Where should we stay? Anaheim edition.
I am going to a conference
at the Anaheim Convention Center in late June. I will be bringing my husband, my 18-month-old (he is 15 months now, will be 18 months in June), and probably two friends (a married couple). I need to know where we should stay.
There are, like, 32 hotels with conference-rate blocks
, (though those rates don't look much better than normal rates, is that just me?). It's hard to get a sense of these hotels, and 32 of them is kind of a lot to wade through.
My employer will pay per-diem rate for my stay, which is $125 per night; anything above that is out-of-pocket. I am prepared to pay up to $100 per night on top of the per diem rate. I would like to get a suite if possible, so we could put the little one down for the night and then be able to stay up with lights on and make a little bit of noise. I would also like to get rooms next to each other if my friends come with us. Either that or a big suite with two bedrooms if they come with and that is something that's available.
I'm told that little ones really like spray pools/wading pools so if we could find a hotel with that, it would be great. Also if the hotel has cribs/pack n plays so we don't have to bring our own, that would be a big plus. We will be renting a car and if it's not ridiculously expensive to park that would be a plus.
We're also not into Disney, so that's not important. A place without too much freeway noise would be great.
So... where should we stay?
Bonus question: does anyone have suggestions for things to do in the area? One of our friends grew up there, so he will have ideas if he comes with us, but if not, it'll just be my husband and son doing stuff during the day, and all 3 of us in the evenings. We like pretty nature things, and dislike commercial, consumer-culture stuff.