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Old 11-14-2009, 05:50 PM   #31
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I haven't stayed walking distance before because it seems like all the nicer hotels are further away. I'm going to try it next time though. Anyway, we have never found parking/tram to be too long. Even when we went on crowded days we never waited for more than one tram, and usually we were able to get on the next available one. We only had to wait longer once or twice out of several trips. We do get to the parks early and were able to go in the Pinocchio entrance instead of through the parking garage. I'm sure walking is quicker, but for our anniversary we wanted to stay somewhere very nice. I wouldn't let parking stop you from trying out a new hotel.

Although, I refuse to take the bus. Did that too many times when I was younger and never liked it. That was before ART, but I just didn't like trying to catch the shuttle with a zillion others also trying to get back. There was no line, and people just squished in. Never again!

About parking in Garden Grove- I had thought that it was the city that imposed it, not the hotel. But not sure.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:28 PM   #32
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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!
You're right that the parking thing can be a hassle. I've heard it's even more so now with the changes going on. That's why we're looking at onsite next time. In the past, we just preferred hotels to the motel like properties that are closest to the park, and found that the nicest ones with the most reasonable rates were down in Garden Grove.
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:30 PM   #33
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Thanks to all that have posted on this thread. I am SOOO glad I read this. I just booked our first trip to DL and for budget reasons needed to go off site. Picked Embassy Suites for the room size and the breakfast. I think we will be just fine now that I read all the posts. Thanks again. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:55 PM   #34
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Thanks to all that have posted on this thread. I am SOOO glad I read this. I just booked our first trip to DL and for budget reasons needed to go off site. Picked Embassy Suites for the room size and the breakfast. I think we will be just fine now that I read all the posts. Thanks again. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
Another great choice very similar to Embassy is Homewood Suites - Also a Hilton property, beds are a little bigger (queen vs double) and plenty of room.

Breakfast is just as good with one exception that they don't have made-to-order omlets. I also loved the free internet. I don't think you can go wrong with either property to be honest.
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Old 12-31-2009, 10:36 AM   #35
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Thanks to all that have posted on this thread. I am SOOO glad I read this. I just booked our first trip to DL and for budget reasons needed to go off site. Picked Embassy Suites for the room size and the breakfast. I think we will be just fine now that I read all the posts. Thanks again. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
Glad this helped. Let us know what you thought when you get back. When you compare all you get at Embassy with what you get at a resort hotel, Embassy is a good deal. Now if only I could pick up the hotel and move it closer and it would be nearly perfect.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:59 PM   #36
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i booked the embassy south for our 1st trip to DLR for june this year looks brilliant thanks for the review
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:53 AM   #37
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We stayed at the Embassy Suites South last summer (May/June 2010) and LOVED it! When we were going to Disney, we actually stayed at the Fairfield (I may have to do a review on that too) just because we wanted to be within walking distance of the parks. The Embassy was exactly what we needed after being "cooped up" in smaller one room hotel rooms! We opted to have the King bed in the bedroom, loved that we could close the door! The kids (teens) slept on the pull out sofa, and had their own tv. The bathroom was very roomy, especially compared to the Fairfields. The full breakfast was wonderful, with choices galore! We took advantage of the manager's reception too, with the free drinks and snacks. Another plus was a delicious restaurant called Buca De Beppo's that was right in front of the hotel! It was nice to be able to walk over and back after eating a hearty meal! We loved it so much, we ate there twice. If someone would tell me how to post pictures here, I will find ours and post them. Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:03 AM   #38
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I've never eaten at Buca de Beppo but saw it there and wondered what it was.

To post pics you need to get a photo hosting account somewhere. I use photobucket. You can always use the preview feature when you post to see how they turned out in your post.
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Thanks PinkBudgie! We loved that restaurant, it was so festive & fun, and the food was delicious! It's served "family style" where the food is brought out in bowls and everyone shares. I loved it! Ok, I found out that I have a Photobucket account, so I'll post some pics after I upload them later!
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Great, now I have another restaurant to try next trip. I was told we had to take our boys to Bubba Gumps next time. I think they have one around there.

Looking forward to seeing your pictures.
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Great, now I have another restaurant to try next trip. I was told we had to take our boys to Bubba Gumps next time. I think they have one around there.

Looking forward to seeing your pictures.
Bucca Di Beppo is actually a chain and I see on their website that there a few up north (sacramento, palo alto, SF) but not sure those locations do much for you. We used to even live close to one but I've never been! It's on my list of places to try sometime.

Bubba Gumps is at GardenWalk.
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okay, here's my attempt at uploading pics!



I was going to upload a pic of Sophia Loren that I took a picture of, but I decided against it after attempting to crop or blur the pic to the left of her, which was a Roman statue with her tata's showing! I don't think there is anything wrong with it, but some people may be offended...anyway, you get the idea!
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here's some exterior of the Embassy, I tried not to duplicate the OP's (PinkBudgie)

The Pool area:



Looking across the street from the pool area:



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Nice review.. I always Love Embassy Suites hotels so glad to see this one is right up there with the others we've stayed at. Looking forward to booking our trip here. Thanks again!!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:41 PM   #45
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Thanks. We enjoyed our stay there. I just wish I could pick it up and plop it across the street from DLR!
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