Hotels Near Irvine

by Karen Sprinkles

Located adjacent to John Wayne Airport, the city of Irvine is a gateway for visitors in Orange County, Calif. A major corporate business hub in the state, Irvine also offers proximity to many nearby OC visitor destinations, from the beautiful, sand beaches of Laguna Beach to the world-class retail and theater attractions of neighboring Costa Mesa or the fun and excitement of Disneyland in Anaheim. Whether business traveler or family vacationer, visitors in Orange County find a variety of lodging choices near Irvine.

Westin South Coast Plaza

Guests of the Westin South Coast Plaza enjoy easy access to the world-famous retail attractions of South Coast Plaza located across the street from the hotel via a pedestrian bridge. With 293 guestrooms and suites, the hotel includes everything from a fully outfitted fitness facility to an outdoor swimming pool. Rooms showcase custom furnishings, dark hardwoods and rich interiors. Located just a few miles from Irvine, the hotel features on-site dining options highlighted by the Pinot Provence restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Wyndham Orange County

Located 2.5 miles from Irvine, the Wyndham Orange County Hotel features more than 230 rooms occupying six floors that overlook a man-made lake. This Costa Mesa-based hotel showcases guestrooms outfitted with hardwood flooring, granite bathrooms and designer bedding. Signature cocktails are served in the hotel's lounge adjacent to the on-site TerraNova restaurant. Among the amenities include a heated swimming pool and spa to a fully-equipped fitness center. Guests are allowed full access to The Spa, an elite holistic facility located just one block from the hotel.

Balboa Bay Club

Located six miles from Irvine, the Balboa Bay Club and Resort beckons visitors to the coastal city of Newport Beach. Overlooking Newport Harbor, the hotel includes access to a private-membership resort, open to hotel guests, that includes a steam room, sauna and roster of therapeutic massage offerings. The more-than 160 guest rooms are artfully appointed with original art, plush furnishings, deep soaking tubs and down-filled bedding. This historic hotel, founded in the 1940s, has attracted many celebrities and Hollywood stars through the decades, who enjoy luxury accommodations and fine-dining options including The First Cabin restaurant.

Hotel Laguna

Occupying the oceanfront at Main Beach in Laguna Beach, the Hotel Laguna is located just nine miles from the city of Irvine. Featuring 65 guest rooms, the hotel offers gourmet dining overlooking the beach at Claes Restaurant, where a world-class wine cellar earned the restaurant the Award of Excellence in 2008 from Wine Spectator magazine. Tastefully decorated rooms include standard amenities and ocean or city views. The hotel offers proximity to boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and art festivals, all within walking distance.

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.