Hotels in the Costa Mesa Area

by Karen Sprinkles

Located just two miles from John Wayne/Orange County Airport, the city of Costa Mesa offers a central location in the heart of Orange County, California. Best known as the home of the upscale retail center, South Coast Plaza, Costa Meas has evolved into a destination for theatergoers, serving as home to the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and the South Coast Repertory, all of which showcase national headliners. Lodging choices offer easy access within walking distance to world-class shopping and entertainment, while Disneyland, Laguna Beach and Balboa Island are just a short drive away.

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The Westin South Coast Plaza

Located directly across the street from South Coast Plaza shopping center, The Westin South Coast Plaza offers guests proximity to the Costa Mesa's theater district and world-famous retail offerings. Featuring 393 guest rooms and suites, the hotel includes a fully equipped fitness center, outdoor pool and richly appointed indoor and outdoor meeting spaces. The elite Pacific Suite features dark woods and soft fabrics, designer toiletries and plush furnishings. The on-site Pinot Provence restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the Lobby Lounge offers signature cocktails and appetizers in a venue overlooking the hotel's Waterfall Terrace.

The Hotel Hanford

An independent boutique hotel in Costa Mesa, The Hotel Hanford presents 225 guest rooms outfitted with 37-inch flat screen TVs, executive work desks, king-size beds and contemporary furnishings. Guests receive complimentary use of the hotel's fitness center, heated outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. On site, the Savoy restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, with the focus on European-style cuisine highlighted by lemon ricotta pancakes and eggs benedict. The hotel's Wine Salon offers premium wines by the glass or flight. Complimentary amenities include airport shuttle service to nearby John Wayne Airport. The hotel also has special packages in conjunction with nearby South Coast Plaza and the Orange County Performing Art Center.

Wyndham Orange County

Featuring 238 rooms on six floors, the Wyndham Orange County overlooks a man-made lake in the heart of Costa Mesa. Guest rooms and suite showcase hardwood floors, granite bathrooms and double, pillowtop mattresses with designer bedding. Guests can request microwave ovens and refrigerators for a small fee. The hotel's lobby presents an intimate bar/lounge for guest to relax before dining at the on-site TerraNova restaurant, where continental cuisine is featured. Guest amenities range from a heated swimming pool and whirlpool to fully equipped fitness facility. Located one block from the hotel, the acclaimed The Spa provides hotel guests full access to its roster of therapeutic services.

Costa Mesa Marriott

Featuring 253 suites on 11 floors, the Costa Mesa Marriott provides feather-down pillows, cable TV with HBO, mini fridge and wet bar. Located a few blocks from South Coast Plaza on Anton Blvd., the hotel includes a fitness center and the on-site Hemingway's restaurant, serving American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A coin-operated laundry is available on site, along with valet dry cleaning services. Secured parking is available for a daily fee.

About the Author

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.