The Holiday Inn Express Costa Mesa is one of those great hidden gems you come across by accident. The hotel is recently renovated and the rooms and property are clean and fresh. The rooms are of a good size and include microwave and refrig. The rooms were quiet as the hotel is next to a residential area. Parking may be tight if the hotel is full and offers limited parking outside and a parking garage under the hotel - Parking is FREE which some similar hotels in the area charge for. The breakfast bar is spacious and has a great offering of breakfast staples, including oatmeal on the go cups which were great. The only odd part is that the breakfast bar is on the 2nd floor. The lobby is nice, but is a bit odd and just a waste of space. Coffee is offered off of the lobby 24/7. There is a small outdoor at the rear of the property that does the trick, but is nothing fancy.
Overall, the hotel is a great value when on business or visiting the Orange County area.