Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Close to Family Fun


Conveniently located between Anaheim and Garden Grove, California, the newly renovated Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove hotel offers guests easy access to theme parks along with family-friendly accommodation. As a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel, guests have can take advantage of the free shuttle to and from Disneyland and California Adventure. After a full day of amusement, families can relax in the heated pool or hot tub, grab a bite to eat at the California Grill & Bar, or book the next day's adventures at the Disney Desk located in the lobby.

Family-Friendly Rooms at Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

The eco-friendly and sustainably progressive hotel offers 376 rooms, including three oversized Family Rooms that come with a queen bed and a bunk bed -- perfect for a slumber party atmosphere. Adjoining rooms are available for larger families. On-site and room accessibility features are available for guests with specific needs. The decor is understated with a upholstered furniture and a neutral, white and brown palette, unlike the updated lobby and dining areas that have a more modern look and feel with splashes of color, leather furniture and artistic lighting.

Most of the all non-smoking rooms offer the following amenities:
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Bottled water
  • Flat-screen HDTV with Cable and satellite
  • Coffee/tea maker (Keurig)
  • Hair dryer
  • iPod docking station
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pillow top mattress
  • Premium bedding and linens
  • Wi-Fi Internet access (fee applies)
  • Work desk
In case you forgot anything essential, there is a Target conveniently located across the street from the hotel!

On-Property Dining at Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

Guests can indulge in an extensive breakfast buffet, a freshly prepared cappuccino, a scoop of gelato, a glass of Napa Valley wine, a poolside burger, or in-room dessert. These are just some of the many options offered on property at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove.

The California Grill & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features California Cuisine with a focus on using the freshest ingredients available. The breakfast buffet (only $14.95) includes a full range of items including scrambled eggs, french toast, potatoes, cereal, toast, muffins, juice and more.  For dinner, the menu has items such as Sriracha Honey Wings with Jicama, Carrot, Celery Sticks and Ranch Dip ($11), Kenter Farms Organic Greens Salad with Mixed Greens, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Drake Family Farms Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Vinaigrette ($9), Gluten Free Penne Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus, and Roasted Mushrooms ($16), or Mary's Farm Chicken with Smashed Red Bliss Potatoes, Caramelized Shallots, Baby Broccoli, and Mustard Reduction ($22).

Other dining options include:
  • Blend Cafe: Serving grab-and-go items such as pastries, coffee, juice, paninis, gelato and more.
  • Trinitas Wine Bar: Featuring Napa Valley wines, micro-brews, and light snack foods.
  • Poolside Dining
  • Room Service
Theme Park Fun Near Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove

With free shuttle service to Disney theme parks, the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove is a convenient location for tons of family fun. Planning a multiple-day stay, check out some other theme parks in the area:
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • LEGOLAND
  • Universal Studios
Or, for an alternative to the theme park outing, visit the San Diego Zoo, take in an Angels baseball game, hear a concert at the Honda Center, or check out the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Guest Services
The hotel offers the following amenities:
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Meeting and Event Facilities
  • Technology Services
  • Transportation and Parking
  • Private Limousine (for an additional fee)
  • Concierge Service
  • Hotel Front Desk and Bell Desk available for assistance with all directions, boarding pass, and printing needs
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wyndham Vacations travel planning desk
Contact Information
Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
12021 Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92840
714-867-5555
www.anaheimwyndham.com



Monday, September 8, 2014

New Vibe at Hyatt Palm Springs


Located conveniently in downtown Palm Springs, the suites-only Hyatt Palm Springs offers guests modern luxury with easy access to shopping, dining and outdoor activities. The resort has recently undergone renovations that included updating the pool area with new splashes of color, additional fire-pits and unique heat lamps to heighten the contemporary lounge-like atmosphere. The entrance now boasts a "Palm Springs" photo mural by local artist Dean Mayo, and don’t miss the Taili Song Roth photo exhibit of celebrities behind the scenes at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Enjoy the relaxing desert environment with all the conveniences to make your trip comfortable and easy. Whether you want to lounge by the pool, experience the tram, or enjoy fresh and seasonal culinary concoctions, the pet-friendly Hyatt Palm Springs can cater to individual travelers' needs to make each vacation memorable.

Suites at the Hyatt Palm Springs

They Hyatt Palm Springs is the only hotel in the area that offers suites-only rooms, including four large executive suites. All 197 suites are large and comfortable with a separate sitting area for lounging, watching TV, or socializing. The brown and orange color palette mimics the desert environment with a contemporary feeling, but some of the furniture can be a bit worn. The rooms do offer great desert hillside views with private balconies.
Most rooms offer the following complimentary amenities:
  • Plush Grand Bed™
  • Refrigerator
  • Marble bathrooms with Portico Products
  • In-Room Safe
The following amenities are available at no charge upon request:
  • Baby shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush
  • Hairspray
  • Lint Mitt
  • Mouthwash
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Raor
  • Slipppers
  • Wine opener
On-Property Dining at the Hyatt Palm Springs

Guests looking for creative and delicious cuisine don’t even have to leave the restaurant. At SHARESmall Plate Bistro and Wine Lounge, guests can indulge in fresh, seasonal breakfast, lunch or dinner items. Located just off the lobby, it might not have the ambiance of more upscale restaurants, but your palate will be pleasantly surprised and you won’t bust your budget. The dinner menu includes things such as the Goat Cheese Brulee with Fig Compote Served with Pita Bread ($12), Mushroom and Fig Pizza with Fresh Herbs, Manchego Cheese, and Dried Figs ($13), Sensi Salad with Sun Kissed Baby Greens, Skirt Steak, Lychee, Nuts, Papaya, Manchego Cheese, Pequin Sweet Peppers and Roasted Pine Nuts with Guava Vinaigrette ($15) or Stir Fry Udon with Chilean Sea Bass, Black Beans and Saffron with a Black Beach Garlic Sauce Over Udon ($30).

The restaurant supports local growers and producers, including Suzy Farms, Fillmore Citrus, Harry’s Berries, and more. The compliment the cuisine, SHARE offers more than forty wines to choose from by the glass. It’s a great place to grab a glass of wine and an appetizer, have a full meal with the family, or fill up on a satisfying breakfast before heading out the door.

For those looking for a nightlife hot spot, HooDoo Patio Restaurant & Bar, located on the front patio of the Hyatt Palm Springs, offers live music from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday with a menu offering California cuisine with a South American flare. Handcrafted cocktails and open fire pits make it an inviting place to socialize, but it might not be appropriate for children.

Nearby Activities at the Hyatt Palm Springs

The following activities are worth checking out while in the Palm Springs area:
·      Nearby walking & jogging trails
·      The Palm Springs Aerial Tram
·      The Living Desert Zoo
·      Thursday Night Street Fair
·      Golf Course
·      Shopping – right out the front door

    Guest Services

They Hyatt Palm Springs offers the following amenities:
  • Customizable experience with Hyatt e-Concierge
  • Underground Parking
  • Complimentary shuttle to/from Palm Springs airport
  • Outdoor Pool Bar (seasonal)
  • 24 hour StayFit™ gym
  • In-room Spa Services
  • Poolside cabanas
  • YogaAway™ (Yoga mat, water bottle and DVD to borrow)
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool/hot tub with misters– can get crowded during busy times.
Contact Information
Hyatt Palm Springs
285 North Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-9000

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Family Fun at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina


The Kona Kai Resort & Marina, owned by Noble House Hotels & Resorts, is located on Shelter Island in San Diego, CA and offers guests a true maritime experience with a private beach and views of a marina. The 129-room, dog-friendly resort is book-ended by water and has views of its own marina, where guests can charter private fishing or sailboats, on one side and ocean inlet views on the other, where Shoreline Park is also situated.

Rooms at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina

The newly renovated guest rooms and suites are decorated with neutral colors and turquoise accents, giving them a fresh island feel. All guest rooms are ADA compliant.

Most rooms are 360 square feet  with private patio and offer the following complimentary amenities:
  • One king or two queen beds
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Premium coffee offerings
  • Mini Refrigerators
  • 42 inch television
  • Wi-Fi access
On-Property Dining at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina

In addition to in-room dining, the resort offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the newly remodeled Vessel restaurant. Situated with views of the Kona Kai Marina and decor that reflects the casual, yet chic aquatic venue, Vessel is the perfect place to grab a bite and enjoy the views. In the center, there is a 360-degree bar with golden onyx counters where customers can sit to indulge in the coastal cuisine menu that offers things like the Lobster Slider with brioche, green onions, and friend Jalapeno ($7) or the Garden Lasagna with local organic seasonal vegetables and ricotta marinara ($22). Adults might enjoy a "The Local" Punch Bowl made with Hendrick's gin, St. Germain, pressed lemon and cucumber soda that serves four to six people ($34). Dockside and poolside food and beverages are also available.

Family-Friendly Activities at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina

Families will enjoy the kid-friendly activities the property provides like lounging by the newly renovated pool with views of the marina, renting bikes, SUPS, pedal boats,  jet skis, or kayaks on property, taking a Segway tour of Shelter Island, playing badminton or making s'mores on the private beach, or attending movie nights at the pool. Kids might enjoy walking the few hundred yards to the nearby Friendship Bell. There are no sunset sails or boating activities organized through the resort, but the concierge is happy to provide information for guest to charter a boat privately. Docked at the marina is the former America's Cup yacht, Stars and Stripes. The booking office is located at the resort and guests, even with no sailing skills, can climb aboard for a three-hour interactive sailing experience sure to be a thrilling for all.

Nearby Activities in San Diego

With more that 90 museums in San Diego County, there are plenty of family-friendly excursions that both kids and parents with enjoy. A popular attraction is the USS Midway, a retired aircraft carrier with a 4.02-acre flight deck and multiple levels to explore.

Here is just a short list of area attractions:

• San Diego Zoo
• Children's Museum
• San Diego Natural History Museum
• San Diego Air & Space Museum
• San Diego Model Railroad Museum
• SeaWorld
• Japanese Friendship Museum
• Legoland 

Fall Renovation at the Kona Kai Resort & Marina

By November of 2014, the resort hopes to have finished upgrading the spa and fitness center (currently closed), as well as the main entrance to the hotel.

Contact Information

Kona Kai Resort & Marina
1551 Shelter Island Drive

San Diego, CA 92106
619-221-8000

http://www.resortkonakai.com