Hotels in Irvine Near Laguna Beach

by Karen Sprinkles

Located just 20 minutes from the seaside town of Laguna Beach, the city of Irvine offers vacationers and business travelers a central location when visiting Orange County, California. Home to John Wayne Orange County Airport, Irvine boasts a number of corporate headquarters including Allergan, Canon and Taco Bell -- not to mention a variety of shopping, entertainment and dining options highlighted by the acclaimed Irvine Spectrum shopping center.

The Crowne Plaza Irvine

Offering complimentary shuttle service to John Wayne Airport and area businesses, the Crowne Plaza Irvine presents such amenities as an indoor pool, sundeck and high-end fitness center with personal TV sets on every exercise machine. Business travelers take advantage of the hotel's generous meeting and event space, plus a business center designed for corporate meetings. The hotel's bar, Paradise Lounge, presents large-screen HDTVs for watching sporting events, while Paradise Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fine dining options outside the hotel include the nearby McCormick & Schmick's, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Accommodations range from standard guest rooms to executive suites.

Atrium Hotel at Orange County Airport

A boutique-style hotel, the Atrium Hotel offers travelers a convenient location directly across the street from John Wayne Orange County Airport. Situated within the city's Business Corridor, the Atrium Hotel features such offerings as a pool with poolside cocktail lounges and cabanas, traditional Japanese breakfast served each morning, a fitness studio, business center and on-site Enterprise Rent a Car desk. The hotel's complimentary shuttle takes guests to nearby shopping and dining destinations including South Coast Plaza shopping center. Rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, designer-style accents and deluxe comforters.

Hyatt Regency Irvine

Offering 536 guestrooms and suites, the Hyatt Regency Irvine features such offerings as a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, 24-hour gym with state-of-the-art equipment, plus complimentary bicycles so that guests can utilize the nearby biking trails. Catering to business guests, the hotel offers expansive meeting spaces and VIP boardrooms, as well as more than 36,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event facilities. On site, dining opportunities take place at the 6ix Park Grill, which offers California cuisine prepared on a wood-fired grill. The hotel's Jamboree Cafe offers a casual, deli-style menu. Guestrooms include separate work areas, Portico bath products, and deluxe bedding highlighted by thick down blankets and quality linens.

Embassy Suites Irvine

Less than a mile from John Wayne Airport, Embassy Suites Irvine offers pet-friendly accommodations highlighted by an array of amenities including two televisions and two telephones in every room. Designed with the business guest in mind, suites include separate living rooms and private bedrooms, as well as a work area, executive desks, microwave and fridge. Guest amenities range from an outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool to a hotel fitness center, business center and on-site dining venues. The nightly Manager's Reception features beverages and light snacks.

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.