Hotels in Costa Mesa

by Morgan Rush
Visitors to Costa Mesa relax at nearby Newport Beach.

Visitors to Costa Mesa relax at nearby Newport Beach.


Costa Mesa lies within Southern California’s love-it-or-hate-it Orange County, an affluent coastal community specializing in sprawling shopping malls, upscale surf shops, expensive cars and neo-spiritual navel-gazing in the form of chic yoga studios and trendy weekend mind-body workshops. Manicured beaches, Pilates studios and day spas abound, although nature lovers will appreciate the world-class surf and interior hiking trails. Costa Mesa, just east of Newport Beach, provides convenient access for vacationers planning to visit nearby Disneyland, business travelers en route to Los Angeles, or families wanting to relax on clean, friendly beaches. Costa Mesa’s hotel offerings cater to business and leisure travelers.

Long Term

Long-term visitors to Costa Mesa stay at the Residence Inn Costa Mesa-Newport Beach, a Marriott hotel. Suites come with kitchens, including stovetop oven, microwave oven and fridge; busy guests can leave grocery lists for hotel staff to fill. Work desks, ergonomic chairs, free Internet access and pullout sofas for additional guests up the convenience factor. Other free perks include breakfast buffet, evening beer-and-wine reception, weekly barbecues during some seasons, and parking. Hotel staff can help arrange nearby spa or babysitting services.


Southern California may sometimes get a bad rap for generic “sameness,” but that doesn’t mean visitors can’t find boutique accommodation offering something a big different. The Costa Mesa Ayres Hotel & Suites, decked out in French Provincial style, offers marble fireplaces, antique decorations, oil paintings, and cobblestone courtyard with outdoor dining. The on-site Le Chateau Restaurant serves upscale California classics including brie and mango quesadillas, goat cheese and eggplant tortes and fresh fish tacos with avocado and salsa. Guests can browse the gift shop, nibble on complimentary fresh fruit, soak in jet bathtubs or channel-surf on flat-screen TVs.


Visitors can ogle Orange County’s million-dollar beach mansions during the day, but retire to more-affordable lodgings in the evening to save money for Costa Mesa’s glitzy shopping malls and expensive restaurants. Two miles from the beach and Orange County Fairgrounds, the Travelodge Costa Mesa/Newport Beach offers free continental breakfast, Internet access and parking. Guests can book rooms or hotel suites with kitchenettes, and enjoy the outdoor pool, hot tub, and 24-hour laundry facility.

Business Friendly

Costa Mesa attracts business travelers for area surf conventions, nearby University of California, Irvine and people headed to the area’s numerous airports. Guests at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa access the on-site business center, including fax, printer, photocopying services, meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment rentals. Suites come with oversize whirlpool bathtubs, leather recliners, bathrobes and living rooms. An on-site coffee bar keeps business travelers caffeinated, and the hotel restaurant offers low-carb meals and organic herbs and vegetables for the health-conscious. Kids can make their own from-scratch pizzas in a brick oven.

About the Author

Morgan Rush is a California journalist specializing in news, business writing, fitness and travel. He's written for numerous publications at the national, state and local level, including newspapers, magazines and websites. Rush holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

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