Hyatt Regency Mission Bay – Mission Bay (San Diego)

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay – Mission Bay (San Diego)

Sky and Emma looking at the boats in the marina

What: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Where: Mission Bay, San Diego

For: All Ages

The Hyatt Regency Mission Bay is a staycation that we took to San Diego with the kids for a few days to end the year.  Not only did the kids have a blast going down the water slides literally a thousand times, but Ethan and I had a great time playing with them in the pool and exploring the area.

The Hotel

The Hotel

The hotel took us about two hours to get to from Torrance.  It’s at a beautiful setting and provides a full-service restaurant, three pools with three water slides, a pool restaurant and bar, a small market, areas to rent boats/kayaks/etc for the water and a fitness center.  We walked around the marina and checked everything out when we got there.   Since we went after Christmas, the lobby was decorated beautifully.  The entire hotel keeps up with a nautical theme.  Outside there are also lounge areas with fire pits that are turned on at night time.  Each morning, Ethan walked to the market and brought us coffee (they serve Starbucks…my favorite!).

Room with Two Queen Beds

The Room

The hotel rooms are large and spacious.  We chose a room with two queen beds, and it was more than enough room for the four of us.  There is a balcony attached to every room, and two outdoor chairs with a table are provided so you can drink a cup of coffee while either looking out at the marina or at the pool area.  Black out curtains allowed us to sleep in, and two bottles of water, a microwave, small fridge and coffee are all included.  There were ample toiletries (including make-up remover wipes for the ladies!) and towels to go around our group of four. 

Pool Area (Slides Not Pictured)

The Pool

The pool was where we spent most of our time.  There is a large pool in the middle of the area and a jacuzzi on the side (understand that sometimes it is filled with kids!).  A small slide with 3.5 ft deep pool was on one side of the area.  This was great for the kids since they could stand up after coming down the little slide.  Lounges surround the area, allowing for parents to keep a close eye on their children (if only all parents would actually do this!).  Two large winding slides are accessible by a few flights of steps at another pool (also 3.5 ft deep).  This slide had a lifeguard, so we felt safe letting the girls go up knowing that they wouldn’t be slid over by another older child.  We brought floaties and pool toys so we could spend the entire day outside.  The pools were even heated enough for us to go in, and we were able to enjoy a few trips down the slide as well!

Lounging at the Hotel

The Activities

Upon check in, we were given a coupon for a free hour long kayak or paddle board rental at the marina.  Although we thought that we would use this coupon, we spent so much time at the pool that we didn’t.  There are a variety of rentals available for patrons, including paddleboards, kayaks, boats and jet skis.  The prices seemed pretty reasonable as well.  The pricing for the on-site restaurant seemed a little steep, but we just door-dashed Panda Express and it saved us a lot of money.

Views of the Marina from our Hotel Room

The Crowd

Keep in mind that because of the pool slides and activities available, this is a very family-friendly place.  I read on yelp that some of the child-less travelers didn’t appreciate all the noise the kids were making, but I didn’t have a problem with it as our kids were squealing with delight almost the entire day.

View of Hotel from the Marina

Cost

The hotel cost us around $500 to stay for two nights.  I definitely thought that this price was worth it, although you can find cheaper stays when you don’t go during peak seasons.  I would also suggest to go through third party sellers to find the lowest pricing.  Valet pricing is offered at almost $40 per night, although the hotel concierge told us to park on the street (there was ample parking) to save us the dough.  Please also keep in mind that discount coupons are offered for local attractions (i.e. San Diego Zoo and Sea World).  We would definitely come back here, and Ethan and I were talking about the possibility of making this a yearly family tradition.

Sky and Emma with the Christmas Decor

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Information

1441 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA 92109

(619) 224-1234

https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-regency-mission-bay-spa-and-marina/sanis

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No Jealousy – Hollywood

No Jealousy-Hollywood

No Jealousy Day Club

What: No Jealousy

Where: Hollywood

For: Ages 21+

We spent an end-of-the-year Staycation in Hollywood this past weekend, and I came across No Jealousy when I was looking for brunch places.  I had two requirements when looking for brunch places: good food and good music.  We ended up coming to No Jealousy and staying four hours until it transformed from a posh brunch spot into a full-fledged day club.

The Bar Area

The Venue

No Jealousy is located behind Sound Nightclub off of Las Palmas and Hollywood Blvd in the heart of Hollywood.  The entry is in the parking lot behind Sound, and the venue opens at 1:30pm for brunch every Sunday and closes at 7:00pm.  The line and wait can get pretty long, so make sure to come early and try to either call or e-mail the venue for reservations (make sure to tell them which day and time you’d like to come and that you’ll be staying for both brunch and the day club.  There was an $80.00 minimum per person when we went, and they check ID’s at the door.  Although we paid $160.00 to get in, all of the charges are applied to the food and drinks you order, which isn’t such a bad deal.

Steak and Eggs

The Brunch

We were seated at a posh two top table with white table cloth in the middle of the venue.  There were many tables set up, and it included booths on the sides of the venue for larger parties.Ethan ordered the steak and eggs while I ordered the prosciutto eggs benedict with potato fries.  We also started with a tuna tartare appetizer.  All of the food came out quickly and filled us up nicely.  It was surprisingly well done and tasted great.  Expect to spend about $30 to $40 per person when eating brunch, and remember that there is already a 20% gratuity included on the bill, so there’s no requirement for additional tips. 

Prosciutto Eggs Benedict

For drinks, I had to order the famous Baby Bottle drink that came out in…you guessed it…an actual baby bottle.  Drinks were poured heavily, and there were a lot of novelty drinks to choose from.  Bottle service is available and includes waitresses with sparklers that come out and drink.  One of the most amazing drinks we saw was a punch bowl that was about six liters of alcohol and mixers with eight drink straws for large groups.  Drinks run about $15, with novelty drinks costing more.

Baby Bottle Drink

We were only allowed to sit at our table while brunching and then had to give it up for further reservations.  There is a bar area with ample seating at and around the bar that patrons can go to after eating. 

The Venue

The Day Club

The day club is where No Jealousy gets very interesting.  When you walk in earlier, there was a DJ spinning house music and Top 40.  Around 3:30pm is when things really get going.  The club switched DJs and had girls in angel costumes with wings dancing on tables while live musicians playing the drums and saxophone walked around the venue and played for guests.  It felt like a nightclub and was interesting because people were still sitting at their tables and taking a few bites of food before standing up and dancing with the crowd.

The Punch Bowl

There is an outdoor smoking area where patrons can also go if they want a little break from the noise.  The venue is decorated very nicely and seemed high class, with faux flower walls and vines winding around the walls and leather couches for sitting. 

When the Party Gets Started

The Crowd

The crowd was exactly like a crowd that you would expect to see at a nightclub.  Everyone was dressed nicely, and most of the girls wore cocktail dresses and heels.  Since we didn’t know we would be coming to a day club I was dressed down and in sneakers, but no body seemed to mind since they were all having a great time.  The good thing is that since it’s during the day there aren’t many drunk people walking around…which is a plus for me!

With My Beau at No Jealousy

$$$

As I said before, please remember that gratuity is included.  We definitely used up our $160.00 minimum fee and ended up spending about $275.00 total during our stay at No Jealousy.

Outdoor Seating Area

No Jealousy Information

1638 N Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles, A 90028

(310) 984-6666

www.no-jealousy.com

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Book Soup-Hollywood

Book Soup-Hollywood

What: Book Soup

Where: Hollywood

For: All Ages

This morning Ethan and I had the opportunity to walk around West Hollywood after brunch.  We came upon Book Soup, a small bookstore with floor-to-ceiling books and gifts.  We spent about half an hour in here, and we definitely will to come back to see the new books that come in, as the inventory changes seasonally.

The Bookstore

Book Soup is a small independent book store on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood that’s been open since 1975.  From the outside, it looks like a simple magazine stand.  However, when you venture inside, you’re greeted with a beautiful quaint bookstore.

Not all genres of fiction are represented.  The store specializes in art, film, photography, music and literary fiction (but believe me, this still means a ton of books).  There were tables with top book picks from the staff, and authors even come in for readings often.  This would be a great place to pick up a coffee table book for our home.

The bookstore is very small and cute.  They not only sell books, but there are also autographed editions of popular reads.  Book Soup also sells cards, gifts, vinyl records and cute knick-knacks.  I was able to purchase a book for the kids to read along with an adorable book-themed matchbox.  The entire time I was there I felt like I was in a cozy and hidden Hollywood spot.

The employees are kind and always made themselves available to help.  I overheard them suggesting books to other patrons that were similar to their preferences.  Make sure to check the website for hours of operation.  I will be sure to come back to the store to check out their constantly evolving inventory in a few months.

The Crowd

Everyone in Book Soup were kind and respectful.  It was very quiet, and it felt like we were exploring one of Hollywood’s hidden gems.  It was not crowded at all, and we were able to explore the store freely.  There is metered parking on the street in front of the store.

Cost

The cost of the book that we bought was very reasonable.  I know that I would’ve paid 30% more at a chain store such as Barnes and Noble.  I also saw that the pricing for the gifts was reasonable as well.  I suggest that anyone in the area should take a stop into Book Soup.

Book Soup Information

8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

(310) 659-3110

booksoup.com

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