I am travelling with my husband and 16 month old son to the Newport Beach area for a 6 nights in May. I have two half days of business there and the rest of the time is free. We have never been to the area before.
I am looking for accommodation for us for up to $200 per night and would prefer suite style with separate bedroom and living area and if possible (but not essential) a kitchenette. I have noticed that Costa Mesa has a selection of these types of accommodation and seems to be more affordable than Newport Beach itself.
Can anyone tell me what this area is like to stay in? Is it lively with lots of shops and restaurants or more residential? We will have a car to do day trips and go to the beach and fashion island etc but would still like to stay somewhere that's pleasant to go for a walk and within easy walking distance to dining options. If we can't get this in Costa Mesa we are willing to stretch the budget to $250 if it helps and stay somewhere else like The Island.
Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.