Excellent Family Retreat A review of Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort
This is an excellent choice for a family with kids. It's location ON the beach is a wonderful , as there aren't many choices in this price category that provide an ocean view. Also, because this is an Embassy Suites hotel, all rooms are obviously suites and space goes a long way. In addition, the free made-to-order breakfast really cuts down on costs (I HATE paying $40 for breakfast at a coffee shop). The hotel seems to be a favorite with foreigners (Germans and Japanese when we were there), and since we like meeting people it's a bonus. It's 20 minutes from the Santa Barbara Zoo.
The only knock on the place is that the upkeep could be better (beach causes a lot of wear and tear) and the pool get crowded (lots of families). Still, with small kids, this is an excellent choice.