by Courtney Elko
When entering the Hotel Irvine it’s easy to see how the hotel has brought the outside in especially when the lobby wall is covered in grass and plants and flowers are throughout. The decor is a modern twist on a 1960’s mod-vibe with orange as the prominent color. The expansive lobby is called the Marketplace and offers families restaurants, cocktails and an impeccable onsite grocery that has everything. The outdoor space is large with a resort-style pool and the Backyard filled with a grassy area that often has lawn games and movie nights entertaining families. The guestrooms are spacious with free Wi-Fi and streaming televisions. Families looking for something a little extra when staying in Orange County, will love staying at Hotel Irvine, which also happens to only be about 20 minutes from Disneyland.
Our Editor Loves
- Outdoor resort-style pool
- Large onsite grocery
- Backyard with games and movie nights
- Theme Park
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 536 guestrooms and suites at Hotel Irvine. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Rollaway beds, cribs and connecting rooms are available request.
The guestrooms feature two queen or one king bed with outlets by the bed. There is a flat screen television with streaming abilities and a mini-fridge and coffee maker. Some of the guestrooms feature a walk-out balcony as well. The bathroom features a shower/tub combination.
The Junior suites feature a separate living room and bedroom area. The bedroom features a king bed and the living room area features a sleeper sofa, dining table, mini-fridge, coffee maker and there are two flat screen televisions with streaming abilities. The bathroom features a shower/tub combination. The Parlor, Deluxe and Presidential suites are much larger and offer two bathrooms and a private balcony with a small table and chairs.
This was a great place to stay, being relatively close to our office. The rooms were large, comfortable, and well-furnished, although I had to drop a star because of the shower in the bathtub (a tad slick) and the Internet (this is California, and you offer 3Mbps Internet for free, better if you pay?). A quiet stay, good exercise facilities. My favorite was the local market - it's nice when you can get a good pizza and a beer to finish off in the room. The morning coffee and pastries available at the market were also nice.
I work with Val Wood for our executive rooming needs and she always is so helpful and makes sure to follow up with me. It is great to see an employee go above and beyond to make sure that everyone is satisfied. This is a great hotel and highly recommend staying there.
The Backyard is where the kids will want to spend all their time. Outside they will find picnic tables, a large grassy area (next to the pool) with giant chess and Jenga, Ping-Pong, cornhole and more. In the summer, family-friendly movies are played outside on the lawn and there's always arts and crafts or fun activities taking place here.
The large, heated outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and umbrellas. Cabanas, offering a semi-private area with more shade, are available to rent as well. The Wet Bar is situated by the pool and offers drinks and snacks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A DJ is often playing here on the weekends too. Pool towels are provided and the pool is open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The sport court is a great place for the kids to start a pick-up basketball game. Basketballs are available at the front desk.
Guests are welcome to borrow one of the available bicycles and explore the nearby trails and pathways in Irvine. The complimentary bikes are first-come, first-serve.
This onsite gastro pub offers families both indoor seating just off The Marketplace and outdoor seating with a fire pit and the pool not far away. Comfort food with style is available here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Things like omelets, pancakes and avocado toast are available for breakfast. Salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta, salmon and baby back ribs are a few of the menu items available for lunch and dinner. The kids' menu offers chicken fingers, grilled cheese, pasta and grilled chicken breast. Bonus: Kids under 12 years old eat dinner free every night!
The onsite Market offers families the best of all worlds with a top-notch grocery section, with plenty of options and variety, plus made-to-order sandwiches, pizzas, smoothies and coffee drinks. There are numerous options in the Marketplace, which is ideal for families who can't always agree on what to eat. There are snacks, pre-made salads and sandwiches, sushi, beer, wine, sodas, vegan and gluten free options, fruit, ice cream and locally made goodies too (great for gifts!). At the deli or hot made-to-order section, families will find soups, pizza, tacos, burgers, pasta and more. Grab your snacks and have a seat in the Lounge to enjoy. Or the Marketplace will even delivery to your room at no additional cost. Restrooms are situated near the Marketplace, which is open 24 hours, and the pool is just outside.
Red Bar and Lounge
The spacious lounge area in the lobby offers tons of seating, work space tables and cozy furniture to sit in, all with outlets for charging devices. Small bites from Eats or the Marketplace are easily accessible here and there is a full service bar with a few flat screen televisions as well. Daily happy hour specials are always available. The Red Bar is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Located on the 12th floor, this lounge area, open to all guests for an additional per person fee, features plenty of seating, flat screen televisions and balconies with awesome views of Orange County below. Complimentary breakfast can be found here from 6 to 10 a.m. and evening snacks, beer, wine and beverages are available from 5 to 8 p.m. Computers are on-hand for printing along with premium Wi-Fi. Families also get express check-in and turndown service when upgrading to Club 12.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
No need to call the front desk at Hotel Irvine, just text the personal concierge for room service, to stock your mini-fridge, ask for directions or anything else you may need with the Reach Me feature.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
There is a daily charge for self and valet parking.
A free shuttle is available to take guests to and from the John Wayne Airport.
The fitness center, open 24 hours, features cardio machines and weights. Gym towels and water are provided. Yoga mats, resistance bands, kettlebells or other fitness equipment can be delivered to your room.
Coin-operated laundry facilities are available to guests.
Pets are welcome to stay here too for an additional cost.
The Best Time to Visit
The summer months, from about Memorial Day to Labor Day, are the busiest at this hotel, along with any school holidays.
The John Wayne Airport is situated less than eight minutes away from this hotel. Los Angeles International Airport is about 45 minutes away.
This hotel is conveniently located to the highway and many area restaurants and attractions. A vehicle would be needed to see much of the area. Disneyland is about 20 minutes away and the beach is about 10 minutes away.
For Mom and Dad
The Red Bar and Lounge is a great spot for the adults to grab a drink, especially when there are happy hour specials.