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If your clan is in search of a comfortable stay on the Monterey Peninsula, look to the Embassy Suites in Seaside, California. Located near the sand and surf, the hotel provides traveling families with value and amenities.

An outstanding 3 ½-star, 3-star AAA rating property in every regard, this lodging option has hundreds of beautifully appointed two-room suites, and all within steps of the beach, parks, dining, shopping, and just minutes from the Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Monterey Fairgrounds, wine tasting, and some of California’s best family fun.

Every family stay includes a complimentary cooked to order breakfast with offerings to satisfy every taste, preference, and appetite, such as omelets, bacon, sausage, potatoes, pancakes, fresh fruit, yogurts, muffins and more; this is the place to fuel up for a busy day or a respite of leisure and DestinationReviewrelaxation.


A large, indoor heated pool and spa and an excellent fitness center with modern and well-maintained equipment round out the liberally offered amenities nicely.

Throughout 12 spacious, open air, atrium-style floors, all comfortable 225 suites provide large, luxurious beds with premium bedding. All suites are also furnished with a desk, sofa bed, refrigerator, microwave, wet bar, climate control, and high speed internet access.

The hotel even has an arcade/game room, and children’s club perfect for tweens or teens.

Every evening a manager’s reception is offered with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Specialty drinks and a delicious house special Sangria are offered at no charge, along with excellent and varied snacks and dips. It provides a perfect before or after dinner happy hour. Kids love the Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers mocktails.

Location is everything. This hotel property cannot be beat. Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel and Pebble Beach are just a few minutes away. Each beckons to a vacationing family with spectacular activities, excursions, beaches, museums, and theaters.

Literally moments from world class golfing, boating,cycling, kayaking, surfing, and fishing, Embassy Suites Seaside is perfectly situated no matter what Peninsula area activities you plan to enjoy.

You don’t have top go far to find exceptional food. On the ground level of the Embassy Suites tropical atrium is the Pacifica Café, a casual dining venue ideal for families looking for a satisfying and relaxing lunch or dinner. A beautiful 1,000 gallon saltwater aquarium will mesmerize the kids. Parents will undoubtedly enjoy the seafood and pasta specialties prepared by Chef Don Serrano who was awarded the American Culinary Federation Monterey Bay Chapter’s ”Chef of the Year Award” for 2003.

As working media with media credentials, I was hosted on a press trip for my review. The views expressed here are entirely my own but ought to be yours too.