As some readers may know, I’m currently in the US on a month-long business trip. I’m visiting Santa Ana, California this time and while it is not my first time in the US or California (I’ve been to Folsom, California before) but it is my first time going to the southern part of California. On this trip, I’m staying at Candlewood Suites, located at 2600, S. Red Hill Ave, Santa Ana. Having been here a week already, I thought I’d post a review of my stay here so far. Here are some photos and you can find more after the break.
My first impression of this hotel is mostly positive. The room size is just nice for a single traveler like myself. If you’re coming as a couple, it would probably be enough as well. Candlewood does have bigger rooms but I’ve not had the opportunity to try it yet. Each room does come with a fully equipped kitchen which is always a pleasant thing to have on business trips lasting more than a week. There’s enough silverware for two pax and there’s even a toaster and a coffee maker (admittedly, I haven’t used either of them yet).
As this hotel is suited close to a lot of offices, it is designed and suited to the business traveler’s needs. It comes with a workplace table in the room with free WiFi connection (at reasonable speeds). There are also numerous power points available to connect laptops, phone chargers or any other thing you may need. A flat screen TV with numerous channels is available for your entertainment needs. Also provided is a VCR/DVD player and you don’t need to bring your own movies as there is a Lending Library where there is a sizable selection of movies and music for borrowings. Lastly, an iron and ironing table are provided in the closet should you wish to iron your clothes.
While Candlewood does not have a restaurant onsite, it does have a gym, laundry room and also a 24-hour convenience store. There are a few fast food restaurants within walking distance, if you’d rather not cook. There are more places for food available at the District which is not too far away. If cooking is more your thing, there’s also a Walmart store where you could get frozen dinners or fresh foodstuffs for your meals.
Washers and dryers are provided for free in the laundry room but you’ll need to fork over a small fee (75 cents) for a box of detergent (or you could buy your own from Walmart or any other place). The convenience store utilizes the honor system where you either just drop in the exact change for your purchase into a box slot or you could charge it to your room by filling out the charge slip.
Overall, staying at Candlewood so far has been a great experience and comfortable for my needs. The only thing is the 1.2km daily walk to get to work or Walmart and back again (at least 2.5km). Oh well, that will help to burn off some of my fat perhaps.