Located in Orange County, near the John Wayne Airport and Disneyland, Hotel Irvine is a great option for business or leisure travelers. This was my first time to Irvine, in Southern California, and I was pleasantly surprised with so many things to see and do in the OC.
If you opt to be car-free on your visit to Irvine, the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. That’s not the only freebie offered during your hotel stay; complimentary wifi is included, as well as a mini-fridge in the room and free breakfast. Once inside, you’ll feel like a hipster with the bright modern colors in the lobby. Eye popping red and orange colors are a constant theme in the independently-owned hotel, as well as Eats Kitchen & Bar, and Red Bar + Lounge.
Once you check into the hotel, you’ll be able to take a dip in the swimming pool, cruise the on-site Marketplace for local, healthy – and not so healthy, but oh-so-good snacks, meet friends at Red Bar (check out Taco Tuesday if you stay mid-week) or enjoy a relaxed dinner at Eats. If you decide to upgrade to Club 12 you’ll have complimentary snacks and drinks from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the 12th floor and private breakfast from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. On my visit, it was only $35 to upgrade and all rooms have the ability to upgrade to Club 12 without the need to be on that floor level.
Rooms range from doubles to king rooms with a balcony. Hotel Irvine is pet-friendly if you like traveling with your dog. The pet fee is $50 per day.
You’ll get your 10,000 daily steps goal in if you are headed to Disneyland or considering a SoCal getaway at the beach, but if you are stuck inside for work there is an onsite gym. One of the other perks that I liked at Hotel Irvine is that they’ll deliver your Marketplace purchases straight to your room – just text!
Rates at Hotel Irvine start at $159 and go to $249, depending on the time of year and conventions happening around the OC. Check the Preferred Hotels website for current pricing and earn loyalty points. Compare prices at Expedia and Priceline.
Hotel review and photography by San Francisco Bay Area based travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Hotel Irvine while researching Orange County story ideas. All opinions are my own.