September 8, 2003
The rooms are typical for an Embassy Suites and, thanks to the newness of the hotel, in excellent shape. We spent an additional $20/night and got an extra-large room (see photos), with a great territorial view.
Breakfast is served until 9:30 on weekdays and until 10:30 on weekends and can be a bit of a zoo. It's the most crowded around 9am, and there can be a shortage of seating. They feature omelets cooked to order, along with the usual array of other stuff--pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cereal, fruit, pastries, etc. Given the number of people and the amount of food everyone takes, they do a pretty good job keeping plenty of everything supplied. The first morning I got in the line where the server was rationing the bacon as if there was a national pig shortage. The next day I got in the help yourself to all the swine flesh your arteries can handle line.
I have no idea if the manager's reception is any good because we've never been there in the evening. For all I know, they never have to serve any free drinks because everyone is still at Disneyland. On the other hand, after a day at Disneyland with some of the kids I saw prowling the hotel, you could use a free drink or two.
The pool and spa area is average in size and has very little shade. The crowdedness seems to go in cycles. There's a flurry right after breakfast, then another one in the mid-afternoon (all those people who read in the guidebooks to bring the kids back to the hotel for a nap - ha!), and then one more late at night. On the weekends, there are grilled hamburgers and hot dogs available poolside for a reasonable price.
The parking lot is shared with the Hampton Inn, the Hilton, and the Buca di Beppo restaurant, so parking can be a challenge, and the parking stalls are among the narrowest I've ever seen.
Nonetheless, this Embassy Suites is still a good choice when visiting D-Land.
From journal Disneyland Fast Pass for Dummies