Family Vacation Hotels
I didn’t do a lot of traveling before I got married and had kids. I would road-trip to see friends at other colleges or would head to the beach to see relatives, but always had somewhere to stay. Since having children, our vacations almost always involve renting or paying for a stay somewhere. Because of that, my experiences with hotels are almost completely based on stays when I had my kids with me. So I have some definite opinions on which ones are family vacation hotels … and which ones aren’t.
For a recent family staycation, we chose to stay at the Embassy Suites in Raleigh at Brier Creek. As we pulled up to the hotel, I was already a bit frazzled. My husband had to work late, so I had all three kids, all of our luggage and the kids’ travel items. If your kids are like mine, you know that travel items include pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, dolls, games and books. Normally my husband would bring everything up in several trips or go grab a cart while I watched the kids, so without him, I didn’t have a clue how I’d get everything up to the room and keep all three kids with me the entire time.
As soon as we walked in, the manager, Dean Kirk, greeted me and welcomed me to the Embassy Suites. He personally checked me in while telling me about the hotel and surrounding area. When I mentioned that I would just need to grab a few things from the car and my husband would get the rest later, Mr. Kirk actually came out to my mini-van to help me. We packed all of our luggage, toys, stuffed animals, etc. onto a cart and he actually moved our things up to our room while we parked the car in the garage under the hotel. By the time I got to the room, he’d moved everything in, including a pack-n-play from the hotel since I realized we’d forgotten ours. I don’t think I’ve ever *met* a hotel manager in my entire life, much less gotten such amazing treatment from one. To say I was impressed is an understatement!
And I haven’t even mentioned how absolutely BEAUTIFUL this hotel is. Look at the check in area:
And the view of the main entrance:
Isn’t it beautiful?
I’m thrilled to say that the rest of our trip was just as nice as the welcome we received. Just as the name implies, Embassy Suites rooms are two-room suites. Ours were huge and so nice! I loved the design and clean feel of everything. The kids loved the cool “L” shaped couch and the little tray table at the end of the couch. While I unpacked the bags in the bedroom, the kids enjoyed watching tv in the “den”. They thought it was very cool that there were doors separating the two rooms and bathroom and must have walked around the circle of rooms at least 20 times.
It was soooo nice to be able to close the door when it was time for the baby to nap and again at bedtime. It’s really hard for our family of 5 to stay in one room because we go to sleep at very different times. At Embassy Suites, my husband and I were able to stay up and watch a movie after the kids had gone to sleep without disturbing them. Not only that, but with an entrance to the bathroom from each room, no one was disturbed when someone else needed the restroom. They really thought of everything with the design of the rooms.
There was a really nice kitchen area with a sitting area, a sink, coffee maker, small refrigerator, microwave and snacks.
I was the only one who went to the welcome reception since the kids wanted to go swimming with my husband, but the bartender told me I could pour our complimentary drinks in the plastic cups at the lemonade and snack area. So my husband and I enjoyed a beer while the kids swam and enjoyed lemonade. It’s the first manager’s reception I’ve been to in years and was a pleasant surprise. Here’s the pool that my children enjoyed for hours each day we were here. They had a great time in it:
There were so many things that we loved about our Embassy Suites stay. Besides the heated pool with a kids’ spray area and the manager’s reception, my husband and I also loved the cooked-to-order breakfast buffet in the mornings. We saved a lot of money by not having to eat at an outside restaurant and everything was so delicious. It really turned out to be a great staycation, from beginning to end thanks to Embassy Suites. I really feel like we got so much more out of the experience than we have at other hotels in the past.
Here are a few more of the cool things I found at the Embassy Suites in Raleigh…
The hall leading to the technology area, ballrooms and meeting rooms:
The awesome lobby furniture and Alice in Wonderland seating area.
This pretty fountain is in the lobby near the front entrance:
The funky, beautiful lights hanging over the main entrance way. I loved these!
This is by far one of my favorite hotel stays ever. Everything about the Embassy Suites – the decor, the design, the manager’s reception, cook to order breakfast, heated pool and especially the staff made our trip an absolutely wonderful experience!
If you would like more information on Embassy Suites, visit the Embassy Suites website and Embassy Suites on Twitter. And be sure to enter the ‘Get More Vacation’ contest on the Embassy Suites Facebook page!
I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador Program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Embassy Suites Hotels and received a one-night complimentary stay at an Embassy Suites Hotel to facilitate my reviews and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.