Best hotel in the area, possibly even the universe, according to our intrepid hotel-weary team of testers. Food (from Cucina! Cucina!
, the two in-house restaurants) is good, very reasonably priced, and kid-savvy. Room service
is available as well, at a much cheaper rate than any other hotel we've ever visited. Rooms are well-appointed and supremely kid-friendly. The Snoopy wing, in particular (on the second floor, overlooking the pool or the Park
), is kid heaven, with a welcoming Snoopy stuffed toy (let the hotel know if you need more than one - extra toys can be added to your bill; the first one's free), an 8pm tuck-in from Snoopy himself, wearing a very fetching nightshirt and distributing chocolate "bones," and lots of lovely Peanuts
touches in the decor. We especially appreciated the small red stepstool in the bathroom that gave our toddler a boost to the sink! Those not staying in the Snoopy wing aren't left out; Snoopy is available to one and all in the lobby starting at about 7pm, and kids can dial special numbers on the phone to hear any number of bedtime stories. Kids whose parents are signed up for special Park
packages are issued Peanuts buckets and cups, with IOUs for popcorn and drinks when they enter the Park, in addition to a special stuffed toy. TV channels include Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and two Disney channels, in addition to standard cable fare. Rooms have only one phone line. For those of us hopelessly addicted to our laptops, this means making a choice between using the phone and using our computers. The pool
area, open from 9am to 11pm, is also excellent, with a nice sized hot tub, zig-zag shaped pool, and a wonderful play structure that squirts water from any number of tubes and pipes. The laundry room
, on the main floor, is open from 8am to 10pm, and boasts 4 washers and 4 dryers. We'd have to quibble with the limitation on the hours (our experience being that we didn't see the hours sign, went to the park for the evening till the 10pm closing, and came back to find our wash behind locked doors), though we understand the hotel's concern that keeping the laundry room open all hours will contribute too much noise to the neighboring rooms. If you need to make a late night laundry run, and no guests are using those rooms closest to the laundry facilities, call the front desk for assistance with your request.