Review of the Day Archive

As voted by Trekaroo families, here are the Reviews of the Day from back in the day to today.

July 26 2012
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"Best in region"

Amazement Square is the best children's museum in the region and worth a drive from Charlottesville or other parts of Virginia. We visited on the way from Charlottesville down to South Carolina and had a blast with our kids ages 3 and 5. The museum boasts four stories of activity, including a climbing structure that spans the four stories. Lots of typical children's museum activities, like pretend play and art. More physical play than average for a children's museum, which I appreciated as we were on a road trip. ACM reciprocal, ample parking, and nice clean family-friendly restrooms. Listen for the train; it's a lot of fun to watch if you are there when it passes.

Review of the Day: April 25 2016
About:
Amazement Square
27 Ninth Street,
Lynchburg,
Virginia 24504
August 19 2014
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"Families Get Tanked at the RumFish Grill"

For our last night at the Guy Harvey Resort, we celebrated with a meal at the newly renovated RumFish Grill, famous for its expansive 33,500 gallon aquarium designed by the stars of Animal Planet’s Tanked. The breath-taking tank serves as the scenic backdrop as well as the back-lighting for the entire restaurant. Its serene scenery of stingrays and several varieties of Florida sea life entertained my entire family and the fresh fish cuisine delighted our taste buds.

Our servers were very attentive and offered their favorite dinner suggestions. I started with the Organic Garden Salad made with watermelon and feta was light and refreshing. Per our servers' suggestions, my husband and I both ordered the Grouper Picatta which was excellent and very fresh, however, it was the incredible selection of desserts that nearly upstaged the massive aquarium. The Pineapple Rum Tiramisu was a slice of island paradise.

RumFish offers a reasonably priced kid's menu with gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy options too. Save room for desserts because the Pineapple Rum Tiramisu is a must!

If you decide to pass on dinner at RumFish Grill, then be sure to take a stroll through The Cave, which provides an opportunity for guests to gaze upon a magnificent panoramic view of the beautiful sea life inside the aquarium without having to dine in the restaurant. My family and I were mesmerized by sting rays swimming over our heads.

For a table near the tank, reservations are advised.

Review of the Day: April 24 2016
About:
Guy Harvey RumFish Grill
6000 Gulf Boulevard,
St Pete Beach,
Florida 33706
April 23 2016
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"Fantastic Family Fun!"

We visited the Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate my kiddos' birthdays (turning 3 and 7). We had a blast! This was a splurge for our family, and it was a great choice.

We were able to check-in at 1pm on the day we arrived and use the waterpark and all the facilities before officially checking into a room at 4pm AND we could stay until the waterpark closes on the day we checked out. For us, this was 9pm. That means during a one night stay, we got a possible 18 hours of waterpark time! Awesome!

We really appreciated that this resort was set up for families and that the staff LOVE kids! So many hotels tolerate kids. They have to be quiet and not run and tone down their excitement. We didn't find that to be true here. Everything seemed made with families and kids in mind. From the hotel rooms that fit large families to kid-friendly restaurant options, life jackets provided for them, dance parties, and story time, the kids had a blast.

We were trying to do this on the cheap as I mentioned, so we didn't opt for any of the passes this time around. The passes (wolf, pup, and cub (I believe)) provide a package of tickets and options for kids. It seemed like it would save families money to take advantage of them if a family wanted to partake in any of the additional items that aren't included in the hotel stay. For example, Magiquest, arcade, bowling, movie theater, and creation station. We found that we had plenty to do just in the waterpark. In fact, when we offered storytime, character greetings, and dance parties to our kids, they still chose the waterpark.

We brought snacks from home (the room had a microwave and half fridge), and for the three meals we ate in the hotel, we opted for the very reasonable Hungry as a Wolf Pizza ($16 for a large when we visited), Dunkin' Donuts (less than $10), and Buckets Incredible Craveables ($36 for lunch for our family of four). No more than what we would be paying for a day out at home.

We came mid-week in between usual school breaks and found plenty of space for our kids to get their fill of waterpark features without lines. I would imagine based on the capacities listed on the pools that it could get very busy.

We opted for a family suite, which could hold 6. There were two queen beds (a bit on the small side of queen), and a pull out couch. My three-year-old slept in a Great Wolf Lodge pack 'n play. The room was large enough for the four of us to fit in easily and we really were only in the room to sleep and wait for the waterpark to open in the morning.

We appreciated Trekaroo's blog post suggesting bringing a separate bag for the waterpark so that we had our suits on the day of check in and then our going home clothes on the day of check out. It worked great. There were lockers available (which we used because I wanted to lock up our DSLR when I wasn't taking pictures), but had we not had the camera, I wouldn't have felt the need to lock anything up and would have left our bag at a table or chairs in the waterpark.

I found that there was plenty for both of my kids to do based on their ages. They were able to go into multiple areas (with a parent), challenge themselves, and play, play, and play some more.

I tried out the gym, and thought it was pretty tiny for the size of the hotel, but I doubt many people are working out after or before being active all day at the waterpark. There were a few ellipticals, treadmills, and some stability balls and mats.

As I said, we visited for the boys' collective birthdays. Great idea! They were able to get complimentary birthday wolf ears and a scoop of ice cream each. They loved this little special touch.

All in all, we had a great time and the kids wanted to know when we were coming back before we even left.

Review of the Day: April 23 2016
About:
Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd,
Garden Grove,
California 92840
April 23 2016
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"Fantastic Family Fun!"

We visited the Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate my kiddos' birthdays (turning 3 and 7). We had a blast! This was a splurge for our family, and it was a great choice. We were able to check-in at 1pm on the day we arrived and use the waterpark and all the facilities before officially checking into a room at 4pm AND we could stay until the waterpark closes on the day we checked out. For us, this was 9pm. That means during a one night stay, we got a possible 18 hours of waterpark time! Awesome!We really appreciated that this resort was set up for families and that the staff LOVE kids! So many hotels tolerate kids. They have to be quiet and not run and tone down their excitement. We didn't find that to be true here. Everything seemed made with families and kids in mind. From the hotel rooms that fit large families to kid-friendly restaurant options, life jackets provided for them, dance parties, and story time, the kids had a blast.We were trying to do this on the cheap as I mentioned, so we didn't opt for any of the passes this time around. The passes (wolf, pup, and cub (I believe)) provide a package of tickets and options for kids. It seemed like it would save families money to take advantage of them if a family wanted to partake in any of the additional items that aren't included in the hotel stay. For example, Magiquest, arcade, bowling, movie theater, and creation station. We found that we had plenty to do just in the waterpark. In fact, when we offered storytime, character greetings, and dance parties to our kids, they still chose the waterpark. We brought snacks from home (the room had a microwave and half fridge), and for the three meals we ate in the hotel, we opted for the very reasonable Hungry as a Wolf Pizza ($16 for a large when we visited), Dunkin' Donuts (less than $10), and Buckets Incredible Craveables ($36 for lunch for our family of four). No more than what we would be paying for a day out at home. We came mid-week in between usual school breaks and found plenty of space for our kids to get their fill of waterpark features without lines. I would imagine based on the capacities listed on the pools that it could get very busy. We opted for a family suite, which could hold 6. There were two queen beds (a bit on the small side of queen), and a pull out couch. My three-year-old slept in a Great Wolf Lodge pack 'n play. The room was large enough for the four of us to fit in easily and we really were only in the room to sleep and wait for the waterpark to open in the morning. We appreciated Trekaroo's blog post suggesting bringing a separate bag for the waterpark so that we had our suits on the day of check in and then our going home clothes on the day of check out. It worked great. There were lockers available (which we used because I wanted to lock up our DSLR when I wasn't taking pictures), but had we not had the camera, I wouldn't have felt the need to lock anything up and would have left our bag at a table or chairs in the waterpark. I found that there was plenty for both of my kids to do based on their ages. They were able to go into multiple areas (with a parent), challenge themselves, and play, play, and play some more.I tried out the gym, and thought it was pretty tiny for the size of the hotel, but I doubt many people are working out after or before being active all day at the waterpark. There were a few ellipticals, treadmills, and some stability balls and mats. As I said, we visited for the boys' collective birthdays. Great idea! They were able to get complimentary birthday wolf ears and a scoop of ice cream each. They loved this little special touch. All in all, we had a great time and the kids wanted to know when we were coming back before we even left.

Review of the Day: April 22 2016
About:
Great Wolf Lodge
12681 Harbor Blvd,
Garden Grove,
California 92840
April 26 2016
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"Old Hollywood Glamour with a Modern Twist"

Centrally located amidst Hollywood, Downtown and dozens of LA’s best attractions, the Hollywood Hotel boasts old charm with modern amenities. Driving up Vermont Avenue the kids and I were overwhelmed by the depths of southern California traffic and urban city life. Skeptical of what we would find we were overjoyed when we stepped into the peaceful hotel and a touch of the glamour of old Hollywood.

Our favorite things…..
• Décor. Recent renovations provide a modern twist on the glamour of old Hollywood.
• The pool. A mini oasis in the bustling city
• Easy access to Los Angeles sites and Metro Line

Challenges….
• It does not look like much from the outside
• Street facing rooms are noisy, but do have great views of the Hollywood sign

POOL
The pool is petit and located off the parking lot. That said, it is nothing short of FABULOUS. Once inside the gate you are transplanted to mini oasis in the middle of the loud city. The wide yellow cabana stripes, Spanish tile, palms, ferns and greenery melted my cares away. I lounged on a thickly cushioned recliner and opened my book while the kids made quick friends and enjoyed cannonballs into the deep Spanish tile pool. Water and towels were at the ready and we enjoyed the afternoon. Faux grass adds green and enhances the oasis feel. A mix of chic and old Spanish luxury.

GUEST ROOMS
Beautiful. Newly renovated rooms are Hollywood chic. Each element of the design reflects a take on a hexagon. From the honeycomb hallway carpet to the Moroccan tile print drapes. Even the ceiling tiles carry the shape. Our room was bright and light with gorgeous herringbone grey wood floors. A street map of old Hollywood hung on the wall and the grey and black color scheme was clean and fresh.

Two queen beds and a chair provided a quaint space for our family of four. The “dresser” doubles as fridge and safe storage so there is little room to unpack. We had to keep our bags packed.  

The bathroom was the biggest surprise of the room. It felt more like I was a guest in a home and not a hotel. Black and white hexagon tile cover the floor and stand-up glass shower. A showerhead from the ceiling was the perfect final touch.

Gorgeous views overlooking the city and iconic HOLLYWOOD sign. Some rooms have balconies and not all look out over the sign.

AMMENITIES
Free wifi, in-room safe, coffee maker. Workout room, steam room and sauna.
Courtyard bar with manager’s happy hour.
Free kid-friendly continental breakfast with waffle and omelet stands. My kids loved this. They ordered waffles in the shapes of teddy bears and drank all the juice they could stomach.

PARKING
$26/day for self park in a guarded gated lot. My car felt secure in the otherwise questionable neighborhood.

SURROUNDING AREA
Proximity to the sites is one of the hotels best features. The hotel itself is in an urban neighborhood, but across the street is a metro station and it sits within several miles of ALL the iconic Hollywood sites my kids wanted to see. We spent the day exploring the La Brea Tar Pits and grounds and checking out art at LACMA. For dinner we chose Hard Rock Café located next to the Dolby Theater on the Walk of Fame. My kids loved seeing the stars and looking at hand and footprints. To our surprise there was a red carpet movie premier at the Chinese theater and we had an opportunity for some star sightings. Steps away are the famed Wax Museum, El Capitan Theater, and Disney Studio Store and Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop. Next time we go we will visit Griffith Park and take the short drive to Universal Studios Hollywood and enjoy the attractions of City Walk.

We are looking forward to going back and exploring more of the famous Hollywood sites.

HISTORY
The original Hollywood Hotel was built in 1903 and stood at the current location of the Dolby Theater. It was used in movies and was the place to see and be seen. The original building was demolished in 1956 and the hotel relocated several miles away. The hotel strives to maintain the historic legacy and charm of  this famous hollywood landmark.

This review is based on a complimentary visit to the Hollywood Hotel. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.

Review of the Day: April 21 2016
About:
Hollywood Hotel-The Hotel of Hollywood
1160 North Vermont Avenue,
Los Angeles, California