College shopping or the process of touring and researching perspective universities haunts parents like taxes. But it doesn’t have to according to the National Parks TravelingMom. Her advice: Start early and tour schools in bite-size spurts during summer breaks. Along with scheduling school tours, explore the areas around the universities to add fun to the itinerary. Read on to add fun to a college shopping trip to Southern California along with where to stay in Claremont with kids.
Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, the DoubleTree Claremont Hotel offers an oasis with a palm tree-shadowed pool and a on-site restaurant. Minutes from the Claremont Colleges and the Ontario International Airport, the DoubleTree serves as a home base while staying in Claremont, California.
What I loved at DoubleTree Claremont
- The cookies, always the cookies.
- The convenient location to the colleges and the Claremont Village.
- The complimentary hot breakfast.
What I wanted at DoubleTree Claremont
- A larger, more luxurious bathroom. My room featured a standard bathroom.
- Stronger Wi-Fi.
Where to Stay in Claremont with Kids
With lush, tropical landscaping and spacious rooms, the DoubleTree Claremont Hotel provides everything we needed during our stay. The on-site restaurant serves up a full breakfast buffet along with lunch and dinner, even offering an attached bar for cocktails on the patio or at the pool.
The fitness center and business center provides the necessary equipment for business travelers. I even found a small sundry store.
Ideally positioned along a major highway, the DoubleTree offers convenience for business and leisure travelers. For friends and family of Claremont College students, it also offers a home base to catch up.
My Room at DoubleTree Claremont Hotel
For my stay in Claremont, I enjoyed a large room overlooking the pool, outfitted with two double beds dressed in white cotton linens. In hues of flax and chocolate, my room provided lots of space for a pack-n-play or roll-away.
My room featured a work desk with a charging station along with task lighting and an ergonomic chair. In the corner of the room, an upholstered chair with an ottoman and a reading lamp provided a place to read.
On a console in my room, I found a beverage station with Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf branded coffee and tea bags along with real coffee creamers. Above the console, a 37-inch TV provided entertainment. In the console, I found the mini-refrigerator, perfect for storing bottled waters or take-out. Of course, drawers provided storage for clothing.
Outside my sliding glass door, I walked out on the balcony overlooking the palm-shaded courtyard with a view of the pool. A perfect place to have an evening cocktail with a pair of chairs and a small table.
My Bathroom at the DoubleTree Claremont Hotel
My bathroom at the DoubleTree Claremont featured a granite countertop along with decorative lighting and a make-up mirror. The tub/shower combination was a standard but featured a stone tile surround.
Since I use the Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries at home, I loved finding them in the bathroom. For my stay, I found a lot of towels along with a hair dryer.
In the mirrored closet, I found a pair of plush robes and two pairs of slippers to use during my stay. I also found a programmable safe large enough for my laptop.
Where to eat at the DoubleTree Claremont Hotel
The DoubleTree Claremont features a full-service restaurant, The Orchard Restaurant, on premises. With a menu of California-Mediterranean fusion favorites, guests can dine steps from their rooms.
During my stay, I dined at The Orchard each morning for the full breakfast buffet. With an omelette bar, assorted French pastries, and a Belgium waffle bar, I also found breakfast staples like French toast, scrambled eggs, hash browns along with several types of sausage and applewood bacon.
The buffet serves Starbucks coffee along with assorted juices. Yogurt, fresh fruit and the kids’ favorite cereals are also available. I can’t imagine anyone walking away hungry.
With a full bar that serves up cocktails, wine and beer, relaxing comes easy. In the evening, I stopped by for a margarita before I headed to the pool.
Family Fun at the DoubleTree Claremont Hotel
Surrounded by palm trees, the outdoor pool features depths of two-feet, three-feet and nine-feet though no lifeguard on duty. I found lots of loungers surrounding the pool, some in the sun and others in the shade.
The DoubleTree Claremont features a fitness room with assorted machines and free weights.
Places to Explore While Staying in Claremont
Claremont offers a quiet community, close to the action of Los Angeles and even some national park sites. During my stay I explored:
- Claremont-McKenna College
- Pomona College
- Harvey Mudd College
- Pitzer College
- Scripps College
- The Claremont Village
- The Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
- Mt. Baldy
Getting to the DoubleTree Claremont Hotel
The Double Tree Claremont is located at 555 W. Foothill Blvd in Claremont, California, along historic Route 66. Within minutes of Ontario International Airport though a car is necessary to explore. The DoubleTree Claremont Hotel offers complimentary self-parking, right outside the buildings.
Within walking distance, I found Trader Joe’s, a small grocery store. Along with Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant within walking distance and another bar is close by too.