Hi all -
Just wanted to get some thoughts, if you don't mind. My family and I (two adults, three children) are traveling to OC over Memorial Day weekend, arriving Friday and departing Tuesday. Right now, I've booked a room at the Hilton, but from reading this forum, have discovered that condos may be a good option as well. I'm specifically looking at Belmont Towers since we think it may be nice to stay right on the boardwalk. However, wanted to get some thoughts ...
1) Our youngest is 18 months of age. Will the beach by the boardwalk area be fine for her, or would something further north be more ideal for younger children?
2) If we stay in a condo, we would have to provide our own linens, towels and Pack-n-Play, right? Not sure that would be worth it for a four-night stay ...?
3) Cost between the Hilton and a unit in Belmont Towers is somewhat similar. At the Hilton, we'd get daily maid service, breakfast included (since I'm a HH Diamond member), and everything provided for us (including crib), but with the condo, we'd get more space, which would be lovely.
4) Thoughts on staying right on the boardwalk? Pros? Cons? We've stayed north a couple of times and really enjoyed the peace and quiet, so it would be nice for a change of scenery for at least one trip. But just wondering if staying on the boardwalk is "worth it". I mean, how many times can you walk up and down the thing with three children? Is that location more suited for a family who does not plan on driving anywhere during the stay? If we do plan on driving to the outlets for half-a-day or Jolly Rogers for minigolf, for instance, does the boardwalk location really matter then?
Would appreciate any thoughts /. insight you may have. Greatly appreciate them!