Holiday Magic at Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa

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Holiday magic takes on a special meaning at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. This Southern California hotel knows how to welcome the holidays like no other. With its famous tree lighting ceremony, open to locals and hotel guests, you can’t help getting in the Christmas spirit.

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If you enjoy shopping, the hotel offers special package deals, as the Westin South Coast Plaza is nextdoor neighbors to South Coast Plaza, a world-class shopping destination with over 280 stores and a cute holiday-themed carousel. A pedestrian bridge connects hotel guests to the center, making it easy to pop over for dinner at Marche restaurant inside the plaza. If shopping isn’t your thing, you can hang out at the hotel’s pool or drop into the gym. As a Westin property, the hotel features a Westin Workout Fitness Studio, New Balance gear to borrow during your stay and state-of-the-art cardio machines.

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I was exploring Orange County on a weekend getaway and was quite impressed with the art and cultural scene. Insider tip.. there’s more to the OC than Disneyland and beaches. I wasn’t traveling with my husband or kids, but if I was, I would have felt comfortable traveling with our dog. The Westin South Coast Plaza is pet-friendly and doesn’t charge for pets. The hotel also offers a Westin Kids program for those traveling with little ones. The lobby lounge offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, (often with kids eat free packages) as well as a Starbucks Grab n Go option and a full service bar. The hotel offers self and valet parking.

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As a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) the 15th & 16th floors offer better views for the gold and platinum level members. There’s also free internet available to SPG members; otherwise you’ll be paying a daily fee for WiFi. Wireless internet access is available in public areas if you purchase the in-room package. I enjoyed my deluxe king bed that I had all to myself; sometimes solo travel has its rewards! I also have all of my holiday shopping covered. In summary, whether you are traveling during the holidays, or any time of year, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly activities on tap in Costa Mesa.

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Rates at Westin South Coast Plaza start at $199 and go to $394, depending on the time of year and happenings around Orange County. Get exclusive SPG member benefits online. You can also compare rates and make your reservations through Expedia, Priceline or any of the other booking sites.

Hotel review and photography by San Francisco Bay Area based travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of South Coast Plaza while researching Orange County story ideas. All opinions are my own.

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