If we are not at the Grand, this hotel would definitely be one of the hotels we would choose to stay!

Lawrence is the manager. Lawrence is awesome and will do his best for you!
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Old 07-05-2009, 05:16 PM   #17
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Great review! We were just there 6/23-6/28 and had a good stay. The only downfall was that we arrived too early to check-in (1:30) so we headed to DLR after storing our bags. When we got back at 11:30 that night, the person checking us in had us wait at the front desk for about 15 minutes while he "checked on something."

Turns out that our requested room (high floor/Disney view) had been flooded so we ended up in a 3rd floor room instead. He did offer to walk us to another property at no charge but we were exhausted and took the room. I had specifically wanted a higher floor because we knew from previous experience (this was our third stay) that the lobby gets noisy and you really hear it from the lower floors.

Love the breakfast and the manager's reception! ART is also very easy to use.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:31 PM   #18
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Great review! We were just there 6/23-6/28 and had a good stay. The only downfall was that we arrived too early to check-in (1:30) so we headed to DLR after storing our bags. When we got back at 11:30 that night, the person checking us in had us wait at the front desk for about 15 minutes while he "checked on something."

Turns out that our requested room (high floor/Disney view) had been flooded so we ended up in a 3rd floor room instead. He did offer to walk us to another property at no charge but we were exhausted and took the room. I had specifically wanted a higher floor because we knew from previous experience (this was our third stay) that the lobby gets noisy and you really hear it from the lower floors.

Love the breakfast and the manager's reception! ART is also very easy to use.
It's funny how everyone is different. I am very sensitive to noise and cannot sleep well if I hear voices, cars, loud air-conditioners, etc. However, we have been on the fourth floor and above and never had a problem with noise from the lobby. We have stayed at least 25+ times. We have also had family members staying in different rooms (some on the second floor) in the hotel and no one had complained of noise. We typically stay on the 6-8 floor.

That was really nice that they were going to comp you a room at another property at no charge!

I agree ART is easy to use! On another note, we also like the hamburgers and club sandwiches at the Serengeti Grill!

We usually stay at the Grand Californian Hotel and we love the convenience, and being on-site, but Embassy Suites ( South) for the large suites, cleanliness, made to order breakfast, free Manager's Reception, and overall hotel is a close second!
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:01 PM   #19
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Embassy Suites is always our hotel of choice too. The full breakfast is absolutely awesome and would cost our family of 6 at least $60 at any restaurant.

We love that the ART comes directly to the front door of the hotel too and drops us off at the front of the park. Couldn't be easier.

Glad you had a great trip!
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Old 07-05-2009, 10:06 PM   #20
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About noise- in the morning when I was in the living room (12th floor) I could hear when the waterfall turned on. In the bedroom we could hear the DL fireworks. At night while sleeping we always bring a small sound machine that plays rain. This way, you don't notice all those weird hotel noises, whatever they may be. Our room was right next to the emergency stairs so we did not have people walking past our room and only had one room next to us. I loved that spot and felt good knowing the stairs were next door.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:37 AM   #21
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Thank you so much for this review !! Sounds like a wonderful place, but does sound like more money now for car and for internet. I hate to pay for this extra's. the rooms look nice, as do the grounds thank you for sharing with us .
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:23 PM   #22
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Thank you so much for the review and great pictures. My family of four will be staying here Dec 19-26 !! And I can not wait.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:07 AM   #23
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I believe the parking was just added in March because when she said parking was $6, I pointed to our reservation paper that said parking $0. I knew to make sure to bring this because I remember someone posting here about Garden Grove charging a parking fee now. She said since we reserved before March, they would comp us the fee.

The parking in the front of the building was crowded but there was always room on the side and behind the building.
That was me who posted after our stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in March. What a shame. This triplex of Hilton hotels are quite the gems.

Love your pictures! Your breakfast looked exactly like our breakfasts at the HGI. We received a complimentary hot breakfast there too with our bed & breakfast rate.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:27 AM   #24
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Well, thanks for the heads up about that. I knew to watch for that because of what you said. Yes, that's a nice place. Easy drive to and from the parks. I think our next trip we will try Candy Cane Inn. I'd like to try a walking distance park since we've never done that. We've also stayed at Holiday Inn Express in Garden Grove and that was nice too. I like to try out different places.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:45 PM   #25
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Thanks for the review and pics! I'm thinking about staying here w/my Dad in December. I like that all the rooms are suites, so you can have separate space if necessary. My Dad doesn't sleep much, and his laptop sometimes keeps me up at night..so it would be nice if he could go somewhere else to use it at night.

Isn't there a private shuttle for this hotel now? I thought they provide one.
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Isn't there a private shuttle for this hotel now? I thought they provide one.
When we stayed there a couple years back, we had to take ART to get to the parks. There was an ART stop right outside the hotel. Very convenient!

We loved staying there and would happily stay there again if we weren't trying out the DL Hotel this time around.
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There was no shuttle when we went. The ART bus was right out front. We never took that because we liked to drive ourselves and not have to worry about busses.

I loved having two rooms. When I woke up early with one of my bad headaches I was able to go out to the living room and watch tv without waking up DH. That sofa is also a hide away bed, so it is also like two bedroom.

If you don't mind being about a mile from the park, it is a great deal for a very nice place.
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There was no shuttle when we went. The ART bus was right out front. We never took that because we liked to drive ourselves and not have to worry about busses.

I loved having two rooms. When I woke up early with one of my bad headaches I was able to go out to the living room and watch tv without waking up DH. That sofa is also a hide away bed, so it is also like two bedroom.

If you don't mind being about a mile from the park, it is a great deal for a very nice place.
You know what, it's probably the Embassy Suites North that has their own shuttle. I am just getting so confused, trying to keep track of all the different hotels in the area! Some have private shuttles, some don't, etc. Thanks for your responses re:ART.
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You know what, it's probably the Embassy Suites North that has their own shuttle. I am just getting so confused, trying to keep track of all the different hotels in the area! Some have private shuttles, some don't, etc. Thanks for your responses re:ART.
We also love Embassy Suites South. It gives us lots of room and my 16 year old DS and DH love the breakfast! We've stayed there about 3 times now. We usually drive, so shuttles are not an issue. (we get the AAA parkhoppers so parking at DL is free). They use the ART though. I've read elsewhere on this board that Embassy Suites North (an older property) has their own shuttle.

I'm really sorry to hear that they're charging for parking now though. That may be a deal breaker for us. It just irritates me. I'm tempted to stay on property next time anyway with all the deals they're offering. I'd be willing to pay the resort fee to be in a Disney hotel.
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We also love Embassy Suites South. It gives us lots of room and my 16 year old DS and DH love the breakfast! We've stayed there about 3 times now. We usually drive, so shuttles are not an issue. (we get the AAA parkhoppers so parking at DL is free). They use the ART though. I've read elsewhere on this board that Embassy Suites North (an older property) has their own shuttle.

Do you usually find that it takes longer or shorter to drive and deal with parking, etc, than walking? I have a Premium AP which includes parking, but it always seems to take so darn long to deal with parking, the tram, etc. That's why I prefer to be walking-distance (and it seems the Embassy Suites South isn't walking distance). I just wish they were closer to the park!
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