THIS FAT OLD LADY FINDS HER HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

hyatt oc

And no it isn’t Disneyland.

However, it is Disneyland adjacent.

I tagged along with my husband to a conference held at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove – maybe a half mile down the road from the Land of the Mouse.

I am now officially in love with this hotel.

We check in and they tell us they are giving us a “children’s suite”. WTF you may well ask (and indeed we did ask). Turns out it is a bit smaller regular room with another bedroom equipped with bunk beds. Also, we were told that at 9:25 p.m. each evening we would be able to see Disneyland’s fireworks display from our room.

How cool is that?

Upon getting to the room, I called my sister in LA and asked if she and her two boys would like to come up and stay with us for a couple of days. Happily they did want to and did come down. And that meant I got extra time with my sister and my nephews, all of whom I adore.

Our first evening in the hotel we did room service. I had to try out the baked macaroni and cheese because I know my younger nephew is a bit of a connoisseur of mac & cheese (no Kraft mac & cheese for him, please). I am happy to report it was delicious. So I knew we would have no problem feeding one kid.

The second, we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Nothing fancy, but the staff was so nice and the food was really good. I had the pizza and hubby had spaghetti and meatballs. The waitress asked if we wanted dessert and I told her that I was past room for dessert two slices of pizza ago.

We go up to the room and are relaxing (hubby on his computer, me on my Kindle Fire) when there is a knock on the door. WTF?

I go to the door and there is a guy standing there with a bottle of wine and two glasses. I explain we did not order any wine. Turns out our waitress sent us the wine! Wow! Talk about making you feel special (even if I don’t drink wine).

And each evening at 9:25, we were to be found standing in the “kid’s room” (which had floor to ceiling windows) watching gorgeous fireworks.

When boys and sister arrived, we had a very relaxing time. We had hoped to go down the road to a discovery museum with the Mythbusters’ Explosion Exhibition, but time just wouldn’t allow. Still, the boys had fun in the arcade room, sipping Starbucks, etc.

The hotel is loaded with stuff to do. There are two pools, a full size basketball court and tennis court, ping pong table, fitness center, and in the evenings, they have a fire pit going – you can buy the makings for s’mores in their deli to use up at the fire pit.

By the end of our stay, I was ready to get home to our own house and the cats, but it was such a lovely stay. And all I can say is

Holy crap was (and I can only assume still is) the Hyatt Regency Orange County is amaze-balls.

 

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