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Old 01-29-2013, 11:50 AM
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Hi there,

This will be our big summer vacation with our kids and would love some recommendations for hotels that would accomodate our plans to go to Legoland one day, Disney 2 days and LA 2 days (mainly to see the Getty, a few other spots) with some "off" days in between. Last summer we stayed at Aviara in Carlsbad which was a perfect spot for Legoland, San Diego, the beach, etc. Ideally we'd like a "home base" hotel that we can stay at all week and just drive to different locations. We don't mind driving but feel free to tell me if it's not doable to stay in one place the whole time. Looking for something like Aviara since like I said, this is "it" for us in terms of vacations and so we don't mind splurging to have a nice place, great pool, amenities, etc. Doesn't have to be near a beach but could be for sure.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:21 PM
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Dup thread.

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:21 PM
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Hotels in the Anaheim Resort Area would be your best bet. Besides the Disney Hotels, there is Sheraton, Marriott, and Hilton (and many other smaller, more budget friendly hotels) all with Easy freeway access to Points North and Points South.

Stay close to Disney because the area can get shady relatively fast.

Fashion Island (and surrounding area) have nice hotels with easy freeway and PCH access.
Maybe even check out the Newport Dunes
More budget friendly hotels on the Coast Highway

Huntington Beach Offers the Hilton, Hyatt and Shorebreak. There are two budget friendly hotels (Best Western and a private hotel)

The Hotels in Sunset Beach/Huntington Harbour on PCH give you easy beach access, but are pretty rundown.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:31 PM
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You might want to add this place to your list of hotels to consider given it's central location; and the hotel has lots of kids' activities.

You can count on about a 15 minute trip via the 73 Toll from John Wayne Airport to Renaissance ClubSport.

Aliso Viejo is about 45 minutes from Carlsbad and about 25 minutes from Disney. Plus it only takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the beach in Laguna Beach.

Renaissance ClubSport Aliso Viejo Spa, Sport Club & Hotel - YouTube

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:53 PM
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I suggest Embassay Suites in Santa Ana. It is not a fun location, surounded by busiensses, but the embassy suites configuration works well for families and it is centrally located.

If you want cheaper, maybe the Best Western on Newport Blvd in Costa Mesa. Again not a nice location, nothing to walk to, but central reasonably clean and less expensive.

If you are rich then perhaps the Marriot at Fashion Island or really rich Balboa Inn right on the beach.

Anyhwere in central Orange County enar the 5 freeway is probably a good bet. That puts you close to disney and not too far form LA (1.5 - 2 hours in traffic), San Diego (1-2 hours) and beaches (30 minutes to 1.5 hours). Personally I woudl not stay at any of those horrid overpriced tourist hotels adjoining Disneyland, but if you do, it woudl make it easy t stay late at Disneyland and go back to the hotel at will for a nap. The best part of a Disney visit IMO is to go in the evening when it is cooler and the crowds have died down. A hot crowded day at Disney is more painful than a root canal.
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:23 AM
Location: So Ca
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The Legoland Hotel opened April 5.
Legoland Hotel is built, brick by brick, with kids in mind - latimes.com
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by CA4Now View Post
My kids would just love that hotel, how neat.
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